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The Trouble with Tradition
4d ago
The Trouble with Tradition
In this episode, the first in a short series on “Culture,” I explain that traditions in the lived Catholic Experience can be beneficial when present, depleting when absent, and dangerous when misused. Starting the episode with a few words about trusting the direction of the Church, in light of today’s release of Dignitatas Infinita, I get into the episode proper. I offer a message of encouragement to Catholics by telling a story of “The Karate Club” and explaining the lesson we learn from that, supported by Jesus’ words in the Gospel. Then we move into a discussion on Culture, using, for illustration of the point, problems some Catholics have with the Divine Mercy devotion and how error creeps into the Catholic population and spreads throughout the faithful through the channel of exchange of cultures. ChaptersLessons From a Karate Kid04:03Culture and Traditions15:22Humans Create, Animals Build18:13The Hand of God in Human Culture19:15Types of Culture and Expression of it22:37Issues with 'Divine Mercy'27:35How That Error (and most error) Entered the Church through Culture32:36Radical, Traditionalist, Sede Vacantists. Different and 'Same'35:37How Error Expands39:36When You Don't Know You're Infected, You Spread it to Everybody43:23What Is Meant by 'Traditionalism'44:32Culture is a Teacher46:03Culture and Identity: Lose one, lose the other49:28When We Lose Culture, We Lose Ourselves01:00:38Drop 'Traditional' - Not all 'Trads' are the Same But They Use the Same Label01:05:02 Blog Post about Dignitas Infinita Episode Mentioned in this Podcast: Tradition and the DesertSign up for NewsletterBecome a Subscriber for $5/month Host's WebsitePortal Site for this podcastl: Portal Site for "Meditations for Saints in the Making.." ChurchCasterFM by Fiat Media.-  -
Palm Sunday Reflection
Mar 24 2024
Palm Sunday Reflection
Today remember that the people will exultantly shout, "Hosanna, hosanna!" and line the path of Jesus to throw palms on the ground before him.On Good Friday, they'll shout, "Crucify him, crucify him!" and line up along the path to Golgotha to spit on him.What changes a heart from "Hosanna!" to "Crucify him!"? Why do we hear of only women weeping for Our Lord, Veronica wanting to tend to him, and only one man, Simon, begrudgingly showing compassion and sympathy? Maybe those Sunday "Hosannas" weren't sincere. Maybe Jesus wasn't the type of messiah that they wanted, so they threw him away by Friday. We still do that today. We want "the Church" or "the Faith" of our desires and throw it away or fabricate a new one when the real thing is not our hearts' desire, or not what we expect. Some of us herald the idea of “Catholic” but then scourge and crucify the Mystical Body.Maybe the weeping women and Veronica saw something most of the other people weren't seeing. Pride has a blinding effect, while humility opens the eyes of the heart and leads to compassion and obedience. We see that opening of the eyes in Simon. Maybe Simon, the guilty sinner, realized he was not an innocent man carrying the cross of a criminal, but that he himself was the criminal, and Jesus, indeed the innocent man. The entire story between the Palms of Sunday and the passion of the following Friday demonstrates the dark condition of man and how much we all need Jesus in order to be transformed into his image. The image of his face was left on the veil of Veronica, and maybe the image of his heart was left on the heart of Simon. What is the image impressed upon the hearts of those who spat on him and cheered during his torture and execution? I leave that for you to consider. But remember that Jesus said, "Forgive them, for they don't know what they're doing." Host's WebsitePortal Site for this podcastl: Portal Site for "Meditations for Saints in the Making.." ChurchCasterFM by Fiat Media.-  -
Civil Unions and Logical Disconnects
Mar 20 2024
Civil Unions and Logical Disconnects
Reacting to a video message by Cardinal Timothy Dolan addressing our "Islamic brothers and sisters." It's a message of good intent, but terrible execution, and I explain why it errs to the left. Following that, I then explain why, in my opinion, a post by Bishop Joseph Strickland errs to the right. Don't worry, it's not doctrinal error. As I explain in the episode, the Dolan video, and Strickland's post err in attitude.Then I discuss the controversy sparked by a completely empty quote by Pope Francis about civil unions. ("it is right that these people who live the gift of love can have legal coverage like everyone else.") It's a quote that provides nothing but a bag of questions, and yet the Catholic social-sphere have used it as material to put words in the Holy Father's mouth. I respond to that, and I explain his record on civil unions, what he has and hasn't said, reaching back to his time as Archbishop of Buenos Aires to assess and analyze his record, and what he may have meant in that quoteChaptersCardinal Dolan, and Catholic Ramadan? - 2:32'Islamics' are not Brethren - 5:23Ramadan, Islamic Lent? - 6:07'Islamics' are not Brethren - 9:04Take Catholicism Seriously - 11:43Strickland and Communion in the Hands - 13:29Pope on Same-Sex Civil Unions, Not a Church Issue - 19:29Pope's 'Record' on Civil Unions - 25:52What is 'Gift of Love'? - 28:00What is 'Legal Coverage'? - 29:06Summing it all up - 32:11 Host's WebsitePortal Site for this podcastl: Portal Site for "Meditations for Saints in the Making.." ChurchCasterFM by Fiat Media.-  -
Beware, The Two Churches
Mar 6 2024
Beware, The Two Churches
Are you ready for a ride? This episode achieves the impossible, bringing you segment-by-segment, from something Fun, to something heavy, to something deep.News and nonsense pulled apart in the return of this fan-favorite news segment, "The Pulse"Moral Theologian Father Peter Dugandzic joins me to talk about President Biden's opposition to the Truth and the Church's teaching on IVF (In vitro fertilization). What is the Church's teaching, and why? And can we finally call Biden a heretic now?Then we analyze the dichotomy of two churches—the True Church, and the False Church. The problems aren't just modernists or Sedevacantists. Even within the borders of the proper Church there are good people in the "wrong church"Major Chapters00:2:47 - Speed Dating00:06:31 - Steel Tourism and "Cocooning"00:17:33 - Guest Segment, Fr. Peter Dugandzic00:46:00 - Two ChurchesHighlights Time Stamps(09:12) Sleep Tourism?Sleep tourism is a growing trend, and informed consent in transgender healthcare is controversial.(17:33) Catholic Church's Position on IVFFather Dugandzic and I discuss the Catholic Church's teaching on IVF, including ethical dilemmas. (29:44) The Truth in Catholic CommunicationThe Catholic Church's failure to effectively communicate moral teachings, including IVF and lockdown responses, and the need for clear language and concepts like Thomas Aquinas' to express complex theological truths.(36:32) Defining Human Life and FaithfulnessBiden's stance on IVF, and the political and moral implications of fertility treatments are discussed in relation to Catholic teachings.(47:10) Discussion on the fake "Pope Michael" and Extremes in the Catholic ChurchExploring the range of views within the Catholic community, including the case of "Pope Michael" and his successor, with respect and sensitivity. Host's WebsitePortal Site for this podcastl: Portal Site for "Meditations for Saints in the Making.." ChurchCasterFM by Fiat Media.-  -
Change and Permanence
Feb 26 2024
Change and Permanence
Welcome to a refreshingly lighter edition of the Catholic Experience, where we take a step back from the weightier discussions of previous sessions. I share my candid reactions to Father Chad Rippeger's thought-provoking insights on the lasting effects of sin and the path to spiritual recovery. I examine the potentially misleading aspects of Father Rippeger's messages, weighing sincere scholarly rigor against the necessity for accessible spiritual guidance and pastoral prudence.The discussion navigates through the intricacies of sin's impact on the soul and the profound role of prayer, penance, and positive actions in fostering spiritual growth.I then take an intriguing turn as I reflect on a "poor" young woman's struggle with affording entertainment, offering a perspective that might just challenge some people's views on society and the modern generation.In the final chapter of this episode, we explore the delicate balance between change and permanence in the Catholic faith, in life, and in the "adventure" to holiness. The episode draws to a close with reflections on the Transfiguration from the day's Gospel reading, illustrating the nature of change and its place in our lives.Highlights and Chapter Time Codes(00:48 - 02:10) Father Chad Rippager Reaction and Change (82 Seconds)(09:45 - 11:15) Errors in Church Thought and Visionaries (90 Seconds)(12:27 - 14:12) Father Rippager's Book Discussion (105 Seconds)(18:21 - 19:20) Impact of Sin on the Soul (59 Seconds)(30:57 - 32:26) Entertainment Budget Misconceptions (89 Seconds)(33:27 - 35:18) Generations Struggle With Reality and Food (111 Seconds)(38:33 - 40:11) Change and the Nature of Goodness (99 Seconds)(41:26 - 43:13) The Transfiguration and Resurrection Understanding (107 Seconds)(47:04 - 48:44) Embracing Change for Spiritual Growth (100 Seconds) Host's WebsitePortal Site for this podcastl: Portal Site for "Meditations for Saints in the Making.." ChurchCasterFM by Fiat Media.-  -
Focus and Attention
Jan 29 2024
Focus and Attention
Most people today suffer from a lack of focus, misplaced focus, or an overabundance of attention on the wrong things. This is a human phenomenon, not just a "Catholic" one. But it's particularly dangerous in the spiritual life, to faith, and to Catholic identity.In this episode I explain the wisdom of "focus and attention" demonstrated from a story from my boxing days when I was put face to face with an opponent known as "Hurts." I then apply that wisdom in an analysis of whether hell is very populated, or, as the Holy Father hopes, completely empty. How does good focus and right attention come into play there?As a bonus I also offer some words of wisdom to those suffering through spiritual darkness or dryness. I also recorded a rather substantial after-show to this episode, available on my website to paid subscribers ($5/month) or for free on my Discord server.ChaptersQuestion about Your Past Lent Seasons - 3:25Beaten by 'Nones' 4:58Three Problems with Nones - 1. Religion is more than 'Right and Wrong 9:15Can Nones Find God Without Religion? - 12:28Problem of Evangelization - 16:00Spiritual Darkness - 18:45Advice for dealing with the Darkness - 22:41Topic - Focus and Attention, Boxing Story - 36:19Catholics focus on the Wrong Things - 45:30Pope Francis doesn't impress/bother/worry me - 47:14Running and Hiding, the TLM, and 'The Mass' - 50:09Focus on the Positives - 52:14Applying the Lesson to 'Hell' - 57:11Better Hope that Hell is Empty! And a personal story - 58:23Wouldn't you Rather Hell Be Empty? - 1:02:17Dark Night, and Spiritual DesolationThrough the DarkJesus Rescues Us from the Dark of our Prisons    Host's WebsitePortal Site for this podcastl: Portal Site for "Meditations for Saints in the Making.." ChurchCasterFM by Fiat Media.-  -
There's No Crying in Catholicism
Jan 20 2024
There's No Crying in Catholicism
Ever wrestled with the persistent shadow of cynicism within the Catholic community? Join me as I explore this pervasive issue.My reaction to "Catholic Cynicism" and Catholics' frustrations with the state of the Church. This is not be for the faint of heart! There's no crying in baseball—or in Catholicism. It's time to get tough. Chapter Timestamps(00:03) - Addressing Frustration in the ChurchCatholic cynicism and negativity in the community discussed, with emphasis on the need for a resilient faith.(08:43) - Frustrations in the Military and ChurchMilitary life's emotional challenges, Catholic Church frustrations, and the importance of unity and understanding in times of disagreement.(23:18) - Challenges and Frustrations in Catholic ChurchFrustration with recent church document on same-sex unions, administrative issues, attracting young men to seminary, and seeking guidance from our lady.(29:17) - Navigating Disillusionment in the ChurchDisillusionment with church hierarchy should not hinder personal growth in faith; focus on spiritual practices and devotion.(44:14) - Catholic Adventurer's Special Episode FarewellFollow me on social media, visit CatholicAdventurer.com, and support my family during financial challenges. Share and spread the message. Blessings to all.Below is my original "rant" on this matter, posted to X before the episode. Thinking of leaving the Church because of "frustrations?"If you're thinking of leaving the Church because you're "frustrated" with things, I say this:You overestimate the value of your frustrations. -Nothing is stopping you from growing in holiness other than what you choose to focus on—the things that frustrate you.-Nothing you see in the Church today is new. Nothing. We've seen it all before across 2000 years. Don't take your perceptions too seriously. You're not that important (neither are any of us)-Some of the things you're frustrated about are fires stoked by people who are playing the devil's game in media (Catholic and secular). It's where you get your information, and they also guide what information you look for. They lie, distort, magnify the insignificant, diminish significant in every story. Very few of them are balanced. You should be frustrated with them.-God always wins. God always has the last laugh. Why should you worry? -The Church is guided by the Holy Spirit, cared for by the Holy Virgin, and is the spouse of Jesus Christ. Can you care for the Church better than they do? Can you even come close? No? Then stop worrying. The Church is in good hands.I say this a lot, and I want to say it again here. Catholicism is not the Boy Scouts, it's the military. Straighten up, and toughen up. "I'm frustrated!" is for boy/Girl Scouts. If the Scouts is what you're after, there are 187 protestant denominations waiting for you. Host's WebsitePortal Site for this podcastl: Portal Site for "Meditations for Saints in the Making.." ChurchCasterFM by Fiat Media.-  -
The Pulse #3 - Flubs, Flops and "Falls"
Dec 31 2023
The Pulse #3 - Flubs, Flops and "Falls"
-Confession “buzz” at Denver Catholic High School that developed a novel way of getting students into the convessional—or a new way to get out of Math class.-Chris Christie flip-flops on Gay Marriage: We're already seeing misintrupretations of  Fiducia Supplicans work its way into the secular mind. How might it manifest in potential lawsuits against the Catholic Church?-Lessons from the “fall” of Church Militant: Lies and falsehoods are being trapped and exposed as Church Militant and Michael Voris appear to be losing the final battle for survival in a defamation lawsuit. What should we learn from this epic?Concluding with a call to guard our Catholic identity, I reflect on the sway of Catholic media personalities like Michael Voris and the importance of critical thinking in our faith journey. We cast a critical eye on who we allow to shape our beliefs, reminding listeners to seek figures who truly embody Christ's teachings. As we bid farewell to the year and look ahead, join me on a quest for understanding truth and goodness, ensuring our faith remains anchored in the heart of Jesus.Chapter Timestamps(00:00) - Denver Catholic High School Buzzer ConfessionDenver Catholic High School uses buzzers to streamline confession process, reducing anxiety and judgment for students.(07:19) - Chris Christie's Shift on Gay MarriageThe Vatican's stance on same-sex blessings may lead to legal challenges for the Catholic Church and concerns about misinterpretations.(14:06) - Chris Christie on Changing BeliefsChris Christie's shift on same-sex unions due to societal change and evolving religious doctrine, emphasizing teaching younger generation the rationale behind beliefs.(22:46) - Warning, Church MilitantChurch Militant's struggles, legal battle, and influence on Catholic culture serve as a cautionary tale for blindly following leaders.(31:12) - Guarding Catholicity From False InfluencesDiscernment is crucial when consuming Catholic media and personalities, and we must guard our faith journey.(40:35) - Exploring Truth and GoodnessExploring the relationship between truth and goodness and their inseparable connection, with the Catholic Adventurer in 2024. Host's WebsitePortal Site for this podcastl: Portal Site for "Meditations for Saints in the Making.." ChurchCasterFM by Fiat Media.-  -
Blessing Same-Sex (and other) Couples - A Twitter Spaces Session
Dec 21 2023
Blessing Same-Sex (and other) Couples - A Twitter Spaces Session
This is a recording of a recent "Spaces" session I hosted in X (Twitter). In it I share my thoughts and reactions following the latest guideliens from the Vatican on blessing people in same-sex relationships, and blessing those in irregular relationships.Join me, the Catholic adventurer, as I navigate the turbulent waters surrounding the topic of blessing same-sex couples and those in irregular relationships within the Catholic Church. It's a controversial issue, and in this session, I share my personal reflections on the balance between upholding doctrine and extending God's grace and mercy. I ponder the dilemma: How can we expect repentance without access to God's assistance in the form of a simple blessing? It may be the only access to God's grace they have, when separated from the sacraments, and without going to Mass? This complex debate is not just about theology; it's about the very hearts and lives of believers seeking their place in the Church's embrace.Highlight Timestamps(00:21 - 02:30) Thoughts on Blessing Same Sex Couples (129 Seconds)(04:52 - 06:41) Debating Church Blessings for Couples (109 Seconds)(10:50 - 11:58) Recognizing Need for Blessings (68 Seconds)(14:58 - 16:01) Marriage Dynamics in Different Situations (63 Seconds)(19:21 - 20:41) Church's  Wisdom and Care (79 Seconds)(23:36 - 25:50) Distorting Church Documents and Causing Scandal (134 Seconds)(31:18 - 32:44) Blessings for Same-Sex Unions in Malawi (86 Seconds)(34:49 - 37:10) Vatican Doctrine on Blessings Clarified (141 Seconds)(38:52 - 39:21) Opinions on a Divisive Topic (29 Seconds) Host's WebsitePortal Site for this podcastl: Portal Site for "Meditations for Saints in the Making.." ChurchCasterFM by Fiat Media.-  -
God Goes Big (So that We can Go Home)
Nov 23 2023
God Goes Big (So that We can Go Home)
DESCRIPTION, CHAPTER TIMESTAMPS AND HIGHLIGHTS BELOWYou've heard the phrase "Go big or go home." But on a grander scale God is the one who goes big, so that we can go home (to Heaven). God goes big, every time. No half steppin'. No cheap tricks or imitations. Ready to have your mind blown? Let's explore how and why this is true. Also later in the broadcast we'll be talking about today's mass readings.Have you ever marveled at the sheer scale of God's interventions in human history? Our latest episode delves into the "God Goes Big" theme, exploring biblical narratives like the plagues of Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea. We spotlight these divine episodes as more than mere historical footnotes; they're monumental acts with enduring consequences for our spiritual journey. Through today's Mass readings, we uncover profound connections to the steadfast faith and immense trials in the book of Maccabees, crafting a resonant tapestry of faith, hope, and divine majesty.Note: This was intended to be a subscriber-only podcast but I'm making it available to the public by special request. Future daily live streams will be for subscribers only. To have access to exclusive podcasts, articles, and webinars (coming soon), please subscribe to my content for a mere $5/month.CHAPTER TIMESTAMPS(11:45) - God's Showstoppers(21:22) - God Goes Big(34:39) - Themes of Faith and LoyaltyOpening Notes:God Goes BigGod is the eternal truth. Everything that comes from him is found in him, perfectly. Humor, intelligence, creativity. Holiness. Beauty. Everything.So when God acts on something he orders it to a sort of perfection. He goes big. Everything is a big deal when he acts on it—because He is a big deal. Even the Church is a big deal. I would argue that it’s a bigger deal than the creation of time and space.The IncarnationGod became man. He infiltrated enemy territory and took on human flesh. He became one of us. Let me be clear, and let this really sink in: God…became…one of us. He emptied himself of His glory to take on human flesh.He was born of a virginWhy was he born of a virgin? Because to be born in the usual way of human generation sin would have been passed down to Jesus from his human parents, and he would not have been the unblemished Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world.He healed the lame and restored sight to the blind. He cured lepers and liberated those possessed by the devil. Why is that a big deal? Because He didn’t just make people feel better, he made them BE better.In life we ask God for so many things. Sometimes silly things. Often, important things. If he seems to act slowly, it’s only because it takes time to “go big” when acting on something so small (us). Host's WebsitePortal Site for this podcastl: Portal Site for "Meditations for Saints in the Making.." ChurchCasterFM by Fiat Media.-  -
Freemasonry, Satanism, Humanism
Nov 23 2023
Freemasonry, Satanism, Humanism
We're starting off with a riveting conversation that explores the intriguing intersections of Catholicism with Freemasonry, Satanism, and Humanism. Listen in as we unpack the complexities of these topics, peppered with some of the latest unusual news stories that mirror the current state of our society. You won't want to miss the insights from today's Mass reading from the book of Maccabees and the significance it holds within our faith and historical context.Then we examine the concept of unity and its potential parallels to communism and Freemasonry, discussing the Catholic Church's stance against the latter. With a keen eye on the growing popularity of FreemasonryHear my take on the establishment of a Satanic Temple's after-school club in Connecticut and how it ties into broader philosophical movements. We'll also reflect on the unfortunate news of an Ohio priest's sentencing, shedding light on the dark undercurrents in modern culture, and revisit Pope Leo XIII's historical perspective on Freemasonry.Finally, wrap up this episode with a profound reminder of the importance of keeping our faith alive through prayer and Mass. I share with you the power of communion with the divine, and how frequent encounters can bring restoration and truth into our chaotic world.Chapter Timestamps(00:00) - Catholic Adventurer Daily Podcast LaunchInteractive daily segment discussing Catholicism, unusual news, and building community through live call-ins and polls.(13:58) - Freemasonry, Satanism, and Catholicism ComparisonUnity decreed by a king, Catholic Church's stance against Freemasonry, Satanic symbolism, and the Church's historical position.(28:46) - Redefining Satanic Club in EducationThe Satanic Club's activities align with non-theistic and pagan philosophies, reflecting a shift in youth attitudes towards religion.(33:23) - The Role of Science and EmotionScience and faith can coexist, open discourse in classrooms, emotions and social justice, reason as primary driver of justice.(50:04) - Stay Close to God Through PrayerParticipate in Mass, receive communion reverently, and engage in daily prayer to stay connected with God amidst chaos.ResourcesSatanic Temple announces launch of ‘After School Satan Club’ at Connecticut elementary schoolWhy Can't Catholics Be Freemasons?Vatican doctrine office reaffirms that Catholics cannot be Freemasons  Host's WebsitePortal Site for this podcastl: Portal Site for "Meditations for Saints in the Making.." ChurchCasterFM by Fiat Media.-  -