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Catholic Exchange

Catholic Exchange

The podcast for Catholic Exchange, your daily source for spiritual encouragement and information. Our goal is to help make saints in our time. Join Michael J. Lichens and several CE authors discussing articles and the latest topics.

What Good is Prudence? (theologian & host Fr. Gregory Pine, OP)How We Can Walk With Mary in Lent | feat. Fr. Edward Looney
You can find our show notes and resources at https://catholicexchange.com/how-we-can-walk-with-mary-in-lent-feat-fr-edward-looney (http://bit.ly/2GQBEEX).It's hard to believe, but the beginning of Lent is quickly approaching. In hopes that we can make this Lent bear great spiritual fruits, long-time CE author Fr. Edward Looney joins Michael to discuss how Mary can help us through our Lenten journey. By examining the life of Mary and the words she has given us at her apparitions, Fr. Looney shares how we can walk with Mary and have intercede for us in Lent and beyond. You'll also discover that Mary truly seeks to heal us and bring us to her Son, our Lord. You can stream this episode below or find us wherever you enjoy listening to podcasts. Among some other subjects that we touch on:The prayers Mary requested us to make at seven apparitions.How Mary's prayers can convert sinners (check out Fr. Looney's article on this subject here on Catholic Exchange)Mary's help in overcoming entrenched sins.Why we ask Mary to pray for us now.Why we should pray the Seven Sorrows Rosary during Lent.How Jesus heals Mary's broken heart (and how He can do the same for you).How to pray to hear God's voice.How St. Faustina and Mother Mary can guide us in putting more of our trust in God.The apparition of Mary in Champion, Wisconsin.Why Lent is a special time to ask Mary to help you pray for your departed loved ones.Some resources we mentioned:"An Unexpected Miracle at Lourdes" by Sheila Beirne."Lessons I Learned From Scripture After My Mom Passed Away" by Fr. Edward Looney.The Mother Cabrini Shrine on Lookout Mountain in Colorado.Find Fr. Looney's Previous interviews in our archives, "Seeking a Marian Heart" and "Learning to Love the Rosary."You can also read Fr. Looney's previous articles on Catholic Exchange.You can also find Fr. Looney on Facebook, Twitter, and his website, EdwardLooney.com.Fr. Looney's latest book, A Lenten Journey with Mother Mary, is available through Sophia Institute Press.Support the show (https://catholicexchange.com/donate)
Feb 22 2022
34 mins
Fulton J. Sheen on Love & the Greatest Commandment (Allan Smith, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Mission Society of Canada)A Catholic Prayer App to Boost Your Spiritual Life (Eddie Trask, Augustine Institute)Courageous Christians Living Their Faith in Muslim Lands | Casey J. ChalkThe Holy Spirit Draws Us Close | Sr. Mary Ann Fatula, O.P.Great Christmas Books for Children III | Christmas Blossoms by Priscilla Smith McCaffreyGreat Christmas Books for Children II: Joseph’s Donkey & The Beggar and the Bluebird by Anthony DeStefanoGreat Christmas Books for Children (Part I): The Christmas Light by Claudia Cangilla McAdamMake the Liturgical Calendar Part of Your Home | Michaela & Jeremiah HarrisonFinding Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati | Christine M. Wohar, FrassatiUSA
“The faith given to me in baptism suggests to me surely: by yourself you will do nothing, but if you have God as the center of all your action, then you will reach the goal.”— Pier Giorgio FrassatiBlessed Pier Giorgio Frassati died in 1925 at the age of 24. However, Bl. Frassati's faith, humor, and charity continue to have a great impact on souls throughout the world. In today's episode of Catholic Exchange, Michael welcomes Christine M. Wohar, the founder of FrassatiUSA and author of Finding Frassati: And Following His Path to Holiness.Called “The Man of the Eight Beatitudes” by Pope St. John Paul II, Bl. Frassati had a heart to help the impoverished and oppressed from an early age. Michael and Christine discuss how a young man from great wealth and influence took to heart the teachings of Christ. We also discuss the impact he had on his friends and family and how his funeral became a small pilgrimage for thousands of people. If you ever wondered what God has planned for young Catholic adults, today's episode will introduce you to a young, athletic man whose holiness carried on long after his death. Christine Wohar is a champion of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati and you can follow her work at FrasattiUSA.org. You can also find local Frassati groups at this page. Her book, Finding Frassati: And Following His Path to Holiness, is a lovely devotional and collection of stories about Bl. Frassati that is highly recommended. You can preview Finding Frassati in the following excerpts, free through Catholic Exchange.Pier Giorgio Frassati’s Love for Our LadyBlessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: A Eucharistic Life & the Practice of Penance✠image: portrait of Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati by Luciana Frassati / Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)Support the show (https://catholicexchange.com/donate)
Nov 9 2021
1 hr 5 mins
Meet Pope St. Pius V: The Legendary Rosary Pope (Prof. Roberto De Mattei & Fr. Edward Looney)When Bad Things Happen to Good People: A Catholic Answer (Paul Chaloux, author & professor)The Bible as a Great Adventure (Jeff Cavins, author & teacher)A Catholic Answer to Suffering | Paul Chaloux, author and professorThe Sculptor Bringing Dante to Life | A Conversation with artist Timothy P. Schmalz
September 12, 2021 marks the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, the greatest poet of Western Christianity. While Dante has had a profound impact on art over the centuries, Canadian artist Timothy P. Schmalz has undertaken an ambitious project to sculpt Dante's magnum opus, The Divine Comedy. Mr. Schmalz is the artist behind the famous Homeless Jesusstatue, which can be found at churches throughout the world. He has also sculpted large public memorials such as Angels Unawares, the Canadian Veterans’ Memorial and Golden Leaves. His latest project, sculpted amidst the COVID lockdowns, is possibly his most ambitious and will feature 100 individual sculptures walking people through Dante's work on Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. He will thus be the first artist to depict all 100 cantos of The Divine Comedy. Today on the Catholic Exchange Podcast, Timothy Schmalz describes his creative process and how Dante has had such an impact on his work. Mr. Schmalz also tells us about the parallels he sees between Dante-in-exile and the general feelings we all feel in our chaotic world. Through all this, we find in Dante a companion for the road who restores our hope in Providence of God. Today's episode is especially a great start if you have a love of Dante's work or want to dive into his great poem. ResourcesFind more info about the Dante gardens and sculptures at the site DanteSculpture.com, where you can see the many beautiful sculptures. You can also follow Mr. Schmalz's work at his website or Facebook. Learn more about the premier at Florence's Badio Fiorentina at their website. Finally, take a look at our previous coverage of the art of Timothy Schmalz:Creating Art as an Act of Prayer (podcast)Art as Theology: A Conversation with Timothy P. Schmalz (podcast)The Homeless Jesus Statue, the Year of Mercy and the New Evangelisation by KV Turley (article)✠Support the show (https://catholicexchange.com/donate)
Sep 4 2021
43 mins
A Family Guide to Spiritual Warfare (Kathleen Beckman, Foundation of Prayer for Priests)
Aug 17 2021
48 mins
Fulton J. Sheen's Guide to the Sacraments of the Church (Al Smith, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Mission Society of Canada)
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen died over forty years ago. However, his work remains as influential and inspiring it was when he was alive (if not more so!). What keeps people coming back to the televangelist and bishop after so many decades? Examining his work on the sacraments, Michael is joined by Al Smith, the founder and director of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Mission Society of Canada and the editor of three Fulton J. Sheen anthologies, who takes a look at the work of the Archbishop. In today's episode, Al Smith and Michael Lichens discuss how they've discovered Fulton J. Sheen in youth and how his work has continued to influence them. We also take a look at the writings and homilies of Ven. Sheen on the sacraments and his advice for newly-wed couples. Finally, we discuss Fulton Sheen's advice for welcoming children into our lives. Other topics we discussed:How much writing did Fulton Sheen accomplished while hosting a popular TV series.How Ven. Sheen's writings can help us to find a road map to the sacramental life.Bishop Sheen's call to see the sacraments with a divine sense of humor.The origin, power, and efficacy of the Seven Sacraments.The power of baptism throughout our lives.Why Fulton Sheen said that it takes "three to get married."Articles & ResourcesYou can purchase Archbishop Sheen’s Book of Sacraments at your local Catholic bookstore or online through Sophia Institute Press. You can also find the previous anthologies, The Cries of the Jesus from the Cross: A Fulton Sheen Anthology (2018) and  Lord, Teach Us To Pray: A Fulton Sheen Anthology (2020).You can check out these previous articles and interviews from Al Smith, available here on Catholic Exchange:“Every Catholic Home Needs a Good Book on the Sacraments”“How Bishop Sheen Helped Me to Reconcile With the Blessed Mother”“Fulton J. Sheen: My Guide As I Learn to Pray”“What Fulton J. Sheen Can Teach Us About Prayer”“Ven. Fulton J. Sheen as a Lenten Guide”Support the show (https://catholicexchange.com/donate)
Jul 30 2021
50 mins
Share Marian Devotions With Your Children (Fr. Edward Looney & Anthony DeStefano)A Quick Intro to Catholic Social Teachings with Laura Zambrana of Endow Groups