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Here's a talk on a little-discussed bit of Catholic theology - redemptive suffering. If you've never understood Col 1:24, this is probably the talk for you.

From what I understand, there were few things more common 60 years ago than for a whining Catholic kid to hear, "Offer it up!" Hopefully Fr. will go a bit deeper... ;0)

This podcast is from a lenten mission talk presented by Fr. Riccardo several years ago at the Cardinal Maida Institute in Plymouth, Michigan. The title of the talk is Redemptive Suffering-The Supreme Power of Prayer By Those Who Suffer.
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I can't believe we're now resorting to this:



...it used to be the most natural thing in the world...
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Here are a couple of lectures on St. Augustine from the University of Sydney:

Augustine, City of God, download, listen. [Augustine thinks not in opposites but in terms of an order with many levels. Manicheanism; his theory of evil. Structure of the City of God. Some themes: Fate, foreknowledge and free will; the greatness of the Roman empire, honour as a simulacrum of virtue; the two cities; the possibility of cooperation between citizens of the two cities.]

Augustine on Freewill and Predestination, download, listen [Augustine's conception of free choice. According to Pelagius, living the good life is up to you. Augustine's dissatisfaction with Pelagius' doctrine. According to Augustine, after the Fall, human beings need God's help for each and every good act of choice. This help is gratuitous, not earned or deserved as a right. Needed also is the gift of perseverance; salvation or damnation depends on the state in which one dies. Predestination. Adam's sin attributed to all human beings. The basis for Augustine's doctrine in the bible (see extracts from bible). Later contests over Augustine's doctrine: Ockham, Bradwardine and Gregory of Rimini, Luther, Calvin, Molina, Jansen, Arnauld, Arminius.]
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If you've never heard Fr. Corapi, he's probably the best preacher I've ever heard. He truly has the charism of Apostolic Preaching, and you can find him on EWTN on a regular program (TV schedule here).

As part of the New Evangelization, Father is undertaking an online subscription program to keep people informed through video downloads on a weekly basis and give us, his children, words of wisdom and strength for our times. Click here to see a short video of Father Corapi introducing his new program. The cost is about $10/month, but if you're not tithing (or could spare $10 to simply try it for a month) you should prayerfully consider supporting his apostolate.

...OR...

If you would like to evangelize your fellow parishioners but don't quite know how, you could start an audio/video library at your parish (be sure to run it by your priest first, and volunteer to keep track of it!). Buy a few at a time (or a bunch if you can afford it) and put a notice in your bulletin saying that these are available. People might not read what's put out, but if there are CDs available you're rather likely to get folks listening on their commute.

In any case, below is an abbreviated version of his conversion story (with some details I hadn't heard before). Give it a listen, then ask yourself if God wants you to reach out and be reached through this holy priest.


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From Jimmy Akin:

Below is an hour-long video interview with Justice Antonin Scalia which was aired on the Charlie Rose Show.

Charlie Rose comes across at numerous points not as a serious journalist as a hard leftie who thinks he's a serious journalist and who insists on viewing every issue through an ideological lens--although in fairness to him he does at times try to view things from what he takes to be Scalia's perspective.

Despite the annoying Rose-factor, though, the interview is still well worth watching due to the remarkable candor and insight of the man being interviewed.

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I ran across a site which has an extremely big catalog of William Lane Craig debates - he's a Protestant debater par excellance about whom I've blogged before. I'm pretty sure I've already posted a few of these before, but here they are nonetheless:

UPDATE: Thanks to ChristianJR4, these links have been updated here.


Evil and Suffering/Morality and God/Hell:

William Lane Craig
vs
Opponent
Debate Topic
Transcript
Audio
Video
William Lane Craig vs Ray Bradley Can A Loving God Send People To Hell? Transcript Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs Richard Taylor Is The Basis For Morality Natural or Supernatural? Transcript N/A N/A
William Lane Craig vs Kai Nielson God, Morality and Evil Transcript N/A N/A
William Lane Craig vs Walter Sinnott Armstrong Does Evil and Suffering Disprove God? N/A Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs Eric Dayton Does Evil Disprove God? N/A Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs Torbjörn Tännsjö God and Morality
(2001)
N/A Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs Louise Antony Is God Necessary for Morality?
New (April 10, 2008)
N/A Audio Video

N/A= Not Available

Resurrection of Jesus:

William Lane Craig vs Opponent Debate Topic Transcript Audio Video
William Lane Craig vs Robert (Greg) Cavin Did Jesus Rise From The Dead?
(Twin Theory debate)
N/A Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs John Dominic Crossan Will The Real Jesus Please Stand Up? N/A Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs Gerd Ludemann Did Jesus Rise From The Dead?
(Boston College 1997)
N/A Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs Gerd Ludemann Jesus’ Resurrection: Fact or Figment?
(California Polytechnic State University 2002)
N/A Audio Video
William Lane Craig vs Hector Avalos Did Jesus Rise From The Dead? N/A Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs John Shelby Spong Did Jesus Rise From The Dead? N/A Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs Bart Ehrman Is There Historical Evidence For The Resurrection Of Jesus? Transcript Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs Brian Edwards Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?
(Easter Radio Debate)
N/A Audio N/A

N/A= Not Available

Islam and Christianity:

William Lane Craig vs Oppoenent
Debate Topic Transcript Audio Video
William Lane Craig vs Jamal Badawi The Concept Of God In Islam and Christianity (1) N/A Audio Video
William Lane Craig vs Jamal Badawi The Concept Of God In Islam and Christainity (2) N/A N/A N/A
William Lane Craig vs Shabir Ally Did Jesus Rise From The Dead? N/A N/A Video
William Lane Craig vs Shabir Ally What Must I Do To Be Saved?
( COMING SOON)
N/A N/A N/A
William Lane Craig vs Shabir Ally The Concept Of God In Islam and Christianity N/A N/A Video
William Lane Craig vs Shabir Ally Who Is The Real Jesus? N/A N/A Video

Does God Exist/Atheism vs Christianity:

William Lane Craig vs Opponent Debate Topic Transcript Audio Video
William Lane Craig vs Frank Zindler Atheism vs Christianity N/A Audio Video
William Lane Craig vs Keith Parsons Why I Am/Am Not A Christian N/A Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs Eddie Tabash Secular Humanism vs Christianity N/A Audio Video
William Lane Craig vs Paul Draper Does God Exist? N/A Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs Peter Atkins Does God Exist? N/A Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs Antony Flew Does God Exist? N/A Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs Theodore Drange Does God Exist? N/A Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs Quentin Smith Does God Exist?
(1996)
Transcript N/A N/A
William Lane Craig vs Quentin Smith Does Got Exist?
(2003)
Transcript N/A N/A
William Lane Craig vs Michael Tooley Does God Exist? Transcript N/A N/A
William Lane Craig vs Douglas Jesseph Does God Exist? Transcript N/A N/A
William Lane Craig vs Corey Washington Does God Exist? Transcript N/A N/A
William Lane Craig vs Massimo Pigliucci Does God Exist? Transcript N/A N/A
William Lane Craig vs Edwin Curley Does the Christian God Exist? Transcript N/A N/A
William Lane Craig vs Victor Stenger Does God Exist? N/A Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs Brian Edwards Does God Exist?
(Radio debate)
N/A Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs Peter Slezak Atheism vs Christianity N/A N/A Video
William Lane Craig vs Austin Dacy Does God Exist? N/A Audio N/A
William Lane Craig vs Arif Ahmed Is Belief in God more Reasonable than Disbelief? N/A Audio N/A
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A reader writes:
I thought I'd give a heads-up to some more nuggets of gold that you may want to share with the rest of your fan/web-base. Fr. Mike Schmitz is a young, rock-solid, zealous, and hilariously relevant priest from the Diocese of Duluth in Minnesota. He is currently the chaplain at the University of Minnesota Duluth where his homilies have been recorded and put online. Being a young priest himself, and with a college-age audience, he preaches with a flavor and spunk that probably reaches the young adult crowd best, while still being worthwhile hearing for 25+ers. I have used his podcasted homilies in my classroom and my students have LOVED him. He preaches the truths of the faith (completely orthodox) and brings almost every homily around to Jesus in the Eucharist.

You can find Fr. Mike's audio files here:
http://umdnewman.blogspot.com/

One statement of Fr. Mike's from an earlier entry got me hooked. Here it is:
"Peter starts walking on water. Even when he fails, even when he falls, and brothers and sisters we know this, we get called out of the boat. You’re going to do some amazing things in the power of Christ, but are you going to fail? Are we going to sin? ABSOLUTELY! What happens? Peter starts to sink, so what does Jesus do? He descends, He grabs him, catches him, and raises
him back up, because that's what Christ does. He descends in order to raise us up."


*HT to Greg - thanks for the help!
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Here are a couple of lectures on a couple of Doctors of the Church, from the University of Sydney's Medieval program. I haven't listened yet, so if there's some...er...not-quite-right stuff in here be sure to drop a notice in the comment box.

Bede, Ecclesiastical History of the English People, download; listen. [The importance of history within the western intellectual tradition. Medieval historians, like the classical predecessors who influenced them, were rhetors, skilled in the technique of 'invention'. Their rhetorical background explains: (i) their use of attributed direct speech; (ii) their predilection for hagiographical stereotyping; (iii) their concern for literary style. Christian aspects of medieval history writing: (1) conception of history as a comprehensible whole; (2) a concern with time and accurate dating; (3) explanatory themes derived from the biblical (especially Old Testament) conception of history.]


Gregory the Great, download, listen [Pope Gregory 1 (the Great) was the highly influential moral teacher of Europe between 600 and 1100. Manuscript survivals, library catalogues and citations by many other writers show his popularity. His Letters were mined for information; his works of biblical exegesis, especially his Moralia on the book of Job, were regarded as models of allegorical exposition by later writers and enshrined practical moral advice with a Stoic bent; his Pastoral Care provided a model of leadership for the secular clergy; his Dialogues introduced a new model of sanctity based on everyday Christian virtues. In general, his writings portrayed a world where the boundaries between the natural and supernatural were porous and advocated the individual's obligations to other members of the body of Christ.]
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David Schütz, an Australian blogger (Sentire cum Ecclesia - great name!) whom I've followed sporadicly for quite some time, alerted me to an Orthodox conference which looks rather meaty. Since it's from the Orthodox, I'm expecting a different take on some issues than I profess, but it looks so high-brow I couldn't resist posting it. Enjoy!

Thursday June 5, 2008

Friday June 6, 2008

Saturday, June 7, 2008

*HT to Dave "the coolest facial hair you've seen in quite some time" Schütz
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Got an e-mail and I'd sure like to help...but I've been doing some searching and I keep coming up short. Could someone out there in the blogosphere be of assistance?

J.M.J.

Greetings from ***!

Praised be Jesus Christ! My name is Sister *** and I am legally blind. I use a digital talking book player for my spiritual reading. I am longing to read: "Divine Intimacy," by Father Gabriel of St. M. Magdalen, O.C.D. I am looking for an mp3 version to load on my digital player. I would even be happy to find a pdf or .txt version. The player can convert printed materials into speech.

Thank you for your consideration.

God bless you,
Sister ***
Needless to say, I'm sure whoever takes this up this little task for Christ will get some powerful prayers sent their way. If you would be so kind, just leave a link in the comment box or e-mail me using the link on the top left of this site.
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SWEEEEET. I can't rave enough about Peter Kreeft's lectures; with a marked note of under-exaggeration, it's life changing stuff. His lecture ability (IMHO) far exceeds his debate skills, but it's simply impossible to listen to him without learning something. Regardless, here's the free media from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute:

Is God Dead?: Atheism vs. ChristianityNEW

Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy, Boston College

Michael Tooley, Professor of Philosophy and College Professor of Distinction, University of Colorado, Boulder

Wheaton College, Norton, MA 4/29/2008

Flash

MP3
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Steve Ray has to be in my top 10 Catholic speakers list. I'd always drop whatever else I'm listening to and give a lecture of his a listen. If he's not in your top 10, you probably haven't listened enough. That said, here's another:

Defending the Eucharist-Steve Ray
A conference entitled The Eucharist and celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi was presented by the Real Presence Association of Michigan on May 24, 2008. The conference was hosted by Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. Mr. Steve Ray addressed the audience with his talk on Defending the Eucharist.

AUDIO download:
DefendingTheEucharist-SteveRay.m4a

*HT to Dave from Detroit...again.

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A reader wrote in and directed me to some talks by Fr. Riccardo (and others). I'm going to post some I'm really interested in over the next few days...I hope you'll be interested, too! The first is a talk by Fr. John Riccardo on Confession. If you haven't been this month, go. Oh, and bring your spouse/kids/parents. Make it a date and catch dinner afterwards -- I'll almost guarantee confession is scheduled for Saturday, which makes it convenient. Ok. That's enough from me. Here's the talk:

On March 8, 2008, Fr. Riccardo addressed the 8th Annual Worcester Diocesan Catholic Men's Conference in Worcester, MA. Fr. John spoke on Confession: A Fireside Chat with the Lord. This podcast contains the audio and video from his address. It is posted in iPod video format and should play within the iTunes application, Apple Quicktime or on a video iPod. The file is over 350 MB in size, so patience is required for the download. A broadband connection to the Internet is recommended. An audio only version has also been posted for listeners using slower connections to the Internet.
(VIDEO & AUDIO) Direct download: ConfessionFiresideChatWithTheLord.m4v
(AUDIO ONLY) Direct download: WorcesterConfessionAudio.m4a

*HT to Dave from Detroit...more to come!
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Just finished listening to another set of (Protestant Apologist) William Lane Craig lectures - this one on Easter and the Resurrection - and I'm quite pleased. As far as I could tell, there's nothing contrary to the Faith in these...so you're on pretty safe ground. Craig even goes so far as to say that it's more reasonable to view the three-fold questioning of Peter by Jesus in John 21:15 et seq. as a commissioning of Peter as the Chief Apostle than "merely" as a restoration following Peter's three-fold denial of Christ. That kind of thinking makes me hopeful that Craig will eventually go the way of folks like Frank Beckwith and Jay Budziszewski and hop the Tiber...but time will tell.

In any case, here are the lectures:

2008/03/10 Easter (Pt. 3)

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2008/03/03 Easter (Pt. 2)

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2008/02/25 Easter (Pt. 1)

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Stumbled across this Archival Website (brought to you by the Catholic Music Express) which hosts all their old programs - each about an hour in length. If you're looking for contemporary Catholic music, you don't have to look farther. Do check them out.
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Shamelessly stolen from my competition over at A Catholic iPod:

The words of the Bishop of Antioch, The Saint Ignatius Series narrated by Joe McClane of The Catholic Hack Podcast. Download all seven epistles. Donations here, are not required but appreciated to be used to produce CDs for mass distribution.

(Click to Listen, Right Click to Download)

THE EPISTLE OF IGNATIUS TO THE PHILADELPHIANS

THE EPISTLE OF IGNATIUS TO THE ROMANS

THE EPISTLE OF IGNATIUS TO THE TRALLIANS

THE EPISTLE OF IGNATIUS TO THE MAGNESIANS

THE EPISTLE OF IGNATIUS TO THE EPHESIANS

THE EPISTLE OF IGNATIUS TO POLYCARP

THE EPISTLE OF IGNATIUS TO THE SMYRAEANS

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All right - it's taking a bit longer than expected to get settled. We're still moving in, so don't expect the regular pace...but I'll try and do what I can. Until I can get back in the groove, you might enjoy the following from those good folks at St. Martha's in Kingwood, TX:

Dr. Eileen Barbella of St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, TX, is a licensed psychologist, trained Spiritual Director, and retreat director. For over thirty years, she has explicitly studied, taught, and used the wisdom of the Ignatian Spirituality. She has taught at a Catholic parish, as a spiritual director, and as co-director of a diocesan training program for spiritual directors.

She worked as a licensed psychologist in private practice in Austin, TX for 15 years during which time she helped develop a partial hospitalization program at CPC Capital Hospital. She has since been a “spiritual coach,” based on the cornerstones of Natural Systems Theory (Bowen Theory) and Ignatian Spirituality .

She worked as a licensed psychologist in private practice in Austin, TX for 15 years during which time she helped develop a partial hospitalization program at CPC Capital Hospital. She has since been a “spiritual coach,” based on the cornerstones of Natural Systems Theory (Bowen Theory) and Ignatian Spirituality .

She worked as a licensed psychologist in private practice in Austin, TX for 15 years during which time she helped develop a partial hospitalization program at CPC Capital Hospital. She has since been a “spiritual coach,” based on the cornerstones of Natural Systems Theory (Bowen Theory) and Ignatian Spirituality .

She worked as a licensed psychologist in private practice in Austin, TX for 15 years during which time she helped develop a partial hospitalization program at CPC Capital Hospital. She has since been a “spiritual coach,” based on the cornerstones of Natural Systems Theory (Bowen Theory) and Ignatian Spirituality
Spirituality of Marriage: Living Joyfully 1

by Dr. Eileen Barbella, 02/09/08

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Spirituality of Marriage: Living Joyfully 2

by Dr. Eileen Barbella, 02/09/08

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