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A Blogger and the Blessed Mother | Mark Shea, interviewed by Carl E. Olson | Ignatius Insight | June 24, 2009

Carl E. Olson, editor of Ignatius Insight, talks to Mark Shea, well-known blogger, author, and apologist, about Mary, Mother of the Son, Mark's three-volume exploration of the Marian dimension of Catholic thought, life, prayer, and practice.

Mark is the man and mind behind the popular "Catholic and Enjoying It!" blog. He is also the author of several books--including Making Senses Out of Scripture, By What Authority?: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition, and This Is My Body: An Evangelical Discovers the Real Presence--and a regular contributor to Catholic Exchange,, and National Catholic Register.

In this 47-minute interview, Mark talks about his Marian trilogy, misconceptions about Marian beliefs, and Marian devotions, as well as the life of an established blogger and budding actor.

Signed copies of Mary, Mother of the Son can be ordered through Mark's website.

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Thought y'all would like this:

Dr. Scott Hahn

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The Spirit of Sacrifice in the Family

Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR Ed.D., is the director of the Office of Spiritual Development of the New York Archdiocese. He also founded, and is on the staff of Trinity Retreat House, a center for prayer, retreat and renewal for the clergy.

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Reader Dave S. pointed me to the following, from the Catholic Men's Podcast:
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On May 19th, Fr. Riccardo spoke to the Men's Fellowship Group of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish concerning the faith challenges that young men and women face during their college years. In this talk titled Faith Under Attack, Fr. John offers his insight.

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HT to Mark Shea and Homeschool Connections:

Some months ago, John Jansen of Generations for Life traveled to Lansing and gave a great presentation for our high school club Homeschoolers 4 Life. He taught the teens how to present the pro-life position in a way that is both charitable and convincing to pro-choice advocates. The teens loved it. The parents loved it.

I am so excited to announce that John will now be taking that same presentation to teens and parents across the country via an online seminar (webinar). You can attend the webinar for free through Homeschool Connections on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 8:30 PM Eastern time.

If you have not yet experienced a webinar, you've got to give it a try. You'll be able to hear and see John live as well as his presentation. You'll also be able to communicate with him and other attendees via an organized chat. It's much like attending a live conference only you'll be in the comfort of your own home. No gas tank to fill, no parking space to find and you don't even have to dress up! So simple, yet so rewarding.

John's talk is titled: Making the Case for Life:
Have you ever been in a conversation about abortion and found yourself struggling to defend your pro-life beliefs?

"Making the Case for Life" looks at the most common arguments used by abortion advocates use and explains how to respond from a pro-life point of view.

This presentation is geared toward teenagers and adults.

This webinar is brought to you at no charge thanks to the sponsorship of Generations for Life and Pro-life Action League.

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From the Acton Institute for the study of Religion and Liberty comes the following lectures on faith, politics, freedom, and the various relations therebetween:

Mr. Lawrence W. Reed

The Importance of Character in a Free Society

Mr. Lawrence W. Reed
May 7, 2009
Watch Mr. Lawrence W. Reed's lecture
Rev. Robert A. Sirico

Great Challenges: Greater Opportunities

Rev. Robert A. Sirico
March 12, 2009
12:00 - 1:30pm
Listen to Rev. Robert A. Sirico                 's Lecture
Dr. Donald P. Condit

Our Next Exigency: How Ought Health Care be Reformed?

Dr. Donald P. Condit
January 15, 2009
12:00 - 1:30pm
Watch Dr. Donald P. Condit      's lecture
Dr. Jay Richards

The Birth of Freedom: A look at Judeo-Christian Tradition to the Rise of Political and Economic Freedom in the West

Dr. Jay Richards
August 14, 2008
12:00 - 1:30pm
Watch Dr. Jay Richards's lecture
Mr. Michael Miller

The Victory of Socialism

Mr. Michael Miller
July 24, 2008
12:00 - 1:30pm
Watch Mr. Michael Miller's lecture
Dr. Arthur C. Brooks

Looking for Happiness, Finding Faith

Dr. Arthur C. Brooks
May 22, 2008
12:00 - 1:30pm
Watch Dr. Arthur C. Brooks's lecture
Mrs. Grace Marie Turner

Can We Repair What’s Wrong with our Health Care System through Christian Principles?

Mrs. Grace Marie Turner
April 10, 2008
12:00 - 1:30pm
Watch Mrs. Grace Marie Turner's lecture
Rev. Robert A. Sirico

The Rise (and Eventual Downfall) of the New Religious Left

Rev. Robert A. Sirico
March 13, 2008
12:00 - 1:30pm
Listen to Rev. Robert A. Sirico's Lecture Watch Rev. Robert A. Sirico's lecture
Dr. Glenn Sunshine

Wealth, Work and the Church

Dr. Glenn Sunshine
February 14, 2008
12:00 - 1:30pm
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Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

Freedom, the Family and the Market: A Humane Response to the Socialist Attack on the Family

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse
January 3, 2008
12:00 - 1:30pm
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Prof. Yuri N. Maltsev

The Crimes of Communism

Prof. Yuri N. Maltsev
September 27, 2007
12:30 pm
Listen to Prof. Yuri N. Maltsev's Lecture
Dr. Jay Richards

Myths Christians Believe about Wealth and Poverty

Dr. Jay Richards
August 23, 2007
Listen to Dr. Jay Richards's Lecture
Rev. Robert A. Sirico

Capitalism and the Common Good: The Ten Pillars of the Moral Economy

Rev. Robert A. Sirico
March 7, 2007
12:00pm – 1:30pm
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Dr. Michael Casey

The Religion of Politics

Dr. Michael Casey
January 9, 2007
12:00pm – 1:30pm
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If you haven't heard of Dr. Scott Hahn, you've been living under a Catholic rock for the last 20 years. If you have heard, you know how awesome he is. Give it thou a listen:

Letter & Spirit with Dr. Scott Hahn & Mike Aquilina
Letter & Spirit: Episode 01
Letter & Spirit: Episode 02

Letter & Spirit: Episode 03

Letter & Spirit: Episode 04

Letter & Spirit: Episode 05

Letter & Spirit: Episode 06

Letter & Spirit: Episode 07

Letter & Spirit: Episode 08

Letter & Spirit: Episode 09

Letter & Spirit: Episode 10

Letter & Spirit: Episode 11

Letter & Spirit: Episode 12

Letter & Spirit: Episode 13

Lord Have Mercy with Dr. Scott Hahn & Mike Aquilina
Lord Have Mercy: Episode 01
Lord Have Mercy: Episode 02
Lord Have Mercy: Episode 03

Lord Have Mercy: Episode 05
Mary and the Saints
Hail, Holy Queen
Scott Hahn with Mother Angelica and Raymond Arroyo on EWTN's "Mother Angelica Live," 4/25/01)

Medicine of God's Mercy
Dr. Scott Hahn - Rome 2008
(A talk that Dr. Hahn gave to the seminarians at the Pontifical North American College.)
Sacraments and Covenant
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Get MP3

There are 500 free MP3s to choose from, so you'll probably find something!

Click here for the list of songs.

*HT to Frugal Catholic Mom
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Got the following tip in the ol' e-mail interwebz thingy:
There are some good mp3s from the assistant pastor at our parish at

He has a series there for mothers, a series on marriage (from his marriage preparation series to which all married parishioners were invited) and some of his homilies.

Thanks again for putting together this website.


So, naturally, I gave the first talk a listen. In short -- awesome. I was listening to the Marriage and Sexuality Series, and if you don't know the Theology of the Body at all then this is the talk for you. If you DO know the TOB, this is a good refresher and there are a few analogies I'll bet you haven't heard. Lots of borrowing from Christopher West and Janet Smith, who get it all from JPII (who gets it from Tradition), but some good original stuff, too.

Do yourself a favor and check it out -- oh, and don't forget the Power Point!
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Still busy with NewBaby #3 -- so please be patient with my (lack of) new posts.

Couple of folks sent in tips pointing to the following free audio. I've got a Lighthouse Catholic Media parish near my house with a convenient mass time (and I always pick up CDs when I'm there), and I can tell you that they're producing some wonderful stuff. If you don't know who Lighthouse Catholic Media is or if you don't evangelize because you're shy, do check out the kiosks as an option for reaching hearts without saying a word.

Lighthouse Catholic Media
Angels and Demons

Lighthouse Catholic Media presents: Fallen Fiction - The Truth About Angels & Demons

The movie, Angels & Demons was released to 3,500 theaters around the country on May 15 and now has grossed over $356 million.

So what’s the problem?

While being hailed as a masterful work of cinema, Angels & Demons grossly mischaracterizes the Catholic Church. This movie assaults the faith of millions and may damage the faith of those who know little about Catholic teaching and the Church's influence on Western history.

Wrapped in an exciting story of mystery and intrigue, Angels & Demons clearly seems to have an anti-Catholic agenda, that of portraying the Church to be a murderous institution bent on eliminating those who would foster scientific progress.

Lighthouse Catholic Media has teamed up with Matthew Arnold to set the record straight in a FREE DOWNLOAD audio presentation, Fallen Fiction - The Truth About Angels & Demons, for you, no strings attached.

Fallen Fiction - The Truth About Angels & Demons is a fantastic resource containing questions and answers that dispel the misguided claims made in the movie’s story.

Please forward this email to your friends and family. Let's set the record straight. It's up to all of us.

Your Friends in Christ,
Lighthouse Catholic Media (a Not-For-Profit Corporation)

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I'm guessing most of the folks who come here have heard of Father Z. In case you haven't, or in case you've heard of him but have just never given his PodcaZt a listen, now is a fine time to tune in.

Now I know we're a few days in already, but you've gotta' hear some of these:

056 08-05-12 Octaves – Fr. Z rants & Augustine on PentecostPENTECOST MONDAY
057 08-05-13 John Paul II on the unforgivable sin; Our Lady of Fatima and the vision of HellTUESDAY
058 08-05-14 Ember Days; Chrysostom on St. Matthias; Prayer to the Holy SpiritWEDNESDAY
059 08-05-15 Leo the Great on Pentecost fasting; Benedict XVI’s sermon for Pentecost SundayTHURSDAY
060 08-05-16 Pentecost customs; St. Ambrose on the dew of the Holy SpiritFRIDAY
061 08-05-17 Pope Leo I on a post-Pentecost weekday; Fr. Z rambles not quite aimlessly for a whileSATURDAY

Here's a link to the rest of Fr. Z's stuff. Now go find out how much about Catholicism you still don't know...

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