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Ep. 90: Vocations plus E.T.

Posted May. 20, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

Concluding our series of episodes on vocations, Fr. Dan Hanley (Associate Director of the USCCB’s office for Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations) joins us to run the gamut of the various ways God calls us to love. For anyone who might be confused about the scope of vocational options, his insight goes a long way toward making sense of the whole. Then Kara Bach joins (30:20) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Few movies have ever offered a better reflection on family life and the sense of wonder.

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

“In speaking of this desire for our own far-off country, which we find in ourselves even now, I feel a certain shyness. I am almost committing an indecency. I am trying to rip open the inconsolable secret in each one of you—the secret which hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence; the secret also which pierces with such sweetness that when, in very intimate conversation, the mention of it becomes imminent, we grow awkward and affect to laugh at ourselves; the secret we cannot hide and cannot tell, though we desire to do both. We cannot tell it because it is a desire for something that has never actually appeared in our experience. We cannot hide it because our experience is constantly suggesting it, and we betray ourselves like lovers at the mention of a name. Our commonest expedient is to call it beauty and behave as if that had settled the matter.

“Wordsworth’s expedient was to identify it with certain moments in his own past. But all this is a cheat. If Wordsworth had gone back to those moments in the past, he would not have found the thing itself, but only the reminder of it; what he remembered would turn out to be itself a remembering. The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshipers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

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Ep. 89: Discerning Vocations plus Children of Men

Posted May. 6, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

What’s the best way to love God? The answer can vary a bit from person to person, and impacts who we care for, what we do, where we live, and how we act. You know, minor stuff. Having formed priests for over a decade, Fr. Carter Griffin joins to provide insight on how to respond to God’s call. Then (24:35), Kara jumps in to talk about The Children of Men, both the novel and the film based on it. We… had definite opinions on which was better.

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Check out Fr. Griffin’s books here!
Why Celibacy? Reclaiming the Fatherhood of the Priest
Forming Fathers: Seminary Wisdom for Every Priest
Cross-Examined: Catholic Responses to the World’s Questions

For links for more on discerning all sorts of vocations, visit this central hub!

For more on discerning priesthood specifically, take a look at Vianney Vocations too.

The Children of Men (1992 novel by P.D. James)

Children of Men (2006 film directed by Alfonso Cuarón)

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Ep. 88: Discernment plus Prince of Egypt part 2

Posted Apr. 22, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

Happy Easter, Christ is Risen! Fr. Timothy Gallagher is back for the second half of our interview, taking us deeper into the world of spiritual discernment. Then, Kara returns (15:55) to finish our chat about The Prince of Egypt. Topics covered include: finding a spiritual director, BattleCrocs, and the Eucharist as the new Passover.

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The Discernment of Spirits
Setting Captives Free
A Biblical way of Praying the Mass
Discerning Hearts podcasts

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Ep. 87: Discernment plus Prince of Egypt part 1

Posted Apr. 8, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

For decades, Fr. Timothy Gallagher has been spreading the spiritual wisdom of St. Ignatius of Loyola and his predecessors- wisdom that can help answer questions like “why am I here?” and “is this desire to follow a certain path from God?”. We had a lot to talk about, so naturally we had too much to fit into one episode. Later (16:30), Kara joins to chat about The Prince of Egypt, a sensational and underrated movie, which Andrew claims is the greatest movie based on scripture. Regardless of whether it’s the best or merely one of the best, it makes for a great preparation for Passover and Holy Week.

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The Discernment of Spirits
Setting Captives Free
A Biblical way of Praying the Mass
Discerning Hearts podcasts

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Ep. 85: Fine. We’ll Talk About Bruno (plus Wedding Planning).

Posted Mar. 11, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

It’s too late to stop us now. We’re talking about Bruno. And the rest of Encanto. That follows another topic people don’t always enjoy talking about: wedding planning. Catherine Boizelle is here to make the process easier, so that engaged couples can focus on what matters most in the sacrament.

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81– Marriage Catechumenate

84– Newlywed Life
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Made for Love Ep. 84: Newlywed Life plus King Richard

Posted Feb. 25, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

Newlywed life is always challenging and exciting, but in a pandemic it can be more the former than the latter. It doesn’t have to be that way though, as Alessandro DiSanto’s experience shows. The co-founder of Hallow joins to chat about life as a newlywed, continuing our miniseries on marriage. Kara joins (19:50) to talk about the Oscar contender King Richard, starring Will Smith, and what it has to say about sports and fatherhood.

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Hallow– A Catholic Prayer & Meditation App

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11– Sports and Family

51– Engagement

81– Marriage Catechumenate
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Made for Love Ep. 83: Marriage Enrichment part 2 plus The Godfather

Posted Feb. 11, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

The marriage crisis in the United States will deepen if we don’t do something to help, and JP DeGance knows how. In honor of National Marriage Week, part 2 of our interview with him dives deeper into concrete ways parishes are helping couples to stay together. Speaking of families in crisis, our second segment (19:45) celebrates the 50th anniversary of the greatest movie ever made: The Godfather.

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Communio

Endgame: The Church’s Strategic Move to Save Faith and Family in America

National Marriage Week 2022 (February 7-14)

The Godfather

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81- Marriage Catechumenate

82- Marriage Enrichment part 1

“Jesus himself, at twelve years of age, tells Mary and Joseph that he has a greater mission to accomplish apart from his earthly family (cf. Lk 2:48-50). In this way, he shows the need for other, deeper bonds even within the family: ‘My mother and my brethren are those who hear the word of God and do it’ (Lk 8:21).” – Amoris Laetitia 18

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Made for Love Ep. 82: Endgame, Marriage Enrichment part 1, and West Side Story

Posted Jan. 28, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

JP DeGance knows how parishes can help married couples stay together. His organization Communio proved it in Jacksonville, where the divorce rate dropped 28%, largely as a result of their work. As part of our ongoing series leading up to National Marriage Week, JP tells us how to enrich marriages, no matter how stable they are, which in turn strengthens the Church. There was definitely a lot to cover, so this is part one of that interview, with the second part coming in our next episode. After that, Kara (along with her baby daughter!) joins to talk about West Side Story, both the 1961 classic and the 2021 Steven Spielberg-directed remake… which might actually be better? Both versions have a bit to say about the call to love; not all of it’s great, but it’s definitely worth reflecting on.

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Communio

Endgame: The Church’s Strategic Move to Save Faith and Family in America

National Marriage Week 2022 (February 7-14)

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65- Gender Theory pt. 1

66- Gender Theory pt. 2

81- Marriage Catechumenate

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Made for Love Ep. 81: The Marriage Catechumenate

Posted Jan. 14, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

Marriage prep varies widely from place to place. The marriage catechumenate is changing the way formation works for couples as they prepare to live out their life in Christ together. This responds to a call from Pope Francis, echoing JPII, in reforming sacramental catechesis. Richard Budd from the Diocese of Lansing is here to help explain what that means, how the kerygma plays into it, and how some practical angles usually go overlooked.

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69- Natural Family Planning

76- Infertility pt. 1

77- Infertility pt. 2

51- Engagement

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Made for Love Ep. 80: Hispanic Family Life and Coco

Posted Dec. 17, 2021 by DOM No comments yet

Lucia Luzondo of the Person and Identity Project weighs in on aspects impacting Hispanic/Latino family life. Kara joins to talk about Pixar’s film Coco (28:00) which definitely did not make us cry multiple times. Topics covered include: ideological colonization, machismo vs. manhood, abuelita shoe combat, loving family across generations, rethinking “parents just don’t understand” narratives.

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Person & Identity Project

Ricardoylucia.com

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Marriage Building USA

 

Coco (2017)

 

“[W]e must say that the essence and role of the family are in the final analysis specified by love. Hence the family has the mission to guard, reveal and communicate love, and this is a living reflection of and a real sharing in God’s love for humanity and the love of Christ the Lord for the Church His bride.” -John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio 17

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Made for Love Ep. 79: Body Image plus The Great Divorce part 2

Posted Dec. 3, 2021 by DOM No comments yet

Struggles with body image don’t get a lot of attention in our culture, but Dr. John Acquaviva is here to help with that. He walks us through the ways which JPII’s Theology of the Body catecheses and scripture can resolve those struggles so they don’t stand in the way of loving relationships. Then, Kara rejoins (29:48) for the second half of our coverage of C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce.

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Catholic Body Image

Improving your Body Image through Catholic Teaching

Raising Kids with a Healthy Body Image

Faith and Sport on Carolina Catholic Radio and Radio Maria

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Made for Love Ep. 78: Having “The Talk” plus The Great Divorce part 1

Posted Nov. 19, 2021 by DOM No comments yet

The vaunted birds and the bees talk. April Readlinger of CanaVox offers tips to make it easier to have successful conversations with your son or daughter about sex. Later (29:47), Kara joins for part 1 of our chat about C.S. Lewis’s novel The Great Divorce. Topics covered include: the obliviousness of teenage boys, how the love of neighbor relates to the meaning of all human life, and Sonny Corleone.

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Tips for Talking to Your Kids about Sex

Elementary school years

Middle school years

High school years

“Dear Katie” video

Join a CanaVox Pro or Varsity group

To join a CanaVox JV group, email jv@canavox.com

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Bishop Barron on The Great Divorce

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Made for Love Ep. 77: Infertility part 2 plus Beauty and the Beast vs. Shrek

Posted Nov. 5, 2021 by DOM No comments yet

Ann Koshute and Kimberly Henkel of Springs in the Desert wrap up our discussion on infertility, then we pit Beauty and the Beast against Shrek (21:10) on the occasion of their 30th and 20th anniversaries respectively. Topics covered include: deep-fried Shrek memes, love and appearances, postmodernism, and surprise weddings.

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Kimberly and Ann’s article in Humanum Review

More info available about infertility from the USCCB

Beauty and the Beast

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Made for Love Ep. 75: Fantasy and Family

Posted Oct. 8, 2021 by DOM No comments yet

We’re back with lots more Lord of the Rings and its significance for fantasy and family! First, the founder of Tea with Tolkien joins us to share her mission of spreading the author’s wisdom and world. Then, Kara joins to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film release of Fellowship of the Ring. Topics covered include: the Immaculate Conception, Frodo paying off his student loans, Tom Bombadil’s divisiveness, and trees. Lots of trees.

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Tea with Tolkien

Tea with Tolkien on Twitter

Tree and Leaf by JRR Tolkien

Porch from Eden Invitation

Pray for Dobbs

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Made for Love Ep. 74: The Green Knight vs. Lord of the Rings

Posted Sep. 24, 2021 by DOM No comments yet

Kara and Andrew go on a journey with Sir Gawain to see if he’s up to the Green Knight’s challenge. Honestly, though, traveling with Bilbo or Frodo would be a more enjoyable experience. Topics include: Memento Mori, humanity’s relationship with nature, talking foxes, and random giants.

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Based on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

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Made for Love Ep. 73: Edward Sri Wraps Up MWML

Posted Sep. 10, 2021 by DOM No comments yet

Our journey through Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love concludes with the book’s author, Dr. Edward Sri! Join us as he gives the inside scoop on the book’s background and where it leads. Topics covered include: doing it for the gram, the scourge of event maybes, Jesus is enough, and the point of virtue is to give us the freedom to love.

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Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love by Edward Sri

The Art of Living by Edward Sri

The Realities of Marriage talk by Edward and Beth Sri

Edwardsri.com

Men & Women are from Eden by Mary Healy

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Made for Love Ep. 72: When Harry Met Sally part 2

Posted Aug. 27, 2021 by DOM No comments yet

We had too much to say about When Harry Met Sally! We’re back with the second part of our chat about this endlessly entertaining, and at least somewhat edifying, look at relationships. Topics include: Gerald Ford, 80’s hair, the disputed nature of “chick flicks”, and the applicable ideas from Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love.

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Made for Love Ep. 71: Attraction and Discordance part 2 plus When Harry Met Sally

Posted Aug. 13, 2021 by DOM No comments yet

We finish up our two-part interview with Eden Invitation’s Anna Carter BUT we also start another multi-parter with the first of (at least) two episodes on When Harry Met Sally, the classic romcom from 1989. Seriously, we had way too much to say about this movie, even more than we thought going in.

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Anna Carter at Eden Invitation

Inheritance blog series part 1 of 4

Previous Episodes featuring Anna Carter:

21- Lots of Kinds of Love

24- Young People

When Harry Met Sally

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Made for Love Ep. 70: Attraction and Discordance part 1

Posted Jul. 30, 2021 by DOM No comments yet

In the first of a two-part interview, Anna Carter imparts her wisdom gained from Eden Invitation’s exciting ministry relating to same-sex attraction and gender discordance. Following that, Kara jumps in to wrap up Men, Women, and the Mystery of Love with a cool conversation about remote preparation for marriage (i.e. singlehood).

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Anna Carter at Eden Invitation

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21- Lots of Kinds of Love

24- Young People

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Made for Love Ep. 69: Indiana Jones and NFP and the Last Crusade

Posted Jul. 16, 2021 by DOM 2 comments

Damon Owens of Joyful Ever After joins for a surprisingly fun chat about NFP Week. Then Kara stops by for a while to cover Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, one of our favorite movies. Topics covered include: Elon Musk’s space ambitions, the Trinitarian theology of booby traps, and can archeology serve as a vessel for loving your family?

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Damon Owens at Joyful Ever After

Natural Family Planning Week (July 25-31)

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