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Ep. 106: Titanic

Posted Jan. 27, 2023 by DOM No comments yet

Kara and Andrew devote an entire episode to Titanic on the 25th anniversary of the film’s long run in theaters, which happens to coincide with director James Cameron’s new film, Avatar: The Way of Water. The aquatic adventure from 1997 has quite a bit more to offer for reflection on the call to love, however. As is unavoidable when talking about this movie, the conversation gets emotional.

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Ep. 105: Eucharistic Revival plus The Fabelmans

Posted Jan. 13, 2023 by DOM No comments yet

We are kicking off the new year with a look at the Eucharistic Revival! Fr. Craig Vasek gives us the scoop on this growing movement to restore faith in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Then (27:35), Kara Bach joins to talk about Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-contending autobiographical family drama, The Fabelmans.

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The National Eucharistic Revival
Eucharistic Revival Leaders Playbook
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Books
The Lamb’s Supper by Scott Hahn
Jesus the Bridegroom by Brant Pitre
Jesus & the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist by Brant Pitre

National Marriage Week 2023

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Plus, check out this cool moment from a Steven Spielberg, which shows how his family life is reflected in his work.

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Ep. 104: The Muppet Christmas Carol

Posted Dec. 15, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

We’re ending the year by celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Muppet Christmas Carol! Kara and Andrew wax theological about this all-time classic, which builds in surprising ways on Charles Dickens’s original 1843 novella. According to this version of Scrooge, love is the only thing sillier than a Merry Christmas. How’s that working out for him?

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A bit of housekeeping: we’ll be off for Christmas, so this will be the last episode until January. Thank you all for making 2022 the most listened-to year in the history of this podcast!

Have a Blessed Advent and a Merry Christmas!

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Ep. 103: Aquinas and Casablanca

Posted Dec. 2, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

What did Aquinas say about marriage? How does he reveal the true nature of marriage as we live it out today? Did he get everything right, and if not, how do we approach it now? Fr. Gregory Pine, OP, joins to answer those questions and more! Then, Kara joins (22:30) to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Casablanca and how world events impact the call to love.

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Fr. Gregory contributes to *four* different podcasts, which you can find here:

Godsplaining

Thomistic Institute

Catholic Classics

Pints with Aquinas

 

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Ep. 102: The Rings of Power

Posted Nov. 18, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

Kara and Andrew finally complete their quest to review season 1 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power! Most of the story is not original to Tolkien and was produced by a company whose practices diverge considerably from the Gospel. So why does the show quote almost directly from scripture and the moral theology of Thomas Aquinas with strange regularity? Why is divine providence hinted at more heavily than in the Lord of the Rings films? What’s going on here?

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Ep. 101: Friends and Fatherhood plus The Rings of Power

Posted Nov. 4, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

Canavox’s Lucas Fennell joins to talk about what we can learn about friendship and its impact on fatherhood, drawing from his years of experience working with teenage boys and incarcerated men.

Then (25:10), Kara and Andrew finally start their coverage of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Now that season 1 is complete, we can finally talk about it, but will we fit everything into one episode? (No).

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Ep. 100: Movie Spectacular with Steven Greydanus

Posted Oct. 21, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

We’re celebrating 100 episodes by celebrating the movies! Deacon Steven Greydanus of Decent Films joins to offer some perspective on our approach to film, declining religious themes in Marvel movies like Thor: Love and Thunder, Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, plus a plethora of recommendations!

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Ep. 99: Psychology and Gender plus You’ve Got Mail

Posted Oct. 7, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

Dr. Andrew Sodergren brings his psychological expertise to the podcast to help us tackle questions surrounding the development of men and women. This fascinating look includes Attachment Theory, questions about gender discordance and dysphoria, and how to treat people with those experiences compassionately and truthfully. Then (36:55), Kara joins to mark the onset of Fall as is commonly done: by talking about You’ve Got Mail.

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When Harry Met Sally episodes:

71– Attraction and Discordance part 2 plus When Harry Met Sally

72– When Harry Met Sally part 2

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Ep. 98: Biology and the Sexes plus the Silmarillion

Posted Sep. 23, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

Experts in medicine, psychology, philosophy, and theology recently collaborated on a  new book, which comprehensively outlines a coherent view of the human person. Dr. Paul Hruz, one of the medical contributors to Sexual Identity: The Harmony of Philosophy, Science, and Revelation, joins to talk about the book and what exactly are the factors of biological sex. Later (22:55) Kara joins to celebrate Hobbit Day, and put up with Andrew’s effusive praise for JRR Tolkien’s The Silmarillion, part of which overlaps with the new show The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

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Ep. 97: Finances and Faith plus Before Midnight part 2

Posted Sep. 9, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

Jonathan and Amanda Teixeira of WalletWin are back to offer more financial help, combining the vocation of Catholic families with money management wisdom. And we return to last episode’s cliffhanger ending (16:40) to wrap up Before Midnight, but not before Andrew tries yet again to find a secret Catholic meaning, which Kara may or may not validate.

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Ep. 96: Finances and Faith plus Before Midnight part 1

Posted Aug. 26, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

For as much stress as they can cause to marriages, finances don’t usually get a lot of direct attention around here. Jonathan and Amanda Teixeira of WalletWin are here to help, combining the vocation of Catholic families with money management wisdom. Kara joins (16:40) to find Andrew debuting an exciting new podcast segment coinciding with the final film in the “Before trilogy“, Before Midnight.

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The Good Steward Workshop – open now!

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Marriage Nullity helpful examples from the Diocese of Sacramento

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Ep. 95: Discernment, Communion, and Before Sunset

Posted Aug. 12, 2022 by DOM 1 comment

Fresh off their talk at the 2022 World Meeting of Families in Rome, Soren & Ever Johnson join to talk about discernment in family life, how it’s oriented toward communion, and their ministry with Trinity House Community. Later (23:15) Kara joins to continue our trek through Richard Linklater’s “Before trilogy” with its exciting midpoint, Before Sunset.

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Trinity House Cafe + Market, Leesburg, VA

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Heaven in Your Home Letters (weekly e-letter)

Heaven in Your Home Workshop: How to Build a Flourishing Catholic Household

“Discernment in Daily Family Life” Talk at the World Meeting of Families, Rome

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Ep. 94: Before Sunrise

Posted Jul. 29, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

Before Sunrise came out 27 years ago. Its sequel, Before Sunset, came out 18 years ago. The finale in the trilogy, Before Midnight, came out 9 years ago. Today, Kara Bach joins to kick off our series on the trilogy, starting with Before Sunrise. It follows a couple meeting, falling in love, and asking the big questions about love, God, and the world… all in one day.

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Ep. 93: The Genesis of Gender plus the Stranger Things Finale

Posted Jul. 15, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

Friend of the podcast, Dr. Abigail Favale, returns to talk about her new book, The Genesis of Gender! We visit disparate sources like Plato, Stranger Things, and Simone de Beauvoir, but we promise you one thing: by the end we will arrive at stable definitions of “man” and “woman”. Later (29:40), Kara joins for even more Stranger Things! We wrap up season 4 and conclusively answer whether this is a secret Catholic show.

Programming note: we had some unexpected hiccups with our World Meeting of Families coverage, but now that travel and our schedules have been straightened out, that’s coming soon!

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Related Episodes:

65– Language in Gender Theory pt 1

66– Language in Gender Theory pt 2

“[V]aluing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity is necessary if I am going to be able to recognize myself in an encounter with someone who is different. In this way we can joyfully accept the specific gifts of another man or woman, the work of God the Creator, and find mutual enrichment. It is not a healthy attitude which would seek ‘to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer knows how to confront it’.” -Pope Francis, Laudato Si 155

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Ep. 92: Leaving for Rome plus Stranger Things

Posted Jun. 17, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

We’re heading to Rome! The Tenth World Meeting of Families is happening and we are going to be there. That’s great, but… what does that mean? The USCCB’s own Julia Dezelski joins us to answer that question and more! Then (18:45), Stranger Things returns! Kara Bach joins to chat about the entire show up through Season 4, volume 1, with spoilers! Is Stranger Things secretly a Catholic show inspired by Lord of the Rings?

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“Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the shapes of fear; fairy tales do not give the child the idea of the evil or the ugly; that is in the child already, because it is in the world already. Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the possible defeat of bogey. The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon.” -G.K. Chesterton, “The Red Angel” in Tremendous Trifles

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Ep. 91: Abortion

Posted Jun. 3, 2022 by DOM No comments yet

Abortion doesn’t have to tear the country apart. It doesn’t have to be the option women turn to in crisis. With the upcoming Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson likely overturning Roe v. Wade, we have to be part of a quantum leap in caring for mothers. We can do it, because Tiffany Farley and Dan Miller of Gabriel Network already have been doing it. They join us for the entire episode to provide insight and a wealth of opportunities to help save lives and make it easier for mothers to love their children.

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Gabriel Network (Maryland)

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Heartbeat International

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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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“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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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
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Discerning Hearts podcasts

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