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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 Family 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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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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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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“[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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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

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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“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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National Marriage Week 2022 (February 7-14)

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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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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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“[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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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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