Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,
One of the problems we face is figuring out what media to consume. Like trying to buy cereal at the grocery store, it can be a bit overwhelming! Over the next few weeks, I want to mention some great options. The focus this week is great Catholic podcasts. Here is a short list, with descriptions borrowed from: https://aleteia.org/2019/06/27/8-catholic-podcasts-you-should-be-listening-to/
The Abiding Together podcast “provides a place of connection, rest and encouragement for women who are on the journey of living out their passion and purpose in Jesus Christ.” The three hosts — Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, Michelle Benzinger, and Heather Kym — discuss important themes of the spiritual life through conversations with one another, interviews with holy men and women, and seasonal book studies. The Abiding Together Podcast offers inspiring insights that will rock your world and help deepen your relationship with God.
Pints with Aquinas
Matt Fradd on his podcast Pints With Aquinas addresses a question St. Thomas answers in the Summa Theologiae and other writings in an easy to understand way, so you don’t have to be a theologian or philosopher to enjoy listening. This show really feels like you are sitting down to discuss Truth over a cold drink, and enables listeners to come to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the richness of the Catholic Faith.
Jen Said What?!
Each week, Jen Fulwiler shares highlights from her daily SiriusXM radio show The Jennifer Fulwiler Show. Jen shares her take on pop culture and current events from her perspective “as a former atheist, self-professed nerd, and mother of six who can barely deal with life.” She is engaging and thoughtful, and the podcast will have you laughing out loud. If you aren’t able to catch the full show, but need more of this hilarious woman in your life (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?), her podcast is the next best thing.
The Catholic Feminist
The Catholic Feminist podcast hopes to reach women “who want to be informed, inspired, and intentional.” The host, Claire Swinarski, talks each week with different women who use their gifts to build up the Church. This show has covered many of the big issues in today’s world, including postpartum depression, human trafficking, immigration, racism, and more. This show provides listeners with authentic and enjoyable discussions about the role and gift of women in the Church and in society. If you are looking to feel empowered, this is the perfect podcast for you.
Fr. Mike Schmitz
If you like Fr. Mike Schmitz’ Youtube videos, you can now listen to this dynamic priest on the go! Fr. Mike Schmitz’ podcast offers short but lively reflections on a wide variety of topics from Catholic teaching to practical tips for living life well. His down-to-earth tone and inspiring message will help listeners live out the Christian life more effectively.
Word on Fire
In The Word on Fire podcast, Bishop Barron does what he does best — skillfully intersects the richness of the Catholic Faith and today’s culture. Bishop Barron’s eloquent but accessible discourse educates and uplifts listeners and upholds the beauty and truth found in the Church. He shares insights from the greatest Catholic thinkers as well as practical advice for all Catholics trying to live well in their day-to-day lives.
Fr. Todd Koenigsknecht