The Catholic Podcast
By Joe Heschmeyer and Chloe Langr
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The Catholic Podcast is podcast by Joe Heschmeyer (Shameless Popery, School of Faith) and Chloe Langr (Letters for Women) covering all things Catholic: Theology, spirituality, Catholic family life, and the state of the Catholic Church today. New episodes released every Monday.
||CleanEpisode 43 - How Could An All-Good and Loving God Allow Hell?||Is the idea of hell - an eternity of suffering apart from God - compatible with the idea of an all-good and loving God?||12/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 42 - Looking Forward to the Resurrection of the Dead||The last line of the Nicene Creed says, "I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come." Why is it that Christians look forward to the final judgement? And if we don't, why should we?||12/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 41 - Taking Death Seriously||Memento Mori, Remember your death.||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 40 - Encountering Seventh Day Adventism||Most people don't know very much about the Seventh-day Adventists except that they worship on Saturdays instead of Sundays. But there’s more to this unique sect of religion that traces its roots to the American Frontier.||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 39 - Big Problems, Small Solutions||Let's say you walk into your bedroom and it's trashed. It's a mess and you haven't taken care of anything in three weeks and it shows. What is your inclination? One the one hand, you know it needs to be cleaned. On the other hand, it's such a big mess y||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 38 - Preparing Kids to Face Tough Moral Issues||Our grandparent's generation didn't have to worry about how to explain traditional marriage to their ten year old. But today, living in a culture that lacks a moral compass, we have to equip our kids to understand and own the truth about these issues.||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 37 - Reformation Day Ironies||This Wednesday, for most of us, is Halloween. But a lot of Christians are disturbed by the way that Halloween seems to celebrate evil, and many Protestants choose to celebrate Reformation Day instead. While we respect the desire to have fun without cele||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 36 - Evangelizing the Spiritually Indifferent||Sharing the faith used to make people mad because it challenged their own beliefs. But today, it makes a lot of people yawn - because they don't have strong beliefs about anything. Just how do you evangelize the indifferent?||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35 - Sometimes, God Wrecks Your Romance||Amanda Vernon and Father Matt Fase, CSC, share a story together. But it's far from being the sappy, predictable romantic story that you'd think. Instead, it's a beautiful story of the human desire for authentic friendship and true happiness.||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 34 - Redeeming Our Vison from a Pornified Culture||What if the way we view the body — our own and those of the persons around us — could change? What if the root of our attraction to pornography could be redeemed at its core — in our hearts? What if we could rediscover the beauty and truth of our||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 33 - Why Believe in Jesus?||If you're speaking to someone who struggles with (or denies) the existence of God, sometimes it makes more sense to leapfrog past the question of the existence of God, and talk specifically about Jesus. Why might this be?||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32 - Encountering Beauty in Architecture||There's something about church architecture that is uniquely beautiful and uniquely important.||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31 - Saint Paul's 7 Tips for Evangelization||Arguably, Saint Paul is the greatest evangelist who ever lived. The whole history of Christianity would be radically different without Paul and his mission in the church.||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30 - Why We're (Still) Catholic||It seems like every time you go online and check out the news that's there some new, horrible chapter to one or another scandal plaguing the Catholic Church right now. Right now it's important to ask: What good can possibly come of this moment in the Ca||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29 - Taking Saint Augustine Seriously||To take Saint Augustine seriously as a person, and not just as some stray thoughts you can cobble together into your own version of a church father that never existed, requires a Catholic worldview.||9/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28 - Why You Should go to the Holy Land||Jesus is real - and you can walk in the places where He's walked. A trip to the Holy Land gives you the chance to experience the Bible that just can't be replaced by reading through the pages.||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27 - Our Lady, Islam and Evangelization||There is an entire book dedicated to the Blessed Mother in the Qur'an. Our Lady is mentioned thirty-four times throughout Islam's holy book. In the Qur'an, Mary's holiness is celebrated - second only to Mohammad's daughter, Fatima. What role does Our La||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26 - Wrestling with Scandal||This is a special and particularly serious episode of The Catholic Podcast as we explore the sexual abuse scandal of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the consequences for all of us throughout the Catholic Church.||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25 - Eat My Body and Drink My Blood||One of the biggest doctrines drawing people to or away from Catholicism is the Eucharist. So why do Catholics believe in it so strongly, given that it's such a hard teaching?||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24 - Natural Family Planning for Sinners||So, you've decided to use natural family planning. Has it blessed your marriage? Deepened your respect for your body? Has it made your sex life fantastic? Do you and your spouse hold hands at sunset, and do pink flowers grow around your marital bed? If||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23 - Do We Suffer for Nothing?||Venerable Fulton Sheen writes that "life may be like a game of cards; we cannot help the hand that is dealt us, but we can help the way we play it." Why does God allow suffering in our lives, and how can our suffering be redemptive?||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22 - Encountering Beauty With Our Hearts||J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, "“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” How do we encounter that||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21 - Can Beauty Change the World?||Saint Basil says that “Painters with their pictures achieve for the cause of religion that which preachers accomplish with their eloquence.”||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20 - The Art and Craft of Evangelization||1 Peter 3:15 calls us to "always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence; and keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are abused, those who revile your g||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 - A Sacred Heart Transplant||Just as the physical heart is the main organ of human life and the center of hidden “emotional-intellectual-moral activity”, the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the seat of all virtues, the source of all blessings, the place of refuge for all souls||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18 - Fostering a Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus||"My heart hath expected reproach and misery. And I looked for one that would grieve together with Me, but there was none: and for one that would comfort Me, and I found none." (Psalm 69:20)||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 - Mormons at the Door||Mormon missionaries knock on the door . . .what do you do?||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 - How to Stay Catholic in College||In a culture that chases power and pleasure, a culture that embraces relativism, just how are students supposed to stay Catholic during college?||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 - The Physical Case for the Holy Spirit||Let's talk about a permanent, indestructible sign left by Mary showing the proof of the Gospel.||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14 - The Physical Case for the Saints||If you go to Siena, you can see the head of Saint Catherine. In Rome, you can visit the foot of Mary Magdalene in a church. What is going on here?||5/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 - The Physical Case for the Demonic||In the battle for our souls between the Devil and God, there are no innocent civilian bystanders. ||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 - The Physical Case for Eucharistic Miracles||One of the points that Saint Thomas Aquinas makes in the Summa is that, in certain respects, the Eucharist is a more incredible mystery and miracle than the creation of the world.||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 - The Physical Case for the Shroud of Turin||The Shroud of Turin is either the greatest hoax of history or it is the most precious relic of all Christendom.||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 - The Physical Case for Divine Mercy||Jesus commanded Saint Faustina in her Divine Mercy Diary: "Write this - before I come as the Just Judge, I am coming first as the King of Mercy."||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 - The Physical Case for the Empty Tomb||If Christ has not been raised, then empty too, is our preaching. Empty too, is our faith. Today we'll look at the historical case for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - Lent Through the Eyes of the Holy Women of Holy Week||Women are everywhere during Holy Week. For some reason, most of them are named Mary, and they're always present. They have a lot of feelings and there are a lot of emotions - but these women get. stuff. done. Salvation history wouldn't be the same witho||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 - Lent Through the Eyes of John the Beloved||To understand the theology of John the Beloved, we can sum it up this way: Suffering, better yet, our willingness to suffer, flows from love. Suffering further prepares the heart to receive wisdom. In John's case, he receives the Seat of Wisdom: Mary, t||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 - Lent Through the Eyes of Pilate||In the creed during Mass, Catholics profess that Christ was "crucified under Pontius Pilate". Who was this man, and what can we learn from him this Lent?||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 - Lent Through the Eyes of John the Baptist||There's a man prophesied in the Old Testament. A man whose birth was announced by the angel Gabriel. He's a man born without sin, and proclaimed in all four of the Gospels. He took disciples and urged his followers to repent and believe. That's a||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 - Lent Through the Eyes of Peter||In Matthew 16, Christ says Peter is the rock. But only a few verses later, we'll see Peter become a stumbling stone for Christ Himself. What can we learn from this strong fisherman who overestimates his own strength?||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - Lent Through the Eyes of Judas||In John 6, Jesus says, "Did I not choose you twelve? Yet is not one of you a devil?" What can we learn this Lent from looking at the apostle Judas?||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 - Lent Through the Eyes of Mary||The apostles run away, but Mary stands at the foot of the cross. Why? Because she is a warrior - but a warrior of weakness.||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - The State of Things||If you walk into an ordinary Catholic parish, you'd get the feeling that things are going well for the Catholic church in America. And they're just not. The numbers show that they're not. And that sense of complacency is a big part of the problem. This||2/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Leading “The Way”!
Joe and Chloe are a beacon of light in the contemporary Catholic world! At a time when young people and millennials are leaving the Catholic Church in droves, this podcast is friendly reminder to us all that Catholics are both Holy and Smart!
Love this podcast. As a priest, It’s great for my reflections and even for homily prep. Love it. Listen.
I just listened to your most recent podcast. I cannot begin to tell you how perfect the timing was. That was truly the work of God. God has used the two to bring me comfort and consolation.
I just wanted to reach out to both of you to thank you for reminding me of the love and mercy of God. So easy it is for me to forget about it when I am neck deep in sin.
May the Lord richly bless your work.