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Reflections with Fr. Mike Schmitz: Discipleship 101: Free to Be Held
Following Jesus is not merely a matter of behaving or “being good”. It ultimately rests on whether or not we will allow the Father to get close enough to carry us. But too many people find themselves divided, afraid, and bound by their sins, their fears, and their weakness. With a word, Christ can set us free. We can be free to be held rather than bound by what enslaves us.
Word on Fire: Collaborative Apostolate
The Second Vatican Council called for a more active collaboration between the ordained and lay people. In this episode of the “Word on Fire Show,” Bishop Barron discusses the proper roles of the laity and the clergy in our evangelization efforts and how the collaboration of both vocations, within those proper roles, can lead toward a more effective outreach.
Reflections With Fr. Mike Schmitz: New Not Nice
Nothing that has happened from the moment of your conception up until this moment is wasted. Jesus called those first disciples to follow him and allow him to make them into something new. In order to know how God will transform us in the future, we can look back on our lives and ask, “How has God led me in the past? What is He calling me to let go of right now? And how can I act on this immediately?”
Word on Fire: Sex, Babies, and a Prophetic Pope
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Humanae Vitae, the controversial encyclical by Pope Paul VI which defended the classic sexual framework and prophesied the devastating consequences that would result upon its rejection. As Bishop Barron reveals, those prophecies have since been strongly vindicated. A listener asks whether God hates anything since he is defined by love.
Reflections with Fr. Mike Schmitz: Life Demands Courage
We can have our whole lives be about God: being in His presence, serving His people, learning His Word. But what happens when God’s response to that is silence? Sometimes silence is just silence. In the silence, Samuel shows us that we can become the kind of people that God needs to become. There is no one in Scripture, there is no one in history who stood steadfast in the silence and wasn’t transformed by the Lord in that silence.