Father James Martin: The right way to pray is whatever works best for you. Ep. 30

September 15, 2017
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Chances are if you’re Catholic you’ve said it, or at least thought it: I am terrible at praying. I know I have (and am). You’ve tried the rosary. You’ve given the Examen a shot. You even dragged yourself to adoration. Why isn’t God answering?! Especially in this long slog between Pentecost and Advent, it’s easy to get discouraged.

Fear not, dear listener. This week, we bring back Father James Martin, who has written a new book on prayer, In All Seasons, For All Reasons: Praying Throughout the Year. We ask him: How to (pumpkin?) spice up your prayer life during plain ol’ Ordinary Time? What’s your favorite way to pray? And what’s the worst prayer advice you’ve ever heard?

(You can enter to win a free copy of Father Martin’s book if you leave us a review on iTunes, screenshot the review and then send it to jesuitical@americamedia.org!)

We also asked listeners what the first prayer they learned was and got a ton of responses. Check them out in this Twitter thread @jesuiticalshow.

 
 Next in Signs of the Times, we discuss: Does Pope Francis’ change in the rules around Mass translation mean we can stop saying chalice? Will Mychal Judge, O.F.M., the first official victim of 9/11, also become the Catholic Church’s first openly gay saint? And, should a student be kicked out of his Catholic high school for having dreadlocks?

Also: An Indian priest who was kidnapped in Yemen gets to meet the pope; said pope gets a black eye and then throws a few punches of his own on Donald Trump’s DACA decision and climate change denial; and a chainsaw-wielding nun gets to work in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Links from the show:

A liturgical expert explains Pope Francis' change to Mass translation rules

Pope Francis says DACA repeal not “pro-life” and refutes climate change deniers

Indian priest kidnapped in Yemen in 2016 has been freed

Florida nun grabs chain saw to help with Irma recovery

Student fights Central Catholic ban on dreadlocks

Could Father Mychal Judge Be the First Gay Saint?

What’s on tap?

The Father James Martini: A regular martini with a twist of discarded apple peel (it’s a long story…)

You need to pay attention to hip-hop if you’re religious. Here’s why. Ep. 29

September 8, 2017
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Rap got religious last year. At least that’s what Zac wrote earlier this year for America. The truth is, while it may have gotten more explicit about religion in 2016, hip-hop has always had a deep religious undercurrent to its bars and beats.

This week we’re chatting with Alex Nava, the author of In Search of Soul: Hip-Hop, Literature, and Religion. We talk to Alex about religion’s influence on hip-hop and why people are surprised to find out about it. If you need any convincing before or after listening to us—go listen to Kendrick Lamar’s “How Much a Dollar Cost.”

In Signs of the Times, we talk Pope Francis in Colombia, rapping nuns, beer-brewing monks and proposing in front of Pope Francis.

Links from the show:

Czech Catholic Church branches out into forestry
Beer-Brewing Monks Are Helping Rebuild Earthquake-Devastated Town In Italy
Rapping nun to perform for Pope Francis in Colombia
Man proposes to girlfriend in front of Pope Francis
In new book, Pope Francis says he consulted a psychoanalyst
Catholic Church leaders condemn Trump administration’s decision to end DACA

What’s on Tap?

Becherovka, a Czech digestivo (otherwise known as a classy version of Jagermeister).

Maps, they don’t love you like I love you. Ep. 28

September 1, 2017
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Whether you connect our episode title to Beyoncé, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs or even Vampire Weekend, maps matter. This week we are talking with Molly Burhans, the founder and executive director of GoodLands, a startup that is mapping the global Catholic Church. Information can change lives and Molly helped us wrap our heads around the amazing work she and her colleagues are doing by mapping the Catholic Church, from analyzing the global priest shortage to understanding how a diocese can use its land holdings to prepare for famine.

In Signs of the Times, we cover a recent bank robbery involving nuns (or at least their habits), Sean Spicer’s visit to the Vatican, the recovery efforts in Houston and the uncertainty around the renewal of DACA. And in an update from last week's episode, the case of the former K.K.K. member turned Catholic priest got worse. It looks like his decision to come clean wasn’t as pure as we would have hoped.

What makes a Catholic guy, The Catholic Guy? Ep. 27

August 25, 2017
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This week, we talk with Lino Rulli, host of “The Catholic Guy” on Sirius XM’s The Catholic Channel. We talk balancing his Catholicism and comedy, being vulnerable on air, relationships, late-night television and more. Is there anything he hasn’t (or wouldn’t) share with listeners after 10 years on the radio?

In Signs of the Times, the “Mother Teresa of Pakistan” gets a state funeral. Iceland claims that it is on its way to eliminating people with Down Syndrome. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan gets grilled by a Dominican nun from Wisconsin on how he reconciles his politics and Catholic beliefs. St. Junipero Serra’s statue gets defaced in California amid national dialogue surrounding Confederate statues. Do statues with offensive history belong in public spaces?

And finally, William Aitcheson, a Catholic priest in Virginia, has stepped down after revealing that he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan 40 years ago. Is he irredeemable?

This week we also got some recommendations from listeners for books on Catholic social activism. 

Is there a right (or wrong) time for millennials to have kids? Ep. 26

August 18, 2017
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How could I possibly have kids if I can barely do my taxes without calling my mom in a panic on April 14? It’s a question I must admit that has crossed my mind more than once. I’ve never even owned a dog. Isn’t that a prereq for parenting these days?

Our guest this week, Liz Bruenig, wears many hats: Washington Post editor, socialist, Catholic convert, Twitter enthusiast—and “young” mother. She pushes back against the idea that young people need to have their lives figured out before starting a family.

In Signs of the Times, with a fun art project to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Our Lady of Czestochowa, the church is trying to reach out to the so-called selfie generation. So why are they asking people to snail mail their selfies? Next, just how far will some parents go to get their kids on the basketball team or honor roll? Two Catholic school parents in New Jersey took their case all the way up to the cardinal and the courts.

Finally, we talk about the tragic events in Charlottesville and how Catholics should respond. Did your priest talk about the white supremacist rally that left one dead at Mass last weekend? Did you want him to?

Remembering Michael Brown and Ferguson with Rev. Broderick Greer. Ep. 25

August 11, 2017
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Three years ago this week, on Aug. 9, 2014, police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an African-American teen in Ferguson, Mo. Within 24 hours of the shooting the Ferguson uprising began. On this episode, we talk with the Rev. Broderick Greer, an Episcopalian priest in Memphis, Tenn., who boarded a bus and headed to Ferguson following Mr. Brown’s death. He wrote about this experience in an article for America, “How Ferguson helped me understand my baptismal identity.”

We ask Rev. Greer about his experience in Ferguson, black Christianity and why he doesn't call himself an activist.

In Signs of the Times, Pope Francis reminds us to pray during the summer and not get too lazy. And did you know that “exorcisms are on the rise in France”?

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Links from the show:

How Ferguson helped me understand my baptismal identity

It’s Sunday Service as Scotland's first church on a bus hits the road

Welsh pub renames beer after seminarian mix-up

 

Pope Francis: summer is an ideal time to re-focus our life on God

Why exorcisms are on the rise in France

What’s on tap?

Orange Earl Grey Iced Tea

From a listener, Victoria: "This recipe makes 8 servings. Pour 4 cups of boiling water over 12 Earl Grey tea bags (or 1/4 cup loose leaf) and an orange peel, then steep for 3-5 minutes. Next, remove the bags and orange peel (or strain the loose leaf) and pour the tea into a pitcher. Add 3/4 cup orange juice and 4 cups cold water. Chill the pitcher for about two hours, then serve over ice. Add an orange slice and some mint garnish if you're feeling extra fancy ;) "

Why can’t there be a magazine out there that doesn’t make women feel terrible? Ep. 24

August 4, 2017
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For millions of women around the world, women’s magazines—from Teen Vogue and Seventeen to Cosmopolitan and Glamour—have played a pivotal role in the way we are taught to view ourselves. These publications condition the way we view our hair, bodies, sexuality and relationships.

But what are the damaging effects these publications can have on women? This week, we talk with Kara Eschbach, founder, CEO and editor in chief of Verily Magazine, “a photoshop-free magazine empowering women to be their best selves.” We talk with Kara about Verily’s mission statement, the differences between Catholic and secular media, accepting our flaws and more.

And in Signs of the Times, Pope Francis celebrates the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Sean Spicer and Anthony Scaramucci, both Catholics, are out of the Trump administration. How long will the new chief of staff, John F. Kelly (another Catholic), last? In Canada, parishioners were not happy about Kumo, the robotic spider that was hanging outside of Ottawa’s Notre Dame Cathedral. In Ireland, “The Exorcist” and “The Omen” are screened in an abandoned church; a “nude mansion” sparks outrage in South Korea; seminarians, mistaken for men in “fancydress,” are kicked out of a pub; and, finally, a nun presides at a Catholic wedding in Canada.

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Links from the show:

Verily Magazine

On feast day, the Jesuit pope praises the Jesuit founder

Ottawa archbishop surprised by negative reaction to robotic spider on cathedral

Priest horrified at exorcist film showings in abandoned church

‘Nude mansion’ sparks anger in Christian saint’s hometown

Nun presides at Catholic wedding in Canada

Working out for the body of a god? What about the body of a convict? Ep. 23

July 28, 2017
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Are you working out for the body of a god? What about the body of a convict?

Meet Coss Marte, our guest this week. After being arrested at 19 for running a multimillion dollar drug trade in New York City, Coss was sent to prison. There, doctors told him that his health problems and weight could kill him within a few years.

After dropping 70 pounds in six months, and helping train other convicts to make dramatic changes, Coss also experienced a religious revival in a moment of desperation.

Now Coss is the head of ConBody: a gym that offers prison-style bootcamp classes taught by formerly incarcerated trainers.

We’ll be talking with Coss about how ConBody was developed, how his faith helped him while incarcerated and his prison reform activism. After, we’ve got consolations and desolations, where we tell you where we did or didn’t find God this week.

‘The Keepers’ isn’t easy to watch. Here’s why you should anyway. Ep. 22

July 21, 2017
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What is it about habits and cassocks that capture the imagination of even secular audiences? Mix those priests and nuns with a murder mystery and you’ve got a ready-made hit. Netflix’s Emmy-nominated documentary series “The Keepers," begins with the story of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a beloved Catholic high school teacher, who was murdered in 1969 and whose case remains unsolved. But it quickly evolves into something much larger: an excruciating investigation into clerical sex abuse at the school.

This week, we talk to Nick Ripatrazone about the series—and ask why it is important for Catholics to watch shows and films that expose the church’s sins.

And in Signs of the Times, a message from the Holy Father: Stop complaining! At least to the pope. Save it for the Lord; he’s much more patient. Next, a Catholic priest in Texas wins the national home beer brewing award and nuns copyright Mother Teresa’s famous white and blue habit. Finally, Germany’s Cardinal Reinhard Marx says Catholics should be less worried about how the state defines marriage and more concerned about the church’s own record of discrimination toward the L.G.B.T. community.

Who goes on dates anymore? Ep. 21

July 14, 2017
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This week we’re going back to college. That means Natty Light, hook-ups and figuring out “gluten” is.

This week our guest is Kerry Cronin, professor of philosophy at Boston College. She teaches her students, among other things, about the pitfalls of hookup culture and the dos and don’ts of Catholic dating. She frequently makes headlines (like this one: Ask Someone on a Date—or Kerry Cronin Will Fail You) because of an unorthodox assignment she includes in her classes: asking someone on a date. Like, a real date. So we discuss with Kerry what it’s like to date in college and beyond; we also break open the perennial debate of Tinder vs. Catholic Match. (Swipe right for Jesus!)

In Signs of the Times, we break down the Vatican’s (not-so-new) rules on gluten-free Communion; pasta made to strangle priests; God propping up Stephen Colbert’s ratings; and the Catholic Church’s relationship to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Links from the show:

Explainer: What the “new” Vatican rules on gluten-free hosts mean

This pasta was invented to kill Catholic priests

Is God boosting Stephen Colbert's ratings?

Engage young adults, support Black Lives Matter, bishops told at National Black Catholic Congress

Save the date: Kerry Cronin on the love lives of college students