How one Jesuit grad is building Tiny Homes to end chronic homelessness Ep 32

September 29, 2017
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Tiny homes—you’ve probably heard of them. They’re littered all over Instagram and Pinterest, and HGTV has dedicated a show to hunting them.

But what you probably haven’t heard about is how they could be a solution to end chronic homelessness.

This week we talk to Andrew Lunetta, a graduate of LeMoyne University, who is the executive director of A Tiny Home for Good. Only 27, Andrew “builds and manages safe, affordable and dignified housing for individuals facing homelessness in Syracuse, New York.” How does he do it?

In Signs of the Times, we discuss the first U.S.-born priest to be beatified, funeral Mass-crashing and the controversy around N.F.L. players taking a knee.

This week we’re giving away print copies of the latest issue of America if you leave us an iTunes review! To have one personally mailed to you, leave us a review on iTunes and send us an email at jesuitical@americamedia.org to let us know you did.

It’s a beautiful issue, chock full of great stories. The cover story on the Catholic Church in China is beautifully written and accompanies the documentary that we released this week. (Did I mention we have a documentary out on the Catholic Church in China? Here’s a link if you missed my previous pleas to watch it).

 

Audrey Assad on doubt, social justice and mysticism—plus an exclusive album sneak peek Ep 31

September 22, 2017
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Last week, we talked about how to pray—this week, we bring you the music for those prayers as we talk with Catholic rockstar Audrey Assad. She is the daughter of a Syrian refugee, an author, speaker and producer who uses her music and her various social media platforms to talk about her Syrian identity and movements like Black Lives Matter.

We talk to Audrey about her latest album, “Inheritance,” her conversion to Catholicism and more. We’ve also got an exclusive preview (!) of her next album, “Evergreen,” which debuts next year.

Next in Signs of the Times, we pray for Mexico and the lives lost in the latest earthquake to hit the country. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we talk about “Siervas,” a rock band from Peru made up of 11 nuns. And an 11-year-old altar server gets a chance to mow President Trump’s lawn. Did you know, along with Lino Rulli, there’s another Catholic Guy, in Australia?

Finally, we talk the latest trend on social media: Catholic trolls.

Last week, we asked for reviews—and we received! We want to thank all of our listeners who commented on iTunes. We absolutely love hearing from you guys! And please keep the feedback coming. What are some of your favorite worships songs? Do you love Audrey Assad as much as we do? You can email us at jesuitical@americamedia.org, follow us on Twitter at @jesuiticalshow or leave us a comment here.

Links from the show:

Pope Francis prays for victims of Mexico City earthquake

How a band of nuns became international rock stars

That kid who mowed the White House lawn is an altar boy

How to respond to Catholic internet trolls

Bishop McElroy: Attacks on Father James Martin expose a cancer within the U.S. Catholic Church

What’s on tap?

Pumpkin Spice Lattes, spiked with Maker’s Mark

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.