Last week (or was it two weeks ago …Time is flying so fast) I posted a couple of recently read books. I thought I would follow it up with a couple of podcasts I have been enjoying on my commute to and from work:
The Cordial Catholic is a interview style podcast covering a wide variety of Catholic topics hosted by K. Albert Little. The host is a convert to Catholicism form non-denominational evangelicalism and the interviews are all expounding on why he is Catholic and what it means to be Catholic. Recent topics (and interviewees) include: an interview with Pat Flyn about Do Catholics have a personal relationship with Christ; and interview with Dr. Stacy Trasancos about Debunking the Science vs. Catholicism Conflict; and interview with Marcus Grodi about Why Become Catholic. The one with Marcus Grodi (Host of the Journey Home Show on EWTN) was very interesting since he is normally the one asking the questions.
St. Dymphna's Playbook: This is a podcast by Tommy Tighe (Author of the Catholic Hipster Handbook) is about the Catholicism and Mental Health. Tommy Tighe is a family councelor and the podcast covers things like therapy and answers questions from listeners about how to deal with family members and friends who suffer from mental illness and approaches to different treatments, about prayer, and about integrating Catholic faith with medical treatment of the illness. What I like about the podcast is that it opens the conversation about mental illness and how we can assist in de-stigmatizing the illness and assist people in getting the help they need.
The John Allen Show: This is a brand new podcast and part of the Word on Fire Institute. The show will air twice a week to discuss news from the Vatican. John Allen is a trusted Catholic Journalist and is the editor of Crux. The first episode aired on September 18, and covered the upcoming Synod for the Amazon. He gives the basic details of the story and then explains various elements, expounding on details of the story.
The Missionary Disciple Podcast This is a podcast by Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) a Canadian group whose mission is to evangelize students at university which produces great resources for evangelization such as the CCO Faith Studies Series. CCO is somewhat equivalent to FOCUS in the US. I started listening to the podcast in the summer, which means that they were on hiatus and re-running past talks from the Annual Rise-Up Conference. These talks were by such people as Fr. John O'Brien, Michael Dopp, Christine LaBrosse on various topics such as overcoming challenges in the spiritual life, parish renewal. I am looking forward to new episodes to learn more about evangelizing college students and young adults.
Additionally, there are quite a few podcasts available with Sunday Homilies. Most of you are probably familiar with Bishop Barron's homilies on the Word on Fire Podcast . At least two of our local pastors podcast their homilies: Fr. Bryan Stitt's homilies can be found on the Canton Catholics website and Msgr. Aucoin's homilies can be found on the Madrid-Waddington Catholics site .