Thursday, February 8, 2018

Lenten Listening: Podcasts

Another big list that I've updated from last year.

Here are some of my favorite faith podcasts which can prove helpful at Lent. To be fair, I tend to listen to most of them year-round.

Lanky Guys
A weekly attempt to draw some meaning and humor out of the sacred treasury of the Scriptures in the context of the liturgy.
I'm hooked on this one. Fr. Peter Mussett and Scott Powell get us ready for each Sunday by taking us through the scriptures. They read each one aloud and dig deeper into context and background about historical, scriptural and liturgical connections. They combine scholarship, humor, and joy which makes the time fly by. (website link, iTunes link)

Word on Fire — homilies
Bishop Robert Barron's weekly homilies. 'Nuff said. (iTunes link, website link)

Word on Fire — show
Half an hour with Bishop Robert Barron discussing everything from current movies to evangelization to pilgrimage, iPhones, and much more. Always interesting. (iTunes link, website link)

Pints with Aquinas
If you could sit down with St. Thomas Aquinas over a pint of beer and ask him any one question, what would it be? Every episode of Pints With Aquinas revolves around a question, a question that St. Thomas addresses in his most famous work, The Summa Theologica. So get your geek on, pull up a bar stool, and grab a cold one.

Matt Fradd has covered everything from "will money make me happy" to "can Christians celebrate Halloween" to "what is the soul." He reads from St. Thomas and then gives a commentary on how these things apply to modern life, often with his own examples. Well done and I always enjoy them. (iTunes link, website link)

Catholic Bytes
Each episode features a different priest who is in Rome right now. Most are 60 seconds long but once a week there is a longer 8 minute episode which goes into more depth.

They have simple, understandable explanations of  a variety of topics such as the importance of the body, prayer, how Christ makes us free, saints, and much more. I often find these inspirational as well as informative. For anyone who wants to learn more  or would like a quick refresher. (iTunes link, website link)

Lectio Divina with Cardinal Thomas Collins
Cardinal Collins focuses only on a small part of scripture during each hour-long session. He reads the section aloud and then goes back over it line by line. After each line he gives some background and thoughts. He also asks some questions which may well echo in listeners' hearts. Then there is a brief pause so it can all sink in and listeners can see what strikes them. One series is on Mark, the other on the Freedom of the Kingdom of God (this ranges from Genesis to the New Testament).

(iTunes link, website link)

A Good Story is Hard to Find
Two Catholic friends talk about the books and movies they love and the traces of the One Reality that lie below the surface.

Yes, this is the podcast that Scott Danielson and I do every couple of weeks. Looking for God in the stories that entertain us might be just the Lenten inspiration you need to see God interacting in your life in a whole new way. (iTunes linkwebsite link)

Daily prayer. This podcast is usually about 10 minutes. It begins with music (they use quite a variety from Lady Blacksmith Mogambo to French monks to contemporary worship style), then read from the scripture for the day. They give time for contemplation of this scripture with a series of gently asked questions that invite us to think about it in ways we might not otherwise. (iTunes link, website link)

St. Irenaeus Ministries
I never miss this one. Scripture study that is practical. The teacher is extremely insightful in giving connections between scripture and daily life. He keeps it real and although he has an orthodox Catholic point of view, this is the podcast I recommend to non-Catholics. An essential. (iTunes link, website link)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks to you, I'm already familiar with several of these, and plan to check out Irenaeus Ministries in time for Lent (i.e. asap) Thank you for all your insights! Blessings!