Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Lenten Listening: Podcasts

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.

The Bible in a Year

Father Mike Schmitz takes us through the Bible in a year — just like the title says. Each 20-25 minute episode includes two to three scripture readings and a reflection from Fr. Mike Schmitz.

I enjoy the readings which are at a fairly brisk pace. And I usually get at least one good insight or new detail from his commentary. I especially enjoy the way he can pivot from something you think is uninspiring (like the generational readings in Genesis) to something that matters in our lives — such as pivoting from the generational readings in Genesis to thinking about how we all have the desire to be great to aspiring to be a great saint. (iTunes link, website link)


The Burrowshire Podcast

Brandon Vogt and Fr. Blake Britton are best friends and “The Burrowshire Podcast” is an extension of their friendship, sharing conversation about faith, culture, books, and the spiritual life.

Brandon and Father Blake are really fun and inspiring. Their friendship comes through clearly and I love the way they view the world as they discuss topics ranging from Chesterton to faith and politics to leisure to the liturgy of the hours. The podcast is aimed at millennials but you don't have to be that age group.  (website link, iTunes link)

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.
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.

Note: they do horse around for the first five or ten minutes, which I can find intensely annoying. But once they settle into the podcast proper, they drop the nonsense and are very listenable. (website link, iTunes 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. They'll also feature audio from some of his talks, including those given at Facebook, Amazon, etc. Always interesting. (iTunes link, website link)

For Bishop Barron's homilies go here: iTunes link, website link

Counsel of Trent
Trent Horn, author and featured on Catholic Answers shows, provides a “conversation roadmap” that will help listeners share their Catholic faith with anyone. Entertaining, informative, and practical explanations of the Faith as well as interviews with the best Catholic writers and speakers in the world today. 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
Once a week there is an 8 minute episode which has 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. They also have weekly episodes  featuring the popes in consecutive order (Habemus Papem). I often find these inspirational as well as informative.  (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
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)

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