The Catholic Sip Podcast

I’ve started to do some interviews for my upcoming book — which, by the way, is totally crazy. I am still working on my feeling worthiness of this whole adventure. But I’m enjoying the heck out of meeting some amazing people across the country. The Catholic faith is the coolest.

This week I spent time hanging out with the guys of The Catholic Sip, Michael Puppos and Phil Ward. These guys are the real deal. Do yourself a favor and subscribe. They have just started the podcast, but it is so professionally produced. I am absolutely impressed.

Here is my interview. Hope you have fun learning from Michael and Phil. I can’t wait to see where they head.

 

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Lent + Confession = Success

Confession. Quite possibly the most ominous of the Sacraments. But I would argue that it also the one with the most rewards. Not only can we freely receive this Sacrament as much as we feel necessary, but it can truly, in a very real way, improve how we live our everyday lives. Not to mention the physical rewards can be felt immediately.

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Holding hands during the Our Father?

This is going to be fairly a controversial topic, so fasten your seatbelts. I know this isn’t everyone’s opinion, but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and research about it and feel strongly enough to finally step out of the shadows to speak my mind.

I don’t think we should hold hands during the Our Father. If you try to hold my hand, I won’t take yours. It doesn’t feel right to me (similarly to clapping in Mass for anything other than celebrating reception of a Sacrament). That is a time for me to be praying to God and I want to focus on my devotion to Him rather than holding someone’s hand and it becoming a distraction. My view is that it is not “proper posture” for Mass. Proper posture for the recitation of the Our Father in Mass is to fold your hands in front of you. Not to hold hands with your neighbor. Nor to hold out your hands like the priest, which is called the “orans” posture (unless the country has allowed this — more on this a couple paragraphs down).

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It’s never too late to figure out Lent

I woke up on Ash Wednesday not yet sure of what I was going to do for Lent. Sometimes I give something up. Sometimes I do something spiritual. Sometimes I do both. Usually God starts to poke and prod my heart well before Lent starts, giving me ideas and leading me in the direction He wants me to take. This year, for whatever reason, that hasn’t been the case. Maybe I’ve been too caught up in work and in my book, juggling more than usual and trying not to drown.

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Habemus Papam!

Today the Cardinals elected Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina who took the name POPE FRANCIS I!!

So you’re probably wondering … how do we celebrate?

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