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Episode 76: Emotional High, Spiritual High

In this week’s episode (the first recorded at the brand new Studio C), the boys give their response to Brian’s interview last week with Michal and Karolina. They discuss the charistmatic renewal movement in the Catholic Church, highlighting some positives that they see in it, as well as some potential pitfalls the be wary of in this particular form of spirituality.

Episode 75: Contemplatin' Charismatin'

In this week’s episode, Brian sits down with Karolina and Michal (a.k.a The Two Most Peacefulest People on the Planet). He discussed with them their involvement in and experience of the charistmatic renewal movement in Catholicism, as well as their more recent exploration of the contemplative side of Catholicism—a side which some may see as contradictory to their charismatic experiences. Enjoy!

Episode 74: UNLIMITED COSMIC POWER (Itty Bitty Living Space)

This week, due to Brian and Eric being up to their necks in chaos and busyness, we have no new interview for you. We DO however, have the best back-up option ever. Last weekend, Dominican priest and longtime friend of the podcast Father Patrick Mary Briscoe traveled from the East Coast to the Diocese of Winona-Rochester to deliver a talk at the diocesan men’s conference. He spoke on the real presence of God, His impact in our lives, and effective discernment. The talk was absolutely brilliant, and we present that talk to you today. We hope you enjoy this tremendous presentation by the great Father Patrick Mary.

Episode 73: The Purpose and Power of Pilgrimage

This week (in the FINAL episode ever recorded in Studio A), Eric and Brian discuss Eric’s interview with his Poland friends (see Episode 72). Brian shares his own pilgrimage experience, his being with his wife on the Camino de Santiago, and the boys discuss the purpose of a pilgrimage, as well as how to have a pilgrimage experience for yourself without breaking the bank.

Recommended Reads: The Power of Silence, Robert Cardinal Sarah; Discovering the Camino de Santiago, Greg J. Markey.

Episode 72: Nine Nights In Krakow

Three years ago, Eric attended World Youth Day in Poland. There in Krakow, amidst the throngs of millions from around the globe, he met five very special people: Charlie, Diana, Kaylee, Stephen, and Morgan.

In this week’s very special episode, Eric sits down with those very friends, reunited with them for the first time since Poland, and asks them two questions: when you went to World Youth Day, what were you looking for, and what did you find?

Recommended Reads: Mother Theresa’s Secret Fire, Joseph Langford (Morgan); I Believe in Love: A Personal Retreat Based on the Teaching of St. Therese of Lisieux, Fr. Jean J. D’Elbee (Morgan); Interior Freedom, Fr. Jacques Philippe (Stephen); The Family That Overtook Christ, Father M. Raymond (Kaylee); Life of Christ, Ven. Arch. Fulton J. Sheen (Kaylee); Victory Over Vice, Ven. Arch. Fulton J. Sheen (Kaylee); Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II, George Weigel; A Man for Others: Maximilian Kolbe, Saint of Auschwitz, Patricia Treece; Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl (Diana); The Bible, God (Charlie).

Episode 71: Back to Basics

In this episode, the guys try to unpack Callum’s questions from last week, namely, if nothing’s wrong with the novus ordo (read: “new mass”), why are so many younger Catholics running away from it? What will we do when this trend takes over the Church?

Rec. Reads: Pope Paul VI, Missale Romanum; Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: Why the Modern Age Needs the Mass of Ages, Peter Kwasniewski; The Rhine Flows into the Tiber, Ralph Wiltgen;What Happened at Vatican II, John O’Malley;

Episode 70: Callumity in the Sacristy

This week, Brian sits down with his friend Callum to discuss his journey into what some may characterize as “traditional Catholicism.” They also discuss some of the question surrounding “traddy Catholics", including: Is Novus Ordo valid? Is the Latin Mass even allowed anymore? And, most importantly, why do some “traditional” Catholics seem so dang crabby all the time? Enjoy!

Recommended Reads: The Binding Force of Tradition, Fr. Chad Ripperger; Marcel Lefebvre: The Biography, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais; Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI.

Episode 69: No More Christian Nice Guy

This week, Brian and Eric sit down to give their thoughts on Eric’s interview with their friend Spencer Flippin. They discuss the universal meaning of suffering, give some evangelical discussion strategies, and, most importantly, push back against the idea that the purpose of religion is to be a good person. They connect that very issue, as well, in their response to Spencer’s question on how we as Catholics can bear to call people to become Catholic when it is so clear that our church is full of sinners. It’s a loaded week, to say the least! Enjoy!

Recommended Reads: No More Christian Nice Guy, Paul Coughlin; Real Choices: Listening to Women; Looking for Alternatives to Abortion, Fredericka Mathewes-Green; Architects of the Culture of Death, Donald DeMarco; Seeds of the Word, Bishop Robert Barron; Fides et Ratio, Saint Pope John Paul II; God or Nothing, Robert Cardinal Sarah.

Episode 68: So A Podcast Host and a Bartender Walk Into A Bar...

This week, Eric sits down with a very special guest: Spencer Flippin, who worked the bar at Kathy’s Pub for each of the Theology on Tap presentations this winter. Eric and Spencer’s discussion is a doozy, including (but not limited to) topics like: freedom, whether or not you need religion to be a good person, The West Wing, abortion, forgiveness, free will, Jim Gaffigan, suffering, the sex abuse crisis, and more. So, you know…a normal barroom chat! Enjoy!

Recommended Reads: Interior Freedom, Jacques Philippe; Truth and Tolerance; Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Papa Benny).

Episode 67: Undivided Hearts

This week, Brian and Eric sit down to discuss the question posed to us by Brian's friend Andrew: when is the Catholic Church finally going to let priests get married? The boys give their answer, discussing what total gift of self looks like in the context of the vocations of both the priesthood and marriage. They also lay out the key differences between what a priest is and what a lay person, or even a non-Catholic minister, is.

Recommended Reads: When God Asks for an Undivided Heart, Andrew Apostoli, CFR; To Save a Thousand Souls, Brett Brannen; The Priest is Not His Own, Ven. Arch. Fulton J. Sheen; Three to Get Married, Ven. Arch. Fulton J. Sheen.

Recommended Watch: Calvary

Episode 66: Brief Interviews with Illinois Men

This week, Brian sits down for an interview with his old friend from high school, Andrew. Andrew was raised Catholic with Brian and is now studying to be a Lutheran pastor. The interview is, unfortunately, a little brief, as Brian has to duck out midway through, but not before we’re able to hear some good stuff from Andrew. Plus, due to the truncated nature of the interview, Eric and Brian fill out the episode with some immediate response to the interview (though treatment of his outstanding question on celibacy is saved for next week’s episode). Enjoy!

Recommended Reads: 40 Reasons I Am a Catholic, Peter Kreeft; Three Treatises, Martin Luther; True Reformers, Christopher Blum; The Risk of Education, Luigi Guissani.

Episode 65: Sinners with a Podcast

WE’RE BACK. This week, in their triumphant return, the boys talk about how they’re weak and imperfect and very big sinners.


That’s what we talk about.

And it’s important. Give it a listen.

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Theology on Tap VI: Grill the Priest (Father The Hoang)

For this, our final Theology on Tap presentation, we had to pull an audible: due to inclement weather, our planned speaker, Dr. Susan Windley-Daoust, was unable to make it. However, this gave us a chance to make up the Grill the Priest session that we lost due to weather two weeks ago. Father The Hoang of Pax Christ Catholic Church in Rochester was willing to sit down with us and field questions from the audience (you may remember Father The from when he was on the podcast last spring as then-Deacon The). Enjoy!

Theology on Tap V: Living Out the Truth of Sexuality (Theresa Martin)

This week, we present to you the fifth talk of our Theology on Tap series (alas, ToT IV was cancelled due to weather). It features an OUTSTANDING talk by Theresa Martin on living out the truths of our sexuality. She focuses in particular on the letters and lessons of a certain Polish priest named Karol Wojtyła…whom some of you may know better as Pope John Paul II. Enjoy!

Theology on Tap III: The Church in Crisis (Fr. Jason Kern)

In this week’s Theology on Tap presentation, Fr. Jason Kern (vocations director for the Diocese of WInona) speaks on the sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church. He gives his insights on the many facets of the scandals, and—most importantly—addresses how we as Christians can continue to keep our focus on Christ in this time. It is, perhaps more than any other episode we have presented to you before, an important talk. We hope you find it as valuable as we did, and we hope you will share it with your friends and family so that we all may continue to have this conversation that must be had.

Theology on Tap II: Save Beauty, Save the World (Brian Kusek)

In this week’s Theology on Tap presentation, our very own Brian Kusek speaks on beauty and why it matters.

Recommended Reads: Thomas Aquinas, Summa TheologiaeDennis McNamara, Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the LiturgyDuncan Stroik, The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the EternalJacques Maritain, Art and Poetry; C.S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism; C.S. Lewis, Til We Have Faces; Pope St. John Paul II, Letter to Artists

Theology on Tap I: Getting a Sense of Holy Humor (Tim Streiff)

In this, the first talk of our Winter Theology on Tap series, Tim Streiff speaks on the mechanics of humor and what it has to do with our spirituality and quest for holiness.

Recommended Reads: Orthodoxy, G.K. Chesterton; Manalive, G.K. Chesterton; Leisure: The Basis of Culture, Josef Pieper; The Clouds, Aristophanes; The Odyssey, Homer; The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis; A Man of the Beatitudes: Letters from Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, Luciana Frassati Gawronska .

Episode 64: Six Readsons and a Movie

In our final episode of 2018, the boys give you some tips on what to add to your reading list in 2019. Responding to questions and categories given to them by listeners, the dudes hereby present you with SIX reading recommendations by EACH host (and one movie recommendation). The categories are listed below; listen to the episode to find out our recommended reads (and views). Enjoy, and have a very merry Christmas!

Recommendation Categories:

  1. What is a good Catholic fiction novel you’d recommend?

  2. What book would you recommend to someone looking to improve their prayer life/spiritual direction?

  3. What book would you recommend to someone who is struggling with the Mass?

  4. What book would you recommend to someone looking to learn more about Catholicism?

  5. What would you recommend to someone discerning marriage?

  6. What book would you recommend that helps present and explain a particular Catholic teaching which is especially controversial in today’s world?

    BONUS: What’s one high-quality movie you’d recommend?

Episode 63: Apathy and Advent

This week, the boys sit down to discuss last week's interview with their friend Brett. Topics range from apathy to emotion to conversion to Advent. Plus, a BONUS: Eric reveals a big announcement that (for once) doesn't involve him being injured or getting surgery.

Recommended Reads: The Spiritual Combat, Dom Lorenzo Scupoli; Life is Worth Living, Ven. Arch. Fulton J. Sheen; Peace of Soul, Ven. Arch. Fulton J. Sheen; Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, Papa Benny.