The Podcast

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.

Episode 62: Burritos in Prayer (And Other Deep Thoughts)

This week, Eric sits down with fellow Rochesterite and friend, Brett Milazzo. Brett shares the story of his spirituality, which leads the guys to discuss an important question: what happens to faith if the zest ain’t there? That is, how do we pray when our emotions just aren't in line?

Recommended Reads: The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien; The Power of Silence, Robert Cardinal Sarah; The Spirit of the Liturgy, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Papa Benny); The Noonday Devil: Acedia, The Unnamed Evil of Our Times.

Episode 61: Gotta Have a Tana Hope

In this week’s episode, Brian and Eric sit down to cover last week’s interview with Eric’s good friend Tana. The boys give their thoughts on Tana’s spirituality, particularly with regards to what philosopher Charles Taylor calls “the buffered self” of this secular age. Finally, they tackle Tana’s deeply important question: how does suffering impact our spirituality and faith?

Recommended Reads: Interior Freedom, Jacques Philippe; A Secular Age, Charles Taylor; The Soul’s Upward Yearning, Fr. Robert Spitzer.

Episode 60: The Doctor Is In

In this week’s episode, Eric sits down with Tana Lucksanapiruk, a dear old friend from undergrad who is now a doctor in Australia. As you might expect, the boys cover a variety of topics, all while circling the drain of that age-old question: what is the good life?

Episode 59: Em-illion Reasons to get along

The dudes break down Brian’s interview with his friend Emily, talking about identity, unity, doubt, and listening.

Recommended Reads: Ut Unum Sint, Pope St. John Paul II; Satis Cognitum, Pope Leo XIII; Discussions and Arguments, Bl. John Henry Newman; An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent, Bl. John Henry Newman.

Episode 58: Jesus, Asteroids, and Bein' Scared

It’s one of those occasional weeks where Brian and Eric (due to this, you know, not being their day job) were unable to meet up to record the response episode to Brian’s interview with his friend Emily (see Episode 57: Jesus Feminist). We’ll have that response episode for you next week, rest assured. In the meantime, however, HAVE NO FEAR: the Passing Currents Podcast does not leave you alone without content. This week, we present for you a talk Eric gave at the Diocese of Winona-Rochester summer youth camp, Camp Summit. In the talk, Eric discusses what God means when he tells us to “be not afraid.”

Episode 57: Jesus Feminist

In an interview with a college friend, Brian explores what might make continuing conversion more difficult for the convert, and how we can help as members of the Body of Christ.

Recommended Reads: Jesus Feminist, Sarah Bessey; Biblical Womanhood, Rachel Held Evans; Mulieris Dignitatum, Pope St. John Paul II; Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Collaboration of Men and Women in the Church and in the World, Pope Benedict XVI; Dietrich von Hildebrand, Catholic Philosopher, and Christopher West, Modern Enthusiast:Two Very Different Approaches to Love, Marriage and Sex, Alice von Hildebrand; Theology of the Body for Beginners, Christopher West

Episode 56: Fastidious Foolery

This week’s episode, our response to the interview with Robby McGuire, is all about being religious AND spiritual; formed, yet free; fastidious, but not pharisaical. Plus, Eric has pumpkins.

Recommended Reads: The Risk of Education, Luigi Guissani; The Mass of the Early Christians, Mike Aquilina; Mysterium Fidei, Pope St. Paul VI; First and Second Apologies, St. Justin Martyr; Adversus Haereses, St. Irenaeus.

Episode 55: The Robby McGuire Show

In this week's interview, Eric sits down with his friend, fellow English teacher and cross country/track coach Robby McGuire. The two of them discuss truth, purpose, religious ornation, and other light, easy-to-digest topics like that. Enjoy, y'all.

Recommended Reads: A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving; The Giver, Lois Lowry; Moby-Dick, Herman Melville; Truth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World Religions; Theology and Sanity, Frank Sheed

Episode 54: Avera Good Podcast Episode

In this episode, the boys discuss last week’s interview with Avera Maria Santo. They tackle the notion that we are more than our desires and address the issue of how to speak effectively about the Church’s teachings on same-sex attraction. Finally, they dive into answering Avera’s question: how can people today better form authentic friendships, particularly between men?

Recommended Reads: Other Selves: Philosophers on Friendship, Michael Pakuluk; The Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle; The Four Loves, C.S. Lewis.

Episode 53: More Than My Desires

“My name is Avera, I’m here to set the world on fire, and take everybody with me, and take the heretics down.”

And with that, you meet this week’s guest, the ever-joyous Avera Maria Santo. Avera is a writer, speaker, and social media presence whose zeal for the Gospel is irresistible. In particular, her personal witness to living the Church’s teachings on same-sex attraction is of unparalleled importance today. In this episode, Avera shares her story and mission to spread the truth about God’s will for us and our desires. Please enjoy this laughter-filled interview (unless ye be a heretic, in which case, look out)!

Recommended Reads: Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay, Daniel Mattson; Made for Love, Fr. Mike Schmitz; Avera’s Letter to the Synod of Bishops; Inside My Holy of Holies

Episode 52: A Fun, Lighthearted Chat About, Uh, Damnation

Déjà vu! The boys hearken back to Episode 25 and talk justification once again, this time with a very important qualifying question: namely, if one disagrees, can he still be saved? In other words, is disbelief in works’ role in justification an “unforgivable sin?” SPOILER ALERT!!! No. No it’s not. But as Father Fabian always said…

Recommended Reads: Engrafted into Christ, Christopher Malloy; History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium, James Hitchcock; Case for Catholicism, Trent Horn; Catholic Christianity, Peter Kreeft

Episode 51: If Only Even One

Brian sits down to record an episode with a new friend. Todd from “If Only Even One” ministries talks about saving faith, and what it’s like to stand outside preaching with a big cross.

Recommended Reads and Authors (from Todd): The Sovereignty of God, A.W. Pink; R.C. Sproul; John Macarthur; Tim Challies; If Only Even One

Recommended Reads (from the podcast): Catholicism and Fundamentalism, Karl Keating; Rome Sweet Home, Scott Hahn; Born Fundamentalist, Born Again Catholic, David Currie

Watch This: Dr. Kreeft’s Testimony