We are human beings, prone to sinful choices. Yet, knowing this, Jesus died for us. How do we reconcile ourselves with Jesus in order to fully grasp what it means to have God's loving mercy? What do we need to do as Catholics in order to fully accept, appreciate and absorb all the Jesus died for on that cross? If we don't learn to admit our own faults and seek healing, how can we expect to share God's loving mercy and forgiveness to others? All this as Carlos and Angel talk about the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Eucharist and get emotional talking about some of their own personal experiences.
Archive for the 'Faith Journey' Category
We sat down and spoke with Father Jeff Smialek, a Carmelite Priest who loves Elvis, has been trained in martial arts, coaches lacrosse, and teaches at a Catholic High School. Listen as we discuss his faith journey, his hobbies, a little trip down memory lane between him and Carlos who used to be a colleague of his, the struggles of teaching morality in today's society, and why the Sacrament of Reconciliation is his favorite part of being a priest.
We are joined with Bill Snyder, founder of Patchwork Heart Ministries and Anne Desantis, his co-host for Sewing Hope Podcast to discuss the book they co-authored along with Hearts Burning Within Us. In this book, they seek to answer those burning questions that weigh on young Catholic hearts today, including questions on sexuality and gender issues. Listen in as Bill and Anne weigh in their thoughts on what is the most common/intense burning question and what approach they each took in creating the narrative of this book.
After suffering a life-threating complication after giving birth to her second child, Anne DeSantis experienced her own personal miracle after receiving the healing hand of God. Now a devout Catholic, wife and mother of two, she works to help families in crisis find spiritual healing as a director for the St. Raymond Nonnatus Foundation (SRNF).
Founded by the Mercedarian Friars (the Order of Mercy) in 2015, the SRNF ministers to families in crises such as divorce, addiction, mental health, etc. They work to provide spiritual healing through spiritual consultations, prayer, and more. In addition, they have multiple resources available for clients to seek additional help for the challenges they face and struggle with.
Anne DeSantis is also the host of Journeys in Faith, a live videocast that broadcasts on Facebook Live and YouTube, and co-host of Sewing Hope Podcast, both affiliates of the Fiat Ministry Network and Patchwork Heart Ministry founded by Bill Snyder.
Our guest is Hyacinth Hermida, a Catholic convert from the Philippines who tells us the story of how her childhood traumas and abuse led her to the Catholic faith. From being raised in the occult to living a hermitic life in a monastery in the Holy Land, hear how she now inspires others to face their trauma and to seek God for healing.
In this episode, Carlos and Angel talk about their 2021 Lenten sacrifice while discussing the deeper meaning behind it.
- Does it truly mean something to you to give something up for Lent?
- Why do you personally give something up?
- Where can we be more cultural rather than spiritual Catholics?
- Finding the gift in the sacrifice - When giving something up turns out to have something better in store.
- Ways to increase your spiritual/prayer life
Our guest speaker this week is Maria Spears a self-worth strategist working alongside The Woman School to help women discover their value and gain the tools to live a holistic life. With Maria, we discussed the power and importance in positive thinking and positive words, what it means to love and care for ourselves and how that translates to all the aspects of our lives. It is not about just the spiritual or mental well-being, but about the physical and emotional as well.