Saint Catherine of Siena Podcast

The latest in our series of podcast on the lives of the saints.

In this episode we dive deep into the life of this mystic, prophet, spiritual advisor, and doctor of the Church. We find out her story, and what was her driving motivations.

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The Perfect Prayer

Exploring the perfection of the Lord’s Prayer

By Charles Johnston:

What is the Perfect Prayer? Any time you speak to God from your heart, and remain in reverent silence to allow Him to speak to you, I’d say that’s a pretty good start.

We sometimes forget that prayer isn’t a one way street, it isn’t giving God a list of demands and then hanging up the phone. We have to remember that prayer isn’t a hostile negotiation, it’s a conversion in the context of a relationship. We have to approach God and speak with Him, not at Him.

But what about those times when we don’t really know what to say, or there’s a longing that we wish to express but just can’t find the right words? For these, and many other situations, I can’t think of a better way to pray than with the words our Savior gave us.

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Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving: The Three Pillars of Lent

A good refresher before Lent starts tomorrow

Now That I'm Catholic

By Charles Johnston: 

Ash Wednesday is fast approaching, and with it the very Catholic anxiety about what we are “giving up for Lent.” Many of us focus so much on what we give up – a practice not made mandatory by the Church – that we neglect the three pillars of Lent; prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

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Pivotal Christmas Characters Podcast

The Magi and Saint Nicholas, they are two of the most recognizable characters of the Christmas season. What is their stories, and what can we learn from these famous men?

This episode of Christian Circle podcast covers their backstory, their legend, and what we can do to make Jesus the focus of our Christmas celebrations. Continue reading “Pivotal Christmas Characters Podcast”

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

By Charles Johnston:

I love Christmas music, but I don’t love modern Christmas music. I don’t have anything against secular Christmas songs like Rudolph the red nosed reindeer or Santa Claus is coming to town but they are far from being my favorites. Their biggest drawback being that they are about Christmas without Christ.

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Question; What About The Priest Scandal?

Full question by Anonymous:

Why haven’t you addressed the epidemic of pedophilia inside the Catholic Church? Including the cover up at the highest levels. Many priests are pedophiles, how can you be a member of such an organization?


This question comes as one of the many anonymous comments and emails I receive from people with an axe to grind with the Catholic Church. What I posted above is a sanitized paraphrasing of the most recent one (the actual comment was far too vulgar and inflammatory to republish), but this charge of rampant pedophilia against the church is so common, and at the same time so blatantly false, that I felt compelled to take a moment and address it. Continue reading “Question; What About The Priest Scandal?”