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31 Interview: Fr. Ermatinger – Are There Objective Truths?

31 Interview: Fr. Ermatinger – Are There Objective Truths?

October 14, 2021

In today’s episode we welcome Fr. Cliff Ermatinger, a Priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He is a writer, and has worked as a spiritual director, retreat master, and lecturer on spirituality for many years. He has a BA from Gonzaga University in philosophy, and a PhL and STL from Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University, in Rome.

He wrote several books on the spiritual life, and on how to combat evil in our lives. Some of those books are: “If you knew the gift of God”; “Common Nonsense: 25 Fallacies about Life... refuted”; “The Devil’s Role in the Spiritual Life” and his latest book “The Trouble with Magic”.

In today’s episode we will speak about the book “Common Nonsense”, particularly about the fallacy of Relativism. Relativism is a philosophical doctrine that claims that there is no absolute and objective truth. In our next episode we will discuss another of his books, “The Trouble with Magic.”

- Links to some of Fr. Cliff Ermatinger’s books:

Amazon.com: Customer reviews: The Trouble with Magic: Our Failed Search for More and Christ's fulfillment of our Desires

Common Nonsense: 25 Fallacies about Life... book by Cliff Ermatinger (thriftbooks.com)

The Devil's Role in the Spiritual Life:... book by Cliff Ermatinger (thriftbooks.com)

- Fr. Patrick Wainwright is a priest of Miles Christi, a Catholic Religious Order.

- Miles Christi Religious Order website: https://www.mileschristi.org

- This Podcast’s Website: https://www.forcollegecatholics.org

- To learn about the Spiritual Exercises (silent weekend retreat), visit: https://www.mileschristi.org/spiritual-exercises/

- Recorded at our Family Center in South Lyon, Michigan.

- Intro music from pond5.com

30 Jesus Christ, A Man on a Mission

30 Jesus Christ, A Man on a Mission

October 7, 2021

In today’s episode we’ll speak about some general aspects and mysteries of the Life of Christ as it is presented by the Gospels. I share the story of my visit to the Holy Land, how I celebrated Mass in the place of the Crucifixion and in the place of the Resurrection of our Lord. In speaking about the main general aspects of the Life of Christ, I will highlight how Jesus had a clear mission given by God the Father, how He came to save us all from sin, how He established the Catholic Church, how He taught us all the truths that are necessary for us to obtain our eternal salvation, and how He calls YOU to continue His mission on this earth.

- Link to “The Life of Christ”, a book by Bishop Fulton Sheen, who is in the process of canonization: https://www.ignatius.com/Life-of-Christ-P1538.aspx

- Fr. Patrick Wainwright is a priest of Miles Christi, a Catholic Religious Order.

- Miles Christi Religious Order website: https://www.mileschristi.org

- This Podcast’s Website: https://www.forcollegecatholics.org

- To learn about the Spiritual Exercises (silent weekend retreat), visit: https://www.mileschristi.org/spiritual-exercises/

- Recorded at our Family Center in South Lyon, Michigan.

- Intro music from pond5.com

29 Jesus Christ is My Hero

29 Jesus Christ is My Hero

September 30, 2021

In this episode we talk about how we are naturally inclined to look up to certain people, and have them as our role models. We also consider how God, in taking our human nature, intended to become in Christ our most perfect role model, our ideal man, our hero. He lived like us, he suffered like us, and even more than us. He wanted to be close to us, and share our life, so we could look up to Him and see in Him everything we should aim for.

-  Jessica Long Super Bowl Commercial: (20) 2021 Toyota Big Game Commercial: Jessica Long's Story | Upstream - YouTube

- Myah’s (little Michigan girl with spina bifida) story and the picture that went viral: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE3mYQW6Dqg

- Fr. Patrick Wainwright is a priest of Miles Christi, a Catholic Religious Order.

- Miles Christi Religious Order website: https://www.mileschristi.org 

- This Podcast’s Website: https://www.forcollegecatholics.org 

- To learn about the Spiritual Exercises (silent weekend retreat), visit: https://www.mileschristi.org/spiritual-exercises/ 

- Recorded at our Family Center in South Lyon, Michigan.

- Intro music from pond5.com

28 Fr. Martin Latiff’s Vocation Story

28 Fr. Martin Latiff’s Vocation Story

September 23, 2021

In this episode I bring in a guest, Fr. Martin Latiff, a priest from Miles Christi, who shares his vocation story and some highlights of his experience as a priest. He gives some recommendations to make a good vocational discernment for young adults who are considering marriage and consecrated life. We also discuss some good spiritual life tips for any college student. Make sure you listen in!

- You can watch a video about Fr. Martin Latiff's vocation story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3TUT3bsfsY

- Fr. Patrick Wainwright is a priest of Miles Christi, a Catholic Religious Order.

- Miles Christi Religious Order website: https://www.mileschristi.org 

- This Podcast’s Website: https://www.forcollegecatholics.org 

- To learn about the Spiritual Exercises (silent weekend retreat), visit: https://www.mileschristi.org/spiritual-exercises/ 

- Recorded at our Family Center in South Lyon, Michigan.

- Intro music from pond5.com

27 Interview: How to Grow in Devotion to Mary – Fr. Martin Latiff, MC

27 Interview: How to Grow in Devotion to Mary – Fr. Martin Latiff, MC

September 16, 2021

In this episode I bring in a guest, Fr. Martin Latiff, a priest from Miles Christi, and we talk about the importance of the devotion to Mary and how to develop it in our lives. He shares his story about how his devotion to the Virgin Mary grew after some graces were granted to him at Lourdes, France.

We also speak about the importance of the devotion to Mary in your college and young adult years, and we share some tips on how to obtain that filial, loving devotion to the Mother of God.

I also share some important discoveries of ancient historical evidence done in recent decades that should strengthen your devotion to the Virgin Mary.

- You can watch a video about Fr. Martin Latiff’s vocation story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3TUT3bsfsY

- Fr. Patrick Wainwright is a priest of Miles Christi, a Catholic Religious Order.

- Miles Christi Religious Order website: https://www.mileschristi.org 

- This Podcast’s Website: https://www.forcollegecatholics.org 

- To learn about the Spiritual Exercises (silent weekend retreat), visit: https://www.mileschristi.org/spiritual-exercises/ 

- Recorded at our Family Center in South Lyon, Michigan.

- Intro music from pond5.com

26 The Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother

26 The Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother

September 9, 2021

In this episode I talk about how the fact that the Virgin Mary is indeed the Mother of God, is at the center of our Marian devotion. We also speak about the three other Marian dogmas, all of which form like the four columns of the theological doctrine related to the Virgin Mary.

Mary carried in her womb the Word made Flesh, Jesus Christ. And just as we say that our mother is “our mother” and not just “the mother of our body, but not of our soul”, even though our soul comes directly from God, in a similar way, although the Divinity existed before the Virgin Mary, because she carried Jesus in her womb, because she provided the living cells from which his body was made, we say that she is the Mother of Jesus, and therefore, the Mother of God.

The Catechism explains (#485): “The mission of the Holy Spirit is always conjoined and ordered to that of the Son. The Holy Spirit, (…) is sent to sanctify the womb of the Virgin Mary and divinely fecundate it, causing her to conceive the eternal Son of the Father in a humanity drawn from her own.”

That Mary is the Mother of God was always believed by the Church from the time of the Apostles. However, it was defined, that is stated irrevocably as a truth revealed by God, at the Council of Ephesus on the year 431 A.D.

We speak about the other privileges that God granted to the one who would become His Mother. God gave her the grace to be conceived without Original Sin in the womb of her mother St. Anne (the dogma of the “Immaculate Conception”, defined in 1854 by Pope Blessed Pius IX). God gave her the grace to be Ever Virgin, that is, she remained a virgin before, during and ever after the birth of Jesus Christ. And finally, after completing the course of her life in this world, she was assumed, by the power of God, body and soul into the Glory of Heaven (the dogma of the “Assumption of Mary”, defined in 1950, by Pope Pius XII).

The theological tradition of the Church has also called her the Mediatrix of all Graces (because God grants all the graces through the hands of the Virgin Mary), and Co-Redemptrix with Christ (because she, being only a human being, participated and cooperated as no one else in the Redemption of man performed by Jesus Christ).

- All the things we discussed in this episode can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #484 through #511.

- About the archaeological discovery of the inscription “Ave Maria” on a wall from before the V Century, in the archaeological site of the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. It shows that the devotion to the Virgin Mary existed in that specific location in Nazareth, and is dated from before the Council of Ephesus (431 A.D.): https://www.terrasanctamuseum.org/en/%CF%87%CE%B1%CE%AF%CF%81%CE%B5-%CE%BC%CE%B1%CF%81%CE%AF%CE%B1-ave-maria-the-origins-of-the-marian-cult/

- The “Sub Tuum Praesidium” is the oldest Marian prayer of which we have a written record. An Egyptian papyrus was found in 1917 that was dated back to 250-280 A.D. https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2011/02/sub-tuum-praesidium.html#.YTVrbp1Kg2w

- Fr. Patrick Wainwright is a priest of Miles Christi, a Catholic Religious Order.

- Miles Christi Religious Order website: https://www.mileschristi.org 

- This Podcast’s Website: https://www.forcollegecatholics.org 

- To learn about the Spiritual Exercises (silent weekend retreat), visit: https://www.mileschristi.org/spiritual-exercises/ 

- Recorded at our Family Center in South Lyon, Michigan.

- Intro music from pond5.com

25 Jesus, in the Sacred Heart, Loves You With a Human Love

25 Jesus, in the Sacred Heart, Loves You With a Human Love

September 2, 2021

In this episode I talk about How our Lord Jesus Christ, because He has a truly and complete Human nature, has TWO natures (one Divine and one Human) and therefore has TWO intellects and TWO wills. This is how you can explain certain expressions from the Gospels that otherwise would be confusing (like: Luke 2:52 [Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man.]; John 11:35 [deeply moved and troubled, and “Jesus wept”]; Mark 15:34 [“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.”], and many others). As a result, He loves us with a real, emotional love.

This is why you should also return His human, emotional love, with a sincere, personal love as well. He’s expecting that from you, and He’s waiting for you in the Blessed Sacrament!

All the topics we spoke about today can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #461-483

Here are some of the words of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, in the apparitions that took place from the year 1673 to 1675

“My Divine Heart is so inflamed with love for men, and for you in particular that, being unable any longer to contain within Itself the flames of Its burning Charity, it must needs spread them abroad by your means, and manifest Itself to them (mankind) in order to enrich them with the precious graces of sanctification and salvation necessary to withdraw them from the abyss of perdition.” (…)

On one occasion, while the Blessed Sacrament was exposed, (…) Jesus Christ, my sweet Master, presented Himself to me (…). Flames issued from every part of His Sacred Humanity, especially from (…) His most loving and most amiable Heart, which was the living source of these flames. (…) He showed me to what an excess He had loved men, from whom He received only ingratitude and contempt. "I feel this more than all that I suffered during My Passion. If only they would make Me some return for My Love, I should think but little of all I have done for them and would wish, were it possible, to suffer still more. But the sole return they make (…) is to reject Me and treat Me with coldness. Do you at least console Me by supplying for their ingratitude..."

"Behold the Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming Itself, in order to testify Its love; and in return, I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrilege, and by the coldness and contempt they have for Me in this Sacrament of Love. But what I feel most keenly is that it is hearts which are consecrated to Me, that treat Me thus. Therefore, I ask of you that the Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi be set apart for a special Feast to honor My Heart, by communicating on that day, and making reparation to It by a solemn act, in order to make amends for the indignities which It has received during the time It has been exposed on the altars. I promise you that My Heart shall expand Itself to shed in abundance the influence of Its Divine Love upon those who shall thus honor It, and cause It to be honored."

More information about these apparitions can be found here: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/the-revelation-of-the-sacred-heart-of-jesus-paral-le-monial-france-13719

Here you can download for free an image (as a desktop wallpaper) of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. There are more images available for free in our website! https://www.mileschristi.org/wp-content/plugins/mc-wallpapers/1024x768/Sacred-Heart-of-Jesus.jpg

- Fr. Patrick Wainwright is a priest of Miles Christi, a Catholic Religious Order.

- Miles Christi Religious Order website: https://www.mileschristi.org 

- This Podcast’s Website: https://www.forcollegecatholics.org 

- To learn about the Spiritual Exercises (silent weekend retreat), visit: https://www.mileschristi.org/spiritual-exercises/ 

- Recorded at our Family Center in South Lyon, Michigan.

- Intro music from pond5.com

24 Jesus Christ is True God and True Man

24 Jesus Christ is True God and True Man

August 26, 2021

In this episode I talk about how Jesus Christ is true God and true Man. That is, two natures, one Divine and one human, united in the One Divine Person of the Son. This is what is called the “hypostatic union”. The Divine nature is perfect and complete, and in that sense, Jesus Christ is perfect God. On the other hand, the human nature is perfect and complete, and in that sense, Jesus Christ is perfect man. However, both natures are united on one only Divine Person, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the Son. There is NO HUMAN PERSON in Jesus Christ. I speak about the heresies of Gnostic Docetism, Arianism and Nestorianism. Finally, I explain how the Virgin Mary is properly called the Mother of God, and this was defined by the council of Ephesus in the year 431 A.D. I end the episode considering the most ancient recorded prayer to the Virgin Mary, the “Sub Tuum Praesidium” or “We fly to thy protection”. And at the end, I play a recording of this Marian Hymn sung by our Miles Christi seminarians.

All these concepts can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, numbers 461-478.

Sub Tuum Praesidium Prayer text in English (We fly to Thy Patronage):

We fly to thy protection, O holy Mother of God.
Despise not our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Sub Tuum Praesidium Prayer in Latin:

Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, Sancta Dei Genetrix.
Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus,
sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper,
Virgo gloriosa et benedicta.

Sub Tuum Praesidium Chant (free download): https://www.mileschristi.org/wp-content/schola/20_Sub_tuum_praesidium.mp3

- The “Sub Tuum Praesidium” chanted by the Miles Christi seminarians is used with permission.

- Fr. Patrick Wainwright is a priest of Miles Christi, a Catholic Religious Order.

- Miles Christi Religious Order website: https://www.mileschristi.org

- This Podcast’s Website: https://www.forcollegecatholics.org

- To learn about the Spiritual Exercises (silent weekend retreat), visit: https://www.mileschristi.org/spiritual-exercises/

- Recorded at our Family Center in South Lyon, Michigan.

- Intro music from pond5.com

23 Consecrating One’s Life to God is Awesome - Interview

23 Consecrating One’s Life to God is Awesome - Interview

August 19, 2021

In this episode I invite Jenny Stofka to speak about Consecrated Life in Miles Christi. She shares her experience in college, and how she felt called to consecrate her life to Jesus Christ through the vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience.

I also welcome Kristina, who recently graduated from Florida International University and is now a nurse in Tampa, Florida. She asks some interesting questions about discernment and Religious Life—questions I’m sure you’ll be interested in knowing the answer to.

I share how the Catechism says, in #944 that Consecrated Life "is characterized by the public profession of the evangelical counsels of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience, in a stable state of life recognized by the Church". So, while through BAPTISM all the Christian faithful are called to holiness and—in a sense—consecrated to Jesus Christ, through the Religious Vows, we add a special commitment, a PUBLIC commitment to seek out the perfection of those promises made in Baptism. Those who consecrate their lives commit to live out the “Evangelical Counsels” of Christ in their life, becoming a WITNESS to the Gospel in the world.

The Church says that Religious and Consecrated Life is "a stable form of living by which the faithful, following Christ more closely (…), are totally dedicated to God who is loved most of all, so that, having been dedicated [themselves] by a new and special title to his honor, to the building up of the Church, and to the salvation of the world, they strive for the perfection of charity [that is, holiness]." Code of Canon Law, #573

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- Fr. Patrick Wainwright is a priest of Miles Christi, a Catholic Religious Order.

- To ask me or Jenny any question about the Consecrated Women in Miles Christi, please email me at info@forcollegecatholics.org

- Miles Christi Religious Order website: https://www.mileschristi.org

- This Podcast’s Website: https://www.forcollegecatholics.org

- To learn about the Spiritual Exercises (silent weekend retreat), visit: https://www.mileschristi.org/spiritual-exercises/

- Recorded at our Family Center in South Lyon, Michigan.

- Intro music from pond5.com

22 Would you give your life for someone else?

22 Would you give your life for someone else?

August 5, 2021

In this episode we talk about how God, in His infinite Mercy, came to save us and open the path to Heaven for us. JESUS gave His LIFE for you and me. I share why He had to offer a sacrifice of infinite value for our sins. He also wanted us to know God’s love for us, become a role model of holiness for everyone, make us partakers of the Divine nature, and teach us the truth about God, man, and the true and only path to salvation.

All this can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, numbers 456 through 460.

I also share a little bit about the retreat we will be doing as a Community with the Priests and Brothers in Michigan, and also about the days of vacation we will be taking in Northern Michigan! And this cannot be found in the Catechism! :D

- Fr. Patrick Wainwright is a priest of Miles Christi, a Catholic Religious Order.

- Miles Christi Religious Order website: https://www.mileschristi.org

- This Podcast’s Website: https://www.forcollegecatholics.org

- To learn about the Spiritual Exercises (silent weekend retreat), visit: https://www.mileschristi.org/spiritual-exercises/

- Recorded at our Family Center in South Lyon, Michigan.

- Intro music from pond5.com

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