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Brother Owen J. Sadlier
“The Recovery of the Beautiful: St. John Paul II's 'Letter to Artists'"
Sept. 29, 2019
Brother Owen claims that our culture suffers from a neglect of the philosophical and spiritual understanding of beauty, and he finds inspiration in John Paul II's "Letter to Artists" as well as the encyclical "Fides et Ration."
Rev. Donald Guglielmi
“A Woman in Love with God: The Life and Spirituality of Catherine Doherty”
May 19, 2019
This talk is both a survey of Catherine Doherty’s life and a summary of her spirituality and what we can learn from that. Fr. Guglielmi is the author of the book Staritsa.
Dr. Dianne Traflet
“St. Edith Stein: A Life of Merciful Presence”
April 28, 2019
Dr. Traflet, author of Saint Edith Stein: A Spiritual Portrait, discusses Edith Stein through the lens of her merciful presence as she accompanied and comforted friends, family and strangers throughout her courageous and loving life.
Podcast of Saint Edith Stein by Dr. Dianne Traflet
Dr. Beverly Lawn
“Emily Dickinson, Called Back”
(partial recording – imperfect quality)
March 31, 2019
This talk is an exploration of the intricate relationship between Emily Dickinson’s personal life and her poetry, pitting myths against facts. There is some discussion of particular poems. (partial recording)
Podcast of Emily Dickinson by Dr. Beverly Lawn
Dr. Tom Petriano
“Alice McDermott’s The Ninth Hour and the Middle Class of Holiness.”
Feb. 17, 2019
In his talk, Tom Petriano discusses McDermott’s novels, especially The Ninth Hour, and how they embody a theology of grace and everyday holiness.
Podcast of “Alice McDermott’s The Ninth Hour and the Middle Class of Holiness” with Tom Petriano
Professor Joseph Jordan
“C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy- a Christian Vision of Science Fiction”
Jan. 6, 2019
In his talk, Joseph Jordan explores how Lewis weaves his Christian vision into entertaining science fiction that wrestles with the modern world.
Podcast of "C. S. Lewis’s Space Trilogy- a Christian Vision of Science Fiction” with Joseph Jordan
Dr. Robert Delfino
"The Five Ways of Aquinas for a New Generation"
Nov. 18th, 2018
Professor Delfino (of St. John’s University, Staten Island campus) spoke on his favorite of the Five Proofs for the existence of God posited by St. Thomas Aquinas.
Podcast of Aquinas's Five Proofs by Dr. Robert Delfino
Msgr. Robert J. Batule
"Humanae Vitae at 50: Looking Back and Looking Ahead"
Oct. 21, 2018
Msgr. Batule shared the wisdom of the encyclical issued by Paul VI fifty years ago, pointing out its prophetic nature and its viability as a roadmap for keeping faith with the Author of life.
Podcast of Humanae Vitae at 50 Looking Back and Looking Ahead by Msgr Robert Batule
“George MacDonald – The Grandfather of Christian Fantasy”
September 16th, 2018
Mr. Trexler, publisher of works by MacDonald and others, describes the work of the 19th century Scottish author whom G.K. Chesterton declared was “one of the three or four greatest men of the 19th century” and C.S. Lewis regarded as his “master.”
Podcast on the Works of George MacDonald
Msgr. John Alesandro
"Pope Francis' Exhortation 'The Joy of Love' (Amoris Laetitia) and the Sacrament of Marriage"
May 20th, 2018
Msgr. Alesandro summarizes parts of the exhortation and talks about the document in relation to marriage preparation, annulments etc. using examples from his pastoral experience and his work as a canon lawyer.
Podcast of Amoris Laetitia by Msgr. John Alesandro
Dr. Michael Hoonhout
"Flannery O'Connor and the Shocking Violence of Grace"
March 18th, 2018
Dr. Hoonhout, theology professor at St. Joseph's Seminary, discusses O'Connor's literary artistry and devices, including her use of violence as a way of "shouting" at modern readers to wake them up and reveal stark, theological beauty.
Podcast of the Works of Flannery O'Connor by Dr. Michael Hoonhout
Father Thomas Berg
"Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics"
February 25th, 2018
Rev. Berg, professor of Moral Theology for St. Joseph's Seminary, talks about his book. It focuses on the painful reality that many people have been hurt by those in the Church entrusted with leadership, and he offers a way forward toward healing and renewed faith.
Podcast of Being Hurt in the Church presented by Fr. Berg
Dr. Tom Petriano
"Everything That Is, Is Holy: an Afternoon with Thomas Merton's New Seeds of Contemplation"
January 28th, 2018
Tom Petriano shares his enthusiasm and analysis of the spiritual classic New Seeds of Contemplation, and encourages us to use it as a resource for our own spiritual growth.
Podcast of Merton's New Seeds of Contemplation by Dr. Tom Petriano
Rev. John Morrison
"Les Miserables: More than Just a Mega-Musical"
October 22, 2017
Father John talks about the musical based on Victor Hugo's novel, especially the song "One Day More," which joins together the theological theme of life's journey as a road to Calvary.Podcast of Les Miserables by Fr. John Morrison
"G. K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was : Interpretation of a Nightmare"
November 19th, 2017
Independent scholar Donald Lospinuso lays out his interpretation of Chesterton's perennially popular and puzzling work, The Man Who Was . Detective novel? Theological treatise? Political thriller? All of the above?Podcast of Works of G.K. Chesterton by DonaldLospino
Ann Kissane Engelhart & Amy Welborn
"How Can We Communicate the Beauty of Our Catholic Faith to Children?"
June 11th, 2017
Children's book illustrator Ann Engelhart and author Amy Welborn discuss the evolution of several of their Catholic picture books for children, such as Adventures in Assisi and Bambinelli .Podcast of Three Children's Books by Amy Wellbor…e Engelhart
Fr. Robert Lauder
"Walker Percy: Existentialist Novelist"
April 23rd, 2017
Well-known columnist and professor Fr. Lauder talks about how the novelist Walker Percy was greatly influenced by the Existential thinkers Soren Kierkegaard and Gabriel Marcel, as evident in the novel The Moviegoer.
Podcast of Works of Walker Percy by Fr. Robert Lauder
Msgr. John Strynkowski
"The Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia - One Year Later"
March 26th, 2017
Msgr. Strynkowski talks about the all the commentaries and the controversies that have flowed from Pope Francis' document.
Podcast of Amoris Laetitia by Msgr. John Strynkowski
Rev. Joseph W. Koterski, S. J.
“Enjoying Dante’s Divine Comedy”
September 11, 2016
Fr. Koterski gives a general overview and strategy for reading the Comedy and discusses Dante’s use of contrapasso – his poetic technique of devising a punishment that fits the crime.
Podcast Of Dante's Divine Comedy By Fr. Joseph Koterski
Fr. John Morrison
“C. S. Lewis and the Moral Imagination: of marshwiggles and dragons, apostate clerics and lizards.”
May 22, 2016
Reverend John Morrison talks about C. S. Lewis’ belief that literature and the “baptized imagination” are the most effective vehicles to convey and receive important truths, rather than textbooks and catechisms.
C.S. Lewis Book Talk-Fr. Morrison 5-22-16 complete
“Little Sins Mean a Lot: Kicking Our Bad Habits Before They Kick Us.”
April 24th, 2016
Popular author, editor, and blogger Elizabeth Scalia reads from her book and discusses “little” sins that, if left unconfessed, can have a serious impact on our spiritual lives.
Podcast of Little Sins Mean A Lot byElizabthe Scalia
Dr. Marc Ricciardi
“Milton’s Trinitarian Triumvirate: God For, As and In Man.”
April 10th, 2016
Dr. Ricciardi analyzes the theology embedded in Milton’s Paradise Lost and other works.
Paradise Lost Milton Dr. Marc Ricciardi 4-10-16
"True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life"
October 25th, 2015
Author Lisa Mladinich claims that faith-filled women grow more beautiful as they age. Their authentic beauty, inherent feminine qualities, and the sacramentality of their bodies contribute to the health of society and of the Church.
October 25th - Lisa Mladinich Book Talk
Dr. Alexander Burke
"John the Theologian in the Maverick Gospel of John"
November 15th, 2015
Dr. Burke shows how John's Gospel derives from an oral tradition distinct from the Synoptic traditions, and how John's Gospel is the primary source for some key Catholic doctrines.
Dr. Burke - Gospel of John Talk - Edited File 4-5-16
Rev. John Morrison
"Michael O'Brien: A Too Well-Kept Secret South of the Border"
May 17, 2015
Rev. Morrison talks about the work of Catholic Canadian author Michael O'Brien, who has been widely praised as a superior spiritual storyteller by people such as Peter Kreeft, Joseph Pearce, and Fr. Joseph Fessio.
Fr. Morrison - Book Talk 5-17-15 edited December 2015
Msgr. Charles Fink
"The Building of the Kingdom of God in J.R.R. Tolkien"
Oct. 19, 2014
Msgr. Fink discusses Tolkien's Catholic perspective in his literature, quoting from the novel The Silmarillion, and focusing on the story "Leaf by Niggle."
Msgr. Fink - JRR Tolkien Book Talk