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Catholic Fragments Podcast

Catholic Fragments Podcast

Hosted by: Donald Wallenfang, OCDS, PhD

Catholic Fragments features expert commentary on classic excerpts of the Catholic theological tradition.

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Episode 38: Saint Ignatius Loyola on Humility

This episode highlights an excerpt about the "three ways of humility" from Saint Ignatius Loyola's Spiritual Exercises. To access the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola, see:...
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Episode 37: Saint Benedict on Balance and Stability

This episode features a few fragments from the Rule of Saint Benedict on the themes of balance, stability and obedience. To access the Rule of Saint Benedict, see: https://christdesert.org/rule-of-st-benedict/ For a...
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Episode 36: Saint John of the Cross on Love, Death, and the Presence of God

This episode enters the mystical world of Saint John of the Cross and his contemplative description of God's graceful presence and the gift of death. To access Dr. Wallenfang's 2021 book iGod, in which Saint John of...
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Episode 35: Dionysius on the Paradox of Evil

This episode takes up the question of evil in relation to the goodness of God. The writings of fifth-century Greek theologian Dionysius shed light on the perplexing problem of evil. For more background on the...
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Episode 34: Pope Francis and the Universal Call to Holiness

This episode considers the divine call for each one of us to become holy by God's grace. With special reference to the writings of Pope Francis and the Second Vatican Council, our vision of holiness comes into clearer...
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Episode 33: The Art of Autobiography and Anamnesis

This episode explores the meaning of autobiography and liturgical anamnesis within the context of Christian evangelization, with reference to Dr. Wallenfang's 2021 book iGod. To access Dr. Wallenfang's 2021 book iGod,...
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Episode 32: Phenomenology and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

This episode introduces the philosophical method of phenomenology in conversation with the summons to conversion by Jesus and his Gospel. To access Dr. Wallenfang's 2019 book on phenomenology, see:...
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Episode 31: The Ancient Akathistos Hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary

This episode explores the seventh-century poetic Akathistos hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the perfect prayer for the Advent and Christmas seasons. To access two different English translations of the...
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Episode 30: Jessica Powers and the Power of Poetry

This episode considers the powerful theological expressiveness of poetry through the work of a twentieth-century American Discalced Carmelite nun and poet named Jessica Powers. To access the selected poetry of Jessica...
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Episode 29: YHWH as the Meaning of Being

This episode explores the meaning of being through the classic dialogue between God and Moses at Mount Horeb, and the apex of this perennial dialogue in Jesus Christ. For a previous Catholic Fragments Podcast episode...
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Episode 28: On the Meaning of the Human Body

This episode explores the meaning of the human body with reference to Hebrews 10, Psalm 40, and the liturgical theology of Joseph Ratzinger. For a previous Catholic Fragments Podcast episode on the corporal works of...
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Episode 27: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux on the Eucharist

This episode presents the contemplative theology of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux on the Eucharist. For a previous Catholic Fragments Podcast episode on Saint Thérèse and her "little doctrine of love," see:...
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