Creation, Mysticism, Sacred Scripture and Sophiology with Michael Martin

Creation, Mysticism, Sacred Scripture and Sophiology with Michael Martin

Michael started studying Protestant mystics of the last 400 years, and that led him to research Russian mystics and submerged traditions within Christianity. His findings have been published as books, and he hosts a podcast and an annual magazine to re-ignite creativity. Central to his mission is the re-discovery of our connection in Creation, and the presence in Sacred Scripture of an ignored angelic being known as Wisdom/Sophia.

Michael Martin, Ph.D. is a philosopher, poet, musician, songwriter, editor, and biodynamic farmer. He spent sixteen years as a Waldorf teacher and Master Teacher, and taught at the university and college level for over seventeen years. He began biodynamic farming in 1990 and currently raises dairy goats, bees, and other animals while managing a market garden with his wife and some of his nine children. His poetry and scholarship have appeared in many journals and he is the editor of ‘Jesus the Imagination: A Journal of Spiritual Revolution’.

WEBSITE:
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Season 2: Episode 20 of SmartCatholics Mastermind
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00:00 A surprise this year
01:45 Michael’s origin story
05:30 Why the Center for Sophiological Studies
10:27 Responses to ‘Gnosticism’
18:57 A submerged reality of mysticism
23:28 Jesus the Imagination
25:53 Transfiguration and changing our culture
28:51 How to contact Michael online
30:12 Michael’s 1 minute message to Catholics

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NFP and my Conscience?

NFP and my Conscience?

It’s Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week in the USA, so Dominic and Paul talk about NFP: in light of the Church’s teaching about the individual consciences and the law of gradualism. Paul also shares some of his personal experience with NFP and being a part of the NFP subculture.

“We have long thought that simply by stressing doctrinal, bioethical and moral issues, without encouraging openness to grace, we were providing sufficient support to families, strengthening the marriage bond and giving meaning to marital life. We find it difficult to present marriage more as a dynamic path to personal development and fulfillment than as a lifelong burden. We also find it hard to make room for the consciences of the faithful, who very often respond as best they can to the Gospel amid their limitations, and are capable of carrying out their own discernment in complex situations. We have been called to form consciences, not to replace them” (Pope Francis, Amoris Latitia).

The content for this episode comes from an article Paul wrote in 2020 for Homiletic & Pastoral Review: https://www.hprweb.com/2020/12/the-sweetness-of-the-yoke-of-christ/

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ABOUT POPE FRANCIS GENERATION – Season 1: Episode 10
Pope Francis Generation is the show for Catholics struggling with the Church’s teaching, who feel like they might not belong in the Church anymore, and who still hunger for a God of love and goodness. Hosted by Paul Fahey, a professional catechist, and Dominic de Souza, someone who needs catechesis. Together, we’re taking our own look at the Catholic Church– her teachings and practices- from 3 views that changed our world: the Kerygma, the forgotten doctrine of theosis, and the teachings of Pope Francis. Together, with you, we’re the Pope Francis Generation.

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ABOUT PAUL FAHEY
Paul lives in Michigan with my wife, Kristina, and four kids. A catechist, retreat leader, counseling student, as well as a contributor and co-founder of Where Peter Is. Paul writes and speaks about what I love: the Kerygma, the Sacraments, Catholic Social Teaching, and Pope Francis. https://pfahey.com/

ABOUT DOMINIC DE SOUZA
SmartCatholics founder, Dominic de Souza, is a convert from radical traditionalism – inspired by WherePeterIs, Bishop Robert Barron, and Pope Francis. He is passionate about helping ordinary Catholics break the ‘bystander effect’, and be firstresponders. “We don’t have to be geniuses. We just have to show up with witness and kindness. Christ does the rest.” Today he hosts the SmartCatholics community. https://smartcatholics.com

00:00 Introduction and what is NFP?
2:59 Humanae Vitae and Catholic teaching on contraception
10:57 NFP subculture and personal experience
23:30 Feel cornered using NFP
25:05 The moral law
31:40 Transformation is a process
36:06 Mortal sin and culpability
43:00 What does this mean practically?
47:40 Conscience
59:40 Defensiveness and fear

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‘Encountering Signs of Faith’ Book Launch with Allison Gingras | The SmartCatholics Show

‘Encountering Signs of Faith’ Book Launch with Allison Gingras | The SmartCatholics Show

Allison Gingras is a Deacon’s wife and seasoned mom of three. Allison is a Catholic new media consultant working with Catholic Mom, Family Rosary, and the Fall River Diocese. She hosts A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras podcast and is blessed to be a co-host of the Catholic Mom Momcast.

NEW BOOK: “ENCOUNTERING SIGNS OF FAITH: My Unexpected Journey with Sacramentals, the Saints, and the Abundant Grace of God”
Blessings, prayers, devotions, and objects such as rosaries and scapulars are forms of sacramentals. In Signs of Faith, Gingras—founder of Reconciled to You ministries—shares the story of how these helped her discern the adoption of her daughter from China, strengthened her faith as she waited to meet her, helped her bond with the toddler, and taught her daughter about her faith.
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Why create entertainment for Catholic Radio | The Merry Beggars with Peter Atkinson

Why create entertainment for Catholic Radio | The Merry Beggars with Peter Atkinson

Peter went to Columbia University for their graduate program in acting, starred off Broadway, founded a media company, sold it to Relevant Radio, and now heads up Relevant Radio’s entertainment division.

WEBSITES:
themerrybeggars.com
thatnewrevival.com

Season 2: Episode 19 of SmartCatholics Mastermind
Meet the minds and hearts of Catholic creators and speakers. They devote their time and talent to mastering their vocation, so that we ordinary Catholics can live a fuller life faster!

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00:00 The most surprising thing this year
01:49 About Peter Atkinson
07:10 Why ‘The Merry Beggars’
09:00 How The Merry Beggars works with artists
13:17 What writers and actors should work with Peter
15:20 What kinds of audiences will enjoy these shows
19:00 Peter’s 1 minute message to Catholics everywhere

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Spiritual Abuse: What is it & how to respond to it

Spiritual Abuse: What is it & how to respond to it

This week, Paul shares some of the research he has been doing about spiritual abuse and the abuse of conscience in the Catholic Church. He and Dominic discuss what spiritual abuse looks like, how we can prevent it, and how we can respond to those who have been wounded in a way that promotes healing without causing more harm.

“Abuse exists in various forms: the abuse of power, the abuse of conscience, sexual and financial abuse. Clearly, the ways of exercising authority that make all this possible have to be eradicated, and the irresponsibility and lack of transparency with which so many cases have been handled have to be challenged. The desire to dominate, lack of dialogue and transparency, forms of double life, spiritual emptiness, as well as psychological weaknesses, are the terrain on which corruption thrives” (Pope Francis, Christus Vivit 98).

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ABOUT POPE FRANCIS GENERATION – Season 1: Episode 9
Pope Francis Generation is the show for Catholics struggling with the Church’s teaching, who feel like they might not belong in the Church anymore, and who still hunger for a God of love and goodness. Hosted by Paul Fahey, a professional catechist, and Dominic de Souza, someone who needs catechesis. Together, we’re taking our own look at the Catholic Church– her teachings and practices- from 3 views that changed our world: the Kerygma, the forgotten doctrine of theosis, and the teachings of Pope Francis. Together, with you, we’re the Pope Francis Generation.

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ABOUT PAUL FAHEY
Paul lives in Michigan with my wife, Kristina, and four kids. A catechist, retreat leader, counseling student, as well as a contributor and co-founder of Where Peter Is. Paul writes and speaks about what I love: the Kerygma, the Sacraments, Catholic Social Teaching, and Pope Francis. https://pfahey.com/

ABOUT DOMINIC DE SOUZA
SmartCatholics founder, Dominic de Souza, is a convert from radical traditionalism – inspired by WherePeterIs, Bishop Robert Barron, and Pope Francis. He is passionate about helping ordinary Catholics break the ‘bystander effect’, and be firstresponders. “We don’t have to be geniuses. We just have to show up with witness and kindness. Christ does the rest.” Today he hosts the SmartCatholics community. https://smartcatholics.com

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00:00 Introduction
2:50 What is spiritual abuse?
11:22 Spiritual abusers
16:35 Clericalism
20:07 Hierarchy or co-responsibility
23:55 Healthy leadership vs. toxic leadership
26:50 Power struggles
31:00 The abuse of conscience
38:55 How to prevent spiritual abuse
58:22 How to respond to people who have been harmed

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Why we need the joy of the Gospel – and fun! – with Taylor Schroll, Forte Catholic

Why we need the joy of the Gospel – and fun! – with Taylor Schroll, Forte Catholic

Taylor Schroll is the President of the evangelization and media ministry, Forte Catholic. He is a highly regarded speaker, worship leader, podcaster and producer. He has traveled the country the share the joy of the gospel through his speaking and worship leading for retreats, diocesan conferences and more. He hosts one of the top Catholic podcasts in the world and has helped over 20 other creators launch their podcasts to share the good news online. He lives in Bryan, Tx with his lovely wife Sam and their three children.

Season 2: Episode 18 of SmartCatholics Mastermind
Meet the minds and hearts of Catholic creators and speakers. They devote their time and talent to mastering their vocation, so that we ordinary Catholics can live a fuller life faster!

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Desiderio Desideravi: Pope Francis and the Liturgical Reform

Desiderio Desideravi: Pope Francis and the Liturgical Reform

Dominic and Paul discuss Pope Francis’s new Apostolic Letter, Desiderio Desideravi. This document, while a follow up on the regulations that the Holy Father put on the old Latin Mass last summer, is primarily a catechesis about God’s desire for each one of us and how we can encounter him. The pope teaches that we really and truly encounter God—mediated through material symbols—in the liturgy, and through that encounter with him, he makes us divine.

“‘I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.’ (Lk 22:15) These words of Jesus, with which the account of the Last Supper opens, are the crevice through which we are given the surprising possibility of intuiting the depth of the love of the persons of the Most Holy Trinity for us” (Desiderio Desideravi, 2).

https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/20220629-lettera-ap-desiderio-desideravi.html

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ABOUT POPE FRANCIS GENERATION – Season 1: Episode 8
Pope Francis Generation is the show for Catholics struggling with the Church’s teaching, who feel like they might not belong in the Church anymore, and who still hunger for a God of love and goodness. Hosted by Paul Fahey, a professional catechist, and Dominic de Souza, someone who needs catechesis. Together, we’re taking our own look at the Catholic Church– her teachings and practices- from 3 views that changed our world: the Kerygma, the forgotten doctrine of theosis, and the teachings of Pope Francis. Together, with you, we’re the Pope Francis Generation.

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ABOUT PAUL FAHEY
Paul lives in Michigan with my wife, Kristina, and four kids. A catechist, retreat leader, counseling student, as well as a contributor and co-founder of Where Peter Is. Paul writes and speaks about what I love: the Kerygma, the Sacraments, Catholic Social Teaching, and Pope Francis. https://pfahey.com/

ABOUT DOMINIC DE SOUZA
SmartCatholics founder, Dominic de Souza, is a convert from radical traditionalism – inspired by WherePeterIs, Bishop Robert Barron, and Pope Francis. He is passionate about helping ordinary Catholics break the ‘bystander effect’, and be firstresponders. “We don’t have to be geniuses. We just have to show up with witness and kindness. Christ does the rest.” Today he hosts the SmartCatholics community. https://smartcatholics.com

SPONSOR: SELECT INTERNATIONAL TOURS
More Catholic Leaders choose Select International Tours than any other pilgrimage company. With 35 years of award-winning travel planning, they have a track record of excellence and faithfulness. And they are a small company with a big heart, because every one of their pilgrimage trips helps to support and fund their 501 (c)(3) charity work, helping Christian families thrive in the Holy Land. If you’re ready to travel, or if you’re looking to lead a group of your own, take the next step on your pilgrimage by visiting: https://selectinternationaltours.com

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What does it mean to be pro-life?

What does it mean to be pro-life?

Paul and Dominic walk through the recent Supreme Court decision that overturned Roe vs. Wade. Paul goes through some of the history and details of the ruling, and then shifts: they talk about why he personally has a difficult time celebrating this decision.

They discuss Catholic Social Teaching and what the Church says about what it means to be pro-life and how the mainstream pro-life movement hasn’t met those expectations.

They end with some practical suggestions on how we can move forward with consistency and integrity in our support for human dignity.

“Our sin lies in failing to recognize value, in wanting to possess and exploit that which we do not value as a gift. Sin always has this same root of possessiveness, of enrichment at the expense of other people and creation itself. It’s the same sinful mindset that we were just discussing in relation to abuse. The sin is in exploiting what must not be exploited, in extracting wealth (power or satisfaction) from where it should not be taken. Sin is a rejection of the limits that love requires That’s why I spoke in Laudato Si’ of a distorted mindset known as the ‘technocratic paradigm.’ It is a mindset that despises the limit that another’s value imposes.” (Pope Francis, Let Us Dream)

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ABOUT POPE FRANCIS GENERATION – Season 1: Episode 7
Pope Francis Generation is the show for Catholics struggling with the Church’s teaching, who feel like they might not belong in the Church anymore, and who still hunger for a God of love and goodness. Hosted by Paul Fahey, a professional catechist, and Dominic de Souza, someone who needs catechesis. Together, we’re taking our own look at the Catholic Church– her teachings and practices- from 3 views that changed our world: the Kerygma, the forgotten doctrine of theosis, and the teachings of Pope Francis. Together, with you, we’re the Pope Francis Generation.

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ABOUT PAUL FAHEY
Paul lives in Michigan with my wife, Kristina, and four kids. A catechist, retreat leader, counseling student, as well as a contributor and co-founder of Where Peter Is. Paul writes and speaks about what I love: the Kerygma, the Sacraments, Catholic Social Teaching, and Pope Francis. https://pfahey.com/

ABOUT DOMINIC DE SOUZA
SmartCatholics founder, Dominic de Souza, is a convert from radical traditionalism – inspired by WherePeterIs, Bishop Robert Barron, and Pope Francis. He is passionate about helping ordinary Catholics break the ‘bystander effect’, and be firstresponders. “We don’t have to be geniuses. We just have to show up with witness and kindness. Christ does the rest.” Today he hosts the SmartCatholics community. https://smartcatholics.com

SPONSOR: SELECT INTERNATIONAL TOURS
More Catholic Leaders choose Select International Tours than any other pilgrimage company. With 35 years of award-winning travel planning, they have a track record of excellence and faithfulness. And they are a small company with a big heart, because every one of their pilgrimage trips helps to support and fund their 501 (c)(3) charity work, helping Christian families thrive in the Holy Land. If you’re ready to travel, or if you’re looking to lead a group of your own, take the next step on your pilgrimage by visiting: https://selectinternationaltours.com

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00:00 Why this topic?
2:33 Personal involvement in the pro-life movement
8:40 Roe and Dobs
14:30 Catholic Social Teaching and being consistently pro-life
30:14 Two false solutions
36:20 Donald Trump and a lack of integrity
44:45 Practical ways to be more pro-life

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Rethinking Chastity? Why it means more than what most think

Rethinking Chastity? Why it means more than what most think

Dominic and Paul reflect on how they have previously understood chastity and how so often this virtue has been reduced to just mechanistic sexual morality. Drawing from the teaching of Pope Francis, they discuss how chastity is meant to govern all of our relationships. They explore what it means to chastely love our children, our friends, and our business partners. Dominic and Paul also touch on how religious communities and leaders can love unchastely by manipulating others through fear and shame. Finally, Paul wraps up the conversation by sharing how Pope Francis’s teaching lines up with contemporary psychology.

“[The title most chaste father] is not simply a sign of affection, but the summation of an attitude that is the opposite of possessiveness. Chastity is freedom from possessiveness in every sphere of one’s life. Only when love is chaste, is it truly love. A possessive love ultimately becomes dangerous: it imprisons, constricts and makes for misery. God himself loved humanity with a chaste love; he left us free even to go astray and set ourselves against him. The logic of love is always the logic of freedom, and Joseph knew how to love with extraordinary freedom. He never made himself the centre of things. He did not think of himself, but focused instead on the lives of Mary and Jesus.” (Pope Francis, Patris Corde)

https://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco-lettera-ap_20201208_patris-corde.html

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ABOUT POPE FRANCIS GENERATION – Season 1: Episode 6
Pope Francis Generation is the show for Catholics struggling with the Church’s teaching, who feel like they might not belong in the Church anymore, and who still hunger for a God of love and goodness. Hosted by Paul Fahey, a professional catechist, and Dominic de Souza, someone who needs catechesis. Together, we’re taking our own look at the Catholic Church– her teachings and practices- from 3 views that changed our world: the Kerygma, the forgotten doctrine of theosis, and the teachings of Pope Francis. Together, with you, we’re the Pope Francis Generation.

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ABOUT PAUL FAHEY
Paul lives in Michigan with my wife, Kristina, and four kids. A catechist, retreat leader, counseling student, as well as a contributor and co-founder of Where Peter Is. Paul writes and speaks about what I love: the Kerygma, the Sacraments, Catholic Social Teaching, and Pope Francis. https://pfahey.com/

ABOUT DOMINIC DE SOUZA
SmartCatholics founder, Dominic de Souza, is a convert from radical traditionalism – inspired by WherePeterIs, Bishop Robert Barron, and Pope Francis. He is passionate about helping ordinary Catholics break the ‘bystander effect’, and be firstresponders. “We don’t have to be geniuses. We just have to show up with witness and kindness. Christ does the rest.” Today he hosts the SmartCatholics community. https://smartcatholics.com

SPONSOR: SELECT INTERNATIONAL TOURS
More Catholic Leaders choose Select International Tours than any other pilgrimage company. With 35 years of award-winning travel planning, they have a track record of excellence and faithfulness. And they are a small company with a big heart, because every one of their pilgrimage trips helps to support and fund their 501 (c)(3) charity work, helping Christian families thrive in the Holy Land. If you’re ready to travel, or if you’re looking to lead a group of your own, take the next step on your pilgrimage by visiting: https://selectinternationaltours.com

SUPPORTERS: WherePeterIs
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ABOUT SMARTCATHOLICS
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Giving voice and support to sexual abuse survivors, with AWAKE Milwaukee | Sara Larson

Giving voice and support to sexual abuse survivors, with AWAKE Milwaukee | Sara Larson

Sara Larson is the co-founder and executive director of Awake Milwaukee, a growing grassroots Catholic nonprofit organization whose mission is to awaken our community to the full reality of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and work for transformation and healing in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and beyond.

Website: https://awakemilwaukee.org/
Sign the Letter: https://awakemilwaukee.org/letter-to-survivors/

Season 2: Episode 17 of SmartCatholics Mastermind
Meet the minds and hearts of Catholic creators and speakers. They devote their time and talent to mastering their vocation, so that we ordinary Catholics can live a fuller life faster!

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Should Catholics be culture warriors?

Should Catholics be culture warriors?

Dominic and Paul chat about authentic Catholic engagement in the culture and the world. They share their own experiences of being culture warriors and go on to discuss how this type of engagement is not what Christ asks of us. Turning to Scripture and the examples of the saints, they propose an idea of what a Christian’s mission is in the world that’s distinct from culture wars and partisan politics.

“The great scandal of the age is that those without the sacraments are so often superior in charity, courage, even laying down their lives for their brothers, to the ‘practicing Catholic’ who partakes of the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist and then stands by while his brother is exploited, starved, beaten, and goes on living his bourgeois life, his whole work being to maintain ‘his standard of living,’ and neglecting the one thing needful, love of God and brother.”
Dorothy Day

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00:00 Is Christianity a culture war?
3:00 Why do we like being culture warriors?
8:50 Tribalism
12:40 Good guys and bad guys
21:20 What is Christian culture?
30:27 Is there actually a Christian culture?
39:10 How should we engage the culture?
53:18 Following Mary’s example as a firstresponder?

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