Webcasts featuring today's most gifted and dynamic Catholic speakers and authors



Angels of the Lord: 365 Reflections on Our Heavenly Guardians
Presenter: Catherine Odell
Duration: 52 minutes

Learn more about the upcoming Feast of the Archangels and the Feast of the Guardian Angels during this webcast with Catherine Odell, co-author of Angels of the Lord: 365 Reflections on Our Heavenly Guardians.

On September 29 (Feast of the Archangels) and October 2 (Feast of the Guardian Angels), the Church venerates angels, the magnificent spiritual creatures sent to guide and protect us. Catherine Odell will highlight God's wonderful messengers through Church teaching, Scripture, the lives of the saints, as well as in everyday encounters in our own times.

Saintly Secrets: St. Padre Pio
Presenter: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Duration: 1 hour, 17 minutes 

St. Padre Pio is one of the most popular modern saints. Learn about his mystical gifts, his personal piety, and his gift of the stigmata. Along the way explore a bit about what the stigmata is, its history and some other saints who bore the wounds of Christ.

Scripture Footnotes: The World of Jesus
Presenter: George Martin
Duration: 33 minutes 

Have you ever wondered what daily life was like in the time of Jesus? Join us as George Martin, author of the new book, Scripture Footnotes: The World of Jesus, shares his extensive research.

How did the geography of Palestine and the customs of the Jewish people influence Jesus? What did people eat? What did they wear? What was the significance of the location of Gethsemane? Why was Golgotha called “the place of the skull”?

In Scripture Footnotes, biblical scholar George Martin answers these and hundreds of other questions about Jesus’ world. In addition to fascinating facts and information, this book includes a comprehensive index of key words, as well as maps of Palestine and Jerusalem at the time of Jesus.

With Scripture Footnotes as your guide, you’ll be able to read the four Gospels — and all of Scripture — with new understanding and deeper insight, drawing you closer than ever before to the life and times of Christ.

Seven Sorrows of Mary
Presenter: Michael Heinlein
Duration: 26 minutes 

Join us as Michael Heinlein, writer for OSV Newsweekly and editor of The Catholic Answer, presents "Seven Sorrows of Mary."

On the day of the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, take some time to reflect upon how Our Lady of Sorrows can make a difference in our understanding of suffering and pain.

Apps, Texting, and Digital Signage
Presenter: Scott Vaughan
Duration: 1 hour, 3 minutes

Join us for a free, ecumenical webcast with communication expert, Scott Vaughan.

It's estimated that more than 90% of churches use some form of digital communication as part of the communication mix. This webcast examines the latest thinking in using apps, text messaging, digital signage, and other forms of digital communication, including social media.

Fatima, Prayer and Peace
Presenter: Michael Heinlein
Duration: 37 minutes 

Join us as Michael Heinlein, writer for OSV Newsweekly, presents "Fatima, Prayer and Peace."

One of the major themes of the message at Fatima is the path to peace through prayer and sacrifice. Listen to learn more about what the message of Fatima is calling us to do so that we may foster peace on earth.

The Shepherd Who Didn't Run
Presenter: Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda
Duration: 37 minutes

Join us to hear award-winning author Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda discuss her book about Fr. Stanley Rother, the first US-born martyr, who will be beatified on September 23, 2017.

"The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger."

Fr. Stanley Rother was true to his word. He did not run.

Fr. Stanley arrived in Guatemala in 1968, and immediately identified with his parishioners' simple, farming lifestyle. After nearly a decade, the violence of the Guatemalan civil war found its way into the peaceful village. Disappearances, killings, and danger became daily occurrences, but despite this unrest Fr. Stanley remained hard at work--and was martyred at the age of 46.

The Roots of Our Catholic Identity: Roman History's Relevance in Our Modern World
Presenter: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes

Join us as Fr. Mitch Pacwa, WJ, internationally-acclaimed biblical scholar, TV personality and author, presents a free, one-hour webcast, in partnership with Our Sunday Visitor. Fr. Pacwa will bring insight into our present day culture so we can better live our lives as Catholics. He will discuss how the fall of Rome is parallel to our present day culture and what it means for us today. He will answer questions such as
  • Why is Roman history relevant to the modern world?
  • What can we learn from its structures and the various ways we run our government and culture?
  • What is the role of being Catholic in present day society?
  • How can we impact our society as Catholics?

God's Guide for Grandparents
Presenter: Sue Erschen
Duration: 40 minutes

Join author Sue Erschen for a discussion about her new book, God's Guide for Grandparents.

Parents have great hopes and dreams as they become grandparents. They look forward to the joy, fun times, and special memories. They can share their treasured family traditions and faith with a new generation.

But how can grandparents truly make a difference in their grandchildren's lives? God's Guide for Grandparents tackles that question by exploring sacred scripture, the lives of saints, the teachings of the Church, the writings of Pope Francis, and anecdotes from modern grandparents.

Think Right, Live Well: Daily Reflections with Archbishop Sheen
Presenter: Bert Ghezzi
Duration: 28 minutes

Join us for a short webcast with Bert Ghezzi, editor of Think Right, Live Well: Daily Reflections with Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.

In Think Right, Live Well, you'll be inspired by Archbishop Sheen's words, and a one-sentence prayer to make your own. In just a couple of minutes a day, you'll begin to see how Sheen's central teaching--that shaping our minds with the truth can mean a life lived well, pleasing to God--can make a difference in your own life...starting today.

Reclaiming Sexual Identity: Uncovering the Truth about Same-Sex Attraction
Presenter: Teresa Tomeo
Duration: 1 hour, 2 minutes

Many find the conflict between sexual desires and the teachings of the Catholic Church too difficult. The church's teachings are clear. Join Teresa Tomeo and guest Daniel C. Mattson, who once identified himself as gay, as they examine the church's teachings on same-sex attraction and what's happening all too often in our society. This webinar will answer questions such as:

- What do you do when your child says they like the same sex?

- How can we walk the journey with those struggling with same-sex attraction?

- What is the church's teachings on same-sex attraction?

- What is the Catholic response to those dealing with the gender dysphoria?

Tied in Knots: Finding Peace in Today's World
Presenter: Greg Willits
Duration: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Who hasn’t, at some point in their life…if not daily, experienced stress, anxiety, fear, worry, grief, disappointment, or any other “trying” state of emotion. These are all just some of the sources of knots in our lives that keep us from living as God intends: sin, life circumstances, things beyond our control, things that we’ve brought upon ourselves, and things others have done to us.

If you are seeking peace and want to find solutions to those unnamed knots in life, then Tied in Knots: Finding Peace in Today's World by Greg Willits, is the book for you. It serves as a companion on a journey toward greater peace. This book helps you discover the root of the knots in your life and ways to begin having them untied for good. But how?

Join us as author, Greg Willits, editorial director of Our Sunday Visitor, discusses his new book.

The Unity Christ Willed: An Introduction to Ecumenism
Presenter: Michael Heinlein
Duration: 30 minutes

Have you ever wondered why Christians are divided? What do Catholics share in common with Orthodox, Lutherans, Methodists, Anglicans, and others? How are they all unique? Learn more about what is being done to unite the Christian churches--to bring about the unity Christ willed among his followers on the night before he died (see Jn 17:21).

The Miracle and the Message: 100 Years of Fatima
Presenter: John C. Priess
Duration: 1 hour, 2 minutes

Join us to hear John C. Priess discuss his new book, The Miracle and the Message: 100 Years of Fatima.

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal.

The message of Fatima reflects all the teachings of the Catholic faith. It’s a message so simple children could understand it – but one so rich that theologians are still mining its depths.

In The Miracle and the Message: 100 Years of Fatima, the author describes in clear detail the Blessed Mother’s appearances to Lucia dos Santos, and Francisco, and Jacinta Marto (now the Church’s youngest canonized saints), and shares the background, sights, and sounds that draw you into the events as they unfolded over the course of the twentieth century.

More than a history lesson about the apparitions, The Miracle and the Message shows how to claim the message in our own lives, and fully embrace what Mary offers the Church and the World.

Whether you know little about what happened in Fatima and want to learn more, or already have a devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary, you will love The Miracle and the Message.

You'll see some of the photos from the book!

Saintly Secrets: St. Helen
Presenter: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Duration: 1 hour, 1 minute 

Think trophy wives are a new phenomenon? Think again. St. Helen, who should be the patron of the First Wives Club, was dumped by the Emperor Constantius and then, in her later years, went on to make the first archeological pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We’ll talk about why even if she didn’t discover Jesus’s cross as legend tells us, she is an important figure for historical accounts of Jesus’s life.

Marian Apparitions
Presenter: Michael Heinlein
Duration: 31 minutes

The apparitions at Fatima were among many other Marian apparitions in the history of the Church. This webcast will introduce listeners to some of the other major Marian apparitions and the main themes of Fatima.

Every Day with Mary: Reflections by the Affiliates of Mayslake
Presenter: Dr. Mary Amore
Duration: 30 minutes 

Join us as Dr. Mary Amore, editor, discusses the new book, Every Day with Mary.

Growing closer to the Blessed Virgin Mary can have a profound impact on your spiritual life. Your deeper and more personal relationship with the Blessed Mother can start with a few short minutes each day using Every Day with Mary.

Throughout the year you’ll ponder the fruits of the Holy Spirit in the Mary’s life — peace, love, surrender, hope, gentleness, joy, serenity, self-control, generosity, gratitude, patience, faithfulness, and abundance — with a timely and relevant meditation perfect for your busy life. You’ll begin with a quote from Scripture, followed by a brief reflection, and a question or act to consider, and a short prayer to Mary to carry through your day.

Every Day with Mary is sure to touch your heart, nourish your soul, and lead you into a deeper relationship with Christ through the intercession of his mother.

Saintly Secrets: St. Maria Goretti
Presenter: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Duration: 1 hour, 3 minutes 

She refused to sin by having sex so her stalker killed her. That’s the conventional story and while it’s more or less true there is, as always, a bit more to the story. We’ll talk about Maria, her assailant, and what it really means to be a virgin saint.

Casting Nets with the Saints
Presenter: Chris Stewart
Duration: 1 hour, 3 minutes 

We have an obligation as Christians to share the Gospel of Christ. But many are at a loss as to how to fulfill this commission. Good news – we have a clear path we can follow, trod by holy men and women who have successfully brought millions of souls to Christ, the saints!

In his newest book, Casting Nets with the Saints, author and speaker Chris Stewart builds on The Seven Pillars of Effective Evangelization, using entertaining stories of the saints to demonstrate the seven characteristics of an effective evangelizer. Modeled on the life and ministry of Jesus himself, a truly effective evangelist must be:
  • Joyful
  • Humble
  • Merciful
  • Peaceful
  • Faithful
  • Hopeful
  • Charitable
Learn how this book is perfect for individuals or parishes searching for an effective program for bringing the Faith to others and growing in it themselves. 

Saved: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics
Presenter: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
Duration: 1 hour, 5 minutes 

What does it mean to be saved? Can I know that I am saved? As Christians, and especially as Catholics, we face these questions on a daily basis, not only from the people we meet but also in our own hearts. Scripture provides the answer, for the Bible isn’t simply a collection of disjointed tales — it is the story of our salvation.

In this Bible study, Fr. Mitch Pacwa guides us through Catholic teaching on salvation, as found in Scripture. With his characteristic wisdom, he tackles tough topics and questions, including grace and free will, repentance and faith, the role of the sacraments, and the necessity of good works.

The Transgender Agenda: Speaking the Truth in Love
Presenter: Teresa Tomeo
Duration: 59 minutes 

Part 2--Questions and Answers & The Response of the Faithful
Teresa Tomeo continues the discussion on the transgender agenda. In the second webinar on this topic, Teresa along with her special guests, will answer questions and give Catholics and other concerned Christians guidance in offering loving responses to those who are accepting and promoting the continuing attacks on the dignity of the human person. Teresa will devote a large portion of this webcast to audience questions after her presentation!

Saintly Secrets: St. John the Baptist
Presenter: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Duration: 56 minutes 

St. John the Baptist. We call him Jesus' cousin, but who was the "voice in the wilderness" really? What do we know about him, his parents, his relationship to Jesus -- and more important, why should we care? Discover the facts we have from the Gospels...and a few legends as well. (Hint: did he really eat grasshoppers and honey?)

Things to Think about When Planning a Catholic Funeral
Presenter: Michael Heinlein
Duration: 1 hour

Perhaps we have not paid much attention to the reality that we will likely have to plan a loved one's funeral someday. The rites of the Catholic funeral liturgy are important to be familiar with, especially because they express our beliefs about death and eternal life, our hope of the resurrection of the body, our charity for the deceased, especially in our prayers for him or her, and much more. Learn more about these rites and get prepared for the decisions that will need to be made when planning a Catholic funeral.

The Ever-Present God: Where Does the Bible Come From?
Presenter: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes

Join us as Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, internationally acclaimed biblical scholar, TV personality, and author, explains the origin of the texts comprising the Holy Bible, detailing the historical development of the canon of Scripture and providing valuable information about the seven deuterocanonical books known to Protestants as the Apocrypha. By putting the Bible in its proper historical context, Fr. Pacwa expertly guides the listener into a deeper understanding of the factors motivating the Church's decision on which books it considered Divinely inspired.

Jesus: The Story You Thought You Knew
Presenter: Deacon Keith Strohm
Duration: 30 minutes

In this short webcast, Deacon Keith Strohm will discuss his new book, Jesus: The Story You Thought You Knew. Strohm invites you not just to read about Jesus, but to have a transformative encounter with him. This isn’t a book of theology, or an abstract story with little impact on your real life. It is the story that can and will transform you if you’re open to it. 

4 Tips in 15 Minutes for Helping Those in Need
Presenter: Carrie Aranda
Duration: 30 minutes 

Combining her professional and personal experience, Carrie Aranda, Director of the Charity and Development Appeal at the Diocese of Phoenix, will present a short webcast that will give you some inspiration for helping those in need.

Saintly Secrets: St. Isidore
Presenter: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Duration: 1 hour 

Where would we be without farmers? Few of us have the land or the know-how to grow all the food we need for ourselves and our families. Despite our dependence on them, farmers aren't often thought of as models for sainthood. Yet, St. Isidore worked his entire life as a farmhand and achieved sanctity in the fields. How can we find honor, dignity and holiness in every walk of life?

Every Parent's Battle: A Family Guide to Resisting Pornography
Presenter: Dan S. Spencer III
Duration: 1 hour, 3 minutes 

Parents, by their vocation of marriage, are called to protect their family against evil influences such as pornography. However, most parents are still quite ignorant of the reality of pornography in the culture and in the lives of their children. Most parents have a "sense" that porn is a  problem, but cannot imagine their family to be struggling with this issue. Research has shown this is a dangerous illusion. 

Fatima, The Children, and The Apparitions
Presenter: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Duration: 59 minutes

Few appearances of Mary have created more discussion than her apparition at Fatima. From the mysterious secrets to the amazing appearance of the sun, Fatima has even become a part of secular history. What really happened to those three Portuguese children? What was Mary's message and why should we pay attention to it today?

Communication Traps
Presenter: Scott Vaughan
Duration: 1 hour 

This one-hour webcast examines some of the traps and misconceptions that can derail, slow, or stall the church's communication system. How do we promote two key ministry activities happening within the same time frame? How do we balance effective text with artwork to draw readers into our promotion? What should we avoid when it comes to promotion of financials, especially budget shortfalls? Sometimes, the best offense is knowing where the traps are located, and knowing how to dodge them.

7 Ways You Can Develop a Eucharistic Spirituality in Your Family
Presenter: Timothy P. O'Malley, Ph.D.
Duration: 30 minutes 

The Mass should structure how we understand the vocation of our families as the domestic church. In this short webcast, Dr. Timothy O'Malley, author of Bored Again Catholic, shares seven ways that you can develop a Eucharistic spirituality in the family itself.

The Ever-Present God: Scripture Alone - "Sola Scriptura" and Its Meaning for Us 500 Years After Its Origin - Part 2
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.Presenter: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
Duration:  1 hour, 6 minutes

Exactly 500 years ago this coming November, Protestant reformers rejected the role of tradition and held to a relatively new doctrine of scripture alone: "Sola Scriptura." In this webcast, Fr. Pacwa will delve into the background and meaning of this doctrine and will answer such questions as:
  • When did this doctrine of "Sola Scriptura" first arise?
  • Why did the reformers reject the role of Tradition?
  • What was the appeal of this doctrine for the reformers of the Protestant Reformation?
  • What impact has this doctrine had and what can we learn from it?

5 Ways to Engage Toddlers and Teens at Mass
Presenter: Timothy P. O'Malley, Ph.D.
Duration: 30 minutes

We know the liturgy is important for our Catholic faith, but it's sometimes hard to convince our children. In this short webcast, Dr. Timothy O'Malley, author of Bored Again Catholic, shares five ways to engage toddlers and teens alike during the celebration of the Mass.

The Truth about Mary: What Catholics Believe about the Mother of God
Presenter: Dr. Joseph White
Duration: 1 hour, 2 minutes 

Catholic teaching about Mary is one of the most often-misunderstood aspects of our faith. What do Catholics really believe about Mary, and how can we convey this teaching to others? This webinar, led by National Catechetical Consultant Dr. Joseph White, will discuss such topics as Mary in Scripture, the four Marian Dogmas, and Church teaching on apparitions of Mary.

The Transgender Agenda: Speaking the Truth in Love
Presenter: Teresa Tomeo
Duration: 1 hour, 3 minutes
Part 1 -- Fact vs. Fiction in the Transgender Agenda
Preaching the truth in Love, Teresa Tomeo along with medical experts examine the facts vs. fiction when it comes to Transgender Agenda. Teresa will take a look at the actual numbers and expose the reality, the "Fake News" and the spin attached to this hot button issue that continues to make daily headlines. 

The Historical Mary: The Woman Behind the Icon
Presenter: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
If you think that Mary was a quasi-nun who prayed all day wearing gleaming white robes and a bright blue cloak, think again. She was a ordinary first century Jewish wife and mother -- which means she cleaned house, chatted with the neighbors, cooked meals and even, on special occasions, wore her best dress and earrings and went out to parties! Discover a side of Mary you might not have considered.

Saintly Secrets:  St. Gianna Beretta Molla
Presenter: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Duration: 1 hour
St. Gianna has been adopted as a patron saint of women who are willing to die rather than have an abortion. But is that what really happened to St. Gianna? Learn what her sacrifice on behalf of her daughter really meant and discover why it may be even more heroic than we imagine.

All the Pope's Saints: The Jesuits Who Shaped Pope Francis
Presenter: Sean Salai, S.J.
Duration: 51 minutes

What makes Pope Francis tick?
Where do his (sometimes unexpected) ideas come from?
Why does he often rattle people with what he says?
What makes him so different from other popes before him?
And why should we care?

All the Pope's Saints can help us to discover and develop six virtues of Jesuit spirituality: secrets to a new, refreshed, and even unpredictable relationship with God.

This isn't just a book about Pope Francis' spiritual inspiration. As the first Jesuit pope in history, Francis has brought a radical shift in focus that stems directly from a long line of Jesuits dating back to St. Ignatius of Loyola.

The Ten Commandments: Applying Them to Life Today
Presenter: Michael Heinlein
Duration: 1 hour 

Learn more about what the Ten Commandments really mean for us. In our "live and let live" world we often see rules and laws in a negative light, as something that impinges our freedom. Religious obligations and laws, such as the Ten Commandments, are looked upon as just dry prohibitions that keep us on the straight and narrow and we don't give them much more thought than that. But upon taking a closer look, it becomes clear that the Ten Commandments have our freedom as their goal.

The Ever-Present God: Scripture Alone - "Sola Scriptura" and Its Meaning for Us 500 Years After Its Origin - Part 1
Presenter: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
Duration: 1 hour, 5 minutes 

Exactly 500 years ago this coming November, Protestant reformers rejected the role of tradition and held to a relatively new doctrine of scripture alone: "Sola Scriptura." In this webcast, Fr. Pacwa will delve into the background and meaning of this doctrine and will answer such questions as:
  • When did this doctrine of "Sola Scriptura" first arise?
  • Why did the reformers reject the role of Tradition?
  • What was the appeal of this doctrine for the reformers of the Protestant Reformation?
  • What impact has this doctrine had and what can we learn from it?

Why Couples Who Pray Together, Stay Together: Learn How to Make Your Marriage Stronger through Prayer
Presenter: Teresa Tomeo
Duration: 58 minutes

You've heard the saying "the family that prays together, stays together." Well, the same holds true for married couples. Join Teresa Tomeo and the Couple Prayer movement as they provide great suggestions to jump start your prayer life.

Saintly Secrets:  St. Joseph
Presenter: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Duration: 1 hour, 2 minutes
For a man who doesn't have a single recorded word in the Gospels, we know a good deal more about St. Joseph than you might think. And it isn't all just pious legends and stories. For instance, we can be almost 100% certain that he could read and write, in a time when few were literate. Sort out fact from fiction when we discuss the foster father of Jesus.

Why the Rosary, Why Now
Presenter: Gretchen Crowe
Duration: 54 minutes

Without a doubt, one of the most familiar and beloved prayers within the tradition of the Catholic Church is the Rosary. But do Catholics today have a clear comprehension of the benefits of this centuries-old devotion?

Using the eloquent and inspiring writings of holy men and women who share a love of, and commitment to, the Marian prayer, editor Grechen R. Crowe makes a compelling case for why praying the Rosary is more critical in today's twenty-first-century world than ever before.

Healing: Bringing the Gift of God's Mercy to the World
Presenter: Dr. Mary Healy
Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes

Many Catholics today think of miraculous healings as something relatively rare, found mainly in the lives of great saints or at shrines like Lourdes. Yet Scripture shows that healings, signs and wonders are meant to be a normal part of the life of the Church, especially in the context of evangelization. This webinar will explain how we can experience Jesus' healing power in our own lives, and even more, how we can be an instrument of his healing for others through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Dr. Mary Healy, professor of Sacred Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, discusses her recent book Healing: Bringing the Gift of God's Mercy to the World and a new documentary, Fearless, which shows how the Lord heals people miraculously through the faith and prayer of ordinary Catholics.

The Ever-Present God: Holy Images, Sacred Art, and Icons, Part 2
Presenter: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
Duration: 1 hour, 2 minutes

As this year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Fr. Pacwa looks at icons and holy images in relation to their place and influence in history. He will explain the significance of iconoclasm (the destruction of religious icons and other images or monuments for religious or political motives) which took place in the Western Church during the time of the Reformation and its impact on Church history and society.

Every Step with Jesus: Following the Saints in the Way of the Cross
Presenter: John Collins
Duration: 36 minutes

As followers of Christ, we are among those souls walking the steep slope to Calvary with Jesus - to his death, but to our life.

Every Step with Jesus is a new and fruitful way to consider the way of the Cross, not just in public display, but in our private meditation and reflection. Pray through one station per day or week. Choose a station to help you focus on a particular need or intention. Taking every step of every day with Jesus we become more like him, and become more able to take his light out into a darkened world.

Living Lent Together: A Catholic Couple's Guide to Growing Closer to God and Each Other
Presenter: Teresa Tomeo
Duration: 1 hour, 3 minutes

There is no doubt devout Catholics take the purification period of Lent seriously by making sacrifices and taking on more faith-filled activities, but how about taking the same approach with your spouse? Greg and Julie Alexander of the Alexander House marriage ministry join Teresa as they explore ideas and exercises that will help bring couples closer together by growing closer to God.

The Ever-Present God: Holy Images, Sacred Art, and Icons, Part 1
Presenter: Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
Duration: 1 hour, 2 minutes

There is more at stake than pictures when it comes to sacred art. After two stages of crisis in the Church regarding holy images, the iconoclast heresy in the 8th century Byzantine Empire and during the Protestant reformation, the concerns were raised again as recently as the late 1960s-1990s with Catholic architecture and art. The issues included Christ's divinity, incarnation, and the meaning of the physical world as a whole. Why were crucifixes, statues and even tabernacles removed, and why is it important to put them back?

Bored Again Catholic
Presenter: Timothy P. O'Malley
Duration: 39 minutes

Are you BORED? Not likely, given the endless opportunities today to see, share, post, watch, and like. So are you bored? No way! (Except maybe at Mass.)  We want the Mass to entertain, make us laugh, give us foot-tapping music and sound-bite theology, and get in done in under an hour.  Yet every Sunday many of us tune out.  O'Malley, in a series of reflections on every part of the Mass, challenges us to turn the idea of boredom on its head, calling boredom--the "good" boredom that opens us to the quiet interior space where we can encounter God--a "sweet gift."  It is there that full participation in the Mass becomes possible--the potential to be transfixed by a ritual, to contemplate the readings, to savor the Eucharist.  To be fruitfully "bored again."

Saintly Secrets:  Saint Valentine
Presenter: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker
Duration: 1 hour, 1 minute
Will you be my Valentine? It's a favorite question this month but a better one might be:  which Valentine? The traditional Roman priest? The hermit? The modern day martyr? The pope? With nearly a dozen to choose from, in this webcast you'll learn about the Valentines of the Catholic Church and then choose one to be your very own Valentine.

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