For centuries, believers have honored the Blessed Virgin Mary. They have written books about her, painted images, and built churches in her honor. Shrines are dedicated to her. People seek her intercession. Join host, Fr. Edward Looney and his weekly guest, as they discuss the Catholic faith and the role of Mary in their life. Gain new insights and begin or deepen your Marian devotion.
January 23rd, 2023 | 51 mins 33 secs
book interview, marian consecration
St. Louis de Montfort in the 1700's proposed total consecration to Jesus through Mary. He wasn't the first. In fact, Catholic apologist Shane Kapler argues that Marian consecration has its roots in the bible, and not just the New Testament but also in the Old Testament. In this interview, you will learn why Catholics consecrate their lives to Mary and where you can find that in the bible. We also talk about vocabulary and whether or not we should say consecration versus entrustment. If you are considering Marian consecration, then this is the episode to convince you as to why you should.
January 16th, 2023 | 44 mins 31 secs
book interview, saints
Blessed Solanus Casey, Venerable Frederic Baraga, and Venerable Samuel Mazuchelli all have something in common. They are someday saint and also featured in a book by Laurie Schmitt. In this conversation with Fr. Edward Looney, Laurie shares about her writing projects, devotion to the someday saints, and how they impress her.
Episode 197: How Pope Benedict XVI Influenced the Conversation about Fatima and the Third Secret with Kevin Symonds
January 10th, 2023 | 1 hr 3 mins
current events, fatima
Another contribution of Pope Benedict to Marian theology was his commentary on the third part of the secret of Fatima. In this conversation, Fatima scholar Kevin Symonds talks about Cardinal Ratzinger turned Pope Benedict XVI's contribution to understanding Fatima.
January 4th, 2023 | 49 mins 2 secs
With the recent death of Pope Benedict XVI on December 31, 2022, many people have been reflecting about his life as a theologian and as pope. Theologian Dr. Kevin Clarke joins Fr. Edward Looney to discus the biblical Marian theology of Pope Benedict, in addition to the Eucharistic theology and devotion of the late pontiff.
December 30th, 2022 | 23 mins 37 secs
Fr. Edward revisits a talk he wrote and delivered in 2014 about the Holy Family. In it, he invites us to enter the home of Nazareth and observe it, finding what is worthy of our meditation, reflection, and imitation.
December 21st, 2022 | 42 mins 19 secs
maria of agreda
Fr. Edward has been reading the Mystical City of God for the entire year. A recent reading seemed worthy of sharing here, as it was Mary's celebrations of the incarnation and nativity.
Episode 193: The Power of Sacramentals for Today, Tomorrow, the New Year, and the Rest of Your Life with Allison Gingras
December 13th, 2022 | 47 mins 16 secs
book interview, sacramentals
Sacramentals are often given as gifts for special sacramental celebrations. Rosaries, scapulars, medals, and the list goes on. What is the value of a sacramental? How do you pick a sacramental for your life? Catholic mom, writer, blogger, and podcaster Allison Gingras recently published her book "Encounter Signs of Faith" with Ave Maria Press about her adoption journey and its connection with sacramentals. Join Fr. Looney and Allison for this conversation about the role of sacramentals in their lives.
Episode 192: The Thoughts of a Protestant CCM Artist Who Visited Rome and Also Sings Ave Maria with Jason Gray
December 6th, 2022 | 53 mins 21 secs
Jason Gray recently visited Rome and attended a Papal Audience. Fr. Edward Looney talks with Jason about his experience and his perception of Catholicism. They also discussed Jason's Christmas song which uses the Ave Maria.
November 28th, 2022 | 38 mins 59 secs
Anna Camacho didn't know anything about candle making, but one day she felt inspired while praying by a statue of St. Joseph. Now, she runs Corda Candle, a candle company that associates scents with saints as you light the candle in your home. In this episode, Anna shares the origin story of Corda Candle, the stories behind the candle scents as Fr. Edward sniffs them, and also the proper care for a candle with wick trimming.
November 21st, 2022 | 36 mins 9 secs
Haley Stewart joins Fr. Edward and they discuss a smattering of topics, including Caryl Houselander's book The Reed of God as a good Advent read, Haley's children's books, her fascination with Jane Austen, and how her family began living more simply.
November 16th, 2022 | 31 mins 47 secs
Eric Sammons and his family each year prepare for Christmas with a lesser known Advent devotion called the Jesse Tree. It centers on the genealogy of Jesus from Matthew's Gospel which leads us to His nativity in Bethlehem. In this episode Eric Sammons explains the devotion, how he practices it with his family, and how you can too.
November 7th, 2022 | 29 mins 41 secs
The Season of Advent prepares us for the celebration of Christ's birth. Advent Music can aid our Advent prayer, preparation, and meditation. The monks at Clear Creek Abbey recently released Rorate Coeli: Marian Sounds of Advent. In this interview with Abbot Phillip Anderson you will learn more about Clear Creek Abbey, the significance of Advent, what the Rorate Mass is, and how the monks will be affected by Traditionis Custodes.
Episode 187: How Lorelei Savaryn Introduces Readers to Christian Themes about Death in her Fiction Writing
October 31st, 2022 | 37 mins 4 secs
book interview, purgatory
Lorelei Savaryn is an author with Penguin Random House and loves to tell magical stories in the spirit of C.S. Lewis. In her latest book, The Edge of In Between, the themes of heaven and purgatory come out in the story. In this conversation with Fr. Edward Looney, Lorelei shares about her life as a fiction author and the inspiration for her stories.
Episode 186: Two Catholic Moms Reflect on What Monica Would Do Today with Patti Maguire Armstrong and Roxane Beauclair Salonen
October 24th, 2022 | 34 mins 45 secs
Many parents struggle with their children who have abandoned the faith and live immoral lives. They often look to St. Monica who prayed fervently for St. Augustine's conversion. Two mom's write to other parents today helping them to understand how St. Monica would approach this situation. You can read more in their book published by Ascension Press.
Episode 185: How to Prepare for Scapular Enrollment or Renew Your Scapular Devotion with Fr. Jeffrey Kirby
October 17th, 2022 | 25 mins 37 secs
book interview, sacramental, scapular
Fr. Kirby has been a devotee of the scapular since his childhood and recently he penned a nine day preparation for enrollment in the brown scapular. Not only is the book useful for preparing to enroll but it can be a help to someone who wants to renew or deepen their scapular devotion. In this interview with Frs. Looney and Kirby, learn the origin story of the scapular, what it promises, what it requires of a devotee, and whether or not you can wear a scapular medal.
October 12th, 2022 | 34 mins 56 secs
During the pandemic, Maria Gallagher went deeper into the joyful mysteries and felt called to write about them. Marian Press has published her reflections in "Joyful Encounters with Mary: A Woman's Guide to Living the Mysteries of the Rosary". In this conversation with host Fr. Edward Looney, Maria shares her insights into the rosary and the format of her reflective rosary book.