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.
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.
Episode 183: A Catholic Priest Meets a Missionary with Wycliffe Bible Translators on an Airplane with Ken Morton
October 3rd, 2022 | 48 mins 53 secs
Fr. Edward Looney flew to Portugal and sat next to a guy on the plane. As they talked, Fr. Edward knew he was a man of faith, and they talked for hours about holy matters. Fr. Edward was impressed by his work with Wycliffe Bible Translators, and knew he wanted to converse with him at length for a podcast. In this episode, a Catholic Priest, talks with an Evangelical Christian about the bible, and yes, Mary is a part of the conversation.
September 29th, 2022 | 23 mins 1 sec
Mother Teresa was once a household name. People knew her story and who she was. With the passing of time, on the occasion of her 25th anniversary of death, the Knights of Columbus have produced a documentary about her life that will renew interest and devotion to her. Whether you know her story or are just learning about her, the upcoming Fathom Event is a must for you. Plan to attend in theatres on October 3 and 4.
September 28th, 2022 | 13 mins 32 secs
Fr. Edward Looney speaks with movie producer Oscar Delgado about a new documentary showing in theatres for one night only tomorrow, Thursday, September 29th through a Fathom release. The documentary is called "St. Michael: Meet the Angel." With the world we live in today, we surely need St. Michael. Learn more about the documentary by tuning in.
Episode 180: Understanding the Spiritual Writings of Blessed Columba Marmion with Fr. Cassian Koenemann, OSB
September 27th, 2022 | 34 mins 24 secs
Blessed Columba Marmion was an Irish diocesean priest who entered Maredsous Abbey in Belgium. He wrote many spiritual classics pertaining to vocational states. His writings continue to enrich souls and communicate the mysteries of our faith. In today's episode, Fr. Looney interviews Fr. Cassian Koenemann, OSB of St. Louis Abbey who is a researcher about the works of Marmion and who wrote a book titled "The Grace of Nothingness about Marmion's doctrine.
September 23rd, 2022 | 44 mins 31 secs
Fr. Edward Looney speaks with Anna Nuzzo about her music ministry that has brought her to the Mystical Shrine in New York and the work she has done with Jeannie Ewing and the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. Fr. Looney and Anna then talk about a pilgrimage opportunity they are offering to Belgium beginning on Memorial Day 2023 through June 9, 2023. Listen to Anna's music and her reflections about ministry in this interview!
Episode 178: The Life and Legacy of Francis Cardinal George with Truth & Life Audio Bible Producer Mike Stark
September 20th, 2022 | 45 mins 16 secs
Fr. Edward spent four years studying for the priesthood at Mundelein Seminary. During his time, he heard many lectures and homilies given by Cardinal George. In today's episode, Fr. Looney speaks with Mike Stark about Cardinal George's support of the Truth & Life Audio Bible and why Mike Stark hosted a documentary about the Cardinal for Shalom World Television. Fr. Looney also asks Mike, if he thinks Cardinal George will one day be a saint. Listen today and learn about one of the greatest churchmen the American Church has ever seen.
September 15th, 2022 | 41 mins 57 secs
On September 14, 2022, Fr. Edward gave a talk to the Legatus Chapter in Baltimore. He spoke about his book How They Love Mary by focusing on three of his holy heroes and how they can inspire your devotion to Mary.