15: The Conversion of Charles Manson

Charles Manson (right) being escorted to the courtroom by a sheriff’s deputy (August 11, 1970)

It’s sad to say, but depending on your age, names like; Ted Bundy, David Berkowitz, Jeffrey Dahmer, or John Wayne Gacy are household names. If those don’t ring a bell, how about The Zodiac Killer, The Son of Sam, BTK, or Jack the Ripper. The media has given murderers far too much attention and like moths to a flame, we are drawn to their stories with a misguided sense of curiosity.

One of the most famous of these killers passed away this past Sunday. Charles Manson died on November 19th, 2017 in a hospital in California. Learning over the years what he’s done, why he did it, the control over people and what he’s convinced them to do (for decades), along with the photo’s of him in the press, it’s easy to think this guy is the epitome of evil.

So the topic we cover in this podcast is, on the heels of the death of Charles Manson have you ever considered praying for the conversion of such a soul? Give it a listen and let us know what you think by email or in the comments section below.

I Pray as I Live

There is a line I was reading in the Catechism (CC 2725) that got my attention. “We pray as we live, because we live as we pray.” Its under the section called the “battle of prayer”. It says “The battle of prayer is inseparable from the necessary “spiritual battle” to act habitually according to the Spirit of Christ.”

Prayer is a battle, an epic one really. It has to do with me and eternity and I cannot retreat, I must press on (with the help of heaven). Continue reading “I Pray as I Live”

Crossover Blog on the Eucharist

One of my young fiddle students told me how to navigate crossover episodes. It is pretty fun, you watch a TV episode of The Flash, it then continues on Arrow and finishes on Legends of Tomorrow. So this is my lame attempt at a crossover blog from Dane’s post on A Case for Eucharist Piety. Of course I am doing this months later, instead of coordinating and syncing up the following week.  Also, the transition from his blog is rather weak and nowhere close to seamless. So the good news is, you can start reading this now, you won’t be at all lost. Well, scratch that. You may already be lost after reading this lousy introduction. I promise it gets better though!  Continue reading “Crossover Blog on the Eucharist”

Go! Listen to your Mother

On the morning of June 21, 2014 I headed up to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kansas City, KS. The statue of Our Lady of Fatima was touring the U.S. and I went to the Mass and the talk on Fatima afterwards. That morning I was blessed with a sublime spiritual moment from our Blessed Mother that continues to impact me every single day of my life. And it just so happens that Sacred Heart is hosting the statue with Mass, Adoration, and a talk this Friday, May 5. My advice, adjust your schedule for Mary and go! (Click here for the schedule)
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Seasons Past

As we look back onto the Lenten season, one of the aspects of our faith that was pulled off the trophy rack for its annual dusting was fasting and abstinence. Today many of us grumble at the one Wednesday and seven Fridays the Church requires us to fast and abstain a year. For some it is such a foreign concept, that it takes one or two Fridays into Lent to remember the routine. This usually is pictured in the accidental eating of hamburger pizza at the monthly staff birthday party or leftover chicken noodle soup. There was a time in the Church when fasting was a year-round practice. As Dan and Justin commented in one of their recent podcast, each Friday is a day of penance by obligation and prior to a few changes following the Second Vatican Council, was a binding day of abstinence as well. This was such common practice that it is allegedly the reason McDonald’s started offering the Filet-O-Fish menu item in 1962, to bring back the Catholic market share each Friday.
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