Transubstantiation - as fun to say as it is to talk about! This week, Eric and Brett try to get to the bottom of this mystery that is central to our understanding of the Eucharist - how it is that through the prayers of the Mass and the actions of our priests, bread, and wine can become for us the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ. If you've ever wondered about how this all works, or how to talk about what happens at the Mass with non-Catholic friends, you'll love this one!
This week we're talking scripture once again as Eric and Brett discuss some valuable tools for reading and understanding God's sacred Word. We'll look at how knowing what genre of writing we're reading can make all the difference. We'll also talk about the difference between a literal (as in literary) reading of scripture and a literalistic one and we'll take all these ideas for a test drive with one of Eric's all-time favorite books - the book of Revelation. The four horsemen are saddled and ready, so let's roll!
Recent exhortations from Pope Francis against proselytizing persons and cultures have resulted in what Brett terms 'calumny and slander!' as media outlets make the mistake of coupling this with the Church's evangelizing mission.
The good news for our listeners? We get to have another 'Smackdown' episode where we pit proselytism and evangelization in a toe-to-toe cage match and see who comes out on top. It's the Eye of the Tiger baby, and it's right here on Thinking Faith!
It seems as though every other newscast about the Church speaks about how Church teaching has been changed, is changing or ought to be changed. This week Eric and Brett discuss this phenomenon and whether making changes is possible and if so, in what areas and how. This is sure to fuel more interesting and animated discussion than your last family Monopoly night!
We've been getting a number of really cool questions coming in via email so this week we're dedicating an entire episode to you, our faithful listeners. We're gonna dump it all on the floor and see what stands out in this, our first Mail Bag episode of Thinking Faith!
This week on Thinking Faith we continue a discussion that Brett and I began a couple of weeks ago on how we got the Bible. We'll be looking at the New Testament in particular, and talk about how it was formed, it's connection to the Hebrew Scriptures and how we got to the New Testament we have today. We're totally geeking out on God's Word and would love for you to join the ride!
This week Eric and Brett are very blessed to have newly appointed Archbishop Donald Bolen in studio! We'll take some time to get to know our new Archbishop a little better, discuss a couple of interesting anecdotes from his installation Homily and get a better sense of his particular vision for the Church in the Archdiocese of Regina.
This week we're pleased to offer you a special, bonus, Christmas episode of Thinking Faith! We know you're all getting back to work and trying to find your way into some sort of routine in these first dark, cold days of January and with the Christmas liturgical season wrapping up soon, we thought we would offer you one, final Christmas present in the form of our Archbishop's Don Bolen's Christmas Homily delivered at Midnight Mass on December 24, 2016, at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Regina. We hope you enjoy this special broadcast and would like to take this time to wish you a final, blessed and Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from every at the Archdiocese of Regina!
This week on Thinking Faith! Eric and Brett break open that dusty tome on the coffee table and discuss how we ended up with this collection of stories and chronologies we call the Bible. In this first of two episodes, we'll look at the development of the Hebrew Scriptures, what we commonly term the 'Old Testament'. If you've ever wondered where these stories came from, who decided which books would be in the Bible, and why we'd invite you to listen in and find out!
This week on "Thinking Faith!" Brett and Eric discuss the counter-cultural character of Catholic Liturgy. They'll discuss how the liturgy stands as both a critique of the cultural status quo and how it can help to uphold all that is true, beautiful and good about the cultures in which we live. They're rebels with a cause and you're invited to hop on and enjoy the ride!
With Christmas fast approaching Eric and Brett take some time to discuss the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. They'll talk about what exactly the Incarnation is and how this one aspect of our Christian faith provides an invaluable lens that helps us to see and understand nearly everything else about our Church and our faith. Pour a glass of eggnog, cozy up by the fire and enjoy!
This week on "Thinking Faith!" Eric and Brett discuss praying boldly. This is something which we can be very nervous to do and yet it is a challenge placed directly at our feet by Jesus Christ who assures us that "I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son." (John 14:13). But how bold should we really be in prayer and how do we find that balance between boldness in prayer, and accepting God's will?
Bert Pitzel has been coordinating things for the Office of Social Justice in the Archdiocese of Regina for more than 20 years. With the 17th Annual Archbishop's Appeal campaign drawing to a close, Eric and Brett thought it would be great to sit down with Bert and discuss what brought him to the Office of Social Justice and some of the key initiatives his office and your support of the Annual Appeal are making happen in our Archdiocese.
Let the smack-down begin! This week Eric and Brett place pastoral care and Orthodoxy in a head-to-head fight to the finish cage match as they examine how Catholics are to hold together these two seemingly opposite responses to faith. Do we really have to choose between staying true to the faith and being compassionate?
This week on Thinking Faith! Eric and Brett discuss the particular challenges we encounter as parents when taking our children to Mass and share some tips and tricks to help make it a positive, faith-filled experience for everyone. Is this even possible or is this meant to be mom and dad's experience of purgatory in the here and now?
This week Eric and Brett respond to a question asked through Brett's 'Sask-a-Theologian' blog (https://archregina.sk.ca/blogs/31427). Tara writes to ask how best to respond to people who say that Christ’s presence in the Eucharist isn’t real, it’s just symbolic. As a response, we share the famous Hebrew phrase Ba-lo-ney! Ok, that's not exactly Hebrew, nor is it a helpful response with friends and family. You'll have to tune in to find out what we really said about Real Presence!
Brett was nowhere to be found so Eric dragged his boss, Bob Kowalchuck into the studio to discuss the Office of Pastoral Services. With the Archdiocese of Regina's 17th Annual Bishop's Appeal underway, this is a great time to find out the amazing ministries, services and evangelization efforts your support makes possible!
Just in time for the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls, Eric Gurash and Dr. Brett Salkeld discuss the concept of Purgatory. Is it still a thing? Why would we need teaching on such a thing? Why do Catholics think praying for the dead is so important? If the question about what happens when we die has ever entered your brain, you won't want to miss this!
Brett coordinates the Permanent Diaconate Program for the Archdiocese of Regina and Eric is currently in formation for the Permanent Diaconate. This topic was a 'no brainer' for both of us! We'll look at the history of the Permanent Diaconate and the role of Permanent Deacons in the Church and in the world. We'll also hear about Eric's experiences in discerning his own call to the Permanent Diaconate and what the formation process has been like so far. Next time your friend asks what a Deacon is, you'll know just what to say!
US elections are in full swing dominating the media throughout North America. Locally, we've got a civic election just weeks away. What better time to do a mash-up between two topics one should never bring up at dinner parties - Religion and Politics! This week Brett and Eric discuss what voting with one's conscience means and what Catholics can do when no candidate seems ideal.
This week Brett and Eric introduce you to Michelle Braden and Braden Kuntz (we know...the names confuse us too!) who coordinate the Youth Office for the Archdiocese of Regina. Over the summer, thanks in large part to funding from the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, they had the opportunity to lead several young adults from our Archdiocese on a pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow Poland and they've graciously agreed to tell us al about it!
We have the Bible, as Catholics, we also have the Catechism and the teaching office of the Church, why do we even need theology at all? If you've ever asked or been asked, "Shouldn't our faith be enough?" You'll love this episode!
You're sitting on a plane and you turn to the woman or the gentleman beside you and, being the polite Christian person you are, ask what they do for a living. Then they tell you they're a theologian and you're left wondering "What kind of job is THAT?" Today Brett and I discuss his own job description and what gifts theologians bring to the Catholic Church and to our Archdiocese. You won't want to miss it!
For our very first episode of Thinking Faith, We thought we would look into the language that the Church uses for speaking and thinking about the faith which is 'Theology'. Theology is "Faith seeking understanding" and so, for our debut podcast, in addition to introducing ourselves, we thought we would dispel some of the myths and misconceptions that crop up in our minds even just hearing the word 'theology'. We'll discuss what theology is, how we do it and where theology fits in the life of the Church.