"A Little Way-Word" Podcast (24)

"A Little Way-Word" Podcast

Jim and Nick (and sometimes a special guest) discuss various topics, from Scripture to prayer to movies to books within the context of the 'little way' of St. Thérèse.

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On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis proclaimed the 2021 year to be the "Year of St. Joseph." Along with the declaration, he released an apostolic letter, Patris Corde, reflecting on the silent guardian of the Holy Family. In this episode, Jim and Nick unpack some of the key themes of this document and ponder the figure of St. Joseph, the "father in the shadows."
Thursday, 21 January 2021 13:56 Written by in "A Little Way-Word" Podcast
In this concluding episode of the three part Discernment mini-series, Jim and Nick reflect on the modes of discernment and various practical methods of discernment as suggested by St. Ignatius of Loyola. Discernment is a matter of faith and reason, both being the two wings by which the soul soars to the heights of holiness and union with God.
Friday, 18 December 2020 09:50 Written by in "A Little Way-Word" Podcast
Continuing in the Discernment mini-series, this episode introduces a pivotal figure: St. Ignatius of Loyola. Known for his helpful articulation of principles for discernment, St. Ignatius gives us certain key attitudes and dispositions whereby holy decisions are reached in a more effortless fashion.
Friday, 18 December 2020 09:50 Written by in "A Little Way-Word" Podcast
When making decisions, we are called to reflect Christ in every action we take. But how do we know what is the best choice?
To answer this question, this episode launches a three part mini-series on Discernment.  In this first part, Jim and Nick talk about the basic 'shape' of discernment, outlining its purpose, its general characteristics, and some fundamental distinctions about its horizons.
Friday, 18 December 2020 09:48 Written by in "A Little Way-Word" Podcast
In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ commands that we should be"perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Mt. 5:48). All Christians are therefore called to be 'perfect', but what does that mean, exactly? In this episode, Jim and Nick discuss call to perfection and distinguish it from its unhealthy manifestation, perfectionism.
Thursday, 10 December 2020 10:28 Written by in "A Little Way-Word" Podcast
“Were not our hearts burning within us[...]” (Luke 24:32a) This episode covers one of Jim and Nick's favorite biblical passages, the "Road to Emmaus" narrative in Luke 24. Reflecting on the passage, they attempt to peal back some of its layers of meaning. Ultimately, the Road to Emmaus reveals the spiritual pathway one experiences when encountering Jesus and becoming intentional disciples.
Wednesday, 18 November 2020 10:36 Written by in "A Little Way-Word" Podcast

With the podcast being recorded on Pope St. John Paul II's feast day (Oct. 22), Jim and Nick reflect on the impact that the heroic Pope had on both of their lives. Discussing personal experiences of John Paul II as well as the import of his teaching, the podcast ends with a reflection on the relevance of John Paul II for the present and future Church.

Friday, 23 October 2020 15:16 Written by in "A Little Way-Word" Podcast

In today's show, Jim and Nick unpack the four classical temperaments— sanguine, choleric, melancholic and phlegmatic — and discuss their respective strengths and weaknesses, and the benefit of discerning one's own. Through their pondering, they unveil a very sanguine and calm appreciation of the four temperaments as beneficial to Christian mission, holiness, and self-knowledge.

Wednesday, 30 September 2020 14:43 Written by in "A Little Way-Word" Podcast

In this podcast episode, Jim and Nick discuss the importance of affirmation. Exposing the theological roots of affirmation, they argue that affirmation is not optional, but necessary for good Christian community and is the antidote to the growing 'culture of contempt' in secular and ecclesial circles. At the heart of the Gospel is an affirmation of the human person: 'It is good that you exist!'

Friday, 25 September 2020 16:13 Written by in "A Little Way-Word" Podcast

In this podcast episode, Jim and Nick chat about a teaching recently delivered to students in the formation program: "The Duty of the Moment." Because the Duty of the Moment is such a fundamental activity for a life of holiness, it could even be said that "The Duty of the Moment is my salvation." Jim and Nick unpack this teaching, that quote, and more in their usual way-word banter.

Thursday, 10 September 2020 17:07 Written by in "A Little Way-Word" Podcast
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