Bible in A Year Podcast Fr. Mike Schmitz Review

2 min read


Are you seeking to grow your faith this year through reading the Scriptures?

The Bible in A Year Podcast with your host Fr. Mike Schmitz is a great way to read and reflect on Scripture everyday.

Here are 4 reasons why you should start listening to the Bible in A Year Podcast:

1. Its free!

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The Bible in A Year podcast can be streamed for free on your favorite podcast app.

It is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Sticher, Google Podcast, and Amazon Music.

You can even stream it on the Ascension Press website.

Click here to view it on the Ascension Press website and get the podcast links

2. On the Go

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You can listen to the Bible in A Year podcast in your car.

Listen to Bible in a Year when running errands, picking up your child or siblings, or even when you have some quiet time.

The best practice is to listen to it in the morning.

The Scriptures, prayer, and reflection will keep you pondering God’s Word throughout your day!

3. Daily Episodes

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The Bible in A Year podcast started on January 1, 2021 and stars again on January 1, 2022.

Fr. Mike Schmitz and the Ascension Press team upload new episodes daily.

What’s great is that each episode is only 20 minutes.

This is a resource that is perfect for people on the go.

The podcast is not only packed with truth and wisdom but also, commentary by a knowledgeable priest.

4. Interpretation, reflection, and prayer in 20 minutes.

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Fr. Mike Schmitz not only reads the Bible, but he interprets it in a way that you can understand and connect to the big story of Salvation.

After the Bible reading, Fr. Mike reads a passage from the Psalms that relates to the theme.

He somehow manages to throw in a short prayer to guide you in your day.

Here is additional information from the Ascension Press:

“In the Bible in a Year podcast, starting January 1st, 2021, Fr. Mike Schmitz walks you through the entire Bible in 365 episodes, providing commentary, reflection, and prayer along the way.

Unlike any other Bible podcast, Ascension’s Bible in a Year Podcast follows a reading plan inspired by The Great Adventure Bible Timeline, a ground-breaking approach to understanding salvation history developed by renowned Catholic Bible teacher Jeff Cavins.

With this podcast, you won’t just read the Bible in a year … you’ll finally understand how all the pieces of the Bible fit together to tell an amazing story that continues in your life today!

Ascension Press

To read more about their mission statement or learn about Fr. Mike Schmitz or Jeff Cavins click here.

Conclusion

Why You Should Listen to the Bible in A Year Podcast?

1. Its free.

2. On the Go

3. Daily Episodes

4. Interpretation, reflection, and prayer in 20 minutes.

How are you growing in faith this year?


The Augustine Bible Review ESV Catholic Edition

3 minute read


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Are you looking for a Bible?

Do you value having a clear and accurate English translation?

What about portability and beautiful design?

If you said yes to all three, then the Augustine Bible ESV Catholic Edition is great option.

What are some key features of this Bible?

1. English Standard Version (ESV)

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From months of reading, this Bible definitely has an accurate and clear translation.

This edition has all the canonical books approved by the Catholic Church.

The Augustine Bible is in the ESV or English Standard Version.

The ESV translation is the most literal translation of the Bible into English.

Augustine Institute:

“Printed in Italy, The Augustine Bible features the English Standard Version® Catholic Edition translation, which many consider to be the best available English translation of the Bible. “

The ESV translation philosophy states:

“The ESV is an “essentially literal” translation that seeks as far as possible to capture the precise wording of the original text and the personal style of each Bible writer. As such, its emphasis is on “word-for-word” correspondence, at the same time taking into account differences of grammar, syntax, and idiom between current literary English and the original languages. Thus it seeks to be transparent to the original text, letting the reader see as directly as possible the structure and meaning of the original.”

Want to know more? You can read more about the ESV translation here

2. Beautiful Design

Catholic Market: The Augustine Bible ESV Catholic Edition

The Augustine Bible has a timeless, simple, and elegant design and only uses black ink.

The titles of the passages are at the top and notes are at the bottom.

“The Augustine Bible features a beautiful foil-stamped slipcase and a durable matte cover to ensure that you can use and treasure this Bible for years to come”

3. Portability and Durability

The Augustine Bible comes with a hard cover protector case that has the same beautiful design.

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Why get the Augustine Bible Review ESV Catholic Edition?

  1. English Standard Version (ESV)
  2. Beautiful Design
  3. Portability

Augustine Institute:



It features a “Blue cover, with gold foil stamping of tree
Anti-scuff matte lamination
Smyth sewn
Encased in a rigid Wibalin® slipcase with foil stamping.
Features the English Standard Version® Catholic Edition (ESV-CE) translation.
1,232 pages
8-page of full-color maps after the last text page
Printed on 24# Thinopaque
Printed in Italy”

From the Augustine Institute:

“The turning point in St. Augustine’s life came when the emptiness within drove him to cry out to God in anguish. As if in answer, he heard children singing “tolle lege,” “take and read.” We are grateful for the privilege to publish The Augustine Bible, and we hope it encourages you to “take and read” with faith, as St. Augustine did, and so to truly hear the voice of God speaking to you in love. “

What are some resources you use with your Bible?


Things Nobody Told You About the Rosary

5 min read


  • what is the rosary?
  • who started the rosary and when?
  • why pray the rosary?
  • how to pray the rosary?

What is the rosary and why pray it

Rosary in Latin is,”a garland of roses.” It is a devotion to honor Mary. It is also a weapon in spiritual warfare. source: Catholic

Catholics believe it is like giving Mary a garland of roses. Every Hail Mary is a white rose symbolizing her purity and every our Father is a red rose for Jesus’ sacrificial blood. To read the story of the rosary garland view here

the Rosary saved a college girl from Ted Bundy

On a chilly winter evening at 3:00 am in January of 1978, Ted Bundy broke into a sorority house on the Florida State University campus. He savagely raped and killed 2 women in the dorms and approached the room of another young woman. He opened the door while he clutched a wooden bat. But, when he saw the rosary in the girl’s hands he mysteriously fled.

“Bundy explained that when he entered the girl’s room, he had fully intended on murdering her; some mysterious power was preventing him.”

The girl had to promise her grandmother to pray the rosary every night. Though the woman fell asleep that night with an unfinished rosary, she was protected from harm.

“The rosary is the weapon.”

st. Padre pio

Who started the rosary and when?

The Story of the Apparition of Mary to St. Dominic

It is unknown who started the rosary. However, in the year 1221, Mary appeared to St. Dominic de Guzman in Prouilhe, Southern France. At that time, the Church was battling a new heresy. (belief contrary to Catholic doctrine) It called itself, the Albigensian heresy or Catharism.

{According to Britannica, This group of people claimed that humans were “spirits trapped in physical bodies” and that there were two opposing gods. One was good who created the spirit and the other was evil controlling the flesh. Most importantly, the heresy “denied the divinity of Christ and the goodness of the created material world” It instituted a belief in suicide and a hate for the sacrament of marriage. (source: Catholic Culture)}

Read about the heresy here on New Advent

make sure to read the full article on the origins of the Rosary on Franciscan Media here!

“Wonder not that you have obtained so little fruit by your labors, you have spent them on barren soil, not yet watered with the dew of Divine grace. When God willed to renew the face of the earth, He began by sending down on it the fertilizing rain of the Angelic Salutation. Therefore preach my Psalter composed of 150 Angelic Salutations and 15 Our Fathers, and you will obtain an abundant harvest.”

Mary to St. Dominic

How can you pray the rosary?

Conclusion

The steps to praying the Rosary are:

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross and say the “Apostles’ Creed”
  2. Say the “Our Father”
  3. Say three “Hail Marys” for Faith, Hope, and Charity
  4. Say the “Glory Be”
  5. Announce the First Mystery and then say the “Our Father”
  6. Say ten “Hail Marys” while meditating on the Mystery
  7. Say the “Glory Be” (Optional: Say the “O My Jesus” prayer requested by Mary at Fatima)
  8. Announce the Next Mystery; then say the “Our Father” and repeat these steps (6 through 8) as you continue through the remaining Mysteries.
  9. Say the closing prayers: the “Hail Holy Queen” and “Final Prayer”
  10. Make the “Sign of the Cross”

click here to view it on Rosary Center

source : United States Center of Catholic Bishops

source: Loyola Press

What is Your Favorite Prayer?



Simple Tips For Sanity During a Lockdown

6 min read


“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat, or about your body and what you will wear” – Luke 12:22

full verse

How can you stay healthy during such difficult circumstances? Here are 3 essential and science-backed ways on maintaining your health:

1. Take care of your mind, soul, wellbeing

take care of.. you.

It’s okay to not be okay right now. Remembering that you and I have 0% control over this challenging time is one huge leap towards a rich inner peace.

How can you take control of your mental health?

Accept your emotions of anger, frustration, sadness, and helplessness while channeling them into a healthy or creative medium such as art, poetry, writing, sports, or music.

Find your creative outlet

“ I think most art comes out of poverty and hard times.”

Willie Nelson

Try writing down how you feel in a journal, prayer journal, or a bullet journal. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, journaling can help “reduce stress, manage anxiety, [and help one] cope with depression”.

Practice daily prayer and mindfulness

  • Mindfulness. Your mindset is so powerful. Having hope and seeing the best of things in troubling times are keys to success to many people. Changing your mindset and practicing gratitude and thankfulness is also an incredibly great way to stay positive. 

Talking to someone

  • Communicating your feelings to your best friend, parent, or a psychologist is crucial to maintaining your mental health. Furthermore, you and I are obligated to console those who need to be consoled.
  • If you are not comfortable speaking to a friend or family member, text HOME to 741741 and connect with a crisis counselor for free 24/7 or visit crisistextline.org 

2. Take care of your body

Get moving!

Sports and exercise for at least 20 mins 3 times per week is a scientifically proven way to de-stress. Recently, I’ve been taking beginner ballet classes from a professional dancer on YouTube called the Ballet Coach.

Simply taking a leisurely walk while enjoying the scenery and fresh air (while wearing a mask of course!) can lower your cortisol levels. 

Rest and Relaxation

Time to use those gifted beeswax candles, sweet-smelling lotions, and charcoal face masks! Don’t forget to treat yourself and take care of your hygiene.

Whenever, I feel stressed and overworked I have my own inexpensive and relaxing “me day”. Give your hair a treat by deep conditioning your it with luscious leave in conditioners. You can even freshen up by cleaning up your brows and shaving your legs for girls.

Remember also to get a good night’s sleep of 8-9 hours!

Taking care of yourself and your hygiene will help you relax and de-stress.

Eat healthy foods

According to Harvard University:

“A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar, which can help keep appetite in check”.

“Eating non-starchy vegetables and fruits like apples, pears, and green leafy vegetables may even promote weight loss. [1] Their low glycemic loads prevent blood sugar spikes that can increase hunger.”

3. Maintaining a sense of “normalcy”

Creating a daily routine

“No Bible no Breakfast, no Bible no bed.” -Fr. Larry Richards

Purchase a planner or simply write your goals down for the day.

Have a regular and consistent sleep schedule by avoiding electronic screens 1 hour before bed as the blue light will keep you awake.

Develop a nighttime routine in replacement of screen time. You can read your favorite book such as a novel or the Bible. Another great idea is to pray and journal before you sleep.

Staying productive

Make goals and try new things.

Conclusion

1. Take care of your mind, soul, and emotional wellbeing

Accept your feelings and channel them into a healthy and creative outlet

2. Take care of your body

maintain your wellbeing through food and leisurely exercise

3. Maintain a sense of “normalcy”

craft your own daily routine and stay productive

How can you help others during Covid-19?

I would love to know how you can help or are already helping others during Covid-19 by leaving a comment down below!

“Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy”

Luke 12: 33

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