The Symptoms of Vanity (and the Surprising Cure)
The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast
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1w ago
"Vanity of vanities! All is vanity!" Okay maybe not everything, but probably more than you thought. Vanity isn't just looking the mirror too much (although it could be). Vanity isn't just too much plastic surgery (although it could be). Vanity is "the inordinate preoccupation with what other people think." Fr. Mike suggests we look at our lives a little more closely with this new definition—and to look at Jesus for the solution. Support The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast ..read more
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How to Bring Order to Your Life
The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast
by Ascension
2w ago
When you clean and organize a room, you have to ask one very important question first: what is this room for? Once you can answer that, everything begins falling into place. In order to direct and order your own life, you must ask that same question. What is your life for? What is the primary purpose of the one life you've been given? Fr. Mike proposes that, when you can answer that question, everything in your life will begin falling into place for you. And he might even take a crack at answering that question for you. Support The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast ..read more
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Adam and Eve Ruined Everything for Us. How Is That Fair?
The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast
by Ascension
3w ago
We were all born sick. The sickness is Sin. It's not a tendency to sin that we brought upon ourselves... it's something we "caught" from our parents, that was passed down to us by our forefathers. This is Original Sin. ...but wait, how is that even fair?! Today, Fr. Mike reminds you that you are good and you were made good. But we are born with a wound that only our creator can heal. Support The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast ..read more
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What If Life Doesn't Get Easier?
The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast
by Ascension
1M ago
Don't let anyone trick you into thinking life isn't hard. Experience tells us all that life is truly difficult at times. But even still... haven't you ever just wished it was easier? Today, Fr. Mike proposes an alternative to just wishing things were easier. When life gets difficult, there is only one way forward (hint: it's not just grinning and bearing it). Support The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast ..read more
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What If God Doesn’t Exist?
The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast
by Ascension
1M ago
What if there were no God? What does that idea look like if you follow it to its logical conclusion? It ain't pretty. Today, Fr. Mike shows us that meaning, dignity, and purpose come from the one who created everything. And the good news is that he made you on purpose, for a reason. And you matter. Support The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast ..read more
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Have You Forgotten What God Has Done For You?
The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast
by Ascension
1M ago
God commands his beloved people all throughout scripture: "Remember." And this command continues to resound for us today. Remember the good that God has done for you. Remember the times he has delivered you. Remember when you thought you had nothing left but he gave you strength. Today, Fr. Mike beseeches us to remember in the darkness what God has revealed in the light, and to never forget what he's done for us. Support The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast ..read more
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“God, What’s Your Plan for My Life?”
The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast
by Ascension
2M ago
The angel Gabriel came to Mary and told her all about how she’d conceive and bear God’s son Jesus, and when she asked how this could be, he elaborated. Wouldn’t that be nice? Wouldn’t it be nice to have an angel show up and tell us what God’s plan for our life is? But... that’s not how it went. The angel actually told her very little. And after Mary’s “fiat” (“Let it be done unto me according to thy word”), what happens? “The angel departed.” That’s it. See, God probably won’t tell you what his plan is for your life. Not all at once. And Fr. Mike is here today to tell you why it’s actually bet ..read more
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How to Celebrate Christmas When Life Is Hard
The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast
by Ascension
2M ago
Have you ever heard the song "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"? Have you listened to the lyrics carefully? It's not exactly the blissful naiveté of "Deck the Halls". It's much more real and raw than that. Today, Fr. Mike is here to remind us that although "hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good-will to men," the truth is that "God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; the wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, good-will to men." Support The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast ..read more
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You CAN Quit Porn. Here’s How.
The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast
by Ascension
2M ago
This is not the first video on Ascension Presents about how to overcome an addiction to pornography, but it might be one of the simplest and most actionable. Since 2000, Covenant Eyes has been a leader in the online accountability space. They are the #1 app for helping people find freedom from pornography. Their accountability software monitors images on device screens and sends a report to a trusted friend (ally) who holds you accountable for both your online and offline choices. Today, Fr. Mike asks you to make this the next step towards freedom for you or someone you love: covenanteyes.sjv ..read more
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When God Doesn’t Answer Your Prayers
The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast
by Ascension
2M ago
If it feels like God isn't answering your prayers, that can be disheartening. But it can also be devastating. Today, Fr. Mike offers the good word that your God is your loving Father who wants to give you good things. But he also offers the reminder that God is not a genie over which we have control. Support The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast ..read more
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