Hot Takes 4
The Poco a Poco Podcast
by Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
10h ago
We have to understand that we are going through different journeys. God is doing something completely different in each of our lives and we have to be attentive to that. Let us not be so quick to judge—everything is not as simple as it may seem.  As we continue our journeys through life, we will constantly encounter our own and other people's struggles, flaws, weaknesses, and even sins.  In our Catholic life, there will be a lot of questions that will come our way and in this episode, we'll try to answer a few of them. Here is another one of our Hot Takes episodes that talks about so ..read more
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The Good Shepherd
The Poco a Poco Podcast
by Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
1w ago
Series on "The Father" by Fr. Mark-Mary Ames, CFR (Part 11) As a shepherd, what are you willing to lay down for your sheep? For shepherds nowadays, and even in the times of the Apostle, the sheep are for the shepherd's sake, they serve him. It's not like vice versa, sheep are the product and we get them to pasture so they can grow, so we can slaughter them.  But this wasn't the case for Jesus, He said that "I am the good shepherd "and I lay down my life for my sheep." Jesus loves us this way. He wants to be so close and hold us so intimately and he doesn't want us to be lost. He doesn't w ..read more
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That None Would Be Lost
The Poco a Poco Podcast with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
by Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
2w ago
Series on "The Father" by Fr. Mark-Mary Ames, CFR (Part 10) Can you imagine how it feels for a parent when their child dies? A father and a mother don't want to lose any of their children and this is an icon of understanding how God doesn't want any of his children to be lost—how passionate God is about our salvation. God desires none to be lost. Today we'll talk about how we can walk towards life and away from death as a fruit of sin. We'll dive deeper into how we can keep the life of grace and the heart of God fully alive in our souls. The Poco a Poco podcast happens because of many generous ..read more
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Father of Mercies
The Poco a Poco Podcast with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
by Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
3w ago
Series on "The Father" by Fr. Mark-Mary Ames, CFR (Part 9) Do you trust God's mercy? We are invited to bring to light those things that we are keeping in the dark, things that are tough, and trust that God in his mercy will love and care for us there. When we bring something to the Lord, it's forgiven and it's gone, He no longer sees us with that. He doesn't define us as a son or daughter who did this bad thing. To the Father's eyes, we are not defined by our sin and our weakness but by His love and our capacity to live like His son or daughter. But at the same time, sin still can seriously hu ..read more
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Love and The Cross
The Poco a Poco Podcast with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
by Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
1M ago
Series on "The Father" by Fr. Mark-Mary Ames, CFR (Part 8) What's your initial response to difficulty? Difficulty and suffering is something that's part of the world we live in and to move forward with the Lord we have to live in this reality, even though it's hard.  God is with us in it! One of the things a father also has to do is to teach their children and equip their children to do hard things. God the Father equips us and prepares us for what we need to have fulfillment and happiness in salvation, which includes learning how to carry and share in the suffering on the cross.  In ..read more
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Law and the Father
The Poco a Poco Podcast with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
by Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
1M ago
Series on "The Father" by Fr. Mark-Mary Ames, CFR (Part 7) What's the role that rules and laws play? Rules create boundaries and usually define the best way to do things. However, following rules can also NOT lead to freedom, this is why we need to learn to find the right balance in following the rules. In this episode, we will talk about the spirituality of laws and rules and how we can find balance to be safe, secure, and free in following them.  We are also invited to look at some of these rules that we have established, these etiquettes or cultures that we've put on ourselves, our nei ..read more
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On Being Safe
The Poco a Poco Podcast with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
by Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
1M ago
Series on "The Father" by Fr. Mark-Mary Ames, CFR (Part 6) What does it mean to be safe? Safety is not the absence of suffering, it's not like we're not going to struggle with anything but it's the recognition that when we are vulnerable, we don't have to escape it, because someone wants to be with us and provide for us and that is our Lord, Jesus Christ. This is the safety that we are proposing. In this episode, we're focusing on the necessity of having sufficient resources and true expectations as we unpack what it really means to be truly safe. Here's the link to the graph that we reference ..read more
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Loved and Celebrated
The Poco a Poco Podcast with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
by Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
1M ago
Series on "The Father" by Fr. Mark-Mary Ames, CFR (Part 5) What does it mean to be loved and celebrated? We are favored sons and daughters worthy of celebration—of being served. We are worthy and loved by God and this episode talks about a step in the right direction on what it means to be loved and celebrated. This is a gentle call to conversion and repentance, an invitation to allow ourselves to be loved sacrificially and give God and others permission to love and celebrate us. Here's the link to the graph that we referenced in the video: https://bit.ly/pocofreedomgraph The Poco a Poco podca ..read more
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Made for Freedom
The Poco a Poco Podcast with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
by Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
2M ago
Series on "The Father" by Fr. Mark-Mary Ames, CFR (Part 4) What does it mean to be made for freedom? We are all called to live in freedom as sons and daughters of God. The reality is we are seen, loved, and chosen by God the Father and there's freedom when we experience that. In this episode, we're going through the mechanics of freedom and learn more about how the experience of home and trust can help us understand that a little bit deeper. Here's the link to the graph that we referenced in the video: https://bit.ly/pocofreedomgraph The Poco a Poco podcast happens because of many generous don ..read more
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The Father's Gaze
The Poco a Poco Podcast with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
by Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
2M ago
Series on "The Father" by Fr. Mark-Mary Ames, CFR (Part 3) Can you imagine how you would gaze upon your newborn baby for the first time? This is the way the Father loves everyone. He's constantly looking at us and is constantly delighting in us. The Father always looks at us with the same delight, love, and rejoicing as a father looks at his newborn for the first time. This is how our Heavenly Father looks at us, delights in us, rejoices in us and contemplates us right now.  When we feel things that we feel far away, or we think we feel that there's such darkness or separation or walls, i ..read more
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