4 Catholic Podcasts You Should Be Listening To
If you’re not one of the millions of people who are already listening to podcasts, get excited! Podcasts are a hidden gem of the internet media world, where you can hear neat stories and get cool content from incredible people around the world. If you’re looking for a list (not comprehensive, but a good starter) of some great Catholic podcasts, then you’ve come to the right place!
There are a ton of podcasts out there, and this list highlights four of them as my favorite ways to stay engaged with my faith outside of Sunday Mass. Each podcast addresses a different part of my life and a different need in my spiritual growth. As Catholics, it’s important that we are always striving to grow our faith, and this means more than Sunday Mass. We need to pray daily, study scripture, and share the Gospel with others. If you’re not moving forward, you’re falling behind.
Another way to think about this is: “Garbage in, garbage out.” When our media intake consists of nothing but digital junk food — inappropriate or violent TV shows, impure music, or mindless web surfing — our interior lives suffer the same effects our bodies would if we ate nothing but Cheetos. Our hearts and our conversations start to focus on worldly things rather than things of heaven. Listening to great Catholic podcasts on your commute, your daily walk or while working out is a great way to stay connected to your Catholic faith throughout your week.
So without further ado, check out a few of my favorite
Catholic podcasts. You can check out their webpages with the links below and
find them by searching your podcast app on your phone!
Wish you could spend more time
reflecting on Scripture? This podcast sends you a daily Lectio Divina meditation on one of the daily readings. Each 12-minute
episode is designed to help you to pray wherever you are, whether that’s on a
bus, in a car or with your dog in the park (hence the “go” part of “pray as you
go”). Every episode includes music, the reading for the day, a few questions
for reflection and a closing prayer. They also have an app! Pray-As-You-Go is a
great way to incorporate prayer into your life when you’re not in the chapel.
CSYSK is hosted by four priests from the Archdiocese of
Denver: Fr. Nathan Goebel, Fr. John Nepil, Fr. Mike Rapp and Fr. Michael O’Loughlin.
They cover a huge variety of topics, including papal infallibility, bikinis and
the Apostolic Pardon, to name a few. They also share their experiences as
parish priests with a great mix of banter, hilarious unedited commentary and
solid factoids about Catholic stuff you should know.
The Word on the Hill is hosted by Fr. Peter Mussett and Dr.
Scott Powell of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought in Boulder,
Colorado. You might learn some new fun facts about Sour Brite Crawlers, Jeeping
and Catholic life in the People’s Republic of Boulder. You’ll definitely learn everything
you need to know about how the weekly readings fit into salvation history;
they’ll also show you the threads that link the Old Testament, Psalms, New
Testament and Gospel readings to current events. Dr. Powell tells the stories
of the Old Testament in a way that makes them come alive. When you go to Mass
on Sunday after listening to the Word on the Hill, you’ll be more engaged
because you know the story and the context.
Did you love Father Mike’s talks
at SEEK or SLS? Then you’ll love his weekly homily podcast! He’s funny, witty,
always relevant — and he’ll help you become a better human. This is a little
different than your average homily series. Father Mike also writes Bible studies
to go with the weekly readings and focuses on a theme, usually for a few
Sundays in a row. It’s like you get to do a Bible study with Father Mike every
week! It’s a great way to connect the weekly readings to specific attitudes and
behaviors you might see in your daily life.
What are some of your favorite Catholic podcasts? Share them with us!