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Aquinas and More, Ian Rutherford

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Saint Benedict for Children – Behind the Catholic Counter Episode 25

Welcome to episode 25 of the Behind the Catholic Counter Podcast. I'm Ian Rutherford, President of Aquinasnandmore.com. I interview Catholic authors, publishers and manufacturers to give you the latest news about great new Catholic books and gifts. You can listen to this and past episodes at aquinasandmore.com/podcast. This week, I interviewed Brother John McKenzie, a Benedictine monk in Italy about his beautiful new children's book, The Life of St. Benedict. We'll have a special on the book that I'll mention atthe end of the show. There are three book reviews I'll mention now and put links to in the show notes. First, the Curt Jester has a review of The Reality of God from St. Benedict Press about how science actually points to a creator. Second, the Catholic Book Blogger has a very timely review of The Way of the Passion: Forty Stations with Jesus from the Daughters of Saint Paul. Finally, CatholicMom.com has a review of a gripping conversion story called Loved as I Am. Also, if y...

24 min2018 JUL 10
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Saint Benedict for Children – Behind the Catholic Counter Episode 25

Gifts of the Visitation – Behind the Catholic Counter Podcast Episode 32

Show Topics: G.K. Chesterton's birthday was last week. I found a couple of quotes about his praise of beer. I also noticed that two Catholic authors both published books this month that involved drinking. Hmmmmm. This week I interviewed Denise Bossert about her new book, Gifts of the Visitation –Nine Spiritual Encounters With Mary and Elizabeth. Denise's does a wonderful job of describing her conversion and relating it to Mary's journey to visit Elizabeth. She also explains how to bring yourself closer to holiness throughher reflections on Mary's personal qualities. a Rafflecopter giveaway Links from the show: * Gifts of the Visitation –Nine Spiritual Encounters With Mary and Elizabeth. * Denise Bossert's website * Drinking with the Saints * The Catholic Drinkie's Guide to Home Brewed Evangelism

27 min2017 MAY 31
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Gifts of the Visitation – Behind the Catholic Counter Podcast Episode 32

How to be Holy – Podcast Interview with Dr. Peter Kreeft

You all know how the Bible says “Cleanliness is next to godliness,” right? Actually, it doesn't. That is a quote popularized by Sir Francis Bacon, Anglican and anti-Catholic. What the Bible does say is that we are all to strive for holiness. And there is the rub. Being holy isn't easy. Heck, sticking with your Lenten resolutions may sometimes seem like an insurmountable challenge. And yet, if you want to get to Heaven, holiness is a pretty important requirement. So what should you do? You could get a library of books by spiritual masters: * Dark Night of the Soul * Spiritual Combat * Interior Castle * Story of a Soul * Imitation of Christ * Abandonment to Divine Providence While I think you should eventually read many or all of these books, they may not be the best starting point on your quest for holiness. Instead, I recommend a book by Peter Kreeft. Dr. Kreeft has been writing books for you and me for decades. * He's shown how You can understand the Bible * He's summarized the S...

15 min2016 MAR 22
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How to be Holy – Podcast Interview with Dr. Peter Kreeft

Finding God in the silence of contemplation – New Behind the Catholic Counter Podcast

Contemplative prayer is not easy. Even people who you would expect to be “professionals” at contemplative prayer, nuns and priests, say that you can't every get really good at it. If that's the case, why should we even try? Father Haggerty talks with me about the importance of contemplative prayer for everyone. a Rafflecopter giveaway Show Links * Get Contemplative Hunger * Contemplative Provocation * Father Haggarty recommends: * Paradoxes of Faith * God or Nothing * Joseph Pieper * Subscribe on iTunes * Saint Joseph Sale * Saint Patrick Sale

25 min2016 MAR 3
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Finding God in the silence of contemplation – New Behind the Catholic Counter Podcast

Thieves. Gang members. Drug dealers. Evangelists.

Meet the St. Paul Street Evangelizers. Started by Steve Dawson, the street evangelizers have spent the last four years spreading the gospel on street corners around the world. The evangelists are regular Catholics committed to sharing the Good News. But some of them took a little extra grace to get there. The stories in Catholic Street Evangelizers are stories of divine intervention, conversion and reaching out to those in need. Listen as I talk with Steve Dawson about: * The origins of St. Paul Street Evangelizers * The training you have to go through to get involved (it's easier than you think) * The amazing stories of some of its members (you'll need to get the book for most of them) * What happened when one of the evangelizers went to meet with the head of a gang in Chicago. For the next week, save 20% on an inspiring book that reads like pulp fiction – except that it's true: * The gang leader shot nine times who now hands out Miraculous Medals * The murderer who found forgiven...

32 min2016 FEB 16
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Thieves. Gang members. Drug dealers. Evangelists.

Remembering God’s Mercy – Finding healing in Christ with Dawn Eden

How do you find true healing for traumatic events in your life? Burying the memories only leads to more pain down the road. Dawn Eden has been reflecting on this topic for many years as she is a survivor of child abuse. Her book, My Peace I Give You addresses this topic specifically. In her new book, Dawn looks at the broader topics of healing and peace and how she found both through prayer. Prayer is about remembering – both the blessings in the past and pain from the past so that you can see how God is working in your life today. Dawn uses stories from Pope Francis' life as well as St. Peter Faber's writings to show how we can all experience true healing in Christ. Listen to the full interview and get a copy of Dawn's new bookRemembering God's Mercy at 20% off through 2/16. [wpdevart_countdown text_for_day=”Days” text_for_hour=”Hours” text_for_minut=”Minutes” text_for_second=”Seconds” start_time=”1455045719″ end_time=”6,11,36″ action_end_time=”hide” content_position...

24 min2016 FEB 10
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Remembering God’s Mercy – Finding healing in Christ with Dawn Eden

Living the Divine Mercy for Moms – New Aquinas and More Podcast

Living the Divine Mercy and carrying out works of mercy as a mom with smaller children can be a challenge. Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet have written a practical guide for moms full of ideas for doing works of mercy as a family. Listen to our interview and also get some tips on what to do for Lent. We're only eight days away! Save 20% off through 2/9 [wpdevart_countdown text_for_day=”Days” text_for_hour=”Hours” text_for_minut=”Minutes” text_for_second=”Seconds” start_time=”1454392302″ end_time=”7,1,8″ action_end_time=”hide” content_position=”center” top_ditance=”10″ bottom_distance=”10″ ][/wpdevart_countdown] a Rafflecopter giveaway ShowLinks * Divine Mercy For Moms * Columbus Catholic Women's Conference * Saint Gabriel Radio * 33 Days toMerciful Love * Divine Mercy for Moms website * Subscribe on iTunes

23 min2016 FEB 2
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Living the Divine Mercy for Moms – New Aquinas and More Podcast

A Special Devotion for Your Lent

The Stations of the Cross are the Lenten devotion. Why not combine them with reflections on the Eucharist? Stations of the Cross With the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus is a wonderful devotional to pray before or after Mass. Listen as I talk with Father James Kubicki, director of the Apostleship of Prayer, about this new Lenten resource. Save 20% through February 1st. [wpdevart_countdown text_for_day=”Days” text_for_hour=”Hours” text_for_minut=”Minutes” text_for_second=”Seconds” start_time=”1453818974″ end_time=”6,16,24″ action_end_time=”hide” content_position=”center” top_ditance=”10″ bottom_distance=”10″ ][/wpdevart_countdown] a Rafflecopter giveaway ShowLinks * Stations of the Cross with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus * The Boys in the Boat * Be Thou My Vision * Subscribe on iTunes

42 min2016 JAN 26
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A Special Devotion for Your Lent

Do you REALLY understand the Divine Mercy? New Podcast Episode

The Divine Mercy devotion seems pretty simple but is really deep theology about the nature of God and the His relationship with us. Don't feel bad if your knowledge of the Divine Mercy is limited to just the chaplet. Knowing and regularly praying the chaplet is a fine place to start. Really, you could devote your whole life to learning more about the Divine Mercy and still not “know it all”. Listen to my interview with Vinny Flynn, one of the foremost experts on the devotion, as we discuss what Divine Mercy is all about. Save 20% through 1/26/16! Show links * 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy * Vinny Flynn's Website * Mercy Song Website * Subscribe on iTunes

23 min2016 JAN 20
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Do you REALLY understand the Divine Mercy? New Podcast Episode

When sufferings and blessings are mixed – Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle

Donna Marie's life reads like an adventure story – kidnaps, escapes, life threatening illness, meeting saints and more. Through it all she found that Jesus was blessing her life and giving her strength. Join us as we talk about Donna's new book, The Kiss of Jesus. Show links * The Kiss of Jesus * Donna Marie Cooper O'Boyle's Website * Donna is reading:Saint Giuseppe Moscati – Doctor of the Poor * Subscribe on iTunes

34 min2015 DEC 19
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When sufferings and blessings are mixed – Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle

Latest Episodes

Saint Benedict for Children – Behind the Catholic Counter Episode 25

Welcome to episode 25 of the Behind the Catholic Counter Podcast. I'm Ian Rutherford, President of Aquinasnandmore.com. I interview Catholic authors, publishers and manufacturers to give you the latest news about great new Catholic books and gifts. You can listen to this and past episodes at aquinasandmore.com/podcast. This week, I interviewed Brother John McKenzie, a Benedictine monk in Italy about his beautiful new children's book, The Life of St. Benedict. We'll have a special on the book that I'll mention atthe end of the show. There are three book reviews I'll mention now and put links to in the show notes. First, the Curt Jester has a review of The Reality of God from St. Benedict Press about how science actually points to a creator. Second, the Catholic Book Blogger has a very timely review of The Way of the Passion: Forty Stations with Jesus from the Daughters of Saint Paul. Finally, CatholicMom.com has a review of a gripping conversion story called Loved as I Am. Also, if y...

24 min2018 JUL 10
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Saint Benedict for Children – Behind the Catholic Counter Episode 25

Gifts of the Visitation – Behind the Catholic Counter Podcast Episode 32

Show Topics: G.K. Chesterton's birthday was last week. I found a couple of quotes about his praise of beer. I also noticed that two Catholic authors both published books this month that involved drinking. Hmmmmm. This week I interviewed Denise Bossert about her new book, Gifts of the Visitation –Nine Spiritual Encounters With Mary and Elizabeth. Denise's does a wonderful job of describing her conversion and relating it to Mary's journey to visit Elizabeth. She also explains how to bring yourself closer to holiness throughher reflections on Mary's personal qualities. a Rafflecopter giveaway Links from the show: * Gifts of the Visitation –Nine Spiritual Encounters With Mary and Elizabeth. * Denise Bossert's website * Drinking with the Saints * The Catholic Drinkie's Guide to Home Brewed Evangelism

27 min2017 MAY 31
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Gifts of the Visitation – Behind the Catholic Counter Podcast Episode 32

How to be Holy – Podcast Interview with Dr. Peter Kreeft

You all know how the Bible says “Cleanliness is next to godliness,” right? Actually, it doesn't. That is a quote popularized by Sir Francis Bacon, Anglican and anti-Catholic. What the Bible does say is that we are all to strive for holiness. And there is the rub. Being holy isn't easy. Heck, sticking with your Lenten resolutions may sometimes seem like an insurmountable challenge. And yet, if you want to get to Heaven, holiness is a pretty important requirement. So what should you do? You could get a library of books by spiritual masters: * Dark Night of the Soul * Spiritual Combat * Interior Castle * Story of a Soul * Imitation of Christ * Abandonment to Divine Providence While I think you should eventually read many or all of these books, they may not be the best starting point on your quest for holiness. Instead, I recommend a book by Peter Kreeft. Dr. Kreeft has been writing books for you and me for decades. * He's shown how You can understand the Bible * He's summarized the S...

15 min2016 MAR 22
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How to be Holy – Podcast Interview with Dr. Peter Kreeft

Finding God in the silence of contemplation – New Behind the Catholic Counter Podcast

Contemplative prayer is not easy. Even people who you would expect to be “professionals” at contemplative prayer, nuns and priests, say that you can't every get really good at it. If that's the case, why should we even try? Father Haggerty talks with me about the importance of contemplative prayer for everyone. a Rafflecopter giveaway Show Links * Get Contemplative Hunger * Contemplative Provocation * Father Haggarty recommends: * Paradoxes of Faith * God or Nothing * Joseph Pieper * Subscribe on iTunes * Saint Joseph Sale * Saint Patrick Sale

25 min2016 MAR 3
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Finding God in the silence of contemplation – New Behind the Catholic Counter Podcast

Thieves. Gang members. Drug dealers. Evangelists.

Meet the St. Paul Street Evangelizers. Started by Steve Dawson, the street evangelizers have spent the last four years spreading the gospel on street corners around the world. The evangelists are regular Catholics committed to sharing the Good News. But some of them took a little extra grace to get there. The stories in Catholic Street Evangelizers are stories of divine intervention, conversion and reaching out to those in need. Listen as I talk with Steve Dawson about: * The origins of St. Paul Street Evangelizers * The training you have to go through to get involved (it's easier than you think) * The amazing stories of some of its members (you'll need to get the book for most of them) * What happened when one of the evangelizers went to meet with the head of a gang in Chicago. For the next week, save 20% on an inspiring book that reads like pulp fiction – except that it's true: * The gang leader shot nine times who now hands out Miraculous Medals * The murderer who found forgiven...

32 min2016 FEB 16
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Thieves. Gang members. Drug dealers. Evangelists.

Remembering God’s Mercy – Finding healing in Christ with Dawn Eden

How do you find true healing for traumatic events in your life? Burying the memories only leads to more pain down the road. Dawn Eden has been reflecting on this topic for many years as she is a survivor of child abuse. Her book, My Peace I Give You addresses this topic specifically. In her new book, Dawn looks at the broader topics of healing and peace and how she found both through prayer. Prayer is about remembering – both the blessings in the past and pain from the past so that you can see how God is working in your life today. Dawn uses stories from Pope Francis' life as well as St. Peter Faber's writings to show how we can all experience true healing in Christ. Listen to the full interview and get a copy of Dawn's new bookRemembering God's Mercy at 20% off through 2/16. [wpdevart_countdown text_for_day=”Days” text_for_hour=”Hours” text_for_minut=”Minutes” text_for_second=”Seconds” start_time=”1455045719″ end_time=”6,11,36″ action_end_time=”hide” content_position...

24 min2016 FEB 10
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Remembering God’s Mercy – Finding healing in Christ with Dawn Eden

Living the Divine Mercy for Moms – New Aquinas and More Podcast

Living the Divine Mercy and carrying out works of mercy as a mom with smaller children can be a challenge. Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet have written a practical guide for moms full of ideas for doing works of mercy as a family. Listen to our interview and also get some tips on what to do for Lent. We're only eight days away! Save 20% off through 2/9 [wpdevart_countdown text_for_day=”Days” text_for_hour=”Hours” text_for_minut=”Minutes” text_for_second=”Seconds” start_time=”1454392302″ end_time=”7,1,8″ action_end_time=”hide” content_position=”center” top_ditance=”10″ bottom_distance=”10″ ][/wpdevart_countdown] a Rafflecopter giveaway ShowLinks * Divine Mercy For Moms * Columbus Catholic Women's Conference * Saint Gabriel Radio * 33 Days toMerciful Love * Divine Mercy for Moms website * Subscribe on iTunes

23 min2016 FEB 2
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Living the Divine Mercy for Moms – New Aquinas and More Podcast

A Special Devotion for Your Lent

The Stations of the Cross are the Lenten devotion. Why not combine them with reflections on the Eucharist? Stations of the Cross With the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus is a wonderful devotional to pray before or after Mass. Listen as I talk with Father James Kubicki, director of the Apostleship of Prayer, about this new Lenten resource. Save 20% through February 1st. [wpdevart_countdown text_for_day=”Days” text_for_hour=”Hours” text_for_minut=”Minutes” text_for_second=”Seconds” start_time=”1453818974″ end_time=”6,16,24″ action_end_time=”hide” content_position=”center” top_ditance=”10″ bottom_distance=”10″ ][/wpdevart_countdown] a Rafflecopter giveaway ShowLinks * Stations of the Cross with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus * The Boys in the Boat * Be Thou My Vision * Subscribe on iTunes

42 min2016 JAN 26
Comments
A Special Devotion for Your Lent

Do you REALLY understand the Divine Mercy? New Podcast Episode

The Divine Mercy devotion seems pretty simple but is really deep theology about the nature of God and the His relationship with us. Don't feel bad if your knowledge of the Divine Mercy is limited to just the chaplet. Knowing and regularly praying the chaplet is a fine place to start. Really, you could devote your whole life to learning more about the Divine Mercy and still not “know it all”. Listen to my interview with Vinny Flynn, one of the foremost experts on the devotion, as we discuss what Divine Mercy is all about. Save 20% through 1/26/16! Show links * 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy * Vinny Flynn's Website * Mercy Song Website * Subscribe on iTunes

23 min2016 JAN 20
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Do you REALLY understand the Divine Mercy? New Podcast Episode

When sufferings and blessings are mixed – Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle

Donna Marie's life reads like an adventure story – kidnaps, escapes, life threatening illness, meeting saints and more. Through it all she found that Jesus was blessing her life and giving her strength. Join us as we talk about Donna's new book, The Kiss of Jesus. Show links * The Kiss of Jesus * Donna Marie Cooper O'Boyle's Website * Donna is reading:Saint Giuseppe Moscati – Doctor of the Poor * Subscribe on iTunes

34 min2015 DEC 19
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When sufferings and blessings are mixed – Donna Marie Cooper O’Boyle
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