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Walking in the Catholic Faith

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Holy Owned and Operated Co-Founders Beth and Kristofer Cowles discuss topics of Catholic Faith as they take their regular walk around the neighborhood. It’s a conversation and exploration without confusing theology or apologetics and instead the kind of conversation you have when walking. On The Road To Perfection is a journey of Faith as we all explore and grow in our Catholic Faith together, amidst the sounds of birds, cars, lawnmowers, the local day care. and the neighbors and dogs we meet along the way. Unscripted and off-the-cuff, what you hear is what you get when you walk with us in the Catholic Faith.

On The Road To Perfection
On The Road To Perfection
Beth and Kristofer Cowles

Holy Owned and Operated presents “On The Road To Perfection,” a weekly discussion between Beth and Kristofer Cowles focused on living the Catholic Faith as they take their evening walk.

New Podcast Episodes Weekly

Every Thursday @ 11am Texas Time (Central)

Lust And Love – Episode 133

Lust And Love – Episode 133

What is the difference between lust and love?

During this “season of Valentines” Beth and Kristofer cover this (often unknowingly) confusing and vitally important topic before we dive headlong into the pink and roses and hearts and whatnot.

Beth and Kristofer share how to tell the difference between lust and love, and how to teach that to impressionable minds and hearts.

And they do this in the context of Mortal Sin and Theological Virtue: Lust and Love, respectively.

They also, right out of the gate, point to Nick’s seven-part series about Love as a great resource on our web site for this discussion, which is linked to in the show notes.

Living in this world, but not of it, is difficult, and Beth and Kristofer offer us some pointers on how to do that, particularly in this day and age.

And, no, there is no inappropriate or “parental discretion advised” content in this episode.

But they do get attacked by a tree!

Solidarity With The Church – Episode 132

Solidarity With The Church – Episode 132

After going over their Frustrations With The Church in an earlier episode, Beth and Kristofer now explain Solidarity With The Church.

What exactly does that mean?

How can we know if we are in solidarity with the Church?

Beth and Kristofer dive into the relationship we should have with the Church and by extension our relationship to and with Jesus.

Unity with the Magisterium is important and Job One at Holy Owned and Operated and in the Cowles Family.

So how do we reconcile those frustrations with solidarity?

It’s all about Family…

As a bonus, you get to hear our new washing machine and dryer, and Kristofer sings a thirty year old commercial for a local appliance store.

Fun stuff!

It Works! – Episode 131

It Works! – Episode 131

With a great sigh of relief and near shouts of joy, we share a wonderful discovery:

What we have been practicing for decades, talking about in the last 130 episodes, and teaching for years actually works for others, too!

This discovery – and edification – comes after spending a recent weekend with two listeners (and HOO supporters), and their children.

Encountering and experiencing Betty and Archie’s Catholic faith in action and infused in their parenting, daily living, and lifestyle,

The Boyz and we saw it in full effect in a family and situation very different from ours.

But the universality of the Catholic faith, honestly and purposefully practiced – still works!

It produces the same results that we have worked hard for in our family, applied to a vastly different situation.

Nonetheless…

Frustrations With The Church – Episode 130

Frustrations With The Church – Episode 130

Starting with the God-given right we have as outlined in Canon Law, in this delicate topic,

Beth and Kristofer discuss their frustrations with the Church, from the misuse of liturgy to the administration of the Church.

But this is not a gripe session on this rainy and windy day; they explain the canon law, historical, pastoral and liturgical context behind their beefs and want to help us be more aware of what might be going on at our own parish.

Kristofer breaks down what is the source of the failures of the Church Militant, while Beth goes into detail on who should be administrating the parish itself.

It was a windy day; we are solving the problems it creates in our audio quality.

Relying On The Holy Family – Episode 129

Relying On The Holy Family – Episode 129

In the day-to-day struggles of raising a family, let alone a holy family, and living in a sinful world, we have to Rely On The Holy Family for support and guidance.

But how often do we think of Jesus, Joseph, and Mary together as the basic unit of society – a family?

Beth and Kristofer share insights into how they relate with and rely on the Holy Family and what the importance of The Holy Family is in our lives raising children and taking care of a family.

Kristofer opens up and shares a lot about his relationship with Joseph, which will be useful for Husbands and Dads.

Taking Kids to Mass – Age 7 and Above – Episode 128

Taking Kids to Mass – Age 7 and Above – Episode 128

How do we take kids to Mass after they have achieved the Age of Reason; after they’ve received First Communion?

Beth and Kristofer talk about how to help our newly enlightened children better understand the Mass.

They talk about their own trials and errors and explain the need and importance of taking these children to Mass.

This episode fits with the episodes from early in our production that addressed younger children and teenagers at Mass, and how to approach those situations.

Sorry we left out the middle child for so long!

Giving Back – Episode 127

Giving Back – Episode 127

The season of giving is here.

And where there is giving, there is getting, so how do we Give Back?

Beth and Kristofer reflect on this topic in both a material and spiritual sense in this episode right before The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

They discuss the importance of humility and gratitude during this season and offer insights into how you can have a Happy Christmas!

Spiritual Reading – Episode 126

Spiritual Reading – Episode 126

What are spiritual readings? What is spiritual reading?

Beth and Kristofer discuss the purpose and reason why we should read spiritual books.

They talk about their experiences with spiritual reading, how it has affected them, and why it is important for all of us to read spiritual books.

And they offer some suggestions on what to read.

The Immaculate Conception- Episode 125

The Immaculate Conception- Episode 125

What is the Immaculate Conception?

Or, more specifically, who is the Immaculate Conception?

In this podcast Beth and Kristofer explain this dogma and correct any misunderstandings about this Holy Day of Obligation.

They detail the reasoning and understanding behind The Immaculate Conception, as well as why it really matters to understand it and how it points to God’s great grace!

Also, enjoy some fun decision making that usually goes on before the podcast starts!

The Sacred Role of Women in the Church – Episode 124

The Sacred Role of Women in the Church – Episode 124

The sacred role of women in the Church goes back to the time before Jesus came to Earth – way before!

In this episode, we talk about that – after a short disclaimer from my lovely bride – and how there is an important significance to women being in the Church and the role they play in salvation history.

We claim that the first Catholic was Mary (a woman, BTW!), and share who “the first Apostle” was, as well as “the Apostle to the Apostles” – both women!

But it is way more than a title, and these women were not ordained by Jesus as were the Twelve – which is significant, and a true blessing for women and the Church!

And, yes, we answer THAT question, along with the question of why women are integral to the survival and thriving of the Church.

And I get a little snippy about men and how they handle their responsibilities in the Church.

But what’s new?  -Kristofer

Is Some Music Bad – Episode 123

Is Some Music Bad – Episode 123

One man’s vulgarity is another man’s lyric.

So says the Supreme Court of the United States, and, coming from that secular view, I begin with the answer that, “Yes, some music is bad.”

But there’s a BIG but – and we’re not talking Bobby Jimmy and the Crickets!

Though this topic is right up my alley, DJ Duck doesn’t go too far down that road, but Beth and I use that as a springboard to talk about why some music is bad, while that same music is good.

Huh?

While some music may not be art in the ear of the beholder, where does music – and lyrics – lead us? -Kristofer

Raising Kids In These Times – Episode 122

Raising Kids In These Times – Episode 122

Raising Kids In These Times is HARD!

How do we do it?

How do we raise our children to be in this word but not of it?

What is the secret?

Is there a formula, a road map, a sequence of strategies and tactics?

In this episode we continue our discussion inadvertently begun a couple of weeks ago, focusing on kids and what they and we have to deal with, and how to handle it.

How different is it from the past?

And, yes, there is a formula, which we gladly share!

Being a Family of Prayer – Episode 121

Being a Family of Prayer – Episode 121

In the past, Beth and Kristofer have talked about how to do family prayer.

In this episode, they discuss how to be a family of prayer.

They answer how long it takes to “get there” and share some of what it takes, without getting into tactics or strategies or specific practices.

Being a family of prayer is a way of life, not a set of check boxes!

With that in mind, they discuss why it is important to be closer to God and our family, what it means to be a harmonious family, and how to be it.

Moral Relativism – Episode 120

Moral Relativism – Episode 120

What is Moral Relativism?

What is wrong with it?
How do I counteract it?

In this Episode, Beth and Kristofer discuss Moral Relativism and what we can do to fight it and overcome it, despite the Devil’s attempts to stop them from sharing the secrets!

(You’ll have to listen to the first part at least to hear the story!)

All Souls Day – Episode 119

All Souls Day – Episode 119

All Souls Day is an often overlooked day of remembrance.

Beth and Kristofer explain why the Church celebrates the lives of all the Souls not yet in Heaven.

They touch on Purgatory and the path to Heaven.

They talk about why we should pray for our deceased loved ones and even those souls who nobody prays for.

Also,  Beth and Kristofer answer why it is an important day to us as Catholics., why we should remember and celebrate it, and why we pray for the souls in Purgatory.

All Saints Day – Episode 118

All Saints Day – Episode 118

All Saints Day is the day we celebrate the lives of all of the Saints, and the gift they are to us.

But why?

What is so important about having a generic day to celebrate people we don’t know about?

Don’t we already have a day for the “famous” saints?

Beth and Kristofer explain why Catholics make it a point to celebrate the lives of the Holy Men and Women in Heaven.

The Perils of Halloween – Episode 117

The Perils of Halloween – Episode 117

Is Halloween the Devil’s Holiday?

Is it bad to go trick-or-treating?

In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Beth and Kristofer discuss “The Perils of Halloween” and what it is as both a secular “holiday” and a Catholic celebration of the Holy Saints.

They answer all of our questions about Halloween, and what we can do and what we shouldn’t do.

It’s a Mystery – Episode 116

It’s a Mystery – Episode 116

What is a Mystery, in the Catholic sense?

We all know the spray-painted, flower-laden, Shaggy-and-Scooby-style whodunit mystery.

But what is a Catholic Mystery?

Beth and Kristofer unmask the meaning behind the word “mystery” and the different Mysteries of the Catholic Faith in this lively episode of On the Road to Perfection!

Angels – Episode 115

Angels – Episode 115

Angels we have heard on high! Or at least heard of from on high.

This episode includes an interruption by the demons from the start – so much so we had to re-record!

Calling out Lucifer, we jump right into giving the etymology of the word “angel,” defining their perfection in true HOO manner.

We talk about the type of beings angels are as well as the type of doing that they do.

We discuss their wings, their appearance in scripture, and their history in art.

We even talk about how they are revealed to us, and answer the question about naming your Guardian Angel.

If you ever wondered how they interact with the demons, Kristofer describes it in a way his party DJ experience can relate to. Need a bouncer?

Oh, and Beth throws a music reference at Kristofer that he doesn’t get right away!

What Are Good Works – Episode 114

What Are Good Works – Episode 114

There is a gnawing question for Catholics and a point of contention Protestants have with us concerning good works.

So, having been asked “What Are Good Works?” by our listener, former Protestant Debra, Beth and I took to the streets to explore the question, the reasoning behind the answer, and that nagging idea about whether or not good works are necessary for our salvation.

Beth points out shortly after we began walking that I did a good work inadvertently – woohoo! – and we finish with pointing out that our brothers and sisters in Christ are actually known for their good works.

And, of course, I have to throw some Monty Python into the mix. – Kristofer

The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony – Episode 113

The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony – Episode 113

The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, Marriage, Nuptials, and the ever-endearing “mawwiage” from The Princess Bride…

However we refer to it, do we truly understand it?

This Sacrament is misunderstood, taken for granted, and completely ignored by many people, but Beth and Kristofer stand up for this extremely important Sacrament.

They explain the importance of it, why we should cherish it, and who needs to be involved in the actual Rite.

And keep an ear out for Beth’s dig at Kristofer – it’s a funny moment that inadvertently proves the point…Sparky!

The Sacrament of Holy Orders – Episode 112

The Sacrament of Holy Orders – Episode 112

Many of us have never seen a Mass of Ordination or the Sacrament of Holy Orders administered.

Those of us who have may not understand exactly what is going on.

Having been involved in several, Beth and Kristofer go into full detail about:
– what happens at the Mass and Rite;
– what this type of Sacrament is called;
– what graces the men who receive the Sacrament are given;

And they help us better appreciate the men who receive it.

Of course, there’s that question we all have…

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick – Episode 111

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick – Episode 111

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is seldom received by us and perhaps the least known of all the Sacraments.

Nevertheless, it is important to our understanding of Faith, Hope, and Love.

Beth and Kristofer, who have both received this Sacrament, explain all the important details and why this Sacrament is truly important.

They answer why we need it, who can and how we can receive it, and what it does to us.

Yes, miracles happen!

The Sacrament of Reconciliation – Episode 110

The Sacrament of Reconciliation – Episode 110

Reconciliation is a Sacrament of Healing and is most commonly called “Confession.’

But what does that mean and what does it heal?

Beth and Kristofer answer this question along with who can receive and give absolution of sins, when absolution of sin can be withheld, and why it is important to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

And, of course, how to go to Confession.

The Sacrament of The Eucharist- Episode 109

The Sacrament of The Eucharist- Episode 109

Beth and Kristofer jump into “the source and summit of our faith”:

The Sacrament of The Eucharist.

While there is another episode from two years ago about the Eucharist, and they talk about it regularly, this episode answers the questions about the Real Presence – it ACTUALLY IS the BODY and BLOOD of Jesus Christ!

This is where you find out how and why.

The Eucharist is also the Soul and Divinity of Jesus, and Kristofer just thought the gnawing on flesh and blood has a cool air about it and should be capitalized!

He is also fond of saying, “Do you believe in Miracles?!” when it comes to The Eucharist.

The Sacrament of Confirmation – Episode 108

The Sacrament of Confirmation – Episode 108

In our first episode of the Sacraments series, we covered baptism, now, Beth and Kristofer jump head on into perhaps the most misunderstood and misinterpreted sacrament of them all: Confirmation

The Sacrament of Baptism – Episode 107

The Sacrament of Baptism – Episode 107

Baptism is the First Sacrament.

Without being baptized, we cannot receive any other Sacraments.

But why?

Beth and Kristofer explain what baptism is, how baptism came to be, how we are to baptize, and who can baptize.

God The Holy Spirit – Episode 106

God The Holy Spirit – Episode 106

God The Holy Spirit is the “last” person of the Holy Trinity, but is by no means the least!

But many of us don’t actually know who He is, what He does for us, and why He’s hard to understand.

After Kristofer gives the Holy Spirit a most-likely politically incorrect nickname, Beth reels hm in as they discuss the very important, if enigmatic, Holy Spirit.

God The Son- Episode 105

God The Son- Episode 105

God the Son is perhaps the most relatable Person of the Holy Trinity.

Both fully human and fully God, He is the Paragon of Virtue.

Beth and Kristofer expound upon the Second Person of the Trinity in this episode of On the Road to Perfection.

At least Beth does. Kristofer tries his best to sound like he knows something.

God The Father – Episode 104

God The Father – Episode 104

God The Father is one of three very important persons in our faith.
But Who is He?

In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mom and Dad explore Him and who He is as a person of the Trinity.

Don’t worry!

As always, they keep it simple and down to earth in this episode!

What are Sacraments – Episode 103

What are Sacraments – Episode 103

What are Sacraments?

Why do we have them?

Where did they come from?

In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Beth and Kristofer take a moment to talk about these seven very important parts of the Catholic Faith.

Dignity and Pride Part 2 – Episode 102

Dignity and Pride Part 2 – Episode 102

This episode is a direct answer to the questions and concerns “Betty”, a listener, asked Beth and Kristofer to address.

Being Catholic is not easy, and in the growing moral relativism we see around us, it feels harder than ever.

Pride month is a time when we feel uncomfortable, oftentimes oppressed, and even assaulted – and it extends throughout the year.

In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Beth and Kristofer continue the discussion from Part 1, this time focusing on  “pride” in the context of the LGBTQ+ movement.

They also provide specific ways to navigate this sometimes treacherous path for ourselves and our families.

Part 2 of 2.

Dignity and Pride Part 1 – Episode 101

Dignity and Pride Part 1 – Episode 101

As we experience an increase in the LGBTQ+ Pride movement, how do we navigate these choppy waters where human dignity and pride seem to collide?

In this first part of this double episode of On the Road to Perfection, Beth and Kristofer address this question from Betty, a listener, discussing this difficult subject with their trademarked grace and kindness to help us all better journey through the seemingly crumbling world around us.

Living in the modern world can be difficult and often uncomfortable as an authentic, practical Catholic.

It’s supposed to be.

Numbers In The Catholic Faith – Episode 100

Numbers In The Catholic Faith – Episode 100

Happy 100th episode!

To celebrate this important number in our podcast, Mom and Dad decided to talk about important numbers in our Catholic faith.

Learn the meaning behind the numbers like three, twelve, and forty on this fast-paced, lightning round, monumental episode of On the Road to Perfection.

The Holy Trinity – Episode 99

The Holy Trinity – Episode 99

The Holy Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – is one of the most puzzling mysteries of our faith.

Three persons in one God.

In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mom and Dad explore the beauty and theology behind the Mystery of the Holy Trinity.

And Dad gives a good reason for a cough button.

The Hail Mary – Episode 98

The Hail Mary – Episode 98

The Hail Mary is perhaps one of the easiest prayers to memorize.

Children learn it before they go to school.

It is prayed fifty-three times during the rosary, but do we know what we are praying?

Do we understand the words we are saying?

In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mom and Dad explore this simple but powerful prayer.

And Dad puts his foot down.

Subsidiarity – Episode 97

Subsidiarity – Episode 97

What is subsidiarity?

Mom and Dad break this large word down into what exactly it means in this episode on another Catholic teaching on social justice.

Mom and Dad explore ways you can help people and their own experiences with subsidiarity.

The Ascension- Episode 96

The Ascension- Episode 96

The Ascension is one of the important days of the liturgical year, but why is it important? What exactly is it?

In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mom and Dad talk about why the Ascension means so much to the Church.

Caring For Our Earthly Home – Episode 95

Caring For Our Earthly Home – Episode 95

One of the seven social teachings of the Catholic Church, caring for our earthly home is intimately connected to every part of our life.

After quoting an 80s video game and Monty Python, Beth and Kristofer dive into this topic with Kristofer making sure everyone knows he is not a tree hugger.

Then they go on identifying birds and trees as they walk by. Well, the topic is what the topic is – and they do answer the question we all have about that environment issue.

Yeah, that one.

Religious Education vs Faith Formation – Episode 94

Religious Education vs Faith Formation – Episode 94

What is the difference between Religious Education, Faith Formation, Catechism Class, and CCD?

On the surface, it can appear that they are one and the same;, but there are, in fact, many important differences,

Mom and Dad answer the question and talk about what each of these are and entail – and they have a lot of experience with each of them!

Spiritual Works Of Mercy – Episode 93

Spiritual Works Of Mercy – Episode 93

In last week’s episode, Mom and Dad covered the Corporal Works of Mercy.

In this episode, they talk about the Spiritual Works of Mercy: instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, admonish the sinners, bear patiently those who wrong us, forgive offenses, comfort the sorrowful, and pray for the living and the dead.

And they tell us how to do that in our busy lives.

Corporal Works of Mercy – Episode 92

Corporal Works of Mercy – Episode 92

The seven Corporal works of Mercy – feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, and bury the dead – are very important parts of outwardly showing our Christian love to the world.

But how do we do them right?

Who are “the least of these?”

In this episode, Mom and Dad answer these questions and explain what the Corporal Works of Mercy are.

And then sum it up with three words that are easy to remember.

The Triduum – Episode 91

The Triduum – Episode 91

Mom and Dad talk about the three days before Easter, the Triduum, and their importance in our faith.

What happens on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday?

Why do certain things happen on these days that don’t happen at any other time of the year?

This podcast will help you learn just what we do during the Triduum.

Palm Sunday- Episode 90

Palm Sunday- Episode 90

Palm Sunday is an important day in the liturgical year, but what is it?

Mom and Dad explain the historical context for Palm Sunday; they explain why the Pharisees and the high priests of Jerusalem got mad at Jesus.

They tell us why the people would go from laying palm branches before Jesus to screaming “Crucify him! Crucify him!” over the course of a mere 5 days.

And they share how we can all better prepare for Easter by making this a truly Holy Week.

The Woman Caught in Adultery- Episode 89

The Woman Caught in Adultery- Episode 89

Jesus tells parables, stumping the great thinkers of Judea, but wait!

They finally have a real-life chance to stump Him by bringing forth the woman caught in adultery.

His answer is profound, just, merciful, and totally his style.

Jesus’ answer to stoning the woman is something that we all need to think about, the answer written in the sand is profound, and an answer that follows the Golden Rule.

The Prodigal Son- Episode 88

The Prodigal Son- Episode 88

The Parable of the Prodigal Son is perhaps the most famous of Jesus’ teachings, and Mama and Daddy take a different look at it this time.

What is the meaning of this Parable? What can we learn from it? And what is the sin of the older brother?

As Mom says, we commit this sin of ingratitude and pride.

We, as baptized Christians, are the older brother in this lesson.

How should we respond to the Prodigal Son’s Homecoming?

The Burning Bush- Episode 87

The Burning Bush- Episode 87

God appearing to Moses in the Burning Bush is a wonderful example of him calling us.

In this episode, Mama and Daddy explore this, with a lot of soul-searching.

Moses, who is one of the most detailed figures in the Bible, is being called by a burning bush to lead God’s people out of slavery and into the Promised Land of milk and honey.

This is all sorts of weird!

If we were approached by God while He was in the form of a Burning Bush, what would we do?

Well guess what? God is not just calling Moses.

Who are we to lead others out of slavery to sin – or even ourselves?

The Transfiguration  – Episode 86

The Transfiguration – Episode 86

The Transfiguration of Jesus is a fascinating event that sometimes gets lost in Peter’s response to it.

But what a wonderfully perfect response!

What does this event reveal to us, and about us?

And why was it kept secret from all of the other Apostles?

In this episode discussing the Gospel reading in this coming Sunday’s Mass, we explore things we do not typically hear in a homily, but experience regularly.

But should we share those experiences? That’s not entirely up to us…

Jesus In The Desert  – Episode 85

Jesus In The Desert – Episode 85

Jesus In The Desert is what we talk about as we charge into Lent.

It happens to be the topic of the Gospel Reading this weekend coming up, too.

What does Jesus’ 40 days in the desert mean to us, to you?

It’s a great question and a different answer for everybody – but a singular theme each of us can relate to.

Welcome to Lent!

Almsgiving During Lent – Episode 84

Almsgiving During Lent – Episode 84

Almsgiving during Lent is our third and final Lenten topic as we prepare for the season.

Almsgiving is another pillar of Lent.

It’s different from Almsgiving during the rest of the year; different than our routine, daily Almsgiving.

We talk about how to do Almsgiving during Lent, and what it’s meaning, purpose, and origin is.

Prayer During Lent – Episode 83

Prayer During Lent – Episode 83

Prayer during Lent is our second Lenten topic as we prepare for the season.

Prayer is another pillar of Lent. It’s different than prayer during the rest of the year; different than our routine, daily prayer.

We talk about how to do prayer during Lent, and what it’s meaning, purpose, and origin is.

Fasting During Lent – Episode 82

Fasting During Lent – Episode 82

Fasting during Lent is often not considered until someone asks us what we are giving up.

Then, suddenly, without having thought of it prior, we say something like, “Chocolate” or “My favorite TV show.”

In this episode presented a month before having to start fasting, we explore what it all means, to help make the discernment of what to give up more focused and meaningful.

And Beth gives a great prayer inspired by the Holy Spirit to help you out. So inspired, we drop the mic.

What Is Lent – Episode 81

What Is Lent – Episode 81

What is Lent?

Lent is a liturgical season of fasting, prayer, almsgiving, preparation, and enlightenment.

Okay – what does that mean?

Why do we celebrate and observe it?

How do we do all that?

So many questions – and we give an overview during these short twenty minutes, as an introduction to the next three weeks as we prepare for Lent.

The Gift of Creation – Episode 80

The Gift of Creation – Episode 80

The Gift of Creation is something we might take for granted or not comprehend completely.

Certainly, the latter!

Maybe you think that Pope Francis a couple of years ago came and turned everything upside down with his encyclical about our care of the environment and world around us, Laudato si’.

What does it mean to be caretakers with dominion?

Well, we talk about that, with a good story of dead chickens and a lot of funny confusion – since this was not the topic we had decided to talk about before pressing record…

The Mass Dismissal – Episode 79

The Mass Dismissal – Episode 79

More fun and laughs!

The Mass dismissal is perhaps the most important part of the Mass after the source and summit, the Eucharist.

It calls us to action, drives us to purpose, and requires of us dedication.

Are we up to that task?

Beth and Kristofer reveal their favorite dismissal – and, more entertaining, their least favorite. As they muddle along as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, they invite you to contemplate the dismissal as more than just an invitation to go to the donut shop!

They also give a tutorial on movie end credits, and an homage to Ferris Buehler…

Glory – Episode 78

Glory – Episode 78

This was a fun episode to do, and is a funny one to listen to!

What’s in a word?

Glory is one of those words that the English language has done a disservice to. It’s like “snow” compared to indigenous people in polar regions, or “love” translated from the Greek in the English Bible.

In this episode dedicated to Mary Henriquez, Beth and Kristofer discuss the idea of glory, and the many facets of it, and how it is used for its many different meanings.

Beth shares some history and meanings of words we use that are a part of the meaning of glory, so Kristofer learns a little Hebrew and Greek, despite his uncanny ability to get distracted by everything.

And they do it all in less than 22 minutes!

As a bonus, Kristofer keeps the song references to only those that have “glory” in them. Apparently, there are a lot.

Kerygma – Episode 77

Kerygma – Episode 77

Kerygma?

Most likely this is a term you have not heard. But it is the thread that encapsulates our entire faith. It is what our entire existence and salvation relies upon.

In this episode, we share the Kerygma, define it, and invite you to join us in it. The only gain you get is Heaven.

Kerygma is the biggest secret, but also the most obvious thing…

Beth and Kristofer conflict with each other in this episode. Beth’s knowledge and wisdom butts up against Kristofer’s ignorance, and the result is a classic pursuit of Perfection!

Do Only Catholics Go To Heaven? – Episode 76

Do Only Catholics Go To Heaven? – Episode 76

Who goes to Heaven?

Some say only Catholics. Some say Catholics do not. Some say all sorts of things.

What does the Catholic Church say?

In this episode that we did while driving back from Kristofer’s spiritual director, we tackle a question brought up by a friend and actually addressed by the Church.

We go Summa on you, Vatican II on you, and all that in 20 minutes, when we could have answered it in less than a second.

Which we do about six minutes in.

Discerning God’s Will – Part 2 – Episode 75

Discerning God’s Will – Part 2 – Episode 75

So how do we know we are or have discerned God’s Will?

In this episode, Kristofer gives one of many concrete examples while he and Beth challenge us to see the miraculous as merely God’s Will that we should expect.

Beth gives great counsel on seeking God’s Will while Kristofer accidentally trips over some doctrine, thinking he came up with something The Church might have missed.

We CAN know God’s Will.

Here’s how…

Discerning God’s Will – Part 1 – Episode 74

Discerning God’s Will – Part 1 – Episode 74

The Lord’s will and how we know it is His will for us and how we can discern his will and what that means, are, as Beth puts it, the topic of this episode.

That’s a lot, and though we go deep we barely scratch the surface.

Or pound nails, as Kristofer’s inadvertent carpentry analogy gets a lot of air-time and seems to work the further we get into it.

Discerning what God wants us to do is simple.

But difficult.

This is a topic worthy of more than one episode, so this is part one.

The Laity – Episode 73

The Laity – Episode 73

What is my role as a lay person in the Church?

As laity we need to recognize how crucial we are to the Church.

This important discussion about the family of The Church – you and we who, without us, there is no Church – edifies all of us little people, and explores what we can and should do as members of the largest family in the history of the universe.

A little Mr. Rogers and some Bobby McFerrin to accompany us on this beautiful day in our neighborhood, Kristofer gets a bit philosophical at the risk of causing you to stop listening, and Beth makes some theological points in layman’s terms.

Thanks for joining us, neighbor!

The Incarnation – Episode 72

The Incarnation – Episode 72

What is The Incarnation?

More to the point, how do we approach it in our daily lives, particularly as we prepare The Way of The Lord during Advent?

In this fast-paced walk and talk, we cover this deep subject with good humor and solid exploration, without going into the theology too much.

It’s a fun and lighthearted twenty minutes while we honor and revere the dangerous significance of this normalizing event of Jesus taking on skin and bones.

Family – Episode 71

Family – Episode 71

What do we do about Family interactions during the holidays?

In perhaps our most fun episode to date in terms of just rolling with it, Beth tries to make a point while Kristofer goes off into la la land.

Music, movie, cartoon, disco, philosophy, sitcoms and saint references seem to come easily when one person comes from a solid family of origin and another comes from the family that put fun into dysfunctional.

But, seriously, this is good stuff with some actual pointers. And even Larry gets into it…

LOTS of show notes with timestamps here, too.

Celebrating Advent – Episode 70

Celebrating Advent – Episode 70

How is Advent celebrated?

Celebrating Advent is sometimes overlooked in anticipation of Christmas, but for a Catholic, Advent is that anticipation as we begin a new Liturgical Year.

In this episode we discuss the many ways our family does – and yours can – celebrate Advent, and not just with an Advent Calendar.

There are tons of ways to make it a celebration every day for all four weeks! This is how we do it…and we provide the resources for you to do it, too!

It’s All In The Little Things – Episode 69

It’s All In The Little Things – Episode 69

What makes our Catholic Faith work in our daily lives? With concrete examples and references from Monty Python to Frank Zappa, Kristofer and Beth explain how to eat an elephant – and pave the road to perfection with little cobblestones in our every waking moment. One of us is really good at this. The other is not – but there is still Hope for him!

Life – Episode 68

Life – Episode 68

What is Life? With some help from The Beatles, Deep Thought, Mikey, Topol and Fiddler on the Roof, we explore the Catholic perspective on Life, the Universe, and Everything. Well, at least as much as we can in 20 minutes!

Why Does the Catholic Church Have Saints – Episode 67

Why Does the Catholic Church Have Saints – Episode 67

Why do Catholics have saints? What are the Saints for, why do we have All Saints Day? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy answer all those questions with their usual brevity and wit.

Why Does The Catholic Church Not Believe In Cremation – Episode 66

Why Does The Catholic Church Not Believe In Cremation – Episode 66

Why Does The Catholic Church Not Believe In Cremation? Beth and Kristofer do not accept the premise.

Does the Church discourage cremation? Sure.

But it also accepts the occasional necessity of cremation, and when chosen prudently it is not a sin.

But when done for the wrong reasons, it is a grave sin. No pun intended!

Listen to understand the nuances of the Church’s teaching on this sensitive and often gut-wrenching topic.

Why Do Catholics Believe In Transubstantiation – Episode 65

Why Do Catholics Believe In Transubstantiation – Episode 65

Why do Catholics believe in transubstantiation? “Mostly because it’s real,” is what Kristofer says. Beth has a more theological and very understandable answer, especially if you have gray hairs!

Why Do Catholics Have the Pope – Episode 64

Why Do Catholics Have the Pope – Episode 64

Why do Catholics have a pope? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy talk about this interesting topic with all their usual wit and humor!

Why Do Catholics Baptize Infants – Episode 63

Why Do Catholics Baptize Infants – Episode 63

What is the big fuss over infant baptism? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy explore the need for infant baptism.

Why Do Catholics Use Latin – Episode 62

Why Do Catholics Use Latin – Episode 62

Why do Catholics use Latin? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy discuss what the purpose of using Latin. From it being a dead language to its historical roots, Mama and Daddy answer this question with plenty of humor!

Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary? – Episode 61

Why Do Catholics Pray to Mary? – Episode 61

Why do Catholics pray to Mary? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy discuss this confusing topic that many Catholics and Protestants alike don’t fully understand.

Why Do Catholics Use Beeswax Candles? – Episode 60

Why Do Catholics Use Beeswax Candles? – Episode 60

Why do Catholics use Beeswax Candles? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy answer this question and give a stunning bit of symbolism that is easily overlooked with good humor.

Why Do Catholics Use Unleavened Bread? – Episode 59

Why Do Catholics Use Unleavened Bread? – Episode 59

Why do Catholics use unleavened bread? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy discuss this interesting topic that will help make this key part of the mass make sense.

Why Do Catholics Use Incense? – Episode 58

Why Do Catholics Use Incense? – Episode 58

Why do Catholics use incense? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy answer this question going back to the roots of Christianity and the theological background for the use of incense.

Morning Prayer – Episode 57

Morning Prayer – Episode 57

In this episode of On the Road Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy talk about their Morning Prayer routines. What they do, how they help, and when they do them. Learn how saying “Good Morning Lord” will help you have a better day!

The Mass Part 2- Episode 56

The Mass Part 2- Episode 56

What is the Mass? How should I dress? How do I prepare? In this Episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy discuss the most important gathering Catholics make, the Holy Mass.

The Mass Part 1- Episode 55

The Mass Part 1- Episode 55

What is the Mass? How should I dress? How do I prepare? In this Episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy discuss the most important gathering Catholics make, the Holy Mass.

Eucharist – Episode 54

Eucharist – Episode 54

What is the Eucharist? Why is it “the source and summit of our faith?” Is it cannibalism to receive the Eucharist? Why do Catholics believe Jesus is in that small unleavened wafer? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, mama and Daddy explore all the mysteries of the Eucharist.

Keeping Your Teens Faithful – Episode 53

Keeping Your Teens Faithful – Episode 53

How do we get teens to go to mass? How do we keep them from becoming one of the staggering number of “Lost Sheep?” Why don’t they do what we tell them to do? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy answer these questions and more based on personal experience and their own trial and error. They will not let you down!

Death – Episode 52

Death – Episode 52

Death is a difficult topic. We avoid it out of discomfort. But Mama and Daddy talk about it with hope, grace, and tenderness. They talk about our final judgement, purgatory, heaven, our hope for the future, and a few helps for when we learn of the passing of a loved one.
Dedicated to: David Cooper (1973-2021)

Anniversary Episode – Episode 51

Anniversary Episode – Episode 51

Its been a year since the first episode of On the Road to Perfection! Mama and Daddy talk about the up and coming things for our ministry in this episode. Learn about more of our content and get a sneak peak at what the next year has in store from Holy Owned and Operated!

Faith- Episode 50

Faith- Episode 50

What is faith? Is it blind trust? Or belief in something we can only see the outline of? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy talk about and explain the gift of Faith

The Sign of the Cross – Episode 49

The Sign of the Cross – Episode 49

The Sign of the Cross is a short prayer, but there is some mystery surrounding it.

Should I sign from right to left? Should I sign at the chest, or the belly? If I use my left hand, am I going to Hell?

Is it just a “Catholic” prayer or can any Christian pray and do it?

Mama and Daddy answer these questions and more in this episode of On the Road to Perfection!

Bits ‘n’ Pieces – Episode 48

Bits ‘n’ Pieces – Episode 48

Mama and Daddy talk about vaccines, testing God, and other Bits ‘n’ Pieces. They offer wisdom, anecdotes, and little, well, Bits ‘n’ Pieces of other things! This is an off-the-cuff casual conversation about lots of things happening right now.

The Magisterium – Episode 47

The Magisterium – Episode 47

What is the Magisterium? What does they do? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy answer these questions alongside others like what if a bishop makes a mistake? Who is right and who is wrong on matters of faith? Mama and Daddy cover this topic with all their usual grace and humor!

Ordinary Time – Episode 46

Ordinary Time – Episode 46

What exactly is Ordinary Time? Is it “normal”? Boring? What is “Extraordinary”? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy explain what this season is, what we do during this season and why we do it.

The LORD’s Prayer – Episode 45

The LORD’s Prayer – Episode 45

Most Catholic’s know the LORD’s prayer by heart, but do we know in our heart what it means? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy explain the Our Father in a line-by-line theological explanation. This episode will help you more perfectly pray this perfect prayer!

Pentecost – Episode 44

Pentecost – Episode 44

What is Pentecost? Why do we celebrate it? In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy talk about this multi-faceted feast of the Church. It is the Church’s birthday, but it’s also the confirmation day of the Apostles. Mama and Daddy will give you a better understanding of Pentecost!

Being Catholic is Fun – Episode 43

Being Catholic is Fun – Episode 43

Being Catholic is Fun? What? But Catholics can’t have fun, right? Wrong! Being Catholic IS fun as Mama and Daddy talk about in this episode of On the Road to Perfection. They talk about funny fun things and parties that all Catholics get to enjoy, from helping out the neighbor to going to Mass, and, um…other stuff, Mama and Daddy won’t help put the fun back into Catholicism – they help you see that it is already there!

How to be a Disciple – Episode 42

How to be a Disciple – Episode 42

How are we supposed to be a disciple? A lot of us are confused on how to accomplish discipleship. In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy talk about how to follow Jesus, what resources we can use, and why being disciples of Christ can be so difficult. After listening to this podcast, discipleship will be a lot easier!

Original Sin – Episode 41

Original Sin – Episode 41

Why should we pay for the crimes of others? Is that fair? If it isn’t, what’s the deal with Original Sin? In this Episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy explore this oft evaded question and subject. Dad takes understanding Original Sin to a whole new level of basic, which should stand ground when explaining it to kids. It is a difficult subject, no doubt, but this podcast will leave you with a simple and easy explanation that will stand for curious children and surly teenagers – ahem!

Marriage Preparation – Episode 40

Marriage Preparation – Episode 40

People we know get divorced all the time, but why? Most likely, it comes down to whether they should have been married in the first place. How do you find out? You prepare for marriage purposefully. In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy discuss this crucial part in discerning a very difficult but rewarding vocation. Whether you have been married for five years, fifty years, just engaged, or are never getting married, this episode is both enriching and entertaining. Mama and Daddy have been on both ends of marriage preparation, and are glad to share their wisdom on this thing that leads to happier, healthier, and truer marriages!

We Are Easter People – Episode 39

We Are Easter People – Episode 39

Happy Easter! Is Easter really 50 days long? Why?

In this episode of On The Road To Perfection, Mama and Daddy talk about the Easter season, what we do during the Easter season, why Catholics celebrate it for so long, and how we celebrate it. Join Mama and Daddy in as they talk about this wonderful time of the year!

Humility – Episode 38

Humility – Episode 38

Join Mama and Daddy in this episode of On the Road to Perfection as they travel through Kentucky and talk about the virtue of humility. This virtue may be the hardest one to master. But Mama and Daddy, two humble people (even if Dad says so himself), offer great incite into how to accomplish humility; a virtue that we all struggle with daily.

Retreat- Episode 37

Retreat- Episode 37

Mama needs a retreat! So instead of taking one, she and Daddy talked about them! In this episode of On the Road to Perfection they tell us what a retreat is, why we take retreats, and what they enjoy doing on retreats. This podcast will give you every reason to take a couple days off of work and go on a refreshing and rejuvenating retreat!

Self Control – Episode 36

Self Control – Episode 36

In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy talk about self-control. The last, but not least, of the Fruits of the Spirit listed by Paul in his letter to the Galatians. Self-control is a difficult fruit to bear; but when we do, there is a great reward. Join Mama and Daddy and learn some tips and clues on how to increase Self-control!

Is Joe Biden Catholic? – Episode 35

Is Joe Biden Catholic? – Episode 35

The million dollar question: Is Joe Biden Catholic? Mama and Daddy do not take a political stand in this episode (which is a big step for Daddy!), but they instead clear up what an ex-catholic really is; what “judge not” really means; what an informed conscience really is; how we get an informed conscience; and how to bring disagreements with the Church to the Church.

Teenagers – Episode 34

Teenagers – Episode 34

In this talk about teenagers, Mama and Daddy tell us how to raise our teens in the faith. They give some pointers and reveal the secrets of how they’ve raised my brothers and me in our Catholic faith. I can tell you what they’ve done works, and the fact that my older brother is finishing his second year at a prominent – and orthodox – Catholic university is a testament to that! -Andrew

Chastity – Episode 33

Chastity – Episode 33

What is chastity? Can we have chastity in marriage? Can we be unchaste even if we are celibate? Mama and Daddy explain this virtue with grace and ease. They tell us how simple chastity is, they give us ways to stay chaste, and what a chaste life is; they give some examples of saintly chaste couples. NOTE: This topic is may be confusing for children, while Mom and Dad keep a gentle and “G-rated” approach, children may have more questions they need answered. Please be prepared to answer them truthfully to the point you believe they can understand. Storks can only last for so long!

Peace – Episode 32

Peace – Episode 32

In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mama and Daddy talk about Peace. What is Peace? When do we have Peace? Who grants us Peace? Mama and Daddy tell us all about this important Fruit of the Spirit, and how it leads us all to a, not only peaceful, but more faithful and joyful life!

Modesty – Episode 31

Modesty – Episode 31

What is modesty? Is modesty only in the clothes we wear? Why is it important to be modest? What if we can’t be Modest? Mama and Daddy brave the snow and tell us what modesty really is, how hard it may be, and how to avoid the flow of culture that leads to an immodest lifestyle. This may be an uncomfortable subject, but Mama and Daddy talk about it with such ease and grace that we’ll all be glad we joined the conversation. -Andrew

Love – Episode 30

Love – Episode 30

What is love? How do we love in everyday life? Is love, as Dad puts it, an “ooey-gooey” feeling? In this episode of On The Road To Perfection, Mom and Dad talk about love, how we are to love, and what is the greatest love; not to mention a lot more songs than average! – Andrew