Thinking Faith!

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This is a podcast brought to you by the Archdiocese of Regina where we attempt to navigate this winding road of faith in Jesus Christ so that we might know him more intimately, love him more profoundly and together serve him more deeply in our daily lives.

Have a question you'd like us to address on the show? Email Eric at egurashatarchregina [dot] sk [dot] ca.

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Last week we realized that, just as our bodies immune systems are locked into a daily physical battle to keep us well, so too are our Spiritual Lives caught up in a daily struggle to keep us well. This week we look at how fasting provides an essential balance to our propensity to 'overconsume' the things of this world. As today's segment comes to a close we'll even take some time to put together a concrete fasting plan that can carry us through Lent.

With Lent beginning February 14 - which in relation to this podcast's release is tomorrow, we thought we'd invite you to join in a little 'At home Retreat' series for Lent. Over the next few weeks, we'll share segments of this retreat where we take a closer look at the practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving through the lens of their ability to serve as spiritual 'antidotes' to particular, spiritual ills.

He came, we saw, we were completely overwhelmed by the unexpected graces! Of course, we're talking about the once-in-a-lifetime visit of the First Class Relic of one of our Church's greatest evangelists, St. Francis Xavier. Eric and Brett, along with guests Mary Polk and Anastasia Symchych take some time this week to sit down and discuss their experiences and the surprising graces experienced during and after their visit. St. FX returns, and we need some group therapy on this week's Thinking Faith!

ICYMI – Links to Recordings of the Relic Mass and Evening Presentations at Resurrection Parish;

St. Francis Xavier Relic Mass

St. Francis Xavier Relic Evening Event 

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Eric and Brett conclude their series on teaching the Eucharist to parents and children with a look at Remembrance and Anticipation. They'll discuss practical ways to engage families in these very human, almost daily activities of recalling, re-living, and looking forward to current and future life events and how the mass itself invites us to actively participate in these kinds of activities on a practical and a spiritual level. We know you've been eagerly awaiting this conclusion as much as we have this week on Thinking Faith!

 

They've talked about the theology and deep, spiritual insights surrounding meals and sacrifice in the Eucharist. Now Eric and Brett discuss how to actually teach these things to parents and kids in your sacrament's or religion class. They'll discuss the importance of family meals and how to draw those intimate connections between meals and sacrifices in our daily lives to the sacrament itself. Hope you're hungry this week on Thinking Faith!

 

Brett and Eric pick up their Sacraments series for parents and Catechists right where they left off looking now at how we might practically teach the key features of this central sacrament of our faith 'on the ground'. This week they discuss practical approaches to transformation and presence - teaching parents and kids about the Real Presence of Christ and the kind of transformations we are talking about in the Eucharist.

We're extremely excited by the visit of the relic of St. Francis Xavier (known as the 'Madman' Evangelist) coming to the city of Regina, Saskatchewan on January 19 and 20, 2018. As this New Year kicks off, we've asked our good friends Pierre and Laura O'Reilly, who are heading up the local relic event organizing team to stop by and talk a bit about St. Francis Xavier, the relic event itself, and how the weirdness, the intrigue of our Catholic Faith, and the model given by St. Francis can be a source of evangelization for our Church today! It's all Madmen, mummies, and evangelization on this week's Thinking Faith!

 

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CCO's St. Francis Xavier Relic Page

 

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Merry Christmas!

December 26, 2017

From Archbishop Donald Bolen, Eric, Brett and all of the Archdiocese of Regina staff and our families we'd like to wish all of our faithful listeners a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

TF66: I'm Spiritual But Not Religious Part 2

Last updated on December 19, 2017

Eric and Brett continue the Christmas table-talk around the topic of being "spiritual but not religious".  Part one looked at the spiritual part of that statement and asking what is really meant by the term 'spiritual'. This week they take it to the next level, looking at whether it is possible to live as a spiritual person without being in any way religious.  Who says you can't talk about religion over Christmas dinner? That's what we're doing this week on Thinking Faith!

 

So you're sitting around the table at your up-coming Christmas Family Feast and right after grace, in between "pass the turkey" and "where's the cranberries?" your cousin Rene comments on how spiritual you are closing with "I'm spiritual, but not religious".  How do you respond? Don't let fear and trepidation seal your lips. On this part 1 of 2 episodes of Thinking Faith, Eric and Brett will begin discussing what those words mean, and what they don't. We'll see just how much common ground you share with your beloved cousin (or uncle, or sibling), and the opportunity for some interesting conversation around the plum pudding!

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