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  • Who God Actually Is – Raised Catholic episode 119

    Who God Actually Is – Raised Catholic episode 119

    The following is a transcript of a Raised Catholic Podcast episode. To listen to the episode, click here. Hi friends. This week I’m beginning a short series of reflections on the very rich Gospel readings that come after Easter, particularly in this past week during what is known as the Octave of Easter or the…


  • What I Learned This Lent 2023 – An Owl’s Surprising Appearance – Raised Catholic episode 118

    What I Learned This Lent 2023 – An Owl’s Surprising Appearance – Raised Catholic episode 118

    The following is a transcript of a Raised Catholic podcast episode. To listen to the episode, click here. Today is episode 118: What I Learned This Lent – 2023 Hi friends, happy Easter! As you may know, I took a bit of a break from the podcast for Lent in order to draw close to…


  • Lenten Reflection Three – My Life as a Tree

    Lenten Reflection Three – My Life as a Tree

    For me, this Lent has been marked by trees. I’ve long looked to trees for wisdom about how the seasons shift and change, and the ways in which trees provide shelter and care for God’s creatures. There are numerous examples in the scriptures about trees, from the first chapters of Genesis through the Prophets and…


  • Surprise Lenten Episode: New Wine – Raised Catholic 114

    Surprise Lenten Episode: New Wine – Raised Catholic 114

    The following is a transcript of a Raised Catholic podcast episode. To listen to the episode, click here. Today is episode 114: New Wine Hi friends. I know I said there’d be no new podcasts during Lent but only short reflections here or there, but today’s topic has been brewing in me for several days…


  • Lenten Goals – Raised Catholic episode 112

    Lenten Goals – Raised Catholic episode 112

    The following is a transcript of a Raised Catholic episode. To listen to the episode, click here. Today is episode 112: Lenten Goals Hi friends. If you’re listening to this episode on the day it comes out, then tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, 2023. If you were born and raised Catholic, you just might be considering…


  • Jesus of the Gospels (Luke 7) – Raised Catholic episode 111

    Jesus of the Gospels (Luke 7) – Raised Catholic episode 111

    The following is a transcript of a Raised Catholic podcast episode. To listen to the episode, click here. Today is episode 111: Jesus of the Gospels (Luke 7) Hi friends. Last week, I gave the beginning of a reflection on Luke Chapter 7 with the first two stories from the chapter, and I promised that…


  • Tiny Bible Study (Luke 7) – Raised Catholic episode 110

    Tiny Bible Study (Luke 7) – Raised Catholic episode 110

    The following is a transcript of a Raised Catholic podcast episode. To listen to the episode, click here. Today is episode 110: Tiny Bible Study: Luke 7 Hi friends. This week brought me into a little study of one chapter of Luke’s Gospel, and in the next couple of episodes, I thought I’d model for…


  • Be Held – Raised Catholic episode 106

    Be Held – Raised Catholic episode 106

    The following is a transcript of a Raised Catholic podcast episode. To listen to the episode, click here. Today is episode 106: Be Held Hi friends. I’ve been under the weather this week, so I don’t have a full episode for you, but I would like to offer a few thoughts on what it means…


  • What in God’s Name? – Raised Catholic episode 100

    What in God’s Name? – Raised Catholic episode 100

    The following is a transcript of a Raised Catholic podcast episode. To listen to the episode, click here. Today is episode 100. What in God’s Name? Well friends, it’s episode 100 and I can’t believe it. If you’ve listened to the Raised Catholic podcast for a while, you’ll know that a podcast is something I…


  • Light and Dark – Raised Catholic episode 99

    Light and Dark – Raised Catholic episode 99

    The following is a transcript of a Raised Catholic podcast episode. To listen to the episode, click here. Today is episode 99: Light and Dark Hello friends. As I sit and write these words to you, the house is dark. I’m here next to a snoozing pup in a dark room which is illuminated only…