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Godsplaining

Welcome to Godsplaining: a podcast featuring contemplative preachers and their contemporary age. Considering topics philosophical, theological, cultural, and beyond, Godsplaining presents ideas from the Church’s tradition and brings them to bear on our lives’ most urgent questions. Each week, join the Dominican friars as they muse on all things Catholic.

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005 - Literature and Chesterton

In this episode Fr. Bonaventure Chapman and Fr. Gregory Pine discuss the nature of literature and the merits of G. K. Chesterton.

32mins

5 Sep 2019

Rank #1

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016 - On Marriage and Commitment

In this episode, Fr. Patrick Briscoe and Fr. Gregory Pine discuss the difficulties couples experience in preparing for marriage and how to commit in an uncommitted world.

31mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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022 - New Year’s Resolutions

In this episode, Fr. Gregory and Fr. Patrick discuss the time-honored tradition of making New Year's resolutions and discuss how to make resolutions that help us to respond to the grace of God at work in our lives.

32mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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033 - Back to Basics: Friendship

In this episode, Fr. Gregory and Fr. Patrick chat through another episode of Back to Basics, this time on friendship. It's easy to see how prayer and sacraments encourage us in holiness, but friendship? What does friendship have to do with Christ, with grace, and with heaven?

33mins

19 Mar 2020

Rank #4

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037 - Exodus 90

In this episode, Fr. Jacob Bertrand and Fr. Gregory discuss the method and merits of Exodus90 within a theology of fasting and feasting. What's for a time and what's forever? How do we open our hearts to the graces that God gives by a spirit of habitual asceticism?

34mins

16 Apr 2020

Rank #5

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023 - St. Thomas Aquinas and the Historical Jesus

In this episode Fr. Bonaventure and Fr. Gregory discuss the quest for the historical Jesus and how we can find resources for identify the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith in the writings of the Angelic Doctor.

33mins

9 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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020 - On David Foster Wallace

In this episode, Fr. Gregory and Fr. Bonaventure talk about one of their favorite contemporary authors--David Foster Wallace--and his commitment to truth as a new sincerity.

34mins

19 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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017 - Franciscans and Dominicans

In this episode, Fr. Gregory and Fr. Bonaventure compare and contrast the Franciscan and Dominican charisms. What is the common inspiration? Where do they depart in their pursuit of evangelical perfection?

34mins

28 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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031 - Back to Basics: Prayer

In this episode, Fr. Patrick and Fr. Jacob Bertrand continue our Lenten theme of back to basics with a discussion of the place of prayer in the spiritual life. What is prayer? Why is it so vital? And, why the emphasis on prayer during Lent?

33mins

5 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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034 - Back to Basics: The Mass

In this episode, Fr. Jacob Bertrand and Fr. Bonaventure take us through the next theme of our Back to Basics series. Why is the mass so efficacious? How can I be better disposed to receive the grace it makes available and applies to my life?

32mins

26 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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012 - Discernment

In this episode, Fr. Patrick Briscoe and Fr. Jacob Bertrand discuss what discernment means for Christians, how to think well about the matter, and how to take practical steps on our own journey.

34mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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027 - The Virtue of Chastity

In this episode, Fr. Gregory and Fr. Jacob Bertrand discuss the virtue of chastity and how each person can appropriate it in his or here state of life. How is chastity a denial of self? How is it a renunciation of self? How is it an affirmation of love?

31mins

5 Feb 2020

Rank #12

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025 - The Pro-Life Movement

In this episode, Fr. Gregory and Fr. Jacob Bertrand discuss what it means to be Pro-Life. Is it simply to be against abortion or is there more to the discussion? Together, we'll appeal to the tradition of the Church for situating this important issue.

30mins

23 Jan 2020

Rank #13

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011 - The Holy Rosary

In this episode Fr. Patrick Briscoe and Fr. Jacob Bertrand Janczyk discuss the rosary, its history, its connection with the Order of Preachers, and its place in Catholic life and devotion.

34mins

17 Oct 2019

Rank #14

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030 - Back to Basics: Confession

In this episode, Fr. Gregory and Fr. Joseph Anthony kick off our Lenten Backs to Basics series with an episode on Confession. What is confession, and how do we make the best use of it? What's a sin, and what's not? How can we mature in my practice of the sacrament this Lent?

34mins

27 Feb 2020

Rank #15

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010 - The Real Presence

In this episode, Fr. Gregory Pine and Fr. Bonaventure Chapman walk through why so few believe in the Real Presence, and how we ourselves can bolster our understanding and belief in the source and summit of our faith.

32mins

10 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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BONUS: Sunday Lectio - Easter Week 2 (Year A)

Join Fr. Patrick and Fr. Jacob Bertrand as we meditate on the Mass readings for Divine Mercy Sunday.

30mins

18 Apr 2020

Rank #17

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003 - Cosmic Shift: The Ancient to Modern View

In this episode, Fr. Patrick Briscoe and Fr. Bonaventure Chapman discuss the big difference between how ancients and moderns think about the world.

38mins

22 Aug 2019

Rank #18

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028 - What’s the News?

In this episode, Fr. Gregory and Fr. Patrick discuss a healthy approach to keeping up to date on current events. How can we hope to stay apprised without getting thrown for a loop by sadness or anger? More fundamentally, what is the good at stake?

30mins

13 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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018 - Coaching Virtue

In this episode, Fr. Gregory and Fr. Joseph Anthony discuss what makes for a good coach and how those gifts translate to mentorship, ministry, friendship, and beyond.

30mins

5 Dec 2019

Rank #20