The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

274 episodes of The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast since the first episode, which aired on May 14th, 2015.

  • The Real Answer to Why God Allows Suffering

    September 10th, 2020  |  8 mins 29 secs
    ascension presents, ascension press, batman, batman vs. superman, dc comics, father mike schmitz, fr. mike schmitz, good god and redemptive suffering, injustice, injustice (video game), injustice comic book series, redemptive suffering, st. john paul ii, suffering, superman, the problem of pain, the real reason for suffering, why does god allow evil, why does god allow suffering, xbox video games

    Playing a video game called Injustice helps Fr. Mike explain the real answer to why God allows suffering.

  • What It’s Really Like to Be a Catholic Speaker

    September 3rd, 2020  |  7 mins 44 secs
    ascension presents, ascension press, becoming a catholic speaker, catholic celebrities, catholic celebrity, catholic conferences, catholic relationships, catholic speaker, catholic speakers, disciples, fr. mike schmitz, how to become a catholic speaker, love your neighbor, make disciples, relationships, relationships in christ, steubenville conferences, what it’s really like to be a catholic speaker

    Many people ask Fr. Mike, “How do you become a Catholic speaker?” The quick answer is “Get baptized and start talking.” Of course this implies that you live out the promises of your baptism. When you do that, people will start asking you to give talks about the Faith.

  • How to Get Real Friends

    August 27th, 2020  |  7 mins 2 secs
    ascension presents, ascension press, availability and vulnerability, care-free timelessness, catholic community, catholic faith formation, catholic relationship advice, catholic relationships, father michael schmitz, father mike schmitz, fr. michael schmitz, fr. mike on ascension presents, fr. mike on friendship, fr. mike schmitz, how to get real friends, how to make friends, love and community, matthew kelly, real friends, real friendships, true friends, true friendship

    How many real friends do you have? Honestly, many people we call friends would probably better qualify as pals or buddies. The first step to getting real friends is to recognize how we are all made to be gifts of love. God is love and we were made in his image. We were also made for community, because God is a community of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • If You’re Not Feeling Loved

    August 20th, 2020  |  9 mins 58 secs
    ascension presents, ascension press, being loved, catholic faith formation, father mike, feeling unloved, fr. michael schmitz, fr. mike channel, fr. mike on not being loved, fr. mike schmitz, fr. schmitz, god’s love, heartbreak, if you’re not feeling loved, jacob, judah, leah, levi, line of judah, love languages, may god be praised, oved, rachel, relationship advice, reuben, self love, simeon, tribes of israel, unloveable, unloved, unrequited love, when love seems broken

    If you’re not feeling loved by someone you love, take courage in the story of Leah in Genesis.

  • Freedom from the Fear of Death

    August 13th, 2020  |  7 mins 54 secs
    afraid of covid-19, afraid of death, afraid of dying, afraid of the coronavirus, ascension presents, ascension press, back to mass, catholic coronavirus, christ conquered death, coronavirus, covid-19, fear of death, fear of dying, fearing coronavirus, fearing covid-19, fearing death, fr. mike, fr. mike on coronavirus, fr. mike schmitz, freedom from death, freedom from fear, freedom from fear of death, hebrews 2, lockdown, pandemic, quarantine, scared of death, scared of dying

    Wearing masks, not wearing masks, and all the mixed emotions that have come with the coronavirus reveal that—as a society—we lack freedom from the fear of death.

  • Believing in a God Who Allows Evil

    August 6th, 2020  |  9 mins 37 secs
    ascension presents, ascension press, believing in god, came not to bring peace, daily cross, disappointed in god, father mike schmitz, fr. mike, fr. mike channel, fr. mike schmitz, fr. mike videos, god is good all the time, jesus bring the sword, peace in christ, peacemakers, problem of evil, problem of pain, take up your cross, when god fails you, why did god let this happen, why does god allow suffering, why god allows evil

    It may sound foolish to believe in a God who allows evil, tragedy, suffering, and disasters. But God never promised to rid the world of these things. He promised us hope.

  • Why Are Some People So Annoying?

    July 30th, 2020  |  7 mins 38 secs
    annoyances, annoyed?, annoying, annoying people, annoying things, annoying things people do, ascension presents, ascension press, dealing with annoying people, fr. mike, fr. mike schmitz, frustrated?, frustrating, getting annoyed, grow in patience, inconveniences, offer it up, offering it up, offering up suffering catholic, pet peeves, positive action, small sacrifices, st. josemaria escriva, what annoys you?, when people annoy you

    We all have pet peeves. We all get annoyed by things that really don’t matter much, whether it’s someone chewing with their mouth open, or someone whispering the Rosary in an Adoration chapel—which are two things that used to be pet peeves for Fr. Mike. But he learned a better way to deal with annoyances.

  • How Certain Is Your Faith?

    July 23rd, 2020  |  6 mins 43 secs
    ascension (catholic), ascension media, ascension presents, ascension press, certainty, christian faith, college culture, do you believe in jesus?, do you believe?, do you really believe in jesus?, dr. montague brown, duluth, evidence for christ, faith formation videos, fr. michael schmitz, fr. mike, fr. mike schmidt, fr. mike schmitz, fr. mike youtube, how certain is your faith?, insulated culture, intellectual belief, is your faith certain?, lee strobel, life of jesus, philosophy, small town culture, small town life, st. anselm college, the case for christ, the case for faith, university of minnesota

    Is your faith certain enough to stand up against the doubts and different ideas out there?

  • Who You Are vs. Who You’re Called to Be

    July 16th, 2020  |  7 mins 50 secs
    ascension (catholic), ascension presents, ascension press, carol s. dweck, catholic inspiration, catholic motivation, fixed mindset, fr. mike, fr. mike inspiration, fr. mike motivation, fr. mike on mindset, fr. mike schmidt, fr. mike schmitz, grace and struggle, grow in virtue, growing in holiness, growth mindset, how to be better, how to grow, mindset, mindset book, what am i good at, who you are, who you could be, who you’re called to be

    Sometimes we believe we just are a certain type of person, and that hinders us from being everything we are called to be.

  • How to Share the Gospel (and How Not To)

    July 9th, 2020  |  6 mins 40 secs
    ascension presents, ascension press, catholic evangelization, evangelization, evangelization 101, evangelization for beginners, evangelizing college students, faith formation, father mike, father mike schmitz, fr. mike, fr. mike on evangelization, fr. mike schmitz, how to evangelize, how to share jesus, how to share the gospel, how to share your faith, how to spread the good news, introducing jesus, share the gospel, the 99, what is the gospel, when to correct someone

    If you want to know how to share the gospel, it’s important to have the love and courage to not just give answers and corrections, but to ask questions. It is in asking questions from the heart that you convey true interest in the person’s soul, instead of just trying to convince the person you’re right.

  • Striving vs. Abiding

    July 2nd, 2020  |  8 mins 53 secs
    abide in god, abiding together, am i mary or martha, ascension presents, ascension press, catholic motivation, enthusiastic priest, fr. mike schmitz, fr. mike schmitz videos, god’s will, martha and mary, mary vs. martha, strive, striving or abiding, striving vs. abiding, when to rest, when to work, work and leisure, work life balance, work too much, workaholism

    In the spiritual life, it’s difficult to know whether striving to do God’s will or just abiding in him is better. But why can’t we do both?

  • Finding Balance in Your Walk with Jesus

    June 25th, 2020  |  8 mins 39 secs
    am i overly scrupulous, ascension presents, ascension press, buddy jesus, christianity, christianity as a project, faith formation videos, finding balance, finding jesus, fr. mike schmitz, jesus i trust in you, lax catholics, lax christians, lax in my faith, laxity, rigid catholics, rigid christians, rigid in my faith, rigidity, scrupulosity, scrupulosity christian, trust in jesus, walk with jesus, walking with god, your walk with jesus

    Rigidity and laxity are difficult obstacles to avoid when trying to find balance in your faith life.

    When we treat Christianity as a project, that leads to rigidity. When we treat Christianity like a projection, that leads to laxity. If you’re just looking at what Christians are supposed to do and then following those instructions, you’re treating your faith like a project and that’s bound to make you rigid. At the other extreme, if you see Jesus as a softy or a buddy who’s going to look the other way when you do the wrong thing, that’s just your projection of who he is. This mentality is bound to make you lax.

  • Make Small Sacrifices for a Big Change

    June 18th, 2020  |  7 mins 43 secs
    almsgiving, ascension presents, ascension press, catholic advice, confession, deadly sins, deny yourself, denying yourself, die to self, dying to self, fasting, father mike, fr. mike, fr. mike channel, fr. mike on penance, fr. mike schmitz, greed, jesus’ teachings, luke 9:23, matthew 11:30, mortification, my yoke is easy my burden is light, no greater love, offer it up, offering it up, penance, self improvement motivation, sloth, small sacrifices, take up your cross

    Making small sacrifices is not just for Lent, because sacrifices and penance are necessary. As Christ said:
    “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).

  • Family: Your Shortcut to Holiness

    June 11th, 2020  |  9 mins 8 secs
    am i holy?, ascension presents, ascension press, catholc family life, catholic videos, coronavirus, covid-19, difficulty with family, faith formation videos, family holiness, family life, find your own calcutta, find your own kolkata, fr. mike schmitz, holiness, holiness at home, holy at home, living in community, lockdown, practicing virtue, pursuit of holiness, quarantine, shortcut to holiness, test of virtue, true test of virtue, virtue test, vulnerability, youtube catholic

    Fr. Mike explains how being at home with our family is one of God’s favorite ways to make us holy—if we are honest about the areas where we need to grow in our relationships with family members.

  • Special Episode: Reconciling the Body of Christ (with Fr. Josh Johnson)

    June 4th, 2020  |  1 hr 19 mins
    ascension media, ascension presents, ascension press, black lives matter, body of christ, catholic church, catholic videos, faith formation videos, fr. josh johnson, fr. mike schmitz, george floyd, good language, listening, race, racism, reconciliation, redemptive suffering, relationship, unity, youtube catholic

    In today’s special podcast, Fr. Mike Schmitz sits down with Fr. Josh Johnson to discuss racial division in the Church and how Catholics can strive to restore unity in the Body of Christ.

  • How to Practice the Presence of God

    May 28th, 2020  |  7 mins 13 secs
    abide in christ, abide in me, ascension presents, ascension press, be with jesus, bulldog catholic, catholic youtube, duluth catholic, faith formation videos, fr. mike, fr. mike schmitz, fr. mike schmitz videos, fr. mike videos, free catholic videos, go with god, go with me, inspiring priest, minnesota priest, practicing the presence of god, presence of god, remain in christ, remain in me, the vine and the branches, va a con dios

    Throughout the Gospels Jesus says, “Remain in me” or “abide in me,” which—in simplified terms—means whatever you do, invite Jesus along. Ask him to “come with.” This is a way to grow in your relationship with him, but it’s also a smart thing to do because, after all, Jesus said:

    “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).