The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

228 episodes of The Fr. Mike Schmitz Catholic Podcast since the first episode, which aired on December 29th, 2016.

  • The Pressure of Public Conversion

    November 7th, 2019  |  7 mins 49 secs
    catholic, celebrities, celebrity conversion, christian converts, christian leaders, fr. mike, fr. mike on kanye, kanye west, new converts, pray for kanye, public conversion

    Fr. Mike comments on Kanye West’s conversion. He celebrates Kanye’s conversion, but hesitates to lift him up as a Christian leader. He recommends that we let Kanye’s roots in the faith grow without the responsibility of having people watch his every step to see if he will fall; because we all fall in the walk of faith. Support Kanye by praying for him because everyone who is striving to do the will of God needs our prayers.

  • God Is Going to Interrupt You

    October 31st, 2019  |  4 mins 44 secs
    20th century saints, ascension catholic, ascension media, ascension press, auschwitz, catholic, catholic faith formation, catholic podcast, doing god’s will, enthusiastic priest, faith formation leaders, father michael schmitz, father mike schmitz, fr. maximillian kolbe, fr. michael, fr. mike, fr. mike schmitz, fr. mike videos, god is going to interrupt you, inconveniences, interruptions, nazis persecuting catholics, the gestapo

    Fr. Mike uses the life of St. Maximillian Kolbe as an example of how God is going to interrupt us if we choose to do his will. We may love schedules, like Fr. Mike does, but life is unpredictable and tends to create a dangerous environment for our schedules. No less happened to St. Maximillian, who had plans for his life before being sent to Auschwitz. The inconveniences put in our path may not be that extreme, but be prepared to be interrupted if you want to be a saint. See interruptions as an occasion for holiness.

  • Does God Want Me to Be Spontaneous?

    October 24th, 2019  |  6 mins 8 secs
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    God may want you to be spontaneous, but he also wants you to be disciplined. How does that work? Well, unless you just want to have no control over you impulses like a dog chasing a squirrel, discipline is a necessary prerequisite to being spontaneous.

  • How We Use the Word Should

    October 17th, 2019  |  5 mins 49 secs
    2 corinthians 12:10, ascension media, ascension presents, avoiding sine, enthusiastic priest, fr. mike on god’s grace, fr. mike schmitz, fr. mike videos, god is strong, god’s grace, how we use the word “should”, inspiring homilies, should (proper usage), should have could have would have, should on yourself, shoulda coulda woulda, the word “should”, where i am weak

    We may be too hard on ourselves when considering how we use the word “should.” Of course, we should go to Mass and pray every day. We should avoid stealing and other sins. However, in the midst of the healthy “shoulds,” there could be unhealthy “shoulds,” like “I should enjoy going to Mass and praying,” or “it shouldn’t be this hard to avoid sin.”

  • Is Curiosity a Vice?

    October 10th, 2019  |  7 mins 50 secs
    aquinas, catholic, catholic church and science, catholic priest, curiosity, faith and science, fr. mike, fr. mike schmitz, knowledge, st. thomas aquinas, study, vice, virtue

    Knowledge is always good, but St. Thomas Aquinas said curiosity—or the fickle pursuit of unnecessary knowledge—can be a vice. What he meant, and what Fr. Mike means here, is that the methods by which we feed our curiosity, and our motivation for feeding it, can lead to vice if we just want to know something instead of pursuing what we need to know. Those things we say we have to know about because everyone else is talking about them—like that popular show we say we simply cannot miss, or that things someone did that’s none of our business but we just need to know about it—these things can lead us away from a wholehearted pursuit of truth. The counterpart virtue of unhealthy curiosity is studiousness, where the motivation and method of pursuing knowledge are correct. Curiosity is a good place to start, but it should always lead to studiousness, the virtue of great minds.

  • What You Can Control

    October 3rd, 2019  |  6 mins 51 secs
    agency, bitterness, catholic, forgiveness, fr. mike, fr. mike on resentment, fr. mike schimitz, freedom, heart, jesus, love, out of control, prayer, resentment, self-control, surrender, true freedom

    If you’re in any kind of situation in your life where you feel you are limited in what you can control, you may not be as chained to your circumstances as you think. Fr. Mike offers encouragement, saying you can still make interior decisions and have an effect on your circumstances to some extent. You still have agency.

  • How to Make Decisions Together

    September 26th, 2019  |  8 mins 20 secs
    catholic, catholic couple, catholic marriage, catholic relationships, charity, dating, decision making, fr. mike, generosity, love, marriage, preference, principle, relationships

    Fr. Mike says the key to making decisions together is distinguishing between preferences and principles. If the reason you’re favoring a choice is a matter of principle, it is your duty to lead the other person in that decision to the truth of that principle. If the choice you’re favoring is just a matter of preference though, charity suggests that you default to the preference of the beloved one involved in the decision instead.

  • Reading the "Signs" from God

    September 19th, 2019  |  6 mins 57 secs
    advice from c.s. lewis, advice from st. ignatius of loyola, catholic, discernment, fr. mike on discernment, fr. mike on vocations, law of undulation, life of a college student, life of a seminarian, reading god, reading signs from god, reading the signs, religious community, religious life, signs from god, starting college, starting seminary, vocations

    Fr. Mike offers the antidote of common sense for the anxiety that often comes after making a big decision. As a campus minister, he sees many students who feel like they made the wrong decision to come to college because things are not the way they imagined. To people in these situations, he advises them to stay the course. Paraphrasing St. Ignatius of Loyola and C.S. Lewis, he says to never change your course in times of desolation when that same course rang true for you in times of consolation. Give yourself a season, time to figure things out.

  • How to Handle Spiritual Setbacks

    September 12th, 2019  |  9 mins 6 secs
    ascension catholic fr. mike, confession, enthusiastic priest, fr. mike on ascension presents, fr. mike on spiritual setbacks, grace abounds, handling setbacks, how to handle spiritual setbacks, losing it all, resisting temptation, romans 5:20, spiritual setbacks, why confession

    After reading a book on will power, Fr. Mike discovered an important lesson when it comes to how we handle spiritual setbacks. He noticed how resisting sin is a lot like resisting a donut when on a diet. If we resist for some time but then end up giving in and eating the donut, that doesn’t mean all of our progress in the diet is lost.

  • Responding to 'Expressing Your Opinion' Video

    September 5th, 2019  |  8 mins 32 secs
    catholic, catholic church, catholic priest, catholicism, expressing opinions, fr. mike, importance of speech, opinions, response episode, speak your mind, speaking

    Fr. Mike responds to last week’s episode, “Expressing Your Opinions”, where he said when we speak our mind we need to consider why, what, who, and how. We need to discern why we think we should express our opinion. What’s our motive? We need to consider what it is we are commenting on, and whether we are in a position to do so. We need to keep in mind who we are talking to. Are we in an advisory role in their lives? And finally, how are we addressing the issue? Are we being coy or passive aggressive? Are we being harsh and inconsiderate?

  • Expressing Your Opinion?

    August 29th, 2019  |  9 mins 13 secs
    catholic, catholic conversations, catholic pilgrimage, catholic priest, charitable, correction, fr. mike, fr. mike schmitz, opinion, persuasion, principle or preference

    Fr. Mike says there are four things you should ask yourself before expressing your opinion: why, what, who, and how.

  • Why Catholics Use Scripture and Tradition

    August 22nd, 2019  |  12 mins 9 secs
    catholic, catholic church, fr. mike, fr. mike schmitz, priest, protestant, scripture and tradition, sola fide, sola scriptura, tradition

    Catholics use Scripture and Tradition because Scripture tells us to use both. Fr. Mike explains how the Catholic Church has made all of God’s gifts more accessible to humanity through the ages. Scripture, the Magisterium, and Tradition are not opposing authorities battling for power. They are three pillars that support and inform each other—making God all the more present to us.

  • Can We Joke about God?

    August 15th, 2019  |  9 mins 21 secs
    blasphemy, catholic, commandment, fr. mike, fr. mike schmitz, god's sense of humor, joking about god, laughing at god, piety, priest, relationship with god, reverence, sin, virtue

    If we can’t use the Lord’s name in vain, can we joke about God? Fr. Mike makes the case that there is room for humor about God in the context of love.

  • 5 Things the Church Can Learn from Crossfit

    August 8th, 2019  |  9 mins 13 secs
    catholic, catholic church, catholic priest, church community, community, crossfit, father mike, fr mike, fr mike schmitz, funny priest, going to church, jesus, leadership, mass, prayer, priest

    Fr. Mike points out five things the Church can learn from one of the latest fitness crazes, Crossfit.

  • Not Everything in the Bible is Morally Good

    August 1st, 2019  |  6 mins 44 secs
    bible, catholic, catholic church, doing the right thing, father mike, fr mike schmitz, fr. mike, morality, morally good, morals, priest, the bible, the bible is a true story

    Not every protagonist in the Bible makes the morally good choice. The Bible is not a collection of stories that tell us how to live. It’s not a bunch of fables; the stuff in the Bible really happened. If the characters who we are told to look up to always did the right thing, it wouldn’t have much to teach us about real life. In real life, we all make wrong decisions, and the stories in the Bible show us the consequences of those decisions.

  • Does God Make Us with Flaws?

    July 25th, 2019  |  9 mins 54 secs
    born this way, catholic, catholic church, catholic priest, fr mike, fr mike schmitz, fr. mike, original sin, sin

    Fr. Mike answers that God does not make us with flaws, but we are all born with the unfortunate effects of original sin. We were all made in the image and likeness of God, but if we feel like some sinful behavior has been a part of us for as long as we can remember, that part doesn’t come from God. It comes from our fallen nature. Whether or not we were “born that way”, God still wants to make us holy and wipe away even the most deep-seated blemishes.