Podcast

Enkindle 37 – 01.24.21 – Drop Everything Moment

Colin and Aimee MacIver show how the readings for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time are inviting us to “drop everything” to answer the call of Jesus to follow him. The only other thing that get us to drop everything on the spot besides something terrible would be something wonderful, and there is nothing more wonderful than Jesus.

SHOW LINKS:

  1. The Catechist’s Field Guide to Confirmation, by Colin MacIver – https://ascensionpress.com/products/the-catechists-field-guide-to-confirmation
  2. Theology of the Body for Teens, Middle School Edition, Colin & Aimee MacIver, contributors – https://ascensionpress.com/products/theology-of-the-body-for-teens-middle-school-edition-student-pack-includes-online-course-access
  3. Baptism: Belonging in the Family of God, Parent’s Guide, Colin & Aimee MacIver, authors – https://ascensionpress.com/products/belonging-parents-guide-1
  4. Quick Catholic Lessons with Fr. Mike Schmitz – https://ascensionpress.com/collections/quick-catholic-lessons-with-fr-mike-vol-2

Enkindle 36 – 01.17.2021 – Learning His Voice

In this reflection for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021, Father Erik Arnold shows that God wants to speak to us all the time, at every moment, and that we need to learn to hear to his voice, just as Samuel had to learn when the Lord was calling him. This reflection offers inspirational and practical ways to help your family learn to hear the voice of God.

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Enkindle 35 – 01.10.21 – Jesus Changes Everything

In this reflection for the Baptism of the Lord, 2021, Kristen Fisher reminds us that because of our baptism, we are changed. Everything Jesus touches, he changes. But it’s at baptism when we go from being God’s beautiful creation, to being God’s beautiful child. And just like Jesus changed the dark and dirty cave to a glowing sanctuary, so too can He change us forever.

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Enkindle Special: Mary, Mother of God

In this reflection for the readings for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Holly Novotny of the Marian Servants of the Redeemer shows us why we call Mary the Mother of God, and our own Mother, and what that means for us as children of God who have been adopted into this family of Love.

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Photo of the statue of Jesus and Mary featured in this episodes artwork was taken by Holly Novotny, of a statue given by Holly and her husband Adam Novotny to the late Dr. Ronald Novotny, Ph.D., S.T.L., founder of the Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spiritual Direction, purchased at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Universe.

Enkindle 34 – 01.03.21 – Lighting Up the Sky

In this reflection for the Epiphany of the Lord Kristen Fisher shows the incredible lengths that God goes to reveal himself to us and to show us that he loves us.

Enkindle 33 – 12.27.2020 – A Family Promise

Sr. Josephine of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth shows how living out the ordinary family life is a participation in the promise that God is Emmanuel, always with us, because God is present in every expression of family love.

Enkindle 32 – 12.25.2020 – News of Great Joy

In this reflection for the readings for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2020, Kristen Fisher reminds us that the waiting we’ve endured for Christmas was well worth it, and that Jesus is Emmanuel and that he is always with us!

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Since the readings for Christmas 2020 will depend on which Mass you attend, here is a page linking a few different options: https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/122520.cfm

The painting is by Rembrandt, painted in 1646. We love it for its simplicity, and for the way that the onlookers are truly adoring Him.

Merry Christmas from Numinous.FM and Ablaze Family Ministries!

Enkindle Advent Series – 4 – Stockings

Kristen Fisher shows how hanging stockings a sign of our hope in the Lord, a reminder that we are, and want to be, confident in his goodness and love for us.

Enkindle 31 – 12.20.2020 – A Palace for Jesus

Fr. Erik Arnold reminds us that the God of the universe wants to live and dwell within our hearts, within our very souls. We can use this time of Advent to prepare our hearts to receive Him.

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Readings for the fourth Sunday in Advent

“Christ could be born a thousand times in Bethlehem – but all in vain until He is born in me.” (https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Angelus_Silesius)

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)

Enkindle Advent Series – 3 – Lights

Continuing our special Advent series, Kristen Fisher shares how humans crave light and warmth, and that using Christmas lights in our Advent preparations reminds us that Jesus is the Light of the World, and that each light we put up can be a prayer to invite Jesus into our hearts to transform our hearts and light up the darkness in our lives.