The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

541 episodes of The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) since the first episode, which aired on October 7th, 2022.

  • Day 138: Summary of the Resurrection of the Body (2024)

    May 17th, 2024  |  14 mins 48 secs
    christian vision of death, death, dying, happy death, hour of death, resurrection, st. joseph

    Together, with Fr. Mike, we arrive at the “nugget day” or summary for the Catechism paragraphs on the Resurrection and the Christian vision of death. Fr. Mike emphasizes that in the face of death, we must not grieve as though we have no hope. He also points out the importance of preparing for the hour of our death. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1012-1019.

  • Day 137: Dying in Christ Jesus (2024)

    May 16th, 2024  |  16 mins 56 secs
    christian death, conquer death, death, dying, dying in christ

    Fr. Mike examines the mystery of death and dying in Christ. Together, we explore the reality that in order to live with Christ, we must first die with Christ. Fr. Mike emphasizes that Christ accepted death in an act of free and complete submission to God’s will, and how we can follow that example by completely accepting God’s will in our own lives. Today’s readings from the Catechism are paragraphs 1005-1011.

  • Day 136: Questions of Resurrection (2024)

    May 15th, 2024  |  15 mins 4 secs
    body, resurrection, resurrection of body, resurrection of dead, soul

    Together, with Fr. Mike, we unpack some of the questions surrounding the resurrection of the dead. The Catechism clarifies who, how, and when each person will rise from the dead, body and soul. We also examine how we are already somewhat in participation with Christ’s death and resurrection through our Baptism. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 997-1004.

  • Day 135: The Resurrection of the Body (2024)

    May 14th, 2024  |  14 mins 21 secs
    body, resurrection, resurrection of body, resurrection of the dead, soul

    Fr. Mike explores the essential element of Christian Faith that we “look forward to the resurrection of the dead.” We examine how this belief in the resurrection of the dead means that both our mortal soul and our mortal body will come to life again, that eventually every single human being will get their body back. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 988-996.

  • Day 134: The Forgiveness of Sins (2024)

    May 13th, 2024  |  17 mins 14 secs
    apostles creed, article 10, baptism, concupiscence, confession, forgiveness of sins, grace of baptism, i believe in the forgiveness of sins, in brief, inclination towards evil, nugget day, one baptism, power of the keys, power to forgive sins, reconciliation, repentance, sacrament of penance

    The Catechism provides an overview on how Jesus grants the Church the ability to forgive sins through both Baptism and the sacrament of Reconciliation. Fr. Mike doubles down on the revelation that there is no sin that Jesus can’t forgive—and no one is disqualified. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 976-987.

  • Day 133: Devotion to Mary (2024)

    May 12th, 2024  |  12 mins 45 secs
    annunciation, assumption, blessed virgin, bvm, call me blessed, devotion to mary, doulia, dulia, fiat, hyperdoulia, hyperdulia, icon of the church, in brief, latria, magnficat, mary, mother of god, mother of the church, new eve, virgin mary

    When we show devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, we fulfill her prophecy that “all generations will call me blessed.” The Catechism clearly shows us how such devotion does not compete with devotion to God, but in fact fosters adoration of God. Fr. Mike declares that the better we know Mary, the better we know Jesus, and the more we love Mary, the more we love Jesus. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 971-975.

  • Day 132: Mary Mother of the Church (2024)

    May 11th, 2024  |  16 mins 4 secs
    advocate, annunciation, assumption, benefactress, blessed mother, bvm, dormition, helper, immaculate virgin, intercession, mary, mediation of christ, mediatrix, mother of christ, mother of god, mother of men, mother of the church, one mediator, order of grace, sole mediator, theotokos, type, typus, virgin mary

    Earlier in the Catechism, we unpacked Mary as the Mother of Jesus. Now, we look at what it means for Mary to be the Mother of the Church. Fr. Mike makes it clear that, when he entrusts his disciples to Mary, his Mother, from the Cross, he’s entrusting us to her as well. Today’s readings are from Catechism paragraphs 963-970.

  • Day 131: The Communion of the Church (2024)

    May 10th, 2024  |  16 mins 16 secs
    2 maccabees, 3 states, church militant, church suffering, church triumphant, communion of the church, communion of the church of heaven and earth, communion with the dead, communion with the saints, in brief, in the one family of god, intercession of the saints, mystical body of christ, nugget day, people of god, pilgrims on earth, second maccabees, sleep in the peace of christ, spiritual goods, three states of the church

    The Catechism further unpacks the communion of saints and shows us how the Church lives in communion with those members who have passed on to eternal life with Christ in heaven. If you’re listening to this podcast and you’re not Catholic—or if you still have questions about the communion of saints—Fr. Mike has a word for you. This is your family, interceding on your behalf that you might receive the fullness of Faith here on earth. Today’s readings are from Catechism paragraphs 954-962.

  • Day 130: The Communion of Saints (2024)

    May 9th, 2024  |  16 mins 2 secs
    all suffer together, assembly of saints, communion in charity, communion in the faith, communion of charisms, communion of goods, communion of saints, communion of the sacraments, everything in common, god’s holy gifts, god’s holy people, holy catholic church, manifestation of the spirit, paragraph 5, rejoice together, riches of christ, sacraments, sancta, sancti, sanctorum communio, solidarity, special graces

    The Catechism begins Paragraph 5 and dives into the communion of saints. This communion is “in holy things (sancta)” and “among holy persons (sancti).” Fr. Mike emphasizes that “the least of our acts done in charity redounds to the profit of all.” At the same time, every sin hurts every single member of the Church. No one is an island—we belong to each other. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 946-953.

  • Day 129: Many Vocations (2024)

    May 8th, 2024  |  12 mins 46 secs
    hierarchy, in brief, institution, laity, pope, review, surrender, unity, vocation

    This "In Brief" section reviews all that we have learned in recent episodes. In the Church, “the faithful" refers to clerics and the laity with various callings in each. Fr. Mike explains how God calls every human being to unity with him. No matter our vocations, we must surrender our lives to the Lord and participate in the priestly, prophetic, and kingly offices of Christ. Today's readings are Catechism paragraphs 934-945.

  • Day 128: Unique Calls to Holiness (2024)

    May 7th, 2024  |  16 mins 44 secs
    calling, chastity, holiness, obedience, poverty, religious, secular, vocation, vows

    The Lord calls everyone to live a life of surrender, and we have been looking at the various ways God calls people to grow in holiness. Religious life includes the public profession of vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience; members of secular institutes dedicate themselves to living in the world and helping to sanctify it. We also learn that those in societies of apostolic life devote themselves to a particular apostolic purpose without religious vows. These calls to holiness are gifts to the Church and the world. Today's readings are Catechism paragraphs 925-933.

  • Day 127: Consecrated Life (2024)

    May 6th, 2024  |  21 mins 36 secs
    chastity, consecrated, hermits, obedience, poverty, vocation, widows

    There are many ways that God calls people to lives of holiness. Just as he calls lay people to holiness, he also calls individuals to consecrated life, including hermits, consecrated virgins, widows, and religious. In a very intentional, specific, and lifelong way, those in consecrated life commit themselves to the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Father Mike helps us see how all the different kinds of consecrated life are a great gift to the Church and the world. Despite the many ways the Lord calls his children to holiness, the goal of each human life remains the same – intimacy with Christ. Today's readings are Catechism paragraphs 914-924.

  • Day 126: Prophetic and Kingly Offices (2024)

    May 5th, 2024  |  19 mins 35 secs
    evangelize, king, leadership, office, prophet

    In addition to Christ's priestly office, lay people are called to participate in Christ's prophetic and kingly offices. They take part in Christ's prophetic office by evangelizing and proclaiming Christ by word and with the testimony of their lives. Fr. Mike explains that the laity participate in Christ's kingly office in their hearts. They do this when they rule themselves and conquer sin, acting as virtuous leaders in the Church and society. Fr. Mike also reminds us that lay people should strive to be guided by Christian conscience in all their actions in the Church and society. Today's readings are Catechism paragraphs 904-913.

  • Day 125: Vocation of the Laity (2024)

    May 4th, 2024  |  19 mins 36 secs
    bishop, laity, lay people, priests, salvation, universal, vocation

    The term "laity" refers to all the faithful, except those in Holy Orders and those who belong to a religious state approved by the Church. We learn about the special vocation lay people have to seek the Kingdom of God as they engage in temporal affairs. They live in the world and bring the Gospel to places priests and religious cannot access. Father Mike explains that in this way, the lay faithful not only participate in the Church but are the Church. The laity participate in Christ's priestly vocation by making every part of their lives an offering to God. Today's readings are Catechism paragraphs 897-903.

  • Day 124: Teaching, Sanctifying, and Governing (2024)

    May 3rd, 2024  |  22 mins 23 secs
    bishops, episcoal college, governing office, infallibility, pope, sanctifying office, teaching office

    There are three offices that belong to the episcopal college: the teaching office, the sanctifying office, and the governing office. Fr. Mike gives us an overview of the functions within these offices and clarifies the charism of infallibility in matters of faith and morals. As we learn about the authority of the episcopal college, Fr. Mike encourages us to approach the teachings of the Church with docility. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 888-896.

  • Day 123: The Pope (2024)

    May 2nd, 2024  |  17 mins 5 secs
    bishop rome, college of bishops, episcopal college, papacy, peter, pope, roman pontiff, st peter

    Who is the Pope? Today, we focus on the role of the Pope in the Catholic Church as the Vicar of Christ and pastor of the entire Church. The Catechism teaches us that the institution of the papacy dates back to that powerful moment in the Gospel when Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter, the “rock”, and handed him the keys of the Church. Fr. Mike unpacks this pivotal moment and helps us understand why the Pope is so foundational to the Faith. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 880-887.