Catholic Podcast Summer Playlist
Do you need a good podcast playlist for a road trip, a day at the beach, or a hike at your favorite national park?
We've curated a list of some of our favorite Ave Explores podcast episodes just for you. Whether you have heard them before or are new to the series, we hope you enjoy these ten must-listen conversations about a variety of topics important to the faith of everyday Catholics.
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Episode 10: Made for More with Leah Darrow
Catholic author, speaker, and founder of LuxU Leah Darrow discusses understanding your value and worth in the eyes of the Lord when you confront your struggles and the ways you’ve ignored or rejected your faith.
Mary and the Pears with Jeannie Gaffigan
June 16, 2021 | 36 min.
A pear-sized brain tumor helped director, producer, and comedy writer Jeannie Gaffigan draw closer to the Blessed Mother. In this first Ave Explores podcast, Gaffigan, wife of comedian Jim Gaffigan, talks about praying the Rosary alone and with her family and how her illness helped her grow in her faith. Gaffigan’s book, When Life Gives You Pears, was released in 2019.
The Power of Healing with Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, and Fr. John Burns
June 23, 2021 | 56 min.
Fr. John Burns and Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, discuss healing as an ongoing process of renewal, growing in relationship with Christ, and understanding where our wounds are and how the Lord can heal them.
The Stuff of Our Faith with Mike Aquilina
June 30, 2021 | 36 min.
Mike Aquilina discusses how objects and places can help us more deeply understand the Catholic faith and appreciate its depth of tradition.
Broken Saints for Broken People with Meg Hunter-Kilmer
July 7, 2021 | 50 min.
Meg Hunter-Kilmer explains that the lives of the saints are not always filled with quiet moments of prayer. Instead—like us—they sometimes have messy lives and need to overcome immense challenges to love Jesus and serve the Church.
Ending Racism in America with Fr. Josh Johnson and Sr. Josephine Garret, CSFN
July 14, 2021 | 74 min.
Sr. Josephine Garret, CSFN, and Fr. Josh Johnson discuss how bias leads to prejudice and a disregard for the dignity of the human person. Their candid and personal insights about the sins of racism serve as a launchpad to understand our own biases and examine our conscience when it comes to how we treat one another.
Helping Teens Be Mentally Healthy with Roy Petitfils
July 21, 2021 | 53 min.
Roy Petitifils, psychotherapist and author of Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, explores the different ways to practically help teenagers and young adults navigate their mental health, by way of fostering community, engaging in active listening, and offering advice from a place of relationship and encouragement.
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At the Foot of the Cross with Leticia Ochoa Adams
July 28, 2021 | 35 min.
Leticia Ochoa Adams reflects on how her relationship with Mary grew after the death of her son, Anthony. She shares how learning about Mary's sorrowful heart was both a comfort and a challenge to become even more faithful in her day-to-day life.
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Science is a Mission Field with Chris Baglow
August 4, 2021 | 32 min.
Chris Baglow explains how faith and science are entirely compatible, simply because each seeks to answer a key question: how do things exist and why? With wisdom and humor, Baglow explores the ways the Church has always advocated for a holistic and healthy approach to understanding the world and the God who made it.
The Universal Church with Cardinal Napier
August 11, 2021 | 57 min.
Cardinal Wilfrid Napier discusses his experiences as a bishop in South Africa. Attending seminary in Ireland, traveling extensively, and living through apartheid has helped him better appreciate the diversity in the life of the Church and among the people of God.
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Made for More with Leah Darrow
August 18, 2021 | 57 min.
Catholic author, speaker and founder of LuxU Leah Darrow discusses understanding your value and worth in the eyes of the Lord when you confront your struggles and the ways you’ve ignored or rejected your faith.
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- Loved as I Am$12.95
- Lift Up Your Heart$14.95
- A History of the Church in 100 Objects$24.95
- Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression$15.95
- When a Loved One Dies by Suicide$11.95
- A White Catholic’s Guide to Racism and Privilege$17.95
- Pray for Us$18.95
- We Are Beloved$10.95
- St. Dymphna’s Playbook$17.95
Ave Spotlight: A Weekly Catholic Podcast
Want to hear more about life from a Catholic perspective? Listen to host Chenele Shaw talk with special guests about culture, current events, and all things Catholic. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of your faith and how to live it in the world today.
Ave Spotlight is also giving away an awesome gift basket that includes several books and some fun goodies like a pillow, prints, and more! Submit your entry by August 18, 2021, to enter to win. ENTER HERE.