I have about an hour commute to and from work each day. I used to grumble about the wasted time and traffic until about 8 years ago, I realized I could use this time more effectively. I decided I would pray the Rosary and listen to on-line audio classes like finance and accounting for non-financial managers.
As the Holy Spirit led me deeper into the spiritual life, I transitioned this is time to learn more about my faith. When I started this routine, there were few faithful Catholic podcasts available. The ones I found on iTunes had either low production quality or were discontinued. So I used the Laudate application (Andriod, iTunes) stream daily reflections from Regnum Christi and Pray-As-You-Go.
Fortunately, times have changed and with the work of the Holy Spirit there are many Catholic podcasts available. The list below are ones I listen to each week. They are all faithful to the Magisterium of the Church.
Catholic Stuff You Should Know – Catholic Stuff You Should Know is an educational podcast, led by young priests who have conversations about a particular topic.
This was the first podcast that I found. It started in 2010 and it’s modeled after the popular Stuff You Should Know podcast.
It’s a great way to engage your kids or young adults who are better able to relate to the young priests who host the show. If you have time, it’s worth it to listen to all of the prior shows.
Taylor Marshall – Taylor Marshall is a fellow convert to Catholicism. He’s a former protestant minister and holds a PhD. in Theology.
His podcast is focused on Catholic theology. I listen to his show because his goal is to educate but it is rooted practically in the application of our faith to our daily lives. I appreciate that he shares the ups and downs of being a husband and actively parenting father.
Divine Intimacy Radio – Like Taylor Marshall, the host of Divine Intimacy Radio is a former protestant who converted to Catholicism.
Show host Dan Burke’s mission is to revive the practice of spiritual direction within our Church.
I absolutely love this podcast because it is focused on spiritual direction – the path we can follow (led by the Saints and Doctors of the Church) to deepen our relationship with Jesus and grow closer to our Lord.
Dan Burke helps me to remember that we are all called to grow in holiness and his genuine demeanor helps me recognize that to become a saint first requires a willingness to submit to the will of God.
Art of Catholic – Matthew Leonard’s podcast is a recent addition to my playlist. I learned about him on Taylor Marshall’s podcast. Unlike the others, this podcast features guests who are interviewed by Mr. Leonard.
I enjoy it because it is well-produced, Mr. Leonard has a great “radio” voice who loves to laugh. More importantly, he has great skill in asking intriguing questions. Interestingly, he is also a former protestant convert to Catholicism.
Pray-As-You-Go – Finally, I want to share the wonderful 12 minute daily podcast that helps me each day ground myself in Sacred Scripture. It’s based on Ignatian Spirituality and is a beautiful blend of music and a reading and reflection of scripture from the Catholic Liturgy.
As the narrator walks through the reading (twice), the listener is asked questions designed to consider the scripture text in a deeper and meaningful way. I find great peace in listening to this daily reflection.
I hope you find these resources useful. If you have your own favorites, please share them below in the comments section.
In Christ †