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

Ascension

A day-by-day walk through the transformative beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church.

  • 21 minutes 15 seconds
    Day 140: Purgatory and Hell (2024)

    Why do purgatory and hell exist? The Catechism teaches us today about the existence and the meaning of purgatory and hell. We learn that purgatory is a transitional state of purification while hell is the state of permanent separation from God. Fr. Mike reminds us that nobody drifts into heaven because “we cannot be united to God unless we freely choose to love him.” Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1030-1037.

    This episode has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Institute on the Catechism, under the Subcommittee on the Catechism, USCCB.

    For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/ciy

    Please note: The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    19 May 2024, 7:15 am
  • 18 minutes 12 seconds
    Day 139: I Believe in Life Everlasting (2024)

    Together, with Fr. Mike, we explore what happens to us at and after the moment of our death. We examine the importance of understanding that the Christian, who unites his death with Christ Jesus, takes a step towards Christ in everlasting life. Fr. Mike emphasizes that we have an active choice in our journey to our Father in heaven. We should not simply desire Heaven, but actively choose it. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1020-1029.

    This episode has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Institute on the Catechism, under the Subcommittee on the Catechism, USCCB.

    For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/ciy

    Please note: The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    18 May 2024, 7:15 am
  • 14 minutes 48 seconds
    Day 138: Summary of the Resurrection of the Body (2024)

    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.

    This episode has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Institute on the Catechism, under the Subcommittee on the Catechism, USCCB.

    For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/ciy

    Please note: The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    17 May 2024, 7:15 am
  • 16 minutes 56 seconds
    Day 137: Dying in Christ Jesus (2024)

    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.

    This episode has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Institute on the Catechism, under the Subcommittee on the Catechism, USCCB.

    For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/ciy

    Please note: The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    16 May 2024, 7:15 am
  • 15 minutes 4 seconds
    Day 136: Questions of Resurrection (2024)

    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.

    This episode has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Institute on the Catechism, under the Subcommittee on the Catechism, USCCB.

    For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/ciy

    Please note: The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    15 May 2024, 7:15 am
  • 14 minutes 21 seconds
    Day 135: The Resurrection of the Body (2024)

    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.

    This episode has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Institute on the Catechism, under the Subcommittee on the Catechism, USCCB.

    For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/ciy

    Please note: The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    14 May 2024, 7:15 am
  • 17 minutes 14 seconds
    Day 134: The Forgiveness of Sins (2024)

    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.

    This episode has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Institute on the Catechism, under the Subcommittee on the Catechism, USCCB.

    For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/ciy

    Please note: The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    13 May 2024, 7:15 am
  • 12 minutes 45 seconds
    Day 133: Devotion to Mary (2024)

    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.

    This episode has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Institute on the Catechism, under the Subcommittee on the Catechism, USCCB.

    For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/ciy

    Please note: The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    12 May 2024, 7:15 am
  • 16 minutes 4 seconds
    Day 132: Mary Mother of the Church (2024)

    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.

    This episode has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Institute on the Catechism, under the Subcommittee on the Catechism, USCCB.

    For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/ciy

    Please note: The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    11 May 2024, 7:15 am
  • 16 minutes 16 seconds
    Day 131: The Communion of the Church (2024)

    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.

    This episode has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Institute on the Catechism, under the Subcommittee on the Catechism, USCCB.

    For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/ciy

    Please note: The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    10 May 2024, 7:15 am
  • 16 minutes 2 seconds
    Day 130: The Communion of Saints (2024)

    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.

    This episode has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Institute on the Catechism, under the Subcommittee on the Catechism, USCCB.

    For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/ciy

    Please note: The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    9 May 2024, 7:15 am
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