#38 The Terror of Blue John Gap

Can Catholics Read Horror Novels?

The horror genre of fiction is extremely popular in today’s world. Some of the horror stories that are being pushed in library reading programs today are many times gory or outright satanic.

Question: is there a place for scary works of literature in a Catholic’s library?

Well many ghost stories are probably already there, like a Christmas Carol. In Charles Dickens’ time, every big fictional author had to write at least one ghost story in order to be popular.

Grimms Fairy tales are full of terrifying stories.

Every time people get around a campfire, they talk about creepy things that may or may not have happened to them.

Personally, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a grizzly story, so long as the moral of it is clear, it uplifts you and doesn’t bring to mind devilish things or despair.

Again the story has to be uplifting and ideally adventurous. This is how you can captivate a young reader’s imagination, especially young boy readers, who are totally misunderstood by modern people. Particularly liberal modern people.

I’m going to read a story for you today that I think is a fantastic addition to any young Gentleman’s library, written by the great Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: the perfect author replacement for Stephen King. This tale is more grounded in reality and when you finish it, you’ll feel like it was time well spent.

I give you, “The Terror of Blue John Gap.”

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#37 How to Take Suffering

Advice From the Great St. John Vianney

Episode 37: How to Take Suffering

This is a Sermon by St. John Vianney on how to suffer. It’s amazing advice for people in our modern world, because I know that the filth around today is much greater than back when St. John Vianney lived. Today, the good are so much more persecuted and it seems like everything is against us.

But this sermon teaches us how to suffer like champions and the best part of it all was that his sermons were always no longer than ten minutes.

So take heart and listen to his calming words.

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#36 How to Have Confidence in God

Father Thomas de Saint-Laurent

What happens when we don’t live up to our expectations? What happens when everything goes south in our lives and we’re left seemingly abandoned?

It’s at times like these that we have to maintain our confidence in God, which is for me, one of the hardest virtues to practice.

That’s why my favorite religious book of all time is The Book of Confidence by Father Thomas de Saint-Laurent and I think he had a special grace to write the way he did.

If you’d like to buy the book, then follow this link: https://www.amazon.com/Book-Confidence-Father-Thomas-Saint-Laurent/dp/1877905461

It so happens that I have permission to let y'all hear the first chapter of The Book of Confidence audiobook done by America Needs Fatima and narrated by the great Richard Fatherly. So if you’re going through bumpy times, just listen to this show and I know you’ll benefit from its calming words.

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#35 A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Ghost Story with a Moral Squint

I’m only gonna be reading what is for me, the best part of the book, which is when Marley visits Scrooge. If you want to see what happens in the end, you should read the rest for yourself. This story is a classic that every young man should read anyway, especially around Christmas time.

Charles Dickens was a writer genius. He makes a scene about a ghost, something that should be pretty scary, into a witty exchange. At the same time, his description of Scrooge’s vices are so vivid that it makes everyone examine their own consciences for the times in their life when they were a little humbug. Because we all can have a little bit Scrooge in us sometimes, right?

Before we start the tale, Charles Dickens would like to let everyone know that Marley was dead to begin with. Dead as a coffin nail.

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#34 Catholic Christmas Traditions

Where did we get Christmas Trees or Nativity Scenes

Did you ever wonder where the west got their Christmas traditions like having a Christmas Tree in the living room, putting up a nativity scene in the front lawn, or singing Silent Night?

Well, they’re all Catholic traditions and in this episode I explain how they came about.

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#33 Important Announcement- The Catholic Men's Podcast

Here are the other podcasts I do:

Echo of Fidelity Podcast: https://tfpsa.podbean.com/

The Return to Order Moment Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/rto_podcast

Believe it or not, this one is just my hobby: not professionally done at all.

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#32 Lincoln's Grave Robbers

Counterfeiters and Coffins

“Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.” - Quote from Saint Augustine

I would categorize today’s tale as “stories that every young man should know about history.

Lincoln's Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin is an excellent book about counterfeiters, the secret service, and a weird plot to steal a certain American President’s body.

It’s a really immersive story that I know you'll enjoy.

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#31 Warrior Spirit: St. Sebastian and St. Martin

Importance of Being a Militant Catholic

I believe that every Catholic is called to be militant, whether it’s fighting vice or fighting an enemy foe for your country.

I think you'll agree when you hear stories of the two patron saints of soldiers: St. Sebastian and St. Martin of Tours.

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#30 A Hungarian Freedom Fighter Short Story

God Never Forgets

This is something I wrote for the boarding school that I graduated from: St. Louis de Montfort Academy. I’m only doing my own story because someone requested it, otherwise I really wouldn't do it.

It's about the Hungarian Freedom Fighters who resisted the brutal Communist takeover and covers the attempts to rescue Cardinal Mindzenty from prison where he was being cruelly tortured to support the USSR.

I hope you enjoy it.

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#29 Do You Believe in Miracles?

The Importance of the Eucharist

A short time ago I was reading about some Eucharistic miracles that blew my mind and wanted to share them with you.

We'll learn how to sit calmly in the presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and tell him about all of our problems. We'll also learn, that if people don't respect his presence, there may be something rather unpleasant coming for us- lightning, rabid dogs, or maybe just simply going blind.

Here's the booklet I mention: https://www.americaneedsfatima.org/Books/meditation-booklet-be-still-and-know-that-i-am-god.html

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