The Catholic Men's Podcast

#72 Beautiful Christmas Meditation

"Bethlehem" by Father Faber

10 months ago

A meditation from the book Bethlehem by Father Frederick Faber.

Father Faber (1814-1863) was an English Priest. He had been baptized as an Anglican, and converted to Roman Catholicism in 1845. He is best known today as a composer of hymns, the most famous of which is Faith of our Fathers, often sung on All Saints’ Day. His book, Bethlehem, could perhaps be best described as a love song to the Holy Family. It is almost as though he was able to bring the book to the stable in Bethlehem, laying it next to the manger as the three wise men offered their gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Our passage begins shortly after Our Lord’s birth. Our Lord and Our Lady are now asleep. The songs of the angels have returned to Heaven; from whence they came. The shepherds have returned to their flocks. The Three Kings have not yet arrived. It is quiet. The only person awake is Saint Joseph, who has assumed the incredible responsibility and privilege of being the foster- father of the Son of God. Even though he is a simple man, a carpenter by trade, God has given to him deep insights as to the nature of the Child that he will raise, as we hear in Father Faber’s Bethlehem.

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#71 The First Christmas Tree

Two Great Christmas Stories

10 months ago

Two Christmas Stories:

  1. The First Christmas Tree.
  2. The Christmas of a Chouan.

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#70 The Real Hound of the Baskervilles

Black Shuck the Fiend Hound

11 months ago

Two Stories --

  1. The Legend of Black Shuck
  2. The Story of St. Dominick Expelling 15,000 Demons.

Worth the listen...

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Attributions: The Path of the Goblin King by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4503-the-path-of-the-goblin-king License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Teller of the Tales by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4467-teller-of-the-tales License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

#69 The Man Who Never Was

Operation Mincemeat

1 year ago

From the book, "Unsolved Mysteries of World War II: From the Nazi Ghost Train and ‘Tokyo Rose’ to the day Los Angeles was attacked by Phantom Fighters," by Michael FitzGerald.

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Attributions: To the Ends by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4532-to-the-ends License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

#68 The Treasure of Abbot Thomas by M.R. James

Manual for the Treasure Seekers

1 year ago

Mr. Montague Rhodes James was a medievalist scholar and provost of both King's College and Eton College. His stories have a strong foundation in historical research with an element of truth at their core, making their plots almost believable.

The main characters of his tales are often archaeologists or antiquaries. This was fitting, for in 1902, M.R. James himself discovered a manuscript fragment which led to excavations in the ruins of the abbey at Bury St Edmunds, in which the graves of several twelfth-century abbots were rediscovered, having been lost since the Dissolution of the Monasteries. He also catalogued many of the manuscript libraries of the University of Cambridge and translated the Book of Baruch from its original Ethiopic in 1879.

Being such an authority in the experiences of historical research puts him in a league all of his own when it comes to ghost stories and you feel as if you can just reach out and touch the characters of his gripping plots.

I give you one of his best, "The Treasure of Abbot Thomas."

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Attributions: The Chamber by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4486-the-chamber License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

The Other Side of the Door by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4500-the-other-side-of-the-door License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

#66 The Brazilian Cat

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1 year ago

#64 The Book of Confidence (Full Audiobook)

1 year ago

After many requests, I finally managed to find the final audio book chapters of "The Book of Confidence," narrated by the great Richard Fatherly. So here's the whole book in one big audio file. Happy listening!

Timestamps: Chapter 1 (0:44) Chapter 2 (10:57) Chapter 3 (27:36) Chapter 4 (45:43) Chapter 5 (01:02:10) Chapter 6 (01:17:21)

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#63 The Manual for Treasure Seekers: H.G. Wells

The Treasure in the Forest

1 year ago

"Treasures of wickedness shall profit nothing: but justice shall deliver from death." - Proverbs 10:6

In this episode we tell the story of "The Treasure in the Forest," by H.G. Wells.

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#62 The Banishing of Loch Ness and Other Saintly Stories

1 year ago

This podcast covers three saint's stories:

1 St. Columba and the Loch Ness Monster;

2 St. Romanus of Rouen and La Gargouille;

3 St. Francis and the Ravenous Wolf.

Enjoy...

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#61 My Own True Ghost Story

by Rudyard Kipling

1 year ago

Rudyard Kipling, the great author of Indian tales, brings us a personal chilling adventure of his own.

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#60 Tom Sawyer Abroad: Part 2

The Mad Professor

1 year ago

Of how Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and Jim are trapped in the air with a mad professor in a wild thunder storm.

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#59 Tom Sawyer Abroad: Part 1

The Tom Sawyer Story You Never Heard

1 year ago

Listen to this little known Mark Twain story where Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and Jim are stuck in an airship with a mad scientist.

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#58 The Mysterious Mummy of the Portland Square Museum

The Story of a Security Specialist

1 year ago

Here's a taste: "The constable in the Etruscan room glanced into the various sarcophagi and cast the rays of his bull's-eye lantern into the shadows of the great stone tombs. Satisfied that no one lurked there, he mounted the steps leading up to the Roman gallery, turning out the lights in the room below from the switch at the top. The light was still burning on the ground floor, and the sergeant had not yet arrived with the keys. It was whilst the man stood awaiting his coming that a singular thing occurred..."

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#57 Frritt-Flacc

by Jules Verne

1 year ago

This is a strange but spellbinding little story by the great Jules Verne that I think gives much food for thought. It takes quite literally the saying from scripture, "Love thy neighbor as thyself."

Just for the record, Frritt-Flacc is onomatopoeia, it's supposed to be the sound that hurricane winds make.

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#56 The Strange Case of the Dash (Play)

A Ghost Ship Mystery

1 year ago

The Strange Case of the Dash, a two act radio play. This performance is part of the "Come In" Adventure Series. In each episode of this series, the protagonist of the play will address you directly: please do not be alarmed.

The various demands, contracts, requests or threats of any of the characters in the play are fictional and do not necessarily require any immediate action.

All that we ask is that you enter our lair, come in and listen if you dare.

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Ghost Processional by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100219 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

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New Segment on the Catholic Men's Podcast

The Salty Dog Storytime

1 year ago

This is a public service announcement for the Salty Dog Podcast!

I’ve talked with a lot of the listeners of the Catholic Men’s Podcast and they are having a hard time finding the Salty Dog Storytime as well as keeping up with the different episodes.

Everyone thinks that it would be a lot easier for all parties concerned if we ran the Salty Dog Storytime as a special segment on the Catholic Men’s Podcast.

So from here on out, all of the past Salty Dog episodes will be featured on the feed of the Catholic Men’s Podcast and it’ll be understood that it’s just for a younger audience.

I’ll keep the Salty Dog Podcast website up for a few days and then it will be taken down. So I’d advise all the listeners of the Salty Dog to make sure they’re subscribed to the Catholic Men’s Podcast

So thank you all so much for your support and we’ll see you on the Catholic Men’s Podcast!

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#55 Gnarly Tales from the Canadian Mounted Police

Living Legends

1 year ago

The stories in this podcast are taken from a book called, "The Living Legend," by Alan Phillips. They are so much more interesting than I ever would've imagined and I give a special thanks to Mr. Joseph Gensens for suggesting this book.

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Attributions: Malicious Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Source: https://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/collections.html?collection=44&Search=Search Artist: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod

Sonatina by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Source: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod/Classical_Sampler/Sonatina Artist: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Kevin_MacLeod

#54 The Christmas Truce of 1914

Chivalry in Modern War

1 year ago

"Dear Mother, I am writing from the trenches. It is 11 o'clock in the morning. Beside me is a coke fire, opposite me a 'dug-out' (wet) with straw in it. The ground is sloppy in the actual trench, but frozen elsewhere. In my mouth is a pipe presented by the Princess Mary. In the pipe is tobacco. Of course, you say. But wait. In the pipe is German tobacco. Haha, you say, from a prisoner or found in a captured trench. Oh dear, no! From a German soldier. Yes a live German soldier from his own trench. Yesterday the British & Germans met & shook hands in the Ground between the trenches, & exchanged souvenirs, & shook hands. Yes, all day Christmas day, & as I write. Marvellous, isn't it?"-Private Henry Williamson, Age 19, London Rifle Brigade

Interview of Marmaduke Leslie Walkinton, British private served with 1/16th Bn (Queen's Westminster Rifles) © IWM

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#53 Of How a Dragon Appeared in Geatsland

Beowulf: The Final Part

1 year ago

WHICH TELLS of how a DRAGON appeared in Geatsland, and how Beowulf and Wiglaf destroyed it, and how sleep came to Beowulf.

IF you haven't listened to Part I already, I suggest you listen to it here: https://catholic-mens-podcast.pinecast.co/episode/c753d97e1de74bef/13-beowulf

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#52 The Bridge Blaster

Col. Ripley and the Bridge at Dong Ha

2 years ago

"Jesus, Mary, Get me there!"

This was the prayer shouted by Col. John Ripley as he laid his demolition charges under the bridge at Dong Ha. He handwalked under the bridge miraculously avoiding commie red tracer rounds that the North Vietnamese shot at him from accross the river. The bridge was the only way the had to continue their Easter Offensive and they weren't playing around.

How could this bloody mess of a Marine possibly manage to keep going and avoid there fire? You and I know the answer, but the commies learned the hard way that day.

Listen to the full story of Marine Corps legend, Col. John W. Ripley.

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  1. Hero Down by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100880 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

  2. Impending Boom by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100198 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

  3. Crusade - Video Classica by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100884 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

  4. Cambodian Odyssey by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100585 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

  5. Firesong by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100598 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

  6. An Upsetting Theme - The Descent by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100333 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

#51 The Monkey Devil and Other Stories of Mary's Intercession

Three Stories of Our Blessed Mother

2 years ago

STORIES OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER: Three Tales of Salvation Through Her Intercession.

A play written for St. Louis de Montfort Academy in Herndon, PA.

All of these stories are true. They are:

  1. The Two Students,
  2. The Miracle of Theophilus,
  3. The Monkey Devil.

Enjoy these stories and learn from them. We've only got one life to live: why not live it in the protection of Mary Most Holy.

Special thanks to Augustine Long, one of the greats where acting is concerned.

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#50 The Killer Baboons of Vlackfontein

Mowing Down Monkeys

2 years ago

Have you ever thought of monkeys as being evil? Good, I'm glad I'm not the only one.

Now, have you ever thought of them as killers? The pesky baboons in this article written by the great American hunter, Peter Hathaway Capstick, are murderous in the worst way.

Listen and learn how Capstick devises a plan to get rid of them before they kill him.

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#49 Two Stories: Come Infant Jesus and The Little Barrel

Of Communist Atheists and Arrogant Sinners

2 years ago

Here are two Christian tales for young and old from the Tradition, Family, Property Educational Series. We'll learn how a Catholic student convinced a Commie atheist teacher that God exists and also how low a man can sink in his arrogance.

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Bringing Back the Catholic Gentleman