For my next two posts, I will be giving some helpful resources for people to go to so that they can learn more about Catholicism. Because of the length of my reviews, I will be breaking them into two posts.
One of the things that I like most about being Catholic is that there are an infinite amount of resources anyone can go to to learn more about the history, teachings, and reasons for our faith. It is good to ask questions about anything. If you are Catholic and you want to know more about your faith or are lukewarm about it and want to know more about why you do what you do, I hope this will help you know your faith better. If you are not Catholic and you have a question or objection to the Catholic Church, or if you might be thinking about becoming Catholic, these posts are for you!
1. Catholic Answers
Catholic Answers is a lay apologetics and evangelization organization located near San Diego. Their radio program Catholic Answers Live can be heard on your local Catholic radio station as well as being broadcast on Facebook live or YouTube from 6-8pm Eastern Time. This is one of my favorite shows to listen to on the radio because it has taught me so much! There is also an apologetics hotline where you can call them to speak to one of their apologists about anything related Catholicism. Catholic Answers also has an outstanding online shop where you can find different books, booklets, pamphlets, CD’s and DVD’s to help you learn more about the Catholic Church. Whenever I have a question about my faith or I want to learn how to better explain or defend it, Catholic Answers is the first place I look to.
2. Word On Fire
Bishop Robert Barron founded Word on Fire to use modern media to encourage people to see the goodness, truth, and beauty of the Catholic Church. The most well-known of his ministry has been his engaging YouTube videos where he gives social commentary about modern culture and talks about topics related to Catholicism, such as the saints, the sacraments, Church history, and current events. He also does a weekly podcast called the Word on Fire Show. I believe that Bishop Barron’s gift for engaging our secular world and for speaking up for truth has helped a lot of people think more positively about the Catholic Church. I would argue that he will go down in history as one of, if not the greatest evangelist of the 21st century.
Founded in the early 80’s, the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) provides TV programs with Catholic themes. One of my favorite shows to watch is The Journey Home which has guests tell their conversion stories to the Catholic Church. A new show that functions as a Bible study onscreen called Scripture and Tradition has helped me better understand the Bible. EWTN Nightly News and The World Over are trustworthy sources of news from a Catholic perspective without the secular spin on current events.
Stay tuned for part two!