Favorite Podcasts: September 2020 Edition

I’m a HUGE fan of podcasts. I listen to at least 2-3 a day, sometimes more. When the pandemic stay-at-home kicked in, I fell behind on my podcast consumption for a while (I had mostly listened to them on plane flights and in the evenings in hotel rooms on work trips), but I quickly got into a better routine of carving out time for podcasts at home.

Here are my favorite faith-related podcasts at the moment, in case you want to check any of them out too. (In no particular order)…

The Catholic Man Show
St. Michael Radio, Tulsa
Still one of my favorites each week – Adam & David do a great job of building a community of Catholic men and helping them grow via their radio show turned podcast.Promoting the virtuous life. Adam and David have been best friends for 30 years and love being Catholic, husbands, and fathers. They enjoy whisky, beer, bacon, flamethrowers, St. Thomas Aquinas, virtue, true leisure, and authentic friendship. The show is typically broken down into 3 segments – A drink, a gear, and a topic. We are on the Lord’s team. The winning side. So raise your glass. #CheerstoJesus”

Dive Deep
Diocese of Springfield in Illinois
From our own Catholic diocese, Dive Deep does just that with various aspects of living our faith as intentional disciples.

Every Knee Shall Bow (Your Catholic Evangelization Podcast)
Ascension Presents
I just discovered this one in the last few weeks, but in my role helping lead faith formation in the parish, this one has quickly become invaluable for keeping me centered and sharing good reflections and ideas. “Lay Catholic evangelists Michael Gormley and Dave VanVickle bring you a podcast series that teaches you how to confidently share your Catholic faith with your family members, friends, co-workers, and the strangers you meet on airplanes. Every episode, Mike and Dave give you five steps you can take each week to become an instrument God uses to spread the Gospel, heal hearts, and renew his Church. Be inspired by stories of miraculous conversions and be reminded that God still powerfully intervenes to transform people’s lives.”

Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph
“A podcast featuring contemplative preachers and their contemporary age. Considering topics philosophical, theological, cultural, and beyond, Godsplaining presents ideas from the Church’s tradition and brings them to bear on our lives’ most urgent questions. Each week, join the Dominican friars as they muse on all things Catholic.”

The Liturgy Guys
The Liturgical Institute
“Christopher Carstens and Dr. Denis McNamara, faculty members at the Liturgical Institute, sit down with host Jesse Weiler every week to talk about Catholic Liturgy. At the end of each episode our Liturgy experts will take time to answer listener submitted questions.”

Pints With Aquinas
Matt Fradd
An “old standard” of Catholic podcasting. “If you could sit down with St. Thomas Aquinas over a pint of beer and ask him any one question, what would it be? Every episode of Pints With Aquinas revolves around a question, a question that St. Thomas addresses in his most famous work, The Summa Theologica. So get your geek on, pull up a bar stool, and grab a cold one. Here we go!”

Bioethics on the Air
National Catholic Bioethics Center
I was JUST introduced to this podcast by my moral theology professor, and am already really into it. “Host Jozef Zalot interviews prominent ethicists and medical professionals on the big issues facing health care today”

Catholic Economics
This podcast combines two of my favorite areas of study: our faith and economics! “Improving economic policy is a key component of building a just society. Though Catholic Social Teaching has a lot to say about economic policy, there are relatively few outlets discussing the rich and beautiful tradition of economic theory and policy provided to us by the Church. Join economist Dr. Levi Russell as he discusses economic concepts and current events through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching.”

The Exodus 90 Show
Exodus 90
“The Exodus 90 Show brings realities of masculinity to the light by sharing stories from around the world of people living Christ’s roadmap to freedom in their daily lives. Every show ends with real steps forward to pursue being better brothers, husbands, fathers, and friends.”

Square Notes: The Sacred Music Podcast
Square Notes
“You’ve got questions about sacred music? Here’s your chance to learn what the Church teaches and envisions for music in the sacred liturgy. Welcome to Square Notes: The Sacred Music Podcast with your hosts Peter Carter and Dr. Jennifer Donelson. We address topics of interest both to priests and liturgical musicians, as well as a general audience of Catholics interested in learning more about the Catholic Church’s teachings and treasury of sacred music. Our topics range from discussion of Church documents on sacred music, to the music of certain composers or eras, Gregorian chant, the role of music in Catholic education, and techniques for directing a better choir rehearsal.”

The Vital Masculinity Podcast
Vital Masculinity
“We provide modern men with direction by cutting through the noise and offering insightful commentary on classical masculinity with step-by-step guides designed to direct you on your path to noble manhood. Learn from your ancestors and forebears on what it means to be a man, including ways to forge a strong moral character, foster brotherhood and manly friendship, and pursue a strong and virtuous way of life.”

Bread Alive
(of course I should include my own, right?)
“Weekly Catholic reflection on the Sunday lectionary readings, or some other musing on life, based in my own journey, as a husband and father of four boys, and as a deacon candidate.”