Finally, the full archives of the Catholic Sprouts Podcast!
Below you will find each week of the Catholic Sprouts Podcast, from most recent to oldest. The weeks are listed by topic. Below the topic, you will find a link to the PLAYLIST on our YouTube channel. Youtube is the easiest place to access of the archives. You will also find a short summary of each week.
We will continue to add weeks of the podcast here as they are released.
We recommend using the search function on this page (COMMAND F, or CONTROL F) and search for key words you are walking to hear about. Here is a brief summary of some of the topics we have covered:
- The seven sacraments
- The gifts of the Holy Spirit
- The vices
- Cardinal Virtues
- Mary, Rosary and Rosary Warriors, Marian Apparitions
- LOTS AND LOTS OF SAINTS
- Divine Mercy
- Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ
- AND SO MUCH MORE!!!
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Who is Jesus Christ?
We use scripture to investigate who Jesus Christ is. We know Jesus is God because He heals. He works on the sabbath, He has power to forgive sins, He has power over nature, and He acts as Gatherer.
The Domestic Church
Through the examples of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. John Neuman, and St. Andre Bessett we learn how each family is called to live out the liturgy of the home. The key to becoming a domestic church is to talk to each other about the Faith.
This week we learn that family is the most important building block of society and since that is true, we need to take seriously our call to discern and say yes to the mission God has given our family. We use several examples from the Old Testament and one from the Holy Family itself to see how different yet important each family’s mission is.
Advent and Waiting
We learn all about the secrets to waiting well. We need to have faith in God, to hope for heaven, to surrender, and to strive to be joyful in the waiting.
Bill, the “Catholic Sprouts Guy,” takes over the podcast to talk all about St. Joseph, Jesus’ foster father. We’ll learn how Joseph was Jesus’ main instructor both in the trade and in the Jewish faith and the beauty and importance of a hidden life. St. Joseph, pray for us!
This week, we share the stories of Great Black Catholics who loved Jesus and loved the Church. We learn about Ven. Augustus Tolton, Ven. Henriette, Bl. Benedict Daswa, St. Josephine Bakhita, and St. Moses the Black.
Thank you Jesus
We discuss how grateful we should be for our relationship with Jesus. Out of all our possessions, His love is the one that can never be taken away or destroyed. To explore this attitude of gratitude, we look at the lives of Blessed Miguel Pro, St. Andrew Dung-lac, St. Catherine of Alexandria, and the apparition of Our Lady of Lavang.
Jesus is the Truth
We learn that Jesus is the Truth and if we live our lives as His disciples, we will be standing on a sure foundation and will also have His light to guide us in our daily life and show us our true selves. Using the lives of St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Elizabeth Hungary, St. Agnes of Assisi, and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, we take a closer look at living in the Truth of Jesus Christ.
Call to Discipleship
This week, we talk about universal call to Discipleship through scripture but also the lives of Pope St. Leo the Great, St. Martin of Tours, and St. Peter. Living out our call looks different for each of us but all discipleship is rooted in relationship with Jesus Christ.
“The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel!” What does this mean? This week we learn how Christ brings healing, shows his dominion over the devil, and teaches with Spirit and Light!
Jesus’ Public Ministry Begins
This week, we dive into Jesus’ public ministry which began at his baptism in theJordan river. We talk about how Jesus’ ministry fulfills and repairs many of the mistakes of those in the Old Testament.
John the Baptist
We learn all about Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist. We learn about the miracle of his birth, the Canticle of Zechariah, his father, a little bit about the Sadducees and the Pharisees, and then all about St. John the Baptist’s message during his preaching in the desert.
Little Town of Nazareth
We take a closer look at Nazareth, where Jesus grew up. We learn about the history of Jesus’ small town, the communal way in which they lived, what day to day family life looked like, and their pilgrimages to Jerusalem as faithful Jews.
Incredible Saint Stories with Strong Catholic Dad
Michael O’Rourke of Strong Catholic Dad guest hosts this week sharing four stories of great Catholic Saints that are better than the Incredibles because they are REAL.
We learn about the world that Jesus lived in. We learn about the Roman control of the area, the history of the Jewish history, and why Jesus’ world was just like a tinder box.
Jesus is Real
We begin to explore how we know that Jesus is Real. We discuss the historical proof of His life here on earth and we also discuss the difference between knowing someTHING (facts) and knowing someONE.
Who do you say that I am?
We examine the question that Jesus puts to all his disciples and to us as well, “Who do you say that I am?” We talk about how Jesus is 100% God and 100% Man. We also talk about how we answer this question through our words and through our actions.
We talk about fear and being afraid. We learn how important it is to hope and be NOT afraid because we have a Savior who has conquered death. We learn this lesson through the lives of St. Louis King of France, the early Christians, St. Monica, and St. Augustine.
We learn all about the tenth commandment and how we should be aware of the intentions of our hearts and the plans we make for our life. To dig deeper in our understanding of this, we take a look at the lives of St. Joan of the Cross, St. Louis of Toulouse, St. John Eudes, and St. Bernard of Clairvaux, and Pope St. Pius X.
We talk about the 9th Commandment which instructs us to recognize that each person is a unique creation of God with a unique story. Our saint helpers for this lesson are St. Lawrence, St. Clare of Assisi, St. Jane de Chantel, St.Edith Stein, and St. Maximilian Kolbe.8th Commandment
We learn that there really is Truth, how lies hurt us and others, how to tell when to speak the truth and when to be silent, and about gossip and hypocrisy.
We talk about the 7th Commandment, thou shall not steal. We cover what stealing is, what excuses we might create to justify stealing, why we’re tempted to steal, and the rights all human beings are entitled to: life, relationships, privacy, and free speech.
We learn about the call to faithfulness in marriage because it is how God loves us, marriage as the foundation of society, chastity, and good friendship.
Body and Health with Sam from FIERCE
This week, we’ve been learning with Sam from FIERCE. We’ve learned all about the goodness of our bodies and how we need to care for them by getting enough sleep, eating good food, and exercising.
We learn that the 5th commandment is so much more than not committing murder. It also covers abortion, euthinasia, the dealth penalty, and racism. We need to live in a way that shows we believe in the sacredness of every human life.
The fourth commandment tells us to “Honor our Mother and Father.” Jesus was part of a family and even though He was God, He obeyed his parents, teaching us that we need to obey as well. Obedience helps us to grow in virtue and also helps us not to worry about so many things as our parents make decisions for us and simply ask us to obey.
We learn about the importance of keeping the Lord’s day holy through Holy Scripture and by the simple fact that God Himself rested and took time to enjoy His creation. We also cover why our sabbath is on Sunday instead of any other day of the week and ideas of what we should (and should not do) on Sunday to keep it Holy.
The second commandment states “You shall not take the Lord’s name in vain.” We discuss how our name is an important part of who we are and just as we want our name to be respected, we need to honor the name of God and only say it with love and respect. We also talk about the power words have and how it is important to think before we speak.
1st Commandment: 486-490
We learn all about the 1st Commandment: I am the Lord your God and you shall have no other gods besides me. We learn how our modern world is full of idols that can distract us or displace where God should be in our lives. We also learn how assuming we can do things without God’s assistance is making an idol of ourselves
John 6: 481-485
This week, we learn all about the 6th chapter of the Gospel of John or the Bread of Life Discourse. We learn how Jesus showed us that he really meant what he said at the Last Supper when he gave his apostles the Eucharist.
Our Lady of Kibeho: 476-480
This week, we take a look at the very recent apparitions of Mary in Kibeho, Rwanda to young school children. Mary made some requests and also issued a warning to the people of Rwanda.
Our Lady of Lourdes: 471-475
This week, we learn all about St. Bernadette and the miracles that happened in Lourdes, France because of Our Blessed Mother.
Our Lady of Fatima: 466-470
On Catholic Sprouts this week, we learn all about the young visionaries of Fatima, Portugal and what our Lady shared with them. We learn about our Lady’s request to pray the rosary every day for peace in the world.
Our Lady of Guadalupe: 461-465
This week, we learn all about Juan Diego, the Aztecs, Our Lady of Guadalupe’s request, and the amazing image Our Blessed Mother left behind for us here on Earth. We also take a peek at the affect this miracle had on the country of Mexico.
Health Care Saints : 456-460
We learn all about saints who are healthcare heros, namely St. Martin de Porres, St. Giuseppe Moscati, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. John of God. We also learn about St. Joseph the Worker’s feast day.
Why do Bad Things Happen?: 451-455
This week, we discuss why God allows evil things to happen, even though they are not part of his plan. God respects our free will and he also can turn all things to his glory.
Divine Mercy: 446-450
This week, we learned about Divine Mercy Sunday and several of the miracles associated with this devotion. God is so eager to pour out his love and mercy on us if we just trust.
Holy Week Questions: 441-445
This week we have Fr. K as a special guest host to answer questions from you about Holy Week! Why does God love us so much that he died for us, even when we do bad things? Why didn’t Jesus fight the soldiers and high priests? He could have won! Where was Jesus after Good Friday but before Easter?
This week we talk all about the vice of sloth or laziness and the opposing virtue of Zeal for the Mission. Faith must lead to action if it is alive; God does not ask us to be successful but to be faithful. Zeal for the mission is embracing the mission given to us by God.
We learn about Greed and its antidote of Loving Trust in God and detachment. There are things we need in this life but we need to be careful of loving them and wanting them too much.On the feast of the Annunciation, we look at how Mary lived her life with loving trust and detachment.
This week, we learn about the sin of Pride and the virtue of humility. Pride is believing that we don’t need God; that we can do it all by ourselves. One saint who teaches us all about humility is St. Joseph.
We learn that the antidote to envy is loving pity through the story of the Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde. We also take a closer look at the two thieves who were crucified with Jesus and their two very different ways of speaking to Jesus.
We learn how anger can be good when it is a reaction to evil in the world, but more often it is a sin coming from our own pride. Jesus’ words “Father, forgive them. They know not what they do” teach us that we should forgive others because we don’t always know someone’s motivations and because He is ever willing to forgive us.
We learn that the antidote to envy is loving pity through the story of the Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde. We also take a closer look at the two thieves who were crucified with Jesus and their two very different ways of speaking to Jesus.
This week, we learn why The Church has the season of Lent and what we see, hear, and feel during Lent. We also learn about the three Lenten pillars of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.
Holy Orders: 406-410
This week, Fr. K takes over the Catholic Sprouts Podcast to share his personal vocation story and the story of Tommy, the boy who is given the gift to see the invisible happenings at Holy Mass.
Anointing of the Sick: 401-405
We learn about the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. We learn how Jesus instituted the sacrament, why you might receive it, what actually happens when someone receives it, and powerful intercessors for those suffering various illnesses.
This week, we talk about the three requirements of those who want to be married, what happens during a wedding ceremony, and the invisible things within a marriage. We also talk about how marriage is indissoluble and how marriage begins families. We also hear the story of Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin.
We learn how confirmation is a personal pentecost, what happens during the actual sacrament, and review our baptismal promises we renew during the sacrament of Confirmation and the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit we receive when we are confirmed. We also learn about St. John Bosco.
We talk about the Eucharist or the Source and Summit of our Catholic Faith. We discuss the Bread of Life Discourse in John, Chapter 6. We also learn about St. Sebastian, St. Agnes, and St. Francis de Sales.
We cover what happens during the sacrament of Reconciliation, what sin is, why it is necessary to go to a priest, and learn how the mercy we experience in Reconciliation can spread over our Earth.
We learn about the ‘door’ of our Catholic Faith, Baptism. We cover the three symbols to help us understand what happens during the sacrament and also review the story of Jesus’ baptism.
More Prophets: 366-370
We learn all about the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, and Daniel. All these prophets brought a singular message to God’s people: you have sinned. God will punish you. But if you turn from your sin, He will still forgive you.
Christmas Week: 371-372
We learn about the final prophet: St. John the Baptist. We also discuss how Jesus is the fulfillment of what was foretold in the Old Testament. Finally, we also discuss how Jesus is the New Adam and Mary is the New Eve.
We talk all about the prophet Elijah, his message from God, and how he brought that message to God’s people.
We talk about Advent, a season of waiting. We learn about some of the prophets in the Old Testament and how years of waiting helped prepare the hearts of some of the first followers of Christ to receive His message. We also learn about St. Nicholas.
We learn all about the gift of Wisdom, the top rung of the ladder to holiness.We talk about how wisdom is like seeing with the eyes of God and that the opposite of wisdom is foolishness. We also learn about St. Catherine Labore and St. Thomas Aquinas.
We talk about the gift of Understanding. This gift separates us from the animals and allows us to know that God is real. We also look to Mary and St. Cecilia as examples of how this gift helps us towards holiness.
We learn about the gift of counsel, the ‘director’ of all the other gifts of the Holy Spirit. We also learn about St. Francis de Sales and his three steps to pray without ceasing.
Fortitude: 326-329, 340
We learn about fortitude through the examples of St. Charles Borromeo, St. Elizabeth, the Christian Martyrs of Rome, Samson, St. Maximillian Kolbe, and Mary, our Blessed Mother.
We discuss how the gift of knowledge is different from just knowing facts. Knowledge prompts us to change. We looked at the example of Segatashya Emmanuel, one of the visionaries in Kibeho, Rwanda. We also learn about the Feast of All Saints.
We talk about the second gift of the Holy Spirit: Piety. Piety has three components: reverance for God our Heavenly Father, a desire to guard our interior holiness because we know we are a beloved child of God, and a desire to call others to holiness as well. We learn all about Piety in action through the life of St. Therese.
We learn all about the first gift of the Holy Spirit: Fear of the Lord. Fear is really the avoidance of future evil. It frees us from fearing anything else and motivates us to follow God’s rules. We see Fear of the Lord in action through the example of Mary.
Holy Trinity: 306-310
We talk about the mystery of the Holy Trinity. Our God is a family of love We also cover what happened on Pentecost and begin to discuss the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit.
We learn how the bible is God’s inspired word written down by human hands, both in the Old and the New Testament. We learn that the New Testament is the fulfillment of the Old Testament and all about the practice of Lectio Divina.
Rosary Warriors: 296-300
We learn about the great weapon given to us by our Blessed Mother: the Rosary. We learn that the rosary is a very real way to honor Mary, fight temptation, garner heavenly protection, and remove fear from our lives. We also cover how to pray the rosary.
We learn how to find good friends and how to be a good friend to others. We learn that true friendship requires a shared faith in Jesus Christ, complete trust, willingness to forgive, and a generous heart.
Holiness for Girls: Episodes 286-290
We learn how boys and girls equal but different by exploring the feminine genius as written about by Pope St. John Paul the Great. Women are called to be receptive of others, to generously give of themselves, and to nurture the holiness of others.
Holiness for Boys: Episodes 281-285
This week, with our guest speaker, we talk about the call to holiness of boys by exploring the topics of identity, obedience, adventure, the need to work, and our role as protector.
Why We Need God: 276-280
We learn that God loved us into being and is the only one who can save us or bring us peace. We also learned that God is the only true source of power and strength and that reliance on Him is the only way to get to Heaven.
Summer Saints: 271-275
We learn about the lives of some saints whose feast days are during the summer including St. Maria Goretti, St. Kateri Tekawitha, St. Germaine Cousin, Sts. Anne and Joachim, and St. Rose of Lima.
Church’s Authority: 266-270
We learn that since our Church is the only one founded by Jesus Christ, She has the authority of Jesus Christ to instruct and form us on issues of Faith. We discuss how scripture is not enough, the differences of dogma and tradition, and why it is so awe-some to be Catholic.
Letting the Eucharist Lead: 261-265
Season two of Catholic Spouts begins with the new motto of “Letting the Eucharist Lead.” We discuss Jesus truly present in the Eucharist at mass and adoration as well as how we are called to bring Christ to others in the world.
We learn about the types of anger, the basics of war, what the Church teaches on war, Saint Joan of Arc, and the Feast of the Visitation.
Eucharistic Miracles: 206-210
We learn about the many tangible proofs provided by God through Eucharistic miracles with bleeding hosts, hosts that do not decay, the churches where you can still see where the miracles happened, and miracles that took place in Portugal.
We learn about the apparitions in Fatima to three children, what Mary looked like, what her message was, the three secrets, the miracle of the sun, and what happened to the children after the apparitions.
Divine Mercy: 196-200
We learn about what mercy is, why God still speaks to mystics, the incredible Feast, Image, Novena and Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, as well as the hour of Mercy. And finally, the simple ABC’s of living out the Divine Mercy.
Easter People: 191-195
We learn what it means to be an Easter People through the examples of Saint. Catherine of Siena, Saint. George, Saint. Joseph the Worker, Saint. Zoe, Saint Philip and Saint. James the Lesser.
We learn about the biggest Feast in our Christian Calendar, Easter. Discover what happened to Jesus after His death, why He had to rise from the dead, His glorified body, and what it means to be Easter People.
Holy Week: 181-185
We learn about the course of events leading up to the Crucifixion of Jesus. During Holy Week we remember His entrance to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, Jesus washing the feet of the Apostles, the Last Supper, and the institution of the Eucharist.
Jesus on Prayer: 176-180
We learn from Jesus that prayer is simple and should come first, the value of recited prayers, using scripture in prayer, allowing God into our pain, and the Mass, which is the biggest form of prayer.
We learn about the different parables Jesus used to teach. They include, The Lost Sheep, The Unmerciful Servant, The Good Samaritan, The Pharisee and the Tax Collector, and the Prodigal Son.
We learn about some of the miracles that Jesus has performed. Jesus transformed water to wine, He fed a crowd of 5,000, He walked on water, and He performed physical and spiritual healings.
Jesus as Teacher, Beginning of Ministry: 161-165
We learn about the beginning of Jesus’s ministry with the baptism in the Jordan, temptation in the desert, as well as the people who were close to Him during his ministry.
Jesus as Teacher Birth -Early Years: 156-160
We learn about why God became man, the incarnation, the birth of Jesus, finding Jesus in the temple, and the early life of Jesus represented in the gospel of Luke.
Entering Lent: 151-155
We learn about Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and the Saints who help us know what Lent is about.
What is Lent: 146-150
Lent starts with Ash Wednesday and ends with the Celebration of Easter. We learn about what we see, hear, feel, and do during lent.
We learn why we sin, how it affects our relationship with God, and the four steps to repentance.
We learn about Saint Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes, the meaning of purity, modesty, true beauty and guarding our eyes.
Trust in God’s Plan: 131-135
We are not called to an easy life. We learn about trusting God in small ways, and the lives of Saint Agatha, Saint Paul of Japan, and Saint Josephine Bakhita.
We learn about the virtue of love, how the Crucifix is the ultimate symbol of love, Jesus commands us to love in two ways, and how the virtue of love bears fruit.
We learn about the virtue of hope, the examples of Saint Agnes and Saint Francis de Sales, placing our hope in God, and how hope is our lifeboat in this world. The Our Father prayer show us what to hope in.
Various Saints show us their journey in faith. We learn that faith rests on belief, comes in different forms, demands action, and a leap of faith.
We learn what it means to be holy, letting God take control, and the virtues of faith, hope and love. Through Saint Therese and Saint Teresa of Calcutta we learn to strive for faithfulness.
The Holy Family: 106-110
We learn about the different roles of a family through Mary, Saint Joseph, and Jesus.
We learn about the Incarnation, Saint Stephen, Saint John the Evangelist, and the Feast of the Holy Innocents.
Jesse Tree, David and After
We learn about Ruth, the life of King David, the time following King David, and the importance of faithfulness as the Israelites are brought to slavery.
Jesse Tree, Moses
We learn about the life of Moses who was chosen by God to lead the Israelite people to freedom.
Jesse Tree, Genesis
We learn about Advent, waiting, the symbolism of the Advent candles and wreath, and the ancestors of Jesus Christ.
We learn about our longing to have more, why we want more and how these things connect us to Earth and affect our relationship with God. We also discover the spirit of generosity.
We learn about giving thanks to God, being thankful for our Catholic Faith and our sufferings, and how thanksgiving connects with the Eucharist.
We learn about belonging to the largest denomination of Christians in the World founded by Jesus Christ, the sacraments that hold us together, the Pope, and how our Church is unchanging and universal.
We are all called to be saints. We learn what a saint is, the canonization process, praying with the saints, patron saints, and feast days.
We learn about what happens after we die, the requirements for gaining eternal life, what we are judged on, Heaven, Hell, Purgatory, and Saint Martin de Porres.
We learn from Pope Saint John Paul II about being brave from the examples of his lifetime. We discover his childhood, the bravery he instilled in the Polish people, seeking unity, how he called us to holiness, and how his bravery came from Jesus Christ.
Follower of Jesus
We learn how to be a follower of Jesus through the examples of Saint Teresa of Avila Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Saint Luke the Evangelist, and making the decision to choose to follow Jesus.
Nature of Jesus Christ
We learn about Jesus, the center of our Catholic Faith, His mission, His examples, and how He was both fully God and human.
We learn about how to trust, God is always with us through our guardian angels, mistrust from Eve in the Garden of Eden, and examples of trust from Saint Faustina and Saint Francis of Assisi.
We learn what an angel is, misunderstandings about angels, guardian angels, fallen angels, and archangels.
We learn about how our Faith is the truth and we are charged to share it with everyone, the two ways we can evangelize, Korean martyrs who gave their lives to share their faith, and Saint Matthew the Evangelist.
We learn that God allows bad things to happen, what to do in moments of suffering, how there is joy in the midst of suffering, the suffering of Jesus Christ, and what Mary teaches us about suffering.
Service and Justice
We learn that service and justice are the two feet we are called to walk on as Christians, how human dignity is at the center of seeking justice, how to serve out of love, how to seek justice and serve those affected by abortion, and community.
We learn what prayer is from Saint Monica, why we need to pray from Saint Augustine, how to prayer during suffering from Saint John the Baptist, how going to Mass is the greatest form of prayer, and how God continues to speak to us in prayer with His holy words in the Bible.
Mary in Heaven
We learn about why it is okay to pray to Mary, the Rosary, and the marian apparitions in Guadalupe, Lourdes, and Fatima.
We learn about Mary, the Immaculate Conception, her “yes” to God as Jesus’ mother, her assumption into Heaven, how she is the first disciple, and why she is our mother.
The Little Way
We learn about the little way of Saint Therese, our elevator to Heaven in the arms of Jesus, how we are called to be a beautiful flower blooming for the glory of God, called to do small things with great love, and love each other.
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