So you might be thinking the title of this episode is a little irreverent. We don't really mean for it to be, it just best describes both segments of the episode in one title.
Before we go any further, I HAVE to mention that we received an e-mail from a listener in Southern Ireland last week. That in itself is pretty cool, but the best part is that he was making fun of Phil's Irish accent. I guess we never thought about the fact that someone in Ireland may be listening, so thanks for weighing in Eoin!
On this week's show we have a great discussion with Fr. Herb Weber, pastor at St. John XXIII parish in Perrysburg, OH, about the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In my experience in "church world" this has definitely become one of the most uncomfortable Sacraments for people. As a matter of fact, just a few weeks ago when I recommended to a group in our parish that we have priests available to hear confessions during a retreat they looked at me like I was crazy.
So, that raises a big question - why have God's mercy and forgiveness turned into something scary? I know there are a lot of people that have had bad experiences in the 50's and 60's going to confession. But sorry, that's not the way it is anymore. Bottom line - we want you to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lent. I intentionally used the word celebrate because THAT'S what it is. A chance to recognize how much God loves us unconditionally and the grace that we receive through forgiveness. Fr. Herb give us some great insight into the Sacrament from a priest's point of view. So be sure to listen.
On the second half of today's show we check in with Sarah Vabulas of catholicdrinkie.com She is doing some pretty amazing things in the world of evangelization with her blog and new book coming out, A Catholic Drinkie's Guide to Homebrewed Evangelism. Sarah brews her own beer (which is why we really wanted to be friends with her) and uses her brews to invite friends over and discuss their faith. She even uses her beer knowledge to evangelize while at the bar. (When is the last time you tried to evangelize at a bar?) This is pretty awesome because it is bringing the Gospel message to people exactly where they are at. Isn't that what Jesus did?
You can pre-order Sarah's book on Amazon - Click Here - for the link.
We'll talk to you next week friends!