No Podcast For You (Sorry)

If you listened to last week’s episode, you know that Fr. Dave is leading a pilgrimage right now in Germany. Pray for him and those who are with him! We were once again victims of bad hotel wi-fi. We tried to record the podcast a few times on Monday, but it just wasn’t happening. Every time we started talking about something interesting, or about Notre Dame football, the recording would drop.

So, no podcast for you today, and we hope to be back next week!

Philippians 2:12-3:1

Are you ready for some football? Fr. Dave and Dcn. Bob discuss the kickoff weekend, cancel culture, the passing of Queen Elizabeth, and how to work for salvation in “fear and trembling.”

(Sorry this was late this morning, crazy week!)

Philippians 2:1-11

Ah, another late night podcast. You can tell by my hair it had been a long day. If Fr. Dave had hair, you would have seen it in him, too. He had just flown to Michigan and I had driven (through a storm) from DC back to Ohio. Needless to say, we are a little bit loopy in this episode.

I was in DC to see a DC United game (Major League Soccer). They happen to be the worst in the MLS. On the way to the stadium I passed by Washington National’s stadium, Fr. Dave’s favorite team. They happen to be the worst in the MLB. We talk a little about how strange it is that we stick with losing teams, and what we love about sports in general.

Last week, Pope John Paul I was beatified, and I was incredibly blessed to read more about him. I mention in the podcast that he gave for Wednesday Audience addresses which give some insight into what an amazing man he was. You can find those addresses HERE.

And then we get to Philippians, even though Fr. Dave had prepared something for Ephesians! Good thing this was such a familiar verse. Honestly, I was very blessed by his insights on that section of the letter. Hope you are as well!

Philippians 1:12-30

The best thing about this episode, for me personally, was that Fr. Dave agreed to be in my fantasy football league. I WILL CRUSH HIM!

A lot of this episode centered around Padre Pio and the interview Bishop Barron had with the actor who is playing him in an upcoming movie, Shia LeBeouf. It was an amazing interview and always edifying to hear how God reaches out to people in need. However, we talk about the dangers of putting someone on a pedestal too quickly.

We conclude looking at the end of the first chapter of St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians—such an amazing text! We pray you are being blessed by our conversation.

Philippians 1:1-11

Wow, Fr. Dave really does not like Banana Ball.

If you aren’t sure about what that is, I would say it is like baseball, but actually fun. Anyway, you can hear us argue about it at the beginning of the podcast. I’m just so excited for other sports to begin.

In this episode, Fr. Dave also shares about filming his new video series about God, the Father. He went back home, which was a bit emotional for him. I’m always grateful that he is so open with his feelings on the podcast.

At the end of this episode we start to unpack St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians. I’m really excited to get to dive into this over the next few weeks. As a bonus, the show concludes with a song I wrote way back when (2002) about one of its opening verses, “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

Summer Vacation

Hey all! Just to let you know that Fr. Dave and I are having a week with our families, so there is no new episode of They That Hope today. We will be back next week!

Summer Set-Lists

Hard to believe we just finished the summer conferences a little over two weeks ago! Huge shout out to the amazing musicians I was honored to work with: Dan Bozek (bass), Anna Brewer (vocal), Mary Brewer (keys and vocal), Tim Hepburn (drums), and John Paul Von Arx (lead guitar and vocal).

Many have asked for copies of the set lists we used, and I’ve included them here. They are about 90% accurate! Sometimes we had to cut things short or add time depending on the presentations.

And if you’d like to hear some of the live music we’ve done before, check out “Steubenville Worship” on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music, etc.

SUPERCUT: The Our Father

Fr. Dave is filming a new series this week about God the Father! So it seemed fitting that we’d piece together the segments we had recorded for the Our Father prayer into one episode here. Next week, we will start diving in to the letter to the Philippians.

God bless!

Father President

We did a late Monday night recording—always a dangerous thing! I’ve been a bit out of it for the past week as we finished up summer conferences, but Fr. Dave filled me in on the exciting (yawn) contract negotiations with Juan Soto of the Washington National… zzz.

Sorry, must have dozed off there. Anywho, we end up discussing more interesting stuff, like when he got to film a scene for his documentary of St. Francis, A Sign of Contradiction, in the Basilica of the Portiuncula in Assisi, Italy. Also, pray for him: this weekend he begins recording a new video series on God the Father.

So I doubt we will be in the same room for next week’s podcast (and not entirely sure one will happen), but I pray you are blessed by this one.

A Pilgrimage of Penance

It was good to be back in person with Fr. Dave this week! Two more conferences this weekend (Applied Biblical Studies and Defending the Faith) and that will be a wrap on the Summer Conference season at Franciscan.

Pope Francis was just beginning his trip in Canada, but Fr. Dave said he wanted to talk about what Francis called a “pilgrimage of penance,” especially since Fr. Dave’s order has such a focus on penance. We also talked about what was going on in Germany with the “synodal path.”

And cats. We talked about cats.

If you really like cats… I will just apologize in advance. Let’s just say that Fr. Dave and Alf have a lot in common. 100 points for your house if you get that reference (and 50 more if you got the reference to the reference).