Leprosy is a very serious public health concern and shows up regularly in scripture. Leprosy is extremely contagious, causing great concern for the public health. Although we do not encounter leprosy in our world today, we do encounter a spiritual leprosy. Leprosy is a disease that came about because of rancorous dissent against God’s authority. […]
In this week’s episode, AJ and Br. Barnabas look at the words of the Rite of Ordination for a Deacon in light of their upcoming ordinations. They discuss the both the Old and Testament references found in the Rite, as well as their own reflections on what it means to minister as a deacon.
Last year’s Lenten season was definitely a first and a once in a lifetime experience. No one expected our lent to last as long as it did, nor did we expect the public worship to be cut short so quickly. With Lent 2021 upon us, we have an opportunity to make right what we might […]
Pope Francis calls us to what he calls spiritual accompaniment in his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of The Gospel). Below is an excerpt (paragraphs 169-173) where Pope Francis writes about the need for everyone to be initiated into the “art of accompaniment.” Personal accompaniment in processes of growth …In our world, ordained ministers […]
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20a NABRE In the Great Commission as listed above from the Gospel of Matthew, we hear Jesus give us […]
We may have heard the Gospel parable of the Sower and the Seed before, but have we actually taken time to contemplate this story? Join Father Andy and AJ Gedney as they discuss this familiar story and its importance in our daily prayer lives A Reading from the Gospel of Mark On another occasion, Jesus […]
Not much is known about the life of Saint Joseph, and no words were ever written being attributed to him in scripture, yet our Holy Father Pope Francis has attributed this Jubilee year to this very important, yet obscure, saint. Join Father Andy, Vince, and Father Dan Hoffman as they discuss this saint and this […]
Saint Thomas Aquinas speaks on virtue and its place in the Christian Life. Join Vince and Father Andy as they discuss virtue with AJ Gedney.
As the Jewish people waited for their Messiah, they were expecting a great military leader to descend from the heavens and lead them into war against the occupying forces: the Romans and their empire. What they didn’t expect was a child king to appear to them, yet that is exactly what the prophets had proclaimed […]
What a strange year we have had! Who would have guessed all that we would have to face one year ago? Join the gang as they discuss this past year and look forward to the next!
“Look Daddy! Teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings!” In the classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” there are many Christian themes hidden, and sometimes blatantly staring at the viewer. For instance, one very obvious theme is that life is sacred and worthy of protection. Join Father Andy and […]
We often hear questions like “if the Catholic Church is the one true church, then how is there corruption in it?” or hear statements like “I love the Church and Her liturgies, but I cannot support a church that permits horrible things from happening.” Both of these statements/questions are feelings that people have, but how […]
What are those liturgical seasons, and why does the Church have them? Join Father Andy and AJ Gedney as they discuss the Liturgical Seasons of the Church and their purpose.
Entering into Advent can be difficult. Add on the pandemic, and this can just be crazy! In a way, it would be easy just to slip into the secular Christmas season, but there’s so much more that we can do to Encounter Christ this Advent Season. Join Vince, Father Andy, AJ Gedney, Br. Barnabas, and […]
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Can you believe it? It’s been a year since we started this journey. We could have never guessed where we would be one year later, but we thank God for the opportunity to share our faith with you! Join Vince, Fr. Andy, Br. Barnabas, and A.J. as they look back on this past year and […]
Entering into contemplative prayer can be difficult, but is an important part of our spiritual journey. This difficult journey can lead to a greater peace in our daily lives, and therefore is something we all should try to tackle. Join Vince and Father Andy as they discuss this journey.
Recently, a survey was taken of all Christian believers on key points to the Christian Faith. This survey is very misleading for a Catholic, and requires some deep thinking. These 35 questions are basically true or false questions, but they can be very misleading. Join Father Andy and Vince as they go through the 35 […]
No, not the awful movie, but rather the reality of angels and their fallen counterparts, demons. What might seem like a scary topic really is an important discussion of our faith. Join Vince, Father Andy, and Father Joe on their discussions of angels, demons, and how it affects our day to day life of faith.
We chat often about prayer on this podcast, and there’s good reason for that. Prayer is the most important aspect of our daily life. We need to make sure that we are spending time in prayer each and every day. But how do we do this? Join AJ and Brother Barnabas this week as they […]
How does someone become a Saint, and who can become saints? What is their role and why ask their intercession? Join Fr. Andy and Vince as they discuss the Saints today!
Knowing yourself and who you are is important; it allows for each of us to come to a greater understanding of our motives, and what makes us tick. An old phrase often spoken about this topic is self-knowledge leads to self-acceptance, which leads to self-gift. Join Brother Barnabas and AJ this week as they journey […]
Our world is currently in turmoil, and the world seems to be falling apart. With that, there have been attacks on our church, both physically and spiritually. What does this mean for us, and what should we do about it? Join Vince, Father Andy and AJ as they discuss these troubling times in our world.
The Encounter Mercy Podcast with your host… AJ? Brother Barnabas? Wait… What happened? No, no, don’t adjust your device. Join Brother Barnabas and AJ, now new co-hosts, as they take over the podcast this week! Let us know what you think! AJ and Brother Barnabas will be co-hosting from time to time, providing some great […]
Marriage is such an important union, and so taking care of a relationship is number one in our list. But what does that mean? Join Vince and Father Andy as they discuss this very important sacrament.
Death: a topic we are careful to avoid. Have you ever thought about all the ways we allude to death in our speech without ever saying the word “death?” Passed on, fell asleep, went home, went to their reward, departed this earth, passed away, departed, gone, slipped away, lost the battle, succumbed to life, kicked […]
Often we are asked why we are Catholic, or why the Catholic Church. Why not just join a more “hip,” or “up-to-date,” or more “with-the-times” church. Well, lots of good reasons! Join Father Andy, Vince, Brother Barnabas, and AJ Gedney as they discuss the reasons for the Church as they discuss often heard reasons against […]
In this past Sunday’s Gospel reading, we hear Christ proclaim that Peter is the rock, and not only the rock, but the specific rock that HE, Jesus, will build His Church upon. With this deceleration, we find the beginnings of The Catholic Church, and how it impacts us an our faith today. Join Vince and […]
What exactly is service, and what does it mean to offer service? And what exactly does service look in the Christian’s life? Join Father Andy and Vince as they discuss Christian service and service of ones time, talent, and treasure.
Our world is filled with noise, noise, noise, noise, NOISE! Through all this noise, how do we hear God and His Will for our lives? Join Father Andy and Vince as they sift through all this noise.
As members of the human population, and residents of the Earth, as well as creations of God, we have a responsibility to care for our common home of Earth. We have a God-given obligation to care for His Creation, and that includes the world around us. So how exactly does the Church call out to […]
In the document Sacrosanctum Concilium, promulgated by Pope Paul VI, we are instructed that the faithful are to have full and active participation in the liturgy: Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of […]
Join us as we discuss some topics around our proverbial campfire. Join Father Andy, Vince, Father Joe Petrone, and AJ Gedney. If you have a topic you would like to suggest, let us know over at info (at) encountermercy.com
Join Father Andy and Vince as they talk with the Newly-Ordained Father Joseph Petrone about his call to priesthood and his current life in pro temporae assignment.
When speaking of Saint Bartholomew, Christ said “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him (Jn 1:47).” What exactly does it mean to not be duplicitous? Why should we strive for such an attribute? Join Vince and Father Andy as they discuss this very important topic and discuss ways to […]
In all that we do, we are to follow the command of Christ to “go into all the world and proclaim the Good News.” (Mk 16:15) We have set a goal for ourselves to continue this proclamation, and as we move forward, we want your input: we want to know how you plan to continue […]
As we begin returning to our churches and public worship, we may find it difficult, or confusing on what to do. We may want to move faster than our parish or our diocese, but we must be patient. We may also fear returning to our churches or believe that we are moving too fast. In […]
If you’ve had the fortune (or maybe misfortune) of watching any television lately, you may have come across this phrase in commercials calling the situation we are in as the “new normal.” This reality we are in is not the new normal, but it does have some things to teach us. For instance, it is […]
No, it’s not the beginning of a bad joke, it’s Mr. AJ Gedney’s vocation story. Join Vince and Father Andy as they discuss the vocation story and discernment of AJ Gedney, who is a seminarian from the Diocese of Covington, KY. AJ Gedney is a seminarian at Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, PA. Father Andy […]
Have you ever read a really good book, or heard a really good story? Have you ever been able to put yourself into that story? When we can use our imagination, the story usually means something more to us. Now, how can we use that in ministry? Where do we find that stories work well […]
We all have plenty of time on our hands, so how exactly are we using it? Join Vince, Father Andy, and Brother Barnabas as they discuss leisure time and ways to spend it.
How often have you heard someone say that they are “spiritual” and not religious? Or that religion is bad? And what about people looking for ways to deal with the current affairs? Join Vince and Father Andy as they talk about this “new” spirituality that seems to fascinate the world.
What is “mercy”? What separates mercy from grace? Where did “Divine Mercy Sunday” come from? There are a lot of questions surrounding this eighth day of the Easter Octave! Join Vince and Father Andy as they chat about their lives and the celebration of Mercy that we had this past Sunday.
Once again, a strange celebration has come upon us. We have celebrated most of Lent at home, all of Holy Week at home, and now Easter, the highest Holy Day in the Christian calendar. So how are we celebrating these holy days? And how do we make them special? Let’s chat about that!
The holiest week of them all, and of course this week we are stuck at home! Join Father Andy and Vince as they chat about this week and ways that we can make it holy for ourselves!
As is well known, the world around us seems to be falling apart, yet there is hope! Jesus Christ is alive and is calling out to us! Join Vince and Father Andy as they discuss the situation in our world and look for a silver lining.
How does one try to explain the mystery of the Trinity? In our Catholic Faith, we try to uncover this mystery, and yet we fail at its complete comprehension of this mystery, because it is just that: a mystery, Join Father Andy and Vince as they discuss the Trinity and try try try their hardest […]
Everyone has a God-given role in this world, and we sometimes call this role our vocation. When we often hear the word vocation, we immediately assume a religious vocation, such as a priest or a nun. Yet, this role can mean so much more. Join Vince and Father Andy as they discuss vocations and why […]
What must we do to live out our faith? How far must we go? Join Father Andy and Vince as they discuss martyrdom and living out the faith in our daily lives.
How in the world could you boil The Mass down into only an hour?? Well, we couldn’t. Enjoy today’s longer episode on The Mass where Father Dan Hoffman joins Father Andy and Vince as they try to undertake the difficult task of explaining The Mass.
In today’s episode, Father Andy and Vince chat with Father Dan Hoffman about the different approved Marian Apparitions. While the apparition of Mary is not a necessity for salvation, there are a few good reasons to believe in and pray for these apparitions. Join us as we discuss these miraculous moments in our church’s history! […]
In a week, we begin our journey through Lent, a time of Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving, Penance, and other deeds and prayers to prepare us for Easter. Yet Lent isn’t something that we should just wish away, nor is it a time to get into shape because you might give up sweets. So what exactly is […]
In this episode, Father Andy and Vince discuss mental health, the importance of paying attention to our mental health, and the importance of discussing this publicly. If you need help, you’re not alone. Confidential help is available:National Suicide Prevention LifelineCall 1-800-273-8255Available 24 hours everyday
In our episode this week, Vince and Father Andy talk with Brother Barnabas O’Reilly, a Benedictine monk at Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, PA. Learn about Brother Barnabas and his call to the monastery as well as his job at Saint Vincent College as a full-time campus minister and full-time seminary student.
What does it mean to be a brother? Why should men have a sens of brotherhood? How should this look in life? These are all questions men should be asking themselves. Not only should all men be looking for a brotherhood, we should be looking for authentic relationships, ones where we can be held accountable […]
Often the last things are listed as death, judgment, heaven and hell. Today in our podcast Vince and Father Andy discus the Last Things, including purgatory.
Often times, we hear people ask why we need to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. So often, people avoid this sacrament out of fear, confusion, or disinterest. Today, Vince and Father Andy investigate the importance of this Sacrament and hope to inspire you to attend this Sacrament regularly.
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After a Pew Research poll in 2019, it was found that only one-third of US Catholics believe in the Real Presence of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in the Eucharist. This staggering number has caused a mass response (no pun intended) by the Church, her Bishops and priests, and all who teach the faith. Join Father Andy and Vince as they discuss the Catholic Faith and Her understanding of the Eucharist as the Source and Summit of our Christian life.
As we begin another New Year, Vince and Father Andy take some time to look back on the last year. There has been so much that has happened in the last year, and it’s important that we look back to see where we have been, as well as to take time to see where we are going.
Emmanuel, God IS with us!
Today, we have so much to celebrate. The Savior, who came to feed the nations by sacrificing Himself for our sins was born. He had to become flesh to die for our sins, and so, as all the prophets foretold of Him, and the Virgin Mother longed for Him beyond all telling, He has come to His people to set them free! Our salvation is with us, and this is why we celebrate!
Join Vince and Fr. Andy as they discuss the Manger scene as well as other personal traditions.
In this weekly episode, we talk about spiritual direction, what it’s about, and why it’s important. Vince asks Father Andy about his experience as both a spiritual director and spiritual directee.