Ave Explores

Everyday Faith for Everyday Catholics

About the show

A project of Ave Maria Press, Ave Explores helps you discover and learn about aspects of the Catholic faith from a variety of different angles, looking at topics relevant to the spiritual life in a fresh, engaging, and practical way.

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Episodes

  • Evangelization Begins with Relationships with Marcel LeJeune

    October 20th, 2021  |  Season 12  |  29 mins 46 secs
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    Marcel LeJeune, founder of Catholic Missionary Disciples, says forming authentic and honest relationships is the key to sharing the faith with others. He explains that evangelization is not a program to fix people.

  • How to Help People Listen to the Bible with Alex Jones of Hallow

    September 29th, 2021  |  Season 12  |  30 mins 29 secs
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    Alex Jones discusses the founding of Hallow--a Catholic prayer and meditation app--which came from his desire to read and meditate more on scripture. Scripture is a key component of the app, including audio recordings of books of the Bible, Gospel challenges, and scripture-based sleep stories. Jones said thousands of users have developed a habit of reading the Bible because of Hallow.

  • The Book of Revelation with Jeff Cavins

    September 24th, 2021  |  Season 12  |  28 mins 20 secs
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    Jeff Cavins, biblical scholar and a contributor to The Bible in a Year podcast, says that the book of Revelation is often misinterpreted as predicting the future. Instead, Revelation reveals that Heaven is a Mass and we are all invited to it.

  • The Real Stories Behind the Gospels with Sarah Christmyer

    September 22nd, 2021  |  Season 12  |  27 mins 48 secs
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    Sarah Christmyer, contributor of The Ave Catholic Notetaking Bible, discusses how she grew to love Scripture and explains how reading the New Testament, especially the Gospels, helps us to know Jesus fully.

  • The Jewish Roots of the Old Testament with Andrew Glicksman

    September 17th, 2021  |  Season 12  |  33 mins 5 secs

    Andrew Glicksman, chairman of the theology department at the University of Dallas, discusses his love of the Old Testament and explains how studying the sacred text brings about a greater appreciation for the New Testament and the story of Jesus.

  • Praying the Psalms with Sr. Josephine Garrett, CSFN

    September 15th, 2021  |  Season 12  |  28 mins 15 secs
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    Sr. Josephine Garrett, CSFN, shares her vocation story and discusses how living in community and praying the Liturgy of the Hours have been sources of joy and consolation in her life as a religious sister. She challenges all of us to let scripture--especially the Psalms--become a regular part of our lives.

  • The Surprising Parts of Scripture with Rev. William L. Burton, OFM

    September 10th, 2021  |  Season 12  |  37 mins 45 secs
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    Fr. William L. Burton, OFM, says that many Catholics are hesitant to read Scripture because they assume they'll get it wrong, but even scholars sometimes make mistakes. Burton explains there are surprises on every page of the Bible and encourages every Catholic to keep God's Word as their constant companion.

  • Reading Scripture Daily with Meg Hunter-Kilmer

    September 8th, 2021  |  Season 12  |  31 mins 9 secs
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    Author and itinerant missionary Meg Hunter-Kilmer says daily reading of Scripture inspires a greater appreciation of Church tradition and a more robust understanding of Christ. Hunter-Kilmer has shared her reflections on daily Scripture on Instagram for two years. She explains how her life of faith has been changed by using the Bible as an anchor of her daily prayer.

  • The Jewish Roots of the Old Testament with Andrew Glicksman

    September 5th, 2021  |  Season 12  |  33 mins 5 secs
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    Andrew Glicksman, chairman of the theology department at the University of Dallas, discusses his love of the Old Testament and explains how studying the sacred text brings about a greater appreciation for the New Testament and the story of Jesus.

  • Why Scripture Matters and Why It is Not Optional with Mark Hart

    September 1st, 2021  |  Season 12  |  30 mins 39 secs
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    Mark Hart began sharing scripture reflections with teens in his youth group in the mid-1990s. Now "The Bible Geek" is executive vice president of Life Teen International and travels the world sharing his passion for God's Word. Hart offers encouragement for those who want to meet Jesus through the Bible and tips for becoming a better reader of scripture.

  • Made for More with Leah Darrow

    August 18th, 2021  |  Season 11  |  57 mins 25 secs
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    Leah Darrow, a speaker, author, Season 2 contestant on America’s Next Top Model, and founder of Lux U, shares about her struggles with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, “mom guilt,” balance, and explores ways one can find peace and strength through spiritual practices such as prayer and meditation, regularly attending daily Mass, and “recalibrating” one’s routine.

  • The Universal Church with Cardinal Napier

    August 11th, 2021  |  Season 11  |  56 mins 34 secs

    Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, archbishop of Durban in South Africa, discusses the Church's global diversity, which is rooted in love of Jesus Christ. Napier, who went to seminary in Ireland, also talks about the early days of his priesthood during apartheid in South Africa and eventually voting in the conclaves that elected Popes Benedict XVI and Francis.

  • Science is a Mission Field with Chris Baglow

    August 4th, 2021  |  Season 11  |  31 mins 30 secs
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    Christopher T. Baglow, director of the science and religion initiative at the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, discusses how faith and science approach truth. He says that by exploring science with the eyes of faith and approaching faith with a desire to understand science, the Church can evangelize in new ways.

  • At the Foot of the Cross with Leticia Ochoa Adams

    July 28th, 2021  |  Season 11  |  34 mins 52 secs
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    Katie Prejean McGrady visits with Leticia Ochoa Adams, a wife, mom, and speaker from Texas, who shares about grief, hope, and faith following the suicide of her son and how we can look to Mary as mother and comforter during the darkest days.

  • Helping Teens Be Mentally Healthy with Roy Petitfils

    July 21st, 2021  |  Season 11  |  53 mins 9 secs
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    Roy Petitfils returns to join Katie Prejean McGrady to talk about crises teenagers face today and how to have honest conversations about mental health.

  • Ending Racism in America with Fr. Josh Johnson and Sr. Josephine Garret, CSFN

    July 14th, 2021  |  Season 11  |  1 hr 13 mins
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    Fr. Joshua Johnson and Sr. Josephine Garrett, CSFN, share their experiences as Black Catholics, discuss why racism is sinful, and explore how Catholics are called to advocate for change.