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

  • The Freedom Found in Uncovering Wounds with Bob Schuchts

    March 13th, 2022  |  Season 15  |  33 mins 36 secs
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    Bob Schuchts, founder of the John Paul II Healing Center and author of the bestselling Be Healed, discusses the Week Two theme of Restore, freedom of heart. He explains why healing and the work of identifying wounds are both difficult and fruitful, leading to a joy that can only come from Jesus. Schuchts says when we explore our wounds, we are doing the work of restoration; when we're willing to do that work, the Lord heals us and gives us the freedom to live life to the fullest.

  • Entering into the Desert with Fr. John Burns

    March 6th, 2022  |  Season 15  |  38 mins 20 secs
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    Fr. John Burns examines the Week One theme of Restore, the desert. He discusses how the wilderness of the desert is a place where healing can begin and where restoration is found.

  • Introducing Restoration in Lent with Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT

    March 2nd, 2022  |  Season 15  |  33 mins 24 secs
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    Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, author of Restore, introduces the main themes of healing and forgiveness as you begin your Lenten journey with her. By following Sr. Miriam's guided journal for prayer and meditation, you will find a deeper awareness of God's healing presence in your life as you walk with Jesus for forty days.

  • Emmanuel and Christmas with Fr. John Burns

    December 19th, 2021  |  Season 14  |  19 mins 43 secs
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    Fr. John Burns wraps up our look at the Advent themes in Adore by explaining that his goal in writing the book was to help readers more deeply appreciate Christmas by getting to know the ways Emmanuel comes into our hearts and changes our lives.

  • Nearness with Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT

    December 12th, 2021  |  Season 14  |  15 mins 50 secs
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    Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, explains that drawing near to Jesus during Advent provides peace and comfort in times of sorrow and distress, and offers us a glimpse of the Lord's goodness which comes with the joy of Christmas day.

  • Heather Khym and Preparedness During Advent

    December 5th, 2021  |  Season 14  |  15 mins 39 secs
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    Heather Khym, cohost of the Abiding Together podcast, helps us understand what preparedness really means during Advent: creating a heart that accepts God's promises long after the season.

  • Sarah Swafford Reflects on the Advent theme of Watchfulness

    November 28th, 2021  |  Season 14  |  22 mins 59 secs
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    Sarah Swafford says it is important to slow down and embrace peacefulness and simplicity as we enter Advent. Reflecting on watchfulness—the first of the four weekly themes in Adore—Swafford said she has learned to do less so that she can watch for ways the Lord might surprise us during the season.

  • Accompaniment as the Model of Evangelization with Paul Jarzembowski

    November 19th, 2021  |  Season 13  |  35 mins 7 secs
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    Paul Jarzembowski, assistant director of youth and young adult ministries at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, discusses {Evangelii Gaudium}, Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation on evangelization. Jarzembowski explains how accompaniment and encounter are the key elements of evangelization.

  • Finding the Good in Gaming with Jon Blevins

    November 17th, 2021  |  Season 13  |  30 mins 17 secs
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    Jonathan Blevins, founder and CEO of Little Flower Media, discusses his switch from sharing the faith through parish ministry to evangelizing with gaming on the streaming platform Twitch. By embracing gamers and hosting conversations about faith online, Blevins has opened up a new area of evangelization for the Church.

  • Sharing Authentic Stories of Faith with Scott Boyle

    November 12th, 2021  |  Season 13  |  31 mins 52 secs
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    Scott Boyle, associate director of recruitment and formation for the Notre Dame Echo and Notre Dame Vision programs, discusses how these week-long summer camps at the University of Notre Dame are life-changing experiences for thousands of young people who have learned to share their faith through authentic storytelling and witness.

  • Authentic and Real Evangelization with Chris Padgett

    November 10th, 2021  |  Season 13  |  40 mins 35 secs
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    Chris Padgett, internationally known Catholic speaker and author, discusses how evangelization begins and ends with an authentic witness to the ways Jesus has changed your life. He says stories and humor are especially important when trying to help people encounter the Lord.

  • The Sacraments as the Source of Sharing with Fr. Blake Britton

    November 5th, 2021  |  Season 13  |  31 mins 2 secs
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    Fr. Blake Britton, a priest in the diocese of Orlando, says that you can begin evangelization at home by immersing your family in the Church's sacramental and liturgical life. He recommends examples such as praying the Liturgy of the Hours or making daily Mass a priority.

  • Prayer as the Source of Evangelization with Gloria Purvis

    November 3rd, 2021  |  Season 13  |  35 mins 10 secs
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    Gloria Purvis, host of The Gloria Purvis Podcast from America Media, believes that evangelization must be rooted in your personal prayer life. With stories from her life and from her professional experiences as a radio host and internationally known Catholic speaker, Purvis uses examples from her own life and work to explain how tackling tough topics with others should be done with charity and conviction.

  • Understanding Your Charisms and Gifts with Mallory Smyth

    October 29th, 2021  |  Season 13  |  35 mins 53 secs
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    Mallory Smyth discusses how understanding our gifts and paying attention to how the Holy Spirit calls us to use them is the first step in sharing the faith. She also shares how her reversion to Catholicism and her work in various ministries has shown her that we are all called to uniquely give witness to Jesus.

  • Learning to Listen with Shannon Schmidt

    October 27th, 2021  |  Season 13  |  39 mins 57 secs
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    Shannon Schmidt, a pastoral associate in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, discusses how working in parish ministry has taught her the value of listening and meeting people where they are in order to provide them with what they need.

  • Evangelization Begins with Relationships with Marcel LeJeune

    October 20th, 2021  |  Season 13  |  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.