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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  • 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.

  • Broken Saints for Broken People with Meg Hunter-Kilmer

    July 7th, 2021  |  Season 11  |  49 mins 54 secs
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    Meg Hunter-Kilmer, author of the forthcoming Pray for Us, loves to tell stories of the saints, especially those who are not as well known. She shares how growing close to holy men and women has helped her to love Christ more. Hunter-Kilmer says each saint she’s grown close to has been a unique match during particular challenges in her life.

  • The Stuff of Our Faith with Mike Aquilina

    June 30th, 2021  |  Season 11  |  35 mins 31 secs
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    Mike Aquilina, bestselling and award-winning author of A History of the Church in 100 Objects, relates how Catholics are a sacramental people, and objects such as the chains of St. Peter and the dome of the basilica named for him are significant to our understanding of faith. Aquilina also shares how ancient locations central to Christianity’s early development have helped him grow his love for the Lord.

  • The Power of Healing with Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT and Fr. John Burns

    June 23rd, 2021  |  Season 11  |  55 mins 42 secs
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    Popular Catholic speakers and authors Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, and Fr. John Burns join Katie Prejean McGrady to talk about forgiveness and healing.

  • Mary and the Pears with Jeannie Gaffigan

    June 16th, 2021  |  Season 11  |  35 mins 45 secs
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    Katie talks with Jeannie Gaffigan, director, producer, comedy writer, mom of five, and wife of Jim Gaffigan.

  • From Atheism to Catholicism with Leah Libresco Sargeant

    May 14th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  34 mins 13 secs

    Leah Libresco Sargeant discusses her conversion from atheism to Catholicism, highlighting how she used math and science to reconcile the ideas of objective moral truth and God's existence. She reflects on how we can help others to convert by answering questions, opening our homes, and being a witness to faith in everyday life.

  • How to Talk About the "Tough Stuff" of Faith and Science with Tod Worner, M.D.

    May 12th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  29 mins 11 secs

    Dr. Tod Worner, editor of the Word on Fire Institute's Evangelization and Culture journal, talks about how to tackle difficult topics of faith with skeptics and non-believers. He suggests starting from a place where each side can acknowledge their human dignity and a shared desire for truth and the ability to explain the natural world.

  • The Ethics of Vaccines and Health Care with John Brehany

    May 7th, 2021  |  Season 10  |  48 mins 20 secs

    Bioethicist John Brehany addresses the debate about whether it is ethical for Catholics to receive the currently available COVID-19 vaccines. He also reflects on how answering questions concerning bioethical issues—ranging from end-of-life care to medical intervention and from contraception to vaccination—is a form of accompaniment and ministry, critical in the life of the Church today.