EncounterPoints

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EncounterPoints is a serial discussion hosted by Bill Schmitt and Ken Hallenius, two Catholic men from different generations who are both passionately committed to living and sharing their faith – with one another, and with the entire world.
April 30, 2018
SHOW NOTES Episode 9: Peace Be With Youl Here are links expanding upon Ken’s and Bill’s remarks in episode nine of the EncounterPoints podcast series entitled “GOT JOY?”. This episode: PEACE      1. It is indeed of practical importance for us to understand peace in its fullest Catholic context. Here is one article addressing the subject, from Catholic Answers: https://www.catholic.com/magazine/print-edition/a-primer-on-peace   Notice these references to peace from the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order. The order’s structure for its ongoing work on peace and justice has been modified, but the Rule and its principles are enduring. Please use the second link here to find a useful analysis of the Peace Prayer that is attributed to St. Francis, who sought to be an instrument of God in bringing peace to the world; he saw there were many components to this work. https://www.nafra-sfo.org/peace.html https://www.franciscanmedia.org/a-closer-look-at-the-peace-prayer-of-saint-francis/   Here is a report on “Shalom TV” as “a new power for peace and evangelization” …worth considering this role for a communications medium: //www.catholicnewsagency.com/cw/post.php?id=778   “If you want peace, work for justice.” How does justice interact with the pursuit of peace? Is justice the removal of obstacles to that pursuit? The Catholic tradition of pursuing peace and justice is discussed at the USCCB site through a series of links found here: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/catholic-education/campus-ministry/educating-for-peace-and-justice.cfm   From Loyola Press comes a discussion of Jesus’ phrase that He is leaving “my peace” with His apostles. It must be a special, multi-dimensional kind of peace inseparable from mercy and justice and love: https://www.loyolapress.com/products/parish-ministry/bible-study-or-scripture/john-11-21-my-peace-i-give-you   See in this link to Matthew’s Gospel that Jesus calls “blessed” those who are making peace; it is not something that comes about through easy or shallow efforts. http://www.usccb.org/bible/matthew/5   Paul told the Philippians the peace of God surpasses all understanding: http://www.usccb.org/bible/philippians/4   Thucydides wrote that the way for a victor to make sustainable peace is to waive punishment and to show a mercy that creates new bonds. http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/peloponnesian-war   The Encyclopedia Britannica website provides some context for the term, “scorched earthy policy.” https://www.britannica.com/topic/scorched-earth-policy   10. Peace cannot be manipulative. Ken and Bill made this point about beauty and humor and other sources of joy as a modus
April 23, 2018
SHOW NOTES Episode 8: Feasts Fit for a King Here are links expanding upon Ken’s and Bill’s remarks in episode eight of the EncounterPoints podcast series entitled “GOT JOY?”. This episode: FOOD 1. Table fellowship is an excellent way to build encounters and share joy. Even a diet plan is likely to succeed more if the effort is shared. Tracie McMillan is an author and expert on the American WOE (way of eating): http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/21/books/tracie-mcmillan-writes-the-american-way-of-eating.html   The Mass is a global, universal experience of sharing table fellowship to nurture us for our journey. The Last Supper engaged Jesus and his Disciples in religious tradition, in the Passover story of God’s saving love and the sacrifice of a lamb. This article discusses the connections—and a mystery: https://cruxnow.com/commentary/2017/04/13/historical-mystery-last-supper/   Popular culture helps to focus our attention on food. Here is a link to the “Bizarre Foods” program, plus a link to “The Great British Baking Show.: http://www.travelchannel.com/shows/bizarre-foods http://www.pbs.org/show/great-british-baking-show/   Ken’s not making it up about the Soylent brand of products: https://www.soylent.com/   Old Testament sacrifices sometimes involved not only an offering to God, but also a sharing in community fellowship. The “My Jewish Life” website offers this reflection on sacrifices: https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/sacrifices-are-alive-and-well/   James Martin, S.J., wrote “Building Bridges” with a focus on inclusion: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062694317/building-a-bridge   Jesus sought his encounter with Zacchaeus through food. Read the story in Luke 19 in the New American Bible as provided by the USCCB online: http://www.usccb.org/bible/luke/19   The idea that delights of food and drink are best appreciated in moderation is stated well by G.K. Chesterton, who said, “We should thank God for beer and burgundy by not drinking too much of them.” First, see that quote at the AZQuotes site, and then explore more about GKC via the second link: http://www.azquotes.com/quote/949151 http://www.chesterton.org   One way to extend our reflections on the Lord’s use of food metaphors—and of food itself—to enhance our relationships with Him can be found at this blog by Emily Stimpson Chapman: https://thecatholictable.com/  
April 16, 2018
SHOW NOTES Episode 7: Then Sings My Soul Here are links expanding upon Ken’s and Bill’s remarks in episode seven of the EncounterPoints podcast series entitled “GOT JOY?”. This episode: MUSIC As Ken pointed out, hearing colors is called synesthesia. Here is a YouTube video on the topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEqmNX8uKlA   Repetition is the mother of all learning—wisdom handed down to us in Latin: https://www.brainscape.com/blog/2011/05/repetition-is-the-mother-of-all-learning/   The Divine Mercy Chaplet devotion is described here in this website hosted by the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. EWTN broadcasts the sung and chanted versions of this prayer. http://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/praythechaplet.php   He who sings, prays twice. Here is a collection of comments related to the quote, from the Catholic Answers Forum. The quote is attributed to St. Augustine: https://forums.catholic.com/t/to-sing-is-to-pray-twice/69595   Here is a discussion of the Philosophy of Music, including Plato’s insights, courtesy of Stanford University: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/music/   This is the Steve Allen book to which Bill referred: https://www.amazon.com/Reflections-Steve-Allen/dp/0879759046/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1517565222&sr=8-3&keywords=steve+allen+%3Freflections%22   Here is a book (not reviewed by us) that adds commentary to Tolkien’s Silmarillion: https://www.amazon.com/Silmarillion-J-R-R-Tolkien/dp/0345325818/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1517565363&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=tolkien+books+sylmariliion   The AMC Network provides us with this site pulling together the various seasons of “Mad Men.” http://www.amc.com/shows/mad-men   Here is the Coca-Cola commercial featuring the song, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib-Qiyklq-Q   10. While enjoying accordion jokes, Bill hopes you’ll find out more about accordions in general, with help from this site: http://www.accordions.com/humour_jokes.aspx
April 9, 2018
SHOW NOTES Episode 6: Beauty for the Beholder Quick editor’s note: in the intro, we tease the previous episode being about music. That’s an error on our part, and you didn’t miss anything – that episode is coming soon! Philosophers have discussed different lists of the so-called transcendentals. This source, citing Aristotle, Plato and Aquinas along the way, sees beauty as closely related to the good and the true. http://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/transcendentals   The work of Rev. Robert Spitzer, SJ, can be found at the Magis Center website. His work is a wonderful combination of philosophical, theological and pastoral approaches to God and humanity. http://magiscenter.com   Augustine wrote in Book One of his Confessions: “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/110101.htm   The Catechism of the Catholic Church draws connections between truth, beauty and goodness in its discussion of the Eighth Commandment, starting at paragraph 2500. http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c2a8.htm   The statement that beauty is truth and truth is beauty comes from poet John Keats in his “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44477/ode-on-a-grecian-urn   Bill believes he heard that there are Franciscan roots to the maxim loosely translated, “To know the name of the rose is not the same as to know the rose.” So often we may know the name of a truth but not fully know or understand the truth through experience. Wikipedia gives some explanations of the phrase and its application. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Name_of_the_Rose   “New Advent” provides a Catholic Encyclopedia discussion of the group of Franciscans known as “Spirituals.” http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14230a.htm   Chapter 6 of the Book of Wisdom makes a connection between wisdom and beauty. You must be open to beauty in order to reflect upon the wisdom of the Creator, Ken points out. http://www.usccb.org/bible/wisdom/6   Thank you, John Denver, for the beauty and loveliness of the song, “Sunshine on My Shoulders.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diwuu_r6GJE   10. Explore everything about Chesterton at the Chesterton Society site. Somewhere, in one collection of Chesterton quotes, he says beauty is closely related to a sense of proportion. He was an artist as well as author. https://www.chesterton.org/   The Guggenheim Museum posts this profile of controversial artist Robert Mapplethorpe. https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/artist/Robert-Mapplethorpe   12. Neither Ken nor Bill knew that “alt-beauty” was a “thing,” as described in this newspaper piece.
April 2, 2018
SHOW NOTES Episode 5: “The New Mercy Turnpike” Going through the constituent parts of joy guides our approach to the New Evangelization. A major US meeting in 2017 sought to clarify the approach. http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/get-involved/meetings-and-events/convocation-2017/index.cfm   The Church is an abundant source of mercy. We must request, receive and proclaim it. Reconciliation is crucial for joy. God’s mercy endures forever. http://www.usccb.org/bible/psalms/136   Ken pointed out that Instructing the ignorant is a spiritual work of mercy. http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/jubilee-of-mercy/the-spiritual-works-of-mercy.cfm.   Pope Francis spread the Church’s message of mercy with the Special Jubilee of Mercy and the appointment of priests as missionaries of mercy. http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/jubilee-of-mercy/frequently-asked-questions-about-the-jubilee-of-mercy.cfm   How do we show mercy to a world that desperately needs it? The Eucharist is central, re-presenting the sacrifice of Calvary, says Dives in Misericordia. http://w2.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_30111980_dives-in-misericordia.html   Divine Mercy ties many themes of evangelization together. We need to embrace Christ’s perfect sacrifice and join together in gratitude for it. http://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/spirituality/trust.php   We need “forgiving” situations and conditions. Forgiving is not just a response but is a proactive pursuit. Bill mentioned “forgiving highways.” google document/forgiving driving   Exchanges of mercy are moments of hope. The Church sends us forth to seek out such encounters with the missioning “ite misa est” as Mass ends. http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/the-mass/order-of-mass/concluding-rites/index.cfm  
March 26, 2018
SHOW NOTES Episode 4: “In God We Trust?“   Bill and Ken are exploring different aspects of joy. We need to share truth because people want to trust each other. Billy Joel’s song “Honesty” says it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS1TiGu6Bak   Descartes made himself the center of all things, eroding our ties to truth. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Rene-Descartes   Trust is crucial in relationships. Relativism leads to dictatorial relationships, as posited by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. National Catholic Register http://www.ncregister.com/blog/benjamin-wiker/benedict-vs.-the-dictatorship-of-relativism   Can we construct trust quantitatively? Ken referred to this in USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/03/20/review-you-wrote-amazon-priceless/99332602/   People generally trust only themselves today, says The Death of Expertise by Thomas Nichols, a new book cited by Bill. https://www.amazon.com/Death-Expertise-Campaign-Established-Knowledge/dp/0190469412/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1515362249&sr=8-1   We must trust others in the community and those who pass it along to us. The gift of faith is given by God, but we must receive it. Job’s trust in 13:15. http://www.usccb.org/bible/job/13   God has proven Himself trustworthy through his gift of the Divine Mercy, and the Marians of the Immaculate Conception promote devotion to this. http://www.usccb.org/bible/job/13   Ken and Bill are discussing components of joy with an eye toward Pope Francis’s emphasis on joy for missionary discipleship, as seen in his writing. http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium.html   God wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of Himself. Pope Francis makes this point in his Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of Love. https://w2.vatican.va/content/dam/francesco/pdf/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20160319_amoris-laetitia_en.pdf   (Science causes some people to lose trust in God. But Blessed John Henry Newman says a thousand questions still do not add up to one doubt:) http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/blessed-john-henry-newman-explains-faith-doubts-and-difficulties
March 19, 2018
SHOW NOTES Episode 3: “We Can Handle the Truth!” What is truth? Pilate asked this question, and people still ask it today. http://www.usccb.org/bible/john/18   Truth is called one of the transcendentals along with beauty and goodness. The Magis Center and Rev. Robert Spitzer S.J. provide an explanation. https://www.magiscenter.com/the-transcendentals-part-i-indication-of-the-interior-sense-of-god-introduction-to-4-8/   Aquinas wrote about reason among angels and humans. He wrote extensively about angels. http://www.aquinasonline.com/Topics/angels.html   The Church encourages the use of human reason. It was used in Scriptures. http://ccc.usccb.org/flipbooks/catechism/files/assets/basic-html/page-31.html   Pope John Paul II wrote about the splendor of truth in Veritatis Splendor: http://www.ewtn.com/library/encyc/jp2ver.htm   We encounter the way, the truth and the life in Jesus. The Word of God was made flesh. The Spirit of Truth guides us as He did on the Road to Emmaus. http://www.usccb.org/bible/luke/24   We desire to experience truth and joy at ever-higher levels. Chesterton saw truth as a living thing: “a fact that can talk, a fact that can explain itself.” https://www.chesterton.org/quotations-of-g-k-chesterton/#Morality and Truth   The Catechism shows the interconnectedness of truth. Reason can help us discover the truth, but we must combine it with love through faith. http://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_ben-xvi_enc_20090629_caritas-in-veritate.html   Dominic’s Order of Preachers has “Veritas” as its motto and is dedicated to the truth. http://www.op.org/en   Dominicans are called Hounds of the Lord; Ken referred to God’s Dogs. https://www.sophiainstitute.com/products/item/hounds-of-the-lord   Be sure to subscribe to get future episodes automatically as they’re released! Just add this address to your podcast app: http://www.encounterpoints.com/feed/podcast
March 12, 2018
SHOW NOTES Episode 2: “A Laugh A Minute, Guaranteed*”  Ken and Bill start out being a bit random and ribald in their expressions of theology and humor. We know well (from John 3:16) that God sent exactly the Christ we needed, showing unlimited—and undeserved—mercy. http://www.usccb.org/bible/john/3    Ken’s study in the area of humor and cognitive dissonance promotes a hopeful perspective. Steve Allen’s How to Be Funny may encourage you. https://www.amazon.com/How-Be-Funny-Discovering-Comic/dp/0879757922    The word “humus,” describing the organic matter of the earth’s soil, is a common root for words including human, humility and humor. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humus    Did Jesus have a sense of humor? See Matthew Chapter 15 for the dialogue Ken refers to. See Discovering Humor in the Bible for one scholar’s views. http://www.usccb.org/bible/matthew/15    Discovering Humor in the Bible by Howard R. Macy offers comments cited by Ken in his reference to Jesus’ dialogue with the Canaanite woman. https://www.amazon.com/Discovering-Humor-Bible-Explorers-Guide/dp/1498292593    Chesterton speculated that Jesus experienced mirth born of his relationship of divine love with God the Father. https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1807543-orthodoxy    Chesterton also said that, if the whole world were suddenly stricken with a sense of humor, it would find itself fulfilling the sermon on the Mount. http://catholicexchange.com/wit-humor-of-the-saints    Philosopher Friedrich Schiller said we laugh so our passions will not master us, so we can see reality with neither blind optimism nor a hopeless spirit. https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/schiller/    Humor recognizes life’s tough times and happy times. Hugo Rahner, quoted in a recent book by David Fagerberg, says humor must be rooted in reality. https://www.amazon.com/Hugo-Rahner/e/B001K6H0FG https://www.amazon.com/Chesterton-Everywhere-David-Fagerberg/dp/1937155145   10. Pieper talks about festivity as a release from the work we do. We work so that we can be at leisure; we need to set aside time for festivity and joy. http://books.google.com/books/about/In_Tune_with_the_World.html?id=pHINAQAAMAAJ   11. How can humor be used to draw people into relationship with the Lord? Bishop Sheen and Mother Angelica mixed wisdom, wit and tough love. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxLdrE7WTaA   Bob Hope was able to bring humor and joy to places of war and suffering, as with his comedy shows in Vietnam. He donated funds for the Our Lady of Hope Chapel in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in W
March 5, 2018
SHOW NOTES Episode 1: “Joys R Us” The idea of joy is everywhere in Catholicism, including many Church documents on spreading the faith, such as: Evangelii Gaudium:  http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium.html Amoris Laetetia: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20160319_amoris-laetitia.html Gaudium et Spes: http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19651207_gaudium-et-spes_en.html   How would you define joy? As mentioned in the podcast, here’s what Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the English Language says: http://webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/joy   Rejoice! I say it again, rejoice! From Philippians: http://www.usccb.org/bible/philippians/4   Thomas Aquinas speaks of love springing forth from joy. “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love” – Sing along with Good News Music Radio: https://www.vevo.com/watch/goodnewsmusicradio/theyll-know-we-are-christians-by-our-love/QMGR31525360   Thoughts about the four levels of happiness people can pursue in life, as presented at the Healing the Culture evangelization website: https://healingtheculture.com/files/3314/5696/5737/web4LH.pdf   Philosophy professor Peter Kreeft wrote this essay on joy, distinguishing it from happiness and pleasure: http://www.peterkreeft.com/topics/joy.htm   Paragraph 301 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks of the joy that comes from recognizing God as our creator and trusting in Him. This is the first mention of joy in the Catechism: http://ccc.usccb.org/flipbooks/catechism/files/assets/basic-html/page-79.html   Bless the Lord! In Chapter 3 of the Book of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego sing a joyful song glorifying the Lord after they have been thrown into a fiery furnace for their faith in the one true God. http://www.usccb.org/bible/daniel/3   Paragraph 523 in the Catechism speaks of John the Baptist recognition of the Savior’s coming. Even before his birth, he leaped for joy in his mother’s womb: http://ccc.usccb.org/flipbooks/catechism/files/assets/basic-html/page-132.html   As referenced in this episode, Pope Francis concludes the encyclical “Light of Faith” with a joyful prayer for Mary’s intercession to help us carry our joyful faith out to all the world: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20130629_enciclica-lumen-fidei.html   Be sure to subscribe to get future episodes automatically as they’re released! Just add this address to your podcast app: http://www.encounterpoints.com/feed/podcast

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