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St. Joseph, Protector of the Church - Fr. Matthew Spencer
Jan 14 2019
In a time of great crisis in the Church, Pope Blessed Pius IX declared St. Joseph the Patron and Protector of the Church. With so many crises facing the Church in our own times, it is more urgent than ever that we turn again to the Husband of Mary and implore his help. Fr. Matthew will explore not only the role of St. Joseph in the Church universal today, but will also reflect on why our own personal devotion to the earthly father of Jesus is so essential right now. Fr. Matthew Spencer is an Oblate of St. Joseph and host of the Internationally broadcasted radio program, St. Joseph's Workshop. He has spoken at Veritas events many times to great acclaim.
Curing Discernment Paralysis – John Johnson
Jul 9 2018
Do you suffer from discernment paralysis? Common symptoms of discernment paralysis include feeling like you're un-datable, being worried about practical impediments to religious life, unceasingly waiting for Mr. or Mrs. Perfect Spouse to manifest in a cloud of glory engagement ring-in-hand, unceasingly waiting for a legion of angels to show up in your bedroom to reveal to you your vocation as harps play in the background, chastity struggles, constant waffling, fear of asking that person out, clip-boarding your ideal spouse before meeting them, dating without direction, dating with wrong direction, dating without being ready to marry, writing off dating all together, boatloads of student loan debt, feeling like you've "missed" your vocation. Discernment paralysis is an epidemic among even the most faithful of Catholic young adults. Generationally, we are afraid to commit, afraid to love, and afraid to say "yes" to what God has in store for us. But Theology of the Body is not a spectator sport! By getting to the heart of what obstructs our discernment, and discovering the Church's simple, practical wisdom on the question of vocation, we can be set free... from discernment paralysis - currently affecting 6 out of every 10 Catholic young adults (give or take). Whether you are discerning marriage, religious life - already married or still single, join us for this interactive discussion on the keys to vocational discernment. This is your prescription. Side effects of attending this talk may include: motivation and vocational clarity, new understanding of self-worth, understanding of different saints' models of discernment, practical takeaways for discerning marriage and religious life. In rare cases, meeting your spouse at this event may occur. John Johnson is the Associate Director of the Avila Institute. He has degrees from St. Mary's College and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. For over a decade he served at the parish level as a Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Sacramento. He has spoken at Catholic retreats and events across the country. He and his wife, Alexandria, have three children: Mary, Agnes, and John Jr. He co-founded Veritas Young Adults 10 years ago (almost to the day). He wrote this paragraph himself in the third person.
A Brief History of Beauty - Leanne Tracy
May 14 2018
Discover how beauty not only informs the world around us, but has sparked the Church out of some rough times. This presentation will offer a brief survey of Catholic art throughout the Church's 2,000 year tradition as as well as convey a deeper understanding of how beauty can once again save the day for the Christian West and illuminate us personally in the process. Speaker Bio Leanne Tracy works as a full-time painter and visual artist. She graduated in 2012 from The University of Kansas with a BFA in Painting and a BFA in Art History. Leanne has had solo and group exhibitions in Kansas City, Lawrence, Nashville, Denver, Fort Collins, St. Louis, Springfield, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Milwaukee, Madison, and Florence, Italy. This summer, she spent six weeks in Italy learning the technique of fresco painting, for future commissions painting frescos within chapels in the United States. Leanne Tracy currently sells prints of her work online and paints commissions by request. Bumper Credits "Inspired" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
Do NOT Be Afraid - Sr. Elizabeth Marie, OP
Apr 9 2018
"Do not be afraid" - God assures his people throughout Scripture. Yet we are so often paralyzed by fear. What's worse, we are not only afraid of things that are "bad and scary," but Divine. All too often, we are afraid of healing, of mercy, of God. Like Adam in the Garden, we hide in fear. Easter is the time to come out of hiding. The Resurrection of Jesus, above all, offers assurance that, before God, we need not be afraid. Speaker Bio Sr. Elizabeth Marie entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia of Nashville, TN in 2004 and made her final vows in 2011. She grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, and she still loves the Green Bay Packers. She attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she received degrees in philosophy and Catholic Studies. Since becoming a Dominican Sister, she has taught various grades in four different states. Most recently she was teaching bioethics to high school seniors in Birmingham, AL. She is currently assigned to assist in the Vocation Office of her Congregation, affording her the opportunity to travel and share with others the Good News of Jesus Christ and the call to follow Him through religious life. Bumper Credits "Inspired" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
Wounds, Healing, and Glory - Bryan Kelso
Mar 12 2018
When we have a wound to the body we experience pain. This is generally good, as pain points us to the wound so it can be addressed, respected and healed. The soul, like the body can be wounded by deprivations of its basic needs or by traumatic impact. The goal of this talk is to learn about the basic needs of the soul, how our amazing Catholic faith can address and heal the wounds that cause pain to the soul, like anxiety, depression, and loneliness. These common pain symptoms of the soul today often get treated as the problem (something that needs to be disposed of) instead of what they really are, “symptoms” of the real problem “the wound itself”. Come and learn why we can pray hard and long for pain symptoms like anxiety, depression and loneliness to go away, but they don't. Discover Christ's plan for your healing - and see how your wounds, like His, can become the occasion for Glory. Bumper Credits "Inspired" Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
Fr. Matthew Spencer: The Second Greatest Saint
Mar 14 2016
Fr. Matthew Spencer discusses St. Joseph.