Freshly Brewed, Episode 43: Disney or Philosophy?


Friends! As you can see from the photo above, we have a pretty rockin’ guest on the pod this week! Our very own Garret Martin, the Youth Minister in Monroe, joins Bill Van Wagner in the discussion of philosophy: what it is and how it relates to our faith! Listen here to learn more!


Summary of Five Ways to Demonstrate the Existence of God – St. Thomas Aquinas

The Reasons To Believe – blog by Peter Kreeft

A Summary of Pope Francis’ encyclical Lumen Fidei by Kevin Cotter

Freshly Brewed, Episode 42: For Bonding and Babies

Episode 42 Scott Gina Hackl Catholic Marriage Podcast January Wedding

This week on the podcast, we tackle a beautiful topic that can be pretty tough to share about in the midst of the culture: the Church’s definition of marriage. In order to hear about this beautiful gift and Sacrament in an inspiring way, Lindsay sat down to chat with a Canon Lawyer (listen to the pod to learn what that is), a newly married wife and mom, and the man tasked with leading the charge on marriage preparation in the Diocese of Madison. Altogether, they share about why the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage is a beautiful thing, why marriage is permanent, how men and women complement one another in marriage, and how young folks can start to prepare themselves for marriage one day down the road. It’s a packed hour, but an important one, as Pope Francis makes his way to the U.S. this coming week, concluding his time with a visit at the World Meeting of Families in Philidelphia!

Check out Episode 42 of Freshly Brewed TODAY!


Dr. Peter Kreeft on Male and Female Archetypes

What’s inspiring Gina in her spiritual life? Daily Readings
What’s inspiring Andy in his spiritual life? Familiaris Consortio
Wedding Vows
Lifeteen Blog: “After the Vows”
Live Coverage of Pope Francis’ Trip to the U.S.

Freshly Brewed, Episode 41: Love Has a Name

“When I look at Jesus on the cross, it’s like love has a name, love has a face, love is a person, and that love has sacrificed everything for me and He’s chosen to live and die and rise for me.”

It’s not too often we get to speak with religious sisters on Freshly Brewed, but when we do, it rocks our world. After speaking with Sister Mary Gabriel and Sister Veritas, we couldn’t get enough! We love our Sisters! Their sacrifice of self in pursuit of true love continues to inspire us and we hope you as well! In this episode Sara talks with a woman who just entered the Sisters of Life in New York as a Postulant (i.e. she’s entering a year of formation with the Sisters to discern if she is called to join the religious community permanently!) As a UW-Madison alumna, former Assistant Director at St. Paul’s University Catholic Center, and current Postulant with the Sisters of Life, the Lord has been impacting and encountering souls in the Madison and Milwaukee area through Madeline Gibson for many years now. Listen here for some reflections from Madeline on what true love is and how a deeper understanding of this love could change the way we see ourselves and transform popular culture!



Sisters of Life 

Saint Joseph

“The Cantata of Love” – Blaise Arminjon, S.J.

Learn more about religious life here!

Freshly Brewed, Episode 40: Saints in Sneakers

It’s always sad to see summer go, but let’s be honest, it’s hard not to be excited when a new school year comes with new shoes, new school supplies, and new opportunities! In this episode Chris, Lindsay, Sara, and special season 2 host Bill Van Wagner talk about the four general aspects of a school year and how to strive for virtue in all areas of life. Listen here for inspirational perspectives on academics, sports, extracurriculars, and home/social life!

Persevere in the exact fulfilment of the obligations of the moment. That work — humble, monotonous, small — is prayer expressed in action that prepares you to receive the grace of the other work — great and wide and deep — of which you dream.

– St. Josemaría Escrivá


Morning Offering

Little League World Series – Grand Slam

Little League World Series – Sportsmanship

Saint Josemaría Escrivá

Father Mike Schmitz – discerning your vocation