Freshly Brewed, Episode 72: Fireside Chats


As we are a few days into the 50-day Easter celebration we thought it would be great to talk about the necessity of celebrating and what it can show us about how to live a well-balanced life! Surrounded by a society focused on careers and work, we can sometimes forget how important it is to rest and play well too! Follow the link below for some thoughts from Sara, Anna, Molly, and Annie on how to prioritize what is important and maintain a healthy balance in life!

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Matthew Kelly Lenten Reflections 2016

Venerable Father Solanus Casey

St. Rose of Lima

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

St. Maria Goretti

St. Therésè of Lisieux


Freshly Brewed, Episode 71: The Fulfillment – Easter

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Bl. Chiara Luce Badano

Happy Holy Saturday/Easter friends! To celebrate the beginning of this joyous season Bill, Lindsay and Sara recorded a special podcast reflecting on the Easter Vigil celebration, Bl. Chiara Luce and her faith in Jesus’ victory over death, and letting the truth of Easter resonate in our hearts! Follow the link below to listen to the third episode of the Triduum podcasts!

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The Exsultet: The Proclamation of Easter

Bl. Chiara Luce’s Biography

Meeting the Parents of Bl. Chiara Luce

Freshly Brewed, Episode 70: The Summit – Good Friday

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Bl. José Sánchez del Rio, 14-year-old martyr

On this Good Friday we commemorate the death of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In this special Triduum episode Bill, Lindsay and Sara reflect on the Good Friday Service, Bl. José Sánchez del Rio’s journey and how we should allow the realities of Good Friday to impact our daily prayer! Follow the link below for the second of three Holy Triduum podcasts!

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Bl. José Sánchez del Rio biography

Making a Daily Examen



Freshly Brewed, Episode 69: The Source – Holy Thursday

In order to really let the intimacy and profound realities celebrated during Holy Week resonate in our hearts, we decided to record a podcast for each day of the Triduum! Follow the link below for a recap of the Holy Thursday Liturgy, discussion of a North American martyr, and thoughts on how to let the realities of Holy Thursday impact our daily lives. Keep an eye out for the pods tomorrow and Saturday to help you reflect on Good Friday and Easter!

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Saint Isaac Jogues


Pange Lingua Gloriosi (Latin/English Translation)

Derivation of the word ‘Triduum’

Saint Isaac Jogues

Freshly Brewed, Episode 68: Down to Earth


Friends! We are so pumped to introduce an epic parishioner from Monroe, WI, Faby! In this episode Faby talks with Bill about her journey from Mexico to Wisconsin, how she found peace in the universal Church, striving for holiness in everyday life, and beautiful Holy Week traditions! Follow the link below for some words of wisdom and inspiration!

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A brief History of the Pieta – Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast


Opus Dei 

The Mystery of Saint Joseph – Marie-Dominique Philippe






Freshly Brewed, Episode 67: Beauty Will Save the World

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In light of the new movie premiere of The Young Messiah, we thought we would get together with Shawn Willox, a youth minister from the Diocese of Madison and also a connoisseur of Jesus movies! Through his background in religious studies, philosophy, and theology in art, Shawn has developed a really beautiful perspective on the power that good media and beautiful art can have on a viewer’s relationship with God and the world around them. In this pod Shawn discusses how we can go from being passive consumers to discerning viewers of media!

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The THEOLOGY OF THE BODY & MEDIA LITERACY blog of Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, media nun

The Young Messiah Movie Review

Good or Bad Media? 5 Ways to Tell 

#GoodGod #BadMedia – Father Mike Schmitz


Freshly Brewed, Episode 66: How to Have a Heart-to-Heart


Friends this episode of Freshly Brewed could not have come at a more perfect time! A few weeks after an epic weekend at Frassati Fest and a couple weeks into Lent, Doug and Lindsay talk through the steps of how to pray! Inspired by a book called Prayer Primer, the two discuss how to spend time in prayer and how these steps help us build a relationship with Jesus!



7 steps of prayer:

  1. Pick a time and place
    • We cannot pray “at all times” if we do not pray at specific times. CCC 2697
  2. Remember the presence of the person you are spending time with.
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  3. Transition your attention from the world to prayer by focusing on a simple line or two such as:
    • Come, Holy Spirit.
    • Come, Lord Jesus.
    • God, come to my assistance. Oh Lord, make haste to help me. 
    • Glory be…
    • Our Father…
    • Hail, Mary…
  4. Input: Read something that teaches you about who Jesus is, the lives of the saints, etc.
    • Sacred Scripture – Gospels/Letters of Saint Paul
    • Imitation of Christ, Thomas Dubay, Father Jacques Philippe
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  5. Apply these readings to your life, ponder, draw conclusions, and remember that you are talking about this with Jesus Himself. Be real with Jesus!
    • “My daughter…why do you not tell me about everything that concerns you, even the smallest details? Tell Me about everything, and know that this will give Me great joy. I answered, But You know about everything, Lord.” And Jesus replied to me, “Yes I do know; but you should not excuse yourself with the fact that I know, but with childlike simplicity talk to Me about everything, for my ears and heart are inclined towards you, and your words are dear to Me.”                                                                                                                                   -St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in my Soul
  6. Make a resolution.
    • “To reform. Every day a little. This has to be your constant task if you really want to become a saint.” 
      ― Saint Josemaría Escrivá, The Way
  7. Give Thanks!
    • Let us thank God for His priceless gift!
      – St. Paul


Further resources on prayer:

Podcasts by Father Mike Schmitz!

FOCUS blog: How to Pray

Prayer Primer by Fr. Thomas Dubay *this is the book that inspired Doug’s advice on the pod!

Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

Soul of the Apostolate by Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard, O.C.S.O.

Interior Freedom by Jacque Philippe

Time for God by Jacque Philippe

Meditation and Contemplation by Timothy M. Gallagher, OMV