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Organic Faith

In recent years, the public has become increasingly concerned about the hazards of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and genetically modified foods. Some people have started to grow their own produce for health reasons, and some Catholic religious also promote organic gardening. How is organic gardening related to our faith?
Publish date: 2020 - 9 - 19


 
Pioneers of New France

Many consider Canada to be one of the best countries to live in. However, in the 17th century, when Canada was just newly founded, it was considered the country of crosses. Fountain of Grace takes a look at how Blessed Catherine of St. Augustine and St. Francois de Laval sacrificed their comfort and contributed to the well-being of Canadians.
Publish date: 2020 - 1 - 25


 
“Road from Emmaus” Ep038 – Shades of Grey

In case you missed it, Fr Mike Schmitz made a big announcement a couple weeks ago: He got a tattoo! So Andrew and Jason got their grifting game going and they've come out with an episode about how Catholics might want to approach supposed "grey areas" like tattoos, alcohol, marijuana, and betting. Hope you enjoy!
Publish date: 2022 - 5 - 18


 
Joyful Servant of the Poor: Fr. Ho Lung

Fr. Richard Ho Lung is a Chinese priest from Jamaica. He is the first Chinese to have founded a religious order. More than three decades ago, together with two other priests who shared his vision, he started living among the poor, ministering to them. Fountain of Grace invited him to share how he founded the Missionaries of the Poor, as well as his spiritual journey of serving the poor.
Publish date: 2018 - 11 - 10


 
“Road from Emmaus” Ep037 – The Indigenous Delegation, and Rest

It's a jam-packed episode on today's podcast, as Andrew and Jason provide an update on the meeting between Pope Francis and the delegation of Indigenous Peoples. Afterwards, Jason shares about what's been going on in his life the last couple months, and they talk about the importance of rest, and what it means to link rest to doing our Lord's will. May you have a blessed final week of Lent!
Publish date: 2022 - 4 - 11


 
“Road from Emmaus” Ep036 – To the Moon!

It's Lent, which means it's a season of even more contemplation and reflection than usual. On today's episode, Andrew and Jason try to share some perspective on how to keep our sights on God and Heaven when going through "the stuff of life"--joys, challenges, consolation, and desolation. Hope you enjoy the episode, and have a blessed Lenten season!
Publish date: 2022 - 4 - 3


 
Explorers of Beauty: Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey

Children are naturally more perceptive to faith due to their innocence and humility. As parents accompany their children on their spiritual journey, not only do they draw closer to their children, they are also drawn closer to God. Federation of North-American Explorers (FNE) not only helps kids encounter Jesus, it also provides opportunities for parents to walk alongside their kids on their faith journey.
Publish date: 2022 - 2 - 24


 
“Road from Emmaus” Ep035 – Marriage Prep (Part 2)

It's part two of our mini two-episode series on marriage prep! In our last episode, Andrew and Jason talked about spiritual and sexual intimacy. Today, they discuss having children--is there a "right number"? What's the balance between being pro-life and having "quality of life"? Finally, they talk about navigating difficult (often unspeakable!) situations together with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with.
Publish date: 2022 - 2 - 23


 
Explorers of Beauty: Adventures in the Outdoors

An increasing number of studies show that overusing electronics can cause harm. In this age of gadgets, many children are drawn to social media and video games, how can we help them to live a healthier lifestyle? Through outdoor activities, service to the community, and leadership development, Federation of North-American Explorers (FNE) helps children grow physically and spiritually, and mostly importantly, to encounter Jesus.
Publish date: 2022 - 2 - 16


 
Kintore College: Home Away from Home

Kintore College is an all-female student residence located in downtown Toronto. It is a home away from home that offers an excellent environment for study. It also seeks to meet the needs of students by providing laundry, meals, career guidance, social life, philosophy classes, as well as faith and spirituality. Kintore College is partly managed by Opus Dei, a personal Prelature of the Roman Catholic Church.
Publish date: 2019 - 10 - 5


 
“Road from Emmaus” Ep034 – Marriage Prep (Part 1)

SEX! Okay, now that they've got your attention... today's episode: marriage prep on the Road from Emmaus! Although they aren't certified marriage prep leaders, Andrew and Jason wanted to share some discussion on what marriage prep would look like if they were to put a mini program together. This is the first episode in a mini two-part series in which they cover spiritual and sexual intimacy. Hope you enjoy!
Publish date: 2022 - 2 - 3


 
Called to Street Ministry

Mildred Moy had built a successful career ever since her graduation. At some point she wanted to take her career to a new height, but she gave it up in order to start a street ministry to serve street ladies, homeless people and drug addicts. Mildred shares with us her journey of discernment.
Publish date: 2022 - 1 - 26


 
“Road from Emmaus” Ep033 – What Grace Looks Like

As Catholics, we often hear of "grace-filled moments" or that "by God's grace", we were able to do something. The word "grace" is used so often that we sometimes don't realize what it actually means in practice. On this episode, Andrew and Jason try to unpack and illustrate what "grace" really looks like. They share some examples that they hope you can relate to and try to make a sometimes-vague concept, well, slightly less vague. Happy new year, and may it be filled with grace!
Publish date: 2022 - 1 - 9


 
“Road from Emmaus” Ep032 – Pet Peeves and Pro Tips

Andrew and Jason end off the year with a bit of a fun episode as they go through their list of pet peeves and pro tips relating to behaviours that we all have in Mass, as well as a couple other general ones. As much as this is a fun episode though, the most important part is at the end, so make sure you stay tuned until then. Merry Christmas, happy new year, stay safe, and be well!
Publish date: 2021 - 12 - 24


 
A Burning Heart for Souls: St. Francis Xavier

In January 2018, a precious relic of St. Francis Xavier - his right forearm which he used to baptize more than 100,000 people - was on tour across Canada. One of the churches even attracted 13,000 people to venerate the relic in one day. Fountain of Grace takes a look at the life of St. Francis Xavier, as well as Catholic Christian Outreach - the group of modern missionaries that organized the relic pilgrimage.
Publish date: 2021 - 12 - 4


 
“Road from Emmaus” Ep030 – Changes In Prayer Life

On today's episode, Andrew shares about where he's currently at with his prayer life. He's married now, and that vocation for him and Cherry has come with different commitments. Over the last few months, he's been working to adjust to this slightly different lifestyle while still keeping up his prayer habits and relationship with Christ. Together with Jason, they talk about how it's okay to have changes in your prayer life, and how to find new ways to be present to Jesus in every moment.
Publish date: 2021 - 11 - 20


 
St. Marguerites and Montreal

Montreal, Canada was very different from what it is now when the city was first founded more than 370 years ago. The cross at Mount Royal reveals the deep Catholic roots of this city. Fountain of Grace takes a look at how two saints, both named Marguerite - St. Marguerite Bourgeoys and St. Marguerite d'Youville - contributed to the early developments of Montreal.
Publish date: 2021 - 11 - 13


 
“Road from Emmaus” Ep029 – Bearing the Cross of Infertility

Today, Andrew and Jason tackle the topic of infertility. It's not something we often think of; we grow up planning to get married, to start a family, and to have children,but sometimes, for whatever reason, that last part doesn't happen. It's a difficult cross to bear, and their hearts go out to anyone who does have to bear it. They talk about different approaches that might help, and they also touch on in vitro fertilization and why the Church is against it.
Publish date: 2021 - 10 - 31


 
“Road from Emmaus” Ep028 – True Presence

Andrew and Jason are back with another episode on the Eucharist! They talk about how Jesus is present in the Eucharist, and how the bread and wine is truly His body and blood. They go through something called Lewis's Trilemma as well as some instances of Eucharistic miracles. Then they go into the discussion of receiving the Eucharist on our tongue instead of on our hands, and why the traditional way is the way to go.
Publish date: 2021 - 10 - 11


 
Fr John McCarthy: Finding God in the Tiniest Creature

In terms of the scope of work, a scientist is completely different from a priest. Yet when a person is both a priest and a scientist, what kind of experiences would his dual-identity bring about? Fr. John McCarthy, SJ is a Catholic priest who is also a scientist that has a great love in lichen, a symbiotic species. He would take us to the forest and his laboratory to get to know lichens, as well as to share with us reflections on his faith that he got from scientific research.
Publish date: 2021 - 10 - 2


 
“Road from Emmaus” Ep027 – What Happened at Western, and the Responsibility of Being Made Man

About a month ago, news came out that there had been sexual assaults and gender-based violence at Western University, the alma mater of Jason and Andrew. It was terrible to hear about and difficult to digest, and in this episode, Andrew and Jason try to get to the heart of the issue--the responsibility of being made man, and the gifts that God has written into the very bodies of men that they must be careful and loving stewards of. Also: they don't get into the graphic details of the news, but sharing a warning just in case. Statement of Apology by the Catholic Bishops of Canada to the Indigeneous: https://www.cccb.ca/letter/statement-of-apology-by-the-catholic-bishops-of-canada-to-the-indigenous-peoples-of-this-land/ Canadian Bishops Announce $30M Financial Pledge to Support Healing and Reconciliation Initiatives: https://www.cccb.ca/media-release/canadian-bishops-announce-30m-national-financial-pledge-to-support-healing-and-reconciliation-initiatives/ The Catholic Vision of Morality: Participation in Our Interior Creation in the Image of God. Talk by Fr. Kevin Belgrave given at GT20 https://youtu.be/mRMp1rhxMU8 Living and Growing in the Virtue of Chastity. Talk by Fr. Kevin Belgrave given at GT20 https://youtu.be/LCr6kVLfTGI
Publish date: 2021 - 10 - 6


 
“Road from Emmaus” Ep026 – On Gender and Pronouns

It's been a growing trend over the last couple years that we've been seeing pronouns being put up next to people's names--at work, at school, wherever. As discussion around gender becomes more and more prevalent within society, we as Catholics need to learn how to approach those conversations. And it's okay if you don't know. It's okay to wonder how you should handle these situations, or how immoral you are or aren't being in your pursuit to love your neighbour. On today's episode, Andrew and Jason try to unpack these questions, and they offer their opinions on how they would approach these conversations. Resource for Canadian federal election voting from a Catholic perspective: https://catholicconscience.org/ Also, Bran is a mini poodle, not a mini doodle. Sorry Bran.
Publish date: 2021 - 9 - 18


 
St. Maximilian Kolbe – Love and Hope in Auschwitz

During the Second World War, St. Maximilian Kolbe was arrested by the German Gestapo and imprisoned in Auschwitz concentration camp. He volunteered to die for a fellow inmate. Fountain of Grace takes a look at how St. Maximilian Kolbe brought love and hope to those around him in the darkest place on earth.
Publish date: 2021 - 8 - 28


 
“Road from Emmaus” Ep025 – Virtue Signalling, Humblebragging, Pride, and Humility

Virtue signalling and humblebragging: the grey area between pride and humility. When we spell it out like that, it might seem black and white. But in our journey towards practicing the virtue of humility, it can be the littlest thing that's said or done the wrong way that could maybe misconstrue our initial intent of being humble, and leave us in a position where the spotlight is left on ourselves instead of on Christ. Andrew and Jason dive into this today in what will probably be their most ironic episode ever, as we try to separate true and false humility.
Publish date: 2021 - 8 - 30