Shield of Faith with Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold is an engaging Catholic speaker and author, but his primary vocation is that of husband and father of six. Each week on the live program Shield of Faith, Matthew and his guests confront the many challenges facing faithful Catholics today. Whether the topic is literature or liturgy, the papacy or pop culture, the focus of Shield of Faith is the authentic role of laypeople according to the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (Apostolicum Actuositatem), the universal call to holiness, and Saint Paul’s admonition to “put on the armor of God” (Ephesians 6.10ff).

October 21, 2014

Matthew welcomes special guest Dolores Cullen.  An author, Chaucer scholar, and 3rd order Franciscan, Mrs. Cullen presents her rediscovery of the hidden meaning behind Chaucer’s timeless masterwork The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer’s personal conversion, and the true identity of his band of pilgrims.

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October 14, 2014

Here Matthew unpacks the media’s “spin” on the publication of the initial “relatio” from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family and continues his conversation on the New Evangelization with an examination of the Person of Jesus: True God and True Man.

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October 07, 2014

On this Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, Matthew examines what it means to “speak the truth in love.”  Now more than ever, the Gospel must be presented with clarity as well as charity; because the need to present the Faith in a direct and cogent manner is essential to winning hearts and minds to Christ.

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September 30, 2014

In this timely edition of Shield of Faith, Matthew discusses the Quest for Christian Unity in light of Our Lord’s prayer that His followers “all be one” and His desire that “all be saved and come to a knowledge of the Truth.”

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September 16, 2014

In this “Maria-thon” broadcast Matthew relates his on-going gratitude for the role played by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin in his own conversion and continues his series on the Precepts of the Church.

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September 09, 2014

What are the precepts of the Church? And what do they mean to Catholics in light of troubling events in the world and the Church today?

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September 02, 2014

In light of recent Satanic events, secularist atheism, and Radical Islam, Matthew discusses the “Five Steps” of religious persecution that Catholics are experiencing today.

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August 26, 2014

From the viewpoint of an adult convert to Catholicism, Matthew offers unique insights into the worthy reception of Holy Communion.

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August 19, 2014

Matthew Shares biblical answers to common objections against Catholic beliefs raised by “Bible Christians.”

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August 12, 2014

Matthew continues his reflections on the importance of understanding the miracles of Jesus for life today with a reflection on the Gospel for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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August 5, 2014

Was the Miracle of the loaves and fishes really a miracle? Matthew shares the importance of this Gospel event on our understanding of the Holy Eucharist. Plus – how to love our enemies.

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July 29, 2014

Is keeping the Ten Commandments necessary to follow Christ’s Great Commandment of Love of God and neighbor? Matthew unpacks the meaning of the Decalogue for Catholics today.

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July 22, 2014

Love is being used today as an excuse to justify behaviors that are contrary to the Catholic Faith. Matthew explores the true meaning of Love as found in the Great Commandment.

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July 15, 2014

Jesus said, “He who has ears, let him hear.” On this Shield of Faith broadcast, Matthew unpacks the meaning of this verse and other important words from the Parable of the Sower in light of yet another media misrepresentation of Pope Francis.

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July 08, 2014

Responding to a proposed “Satanic Black Mass” in Oklahoma this coming September, Matthew takes the opportunity to share the Catholic truth about the angels (faithful and fallen) according to Scripture and Tradition.

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July 01, 2014

In the final installment of his series on the Holy Eucharist, Matthew offers a comparison of some of the main features of the two expressions (ordinary and extraordinary) of the Roman rite; highlighting both what has changed, and what has remained the same, in the celebration of the Holy Mass today.

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June 24, 2014

Continuing his series on the Holy Eucharist, Matthew discusses the reasons behind Pope Paul VI’s promulgation of the Novus Ordo Missae as well as Benedict XVI’s motu proprio liberating the celebration of the pre-Vatican II Mass.

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June 10, 2014

Continuing his presentation of the Holy Eucharist, Matthew unpacks what every lay Catholic needs to know about the connection between the Last Supper and the Holy Mass.

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June 03, 2014

In keeping with the Easter Season, Matthew examines the Catholic Church’s beliefs and practices regarding the reception of Holy Communion.

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May 20, 2014

Matthew has long equated the Catholic lay apostolate with the ideal of chivalry. On this program, Matthew reviews how this is reflected in the Vatican II document Apostolicum Actuositatem.

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May 13, 2014

What we believe impacts our emotions and behavior everyday. Examining the power of truth in our lives, Matthew exposes the faulty thinking that can keep us from the Truth that sets us free.

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May 06, 2014

On this edition of Shield of Faith, Matthew discusses Christian Perfection in light of the feast of a great Saint of Chivalry: Pope Saint Pius V.

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April 15, 2014

Our Blessed King spoke seven “words” from the altar of the Holy Cross. Since His every breath was an agony, these words must have been of great importance. On this episode of Shield of Faith Matthew reveals why they have been the source of fruitful meditation for generations of Catholic Saints.

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April 08, 2014

Matthew unpacks the deep meaning of Christ’s example of how to stand up for teh honor of God found in the traditional readings for Passion Sunday (aka Judiac Sunday).

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April 01, 2014

Matthew shares of the gospel readings of both the Ordinary and Extraordinay forms for this Latare Sunday – the Healing of the Man Born Blind and the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes – and how they relate to our lives today.

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March 25, 2014

In light of the release of the epic Hollywood movie “Noah,” special guest host dom. Noah Moerbeek, CPMO, examines the importance of the Biblical story of Noah in the lives of Christians today, and for the new Evangelization.

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March 11, 2014

Continuing the year’s Lenten series of broadcasts, Matthew unpacks the Scriptural account of the Temptation of Our Lord and reveals its significance for our meaningful and fruitful experience of Lent today.

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February 18, 2014

On the anniversary of Benedict XVI’s abdication of the papal throne, Matthew reflects on the Pope Emeritus’ “medieval” Pontificate and its impact on understanding the lay vocation as a call to sanctify the secular order through the virtues of chivalry.

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