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).

December 16, 2014

Matthew answers the question: Did Pope Francis really say, “All Dogs got to Heaven?” Also, sharing from an article by Mons. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington, Matthew shares a call for better Catholic liturgy from a most unexpected source – Baptist Minister J. Daniel Day!

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December 09, 2014

Guest-host dom. Noah Moerbeek, CPMO shares important truths about the Catholic understanding of Penance in light of the season of Advent and Saint John the Baptist’s call to “prepare the way of the Lord” in our hearts and in our lives.

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December 02, 2014

Matthew welcomes returning guest dom. Noah Moerbeek, CPMO of Alleluia Audiobooks and author/translator Ryan Grant of Mediatrix Press.  Matthew and his special guests discuss the publication of a newly translated book about the little-known Saint Galgano and the true story of the “Sword in the Stone.”

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November 18, 2014

After examining the latest in a long line of media misrepresentations of Pope Francis, Matthew shares some of the interesting and surprising similarities and differences to be found among Catholics and Evangelical Christians – especially in light of the on-going Quest for Christian Unity.

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November 11, 2014

We all have to suffer. Sometimes we have little sorrows, sometimes we face big sufferings.  On this Shield of Faith Matthew shares what spiritual writers have to say about avoiding some of this suffering, how to lessen our suffering and, most especially, how to derive great benefits from every suffering we may have to bear.

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November 04, 2014

The Church teaches that Catholics who enjoy the right to vote have an obligation to exercise that right.  Matthew shares the crucial reasons why that obligation entails supporting candidates of experience and Christian principles who may be expected to act justly in questions of morality.

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October 28, 2014

Recent events have underlined the spiritual danger that social media can pose to modern Catholics.  It is common to see priests, bishops, even the Holy Father being treated with great disrespect and worse. In this program, Matthew reveals that rash judgment and calumny are not the weapons proper to the spiritual battle.

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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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