My Writings. My Thoughts.
// February 13th, 2013 // Comments Off // Uncategorized
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).
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.
Matthew belatedly celebrates the Feast of the Purification with the story of the little-known but fully Church-approved devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title Our Lady of Good Success and the importance of this devotion for the Church and the world.
Matthew leads another a “Scripture Quest” to seek answers to the critical spirit that affects so many today. On this Biblical journey, you’ll discover practical examples of Faithfulness from the Old Testament accounts of the tabernacle in the desert, the conquest of Canaan, David sparing Saul and more.
In response to Catholics around the country (especially Catholic men) Matthew implements Shield of Faith’s 2014 New Year’s resolution to develop a more Scripture-centered approach to confronting the many challenges facing Catholic lay-people today.
Merry Christmas! In this special broadcast, Matthew reflects on a forgotten aspect of the celebration of Advent as well as profound words from Pope Francis, Blessed John Paul II, and others to discover a fuller meaning of the Feast of the Nativity.