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).

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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February 04, 2014

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.

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January 14, 2014

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.

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January 07, 2014

In accord with the teaching of the U. S Bishops, Matthew looks to Holy Scripture in order to apply timeless Biblical wisdom to the challenges of Standing Firm in the Faith in today’s increasingly faith-hostile world.

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December 31, 2013

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.

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December 17, 2013

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.

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December 10, 2013

Matthew unpacks how the Biblical basis for the four Marian dogmas of the Church may be found in the Scripture readings of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

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December 03, 2013

Matthew reveals some “secrets” from Scripture and the liturgy to help lay Catholics better appreciate the treasures of the Holy Mass.

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November 12, 2013

Matthew helps you prepare for the coming Feast of Christ the King by examining the authority of His Kingdom on earth, the Holy Catholic Church.

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November 05, 2013

Matthew closes out his series on the Joys of Being Catholic with a celebration of Living a Sacramental Life.

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September 03, 2013

Why is an Old Testament wisdom book called “the Book of the Church”? Matthew offers an overview of the remarkably relevant Book of Sirach (Ecclesiasticus).

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July 09, 2013

Who makes up “the faithful”? Matthew unpacks Catholic teaching on the authentic role of the laity in the Church today.

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July 02, 2013

Are abortion, contraception, and “same-sex marriage” the irreversible result of inevitable “progress”? Or is it possible to “turn back the clock” by turning back to God?

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June 25, 2013

You are gifted! Matthew shares how to discover and balance your spiritual gifts according to the 12th chapter of St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans.

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June 18, 2013

Matthew reveals startling and little-known facts about the Crusades and Inquisitions – a strong defense against modern misconceptions!

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