Matthew welcomes guest author Steve Weidenkopf to talk about his informative new book The Glory of the Crusades.
Regular guest dom. Noah Morebeek, CPMO returns to Shield of Faith to discuss Our Lady of Chivalry and the special relationship between the cult of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Knighthood.
Matthew welcomes Senior Apologist for Catholic Answers Jimmy Akin to discuss his new book, The Drama of Salvation – How God Rescues You from Your Sins and Brings You to Eternal Life.
Back from speaking at a medieval monastery in the village of Ettal in Bavaria, Matthew shares about his trip and one of the topics he addressed there: the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Ark of the New Covenant.
Guest host dom. Noah Morebeek, CPMO conducts a fascinating interview with medievalist blogger James Griffin on the topic of lay piety in the middle ages.
In light of the Church’s modern emphasis on love and mercy, Matthew discusses the enduring value of one of the most misunderstood of the spiritual works of mercy – to admonish the sinner.
dom. Noah Morebeek, CPMO joins Matthew on the important but seldom discussed topic of contrition and whether it’s ever okay for the Church to make people feel like sinners?
On this special Easter broadcast Matthew explores the deep meaning of the resurrection on the lives of Catholics today.
Matthew focuses on the familiar Biblical stories of the Passion of Our Lord and how they apply to our lives today.
On this special Saint Patrick’s Day broadcast, Matthew welcomes returning guest dom. Noah Morebeek, CPMO to uncover many little known facts about the wonderful life, ministry, and prophetic words of “the Apostle of Ireland” and model of all Christians.
In honor of the first week of Lent Matthew discusses the Sacrament of Penance. Also – in the wake of continuing Islamic terrorism – Matthew speaks about how the Church has, once again, become a Church of martyrdom.
On this Shrove Tuesday broadcast, Matthew welcomes recurring guest dom. Noah Morebeek, CPMO. Lent is a time for prayer and on this program Matthew and dom. Noah discuss the history, benefits, and wonders of the Church’s official prayer: the Divine Office.
Matthew commemorates the feast day of Our Lady of Good Success (February 2, the Feast of the Presentation) with his annual broadcast promoting this little-known but fully approved, Marian devotion. He looks at the history of this apparition as well as Mary’s powerful message of hope for the restoration of the Church.
Special guest host dom. Noah Morebeek, CPMO is joined by Phillip Campbell of Unam Sanctam Catholicam to discuss the authority of the Fathers of the Church, what guidance lay people should seek when reading the Fathers, and the importance of the Fathers for the New Evangelization and the laity’s pursuit of holiness.
In the wake of a wave of news stories of terrorism and scandal, Matthew devotes a broadcast to the influence and relevance of the great medieval Doctor of the Church known as the “the Last of the Fathers” — Saint Bernard of Clairvaux.
For the inaugural broadcast of the Year of Our Lord 2015, Matthew welcomes special guest and professor of history Ed Mazza, PhD. The discussion covers the medieval roots of religious tolerance and the work of Dante and Raymond Lull.
Happy New Year! The final Shield of Faith broadcast for 2014 continues with big “T” Liturgical Traditions of Christmas. While the Holiday Season winds down in the secular world, the celebration of the Church is just beginning.
On this 2014 Christmas broadcast, Matthew discusses “our gift” to the newborn King as well as the origin of some small “t” Catholic traditions of Christmas.
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?
In light of recent Satanic events, secularist atheism, and Radical Islam, Matthew discusses the “Five Steps” of religious persecution that Catholics are experiencing today.
From the viewpoint of an adult convert to Catholicism, Matthew offers unique insights into the worthy reception of Holy Communion.
Matthew Shares biblical answers to common objections against Catholic beliefs raised by “Bible Christians.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In keeping with the Easter Season, Matthew examines the Catholic Church’s beliefs and practices regarding the reception of Holy Communion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
On this special Shrove Tuesday broadcast, Matthew unpacks the meaning, practices, and traditions of Lent.
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 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.
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.
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.