Our new Pope Francis

Our new Pope Francis I

First Jesuit, first South American, first named Francis, and his first Apostolic Blessing that is given to the City of Rome and to the entire world.

As cardinal he cooked for himself, took the bus to work, refused to live in a palace but lived in an apartment instead. WOW! Change is coming!!!

Catholic fasting via voluntary penance and redemptive suffering w/ Matthew Leonard

Matthew Leonard and I share about a renewed understanding of fasting when observed through the lens of Catholicism via voluntary penance and redemptive suffering. The son of a Protestant pastor, Matthew served as a missionary in Latin America previous to his conversion to Catholicism in 1998.

After entering the Church, he obtained a Master’s degree in Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville and is now is the Executive Director of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology (http://bit.ly/nD86jb) and you can follow Matthew on Twitter @MattSLeonard.

Interview on “The Journey Home” with Marcus Grodi

Here’s the archive of my interview on EWTN’s “The Journey Home” with Marcus Grodi that aired tonight. I explained how I got to Russia, met my wife, became an ordained Vineyard pastor and church planter, joined staff at the International House of Prayer Official Page, then finally returned to the Church of my childhood by reading the lives of Catholic saints and mystics mixed with fasting.