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Show Notes for Tuesday, 2/23/2021

Happy feast of St. Polycarp of Smryna! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell talk more about the first reliable account of a Christian martyrdom outside the New Testament. Guests include Fr. Boniface Hicks, OSB, on the role of affirmation in spiritual direction, Mike Aquilina on the history of Lent in the early Church, Dr. Ryan Hanning on making a habit out of humility, Joseph Pearce on Christ figures in Lord of the Rings, and Steve Ray on jokes and riddles in the Bible. Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more…

Fr. Boniface Hicks, author of Spiritual Direction

Marlon de la Torre is online at knowingisdoing.org.

Fr. Sebastian Walshe, author of Secrets from Heaven

Joseph Pearce, author of Frodo’s Journey

Mike Aquilina, author of The Fathers of the Church

Dr. Ryan Hanning, author of The Willpower Advantage

Steve Ray is online at catholicconvert.com.

Kevin Schmiesing is online at fvinstitute.org.

Rita Heikenfeld is online at abouteating.com.

Steven Howard is online at indefenseofchristians.org.

Danielle Bean is online at catholicmom.com.


A Prayer to St. Peter Damian for Insomniacs

St. Peter Damian, you were an insomniac for a long period of time. You understand how difficult it is to function after a sleepless night, how hard it is to be kind, understanding and loving when you are exhausted, how frustrating it is to be tired and unable to do your best. Please intercede for us before the throne of God and ask that if it be His will, they may be able to sleep at night and no longer suffer from insomnia. If it is not God’s will at this time, we ask for the grace to use any sleepless hours as a time of prayer, offering that sleeplessness for the souls who most need God’s love and mercy. Amen.