The Mystery of Sleep – Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World

Every day, creatures all over the world just shut down, lose consciousness, and then start back up again hours later and science still isn’t sure why it happens. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore the mystery of sleep, why it’s necessary, and how we can get more of this precious commodity.

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The Weekly Francis – 06 May 2020

This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 31 March 2020 to 6 May 2020.

Daily Homilies (fervorinos)

Papal Tweets

  • ““Work” is the word the Bible uses to describe God’s creative activity: “God completed the work He had been doing” (Gen 2:2). God entrusted this task to mankind: Work is the human vocation. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 1 May 2020
  • “Let us rediscover the beauty of praying the #Rosary at home during May! At the end of each Rosary, we can recite a prayer asking for Mary’s intercession, that the Lord might free us from this pandemic and life might serenely resume its normal course. Letter Image@Pontifex 1 May 2020
  • “Let us #PrayTogether for government leaders who are responsible for taking care of their people. May the Lord grant them strength and teach them that they need to show great unity in moments of crisis for the good of the people, because unity is superior to conflict.” @Pontifex 2 May 2020
  • “A crisis is the moment to make a choice. This pandemic is a time of social crisis. How should we react? With perseverance, silence, and fidelity to God and decisions made earlier. A moment of crisis is like passing through fire to become stronger. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 2 May 2020
  • “Let us turn this time of #pandemic into a test case to prepare for our collective future. Without an all-embracing vision, there will be no future for anyone.” @Pontifex 2 May 2020
  • “Good Shepherd Sunday is a beautiful Sunday, one of peace, meekness, and tenderness because our Shepherd cares for us. ”The Lord is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want“ (Ps 23). #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 3 May 2020
  • “Let us #PrayTogether for the many pastors who give their lives for the faithful.I think often of priests,as well as other pastors who care for the good of the people: doctors. May the example of these shepherds,priests and doctors help us care for the holy,faithful people of God.” @Pontifex 3 May 2020
  • “Let us #PrayTogether today for #vocations, asking the Lord for the gift of good workers for His Kingdom, whose hearts and hands are open to His love. [Message(]http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/vocations/documents/papa-francesco_20200308_57-messaggio-giornata-mondiale-vocazioni.html)” @Pontifex 3 May 2020
  • “During the current crisis, we need good, free journalism that serves all people, especially those who do not have a voice: journalism that is dedicated to the search for truth and which opens paths toward communion and peace. #WPFD2020” @Pontifex 3 May 2020
  • “During the quarantine, families try to do a lot of new things. There’s so much creativity to keep going. But sometimes there’s also domestic violence. Let us #PrayTogether for families, that they might persevere in peace, with creativity and patience during the quarantine.” @Pontifex 4 May 2020
  • “Some ideas cause division to the point that the idea is more important than the Holy Spirit who guides us. May the Lord free us from divisions, and help us understand this great mystery of Jesus: He is everyone’s Shepherd, in Him we are all brothers and sisters. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 4 May 2020
  • “I welcome the proposal of the Higher Committee for #HumanFraternity that believers of all religions should unite spiritually on 14 May for a day of prayer and fasting, to implore God to help humanity overcome the #coronavirus. #PrayTogether” @Pontifex 4 May 2020
  • “Today we pray for the deceased who have died because of the pandemic. They have died alone, without the caresses of their loved ones. So many did not even have a funeral. May the Lord receive them into His glory. #PrayTogether” @Pontifex 5 May 2020
  • “There are certain attitudes that do not allow us to progress in knowledge of the Lord: wealth, apathy, rigidity, clericalism, worldliness… Freedom is lacking, and we cannot follow Jesus without that freedom. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 5 May 2020
  • “Video” @Pontifex 5 May 2020
  • “Let us #PrayTogether for men and women who work in the media. They have risked much and worked tirelessly during this pandemic. May the Lord help them always in their task to transmit the truth. Santa Marta Mass@Pontifex 6 May 2020
  • “It is not easy to live in the light. The light makes us see many ugly things within us: vices, pride, the worldly spirit. But Jesus tells us: ”Take courage; let yourself be enlightened, because I save you“. Let us not be afraid of Jesus’s light! #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 6 May 2020
  • “#Prayer is the breath of faith. It is like a cry that comes forth from the heart of the believer and is entrusted to God. Faith is having two raised hands and a voice that cries out to implore the gift of salvation. #GeneralAudience” @Pontifex 6 May 2020

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Image of the Fendahl – The Secrets of Doctor Who

The 4th Doctor encounters an impossible million-year-old human skull with psychic powers, a witch cult, and an obsessed tech tycoon. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss this creepy tale that features Benedict Cumberbatch’s mom as the guest star.

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The Last Outpost (TNG) – The Secrets of Star Trek

When The Next Generation appeared, they were supposed to have an ominous new villain: The Ferengi. But as Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss, their first appearance in The Last Outpost was anything but intimidating. Is there anything about the Ferengi to salvage in this story?

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Waco Siege: The Evidence (David Koresh, Branch Davidians, Texas Apocalypse) – Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World

Federal agents stormed a religious commune in Waco, Texas, on April 19, 1993 after a months-long siege, leaving dozens dead. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli are back to consider the allegations of government misconduct, coverup, and conspiracy; examine the evidence; and seek the truth of what happened.

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The Weekly Francis – 30 April 2020

This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 20 April 2020 to 30 April 2020.

Daily Homilies (fervorinos)

General Audiences

Letters

Prayers

Regina Caeli

Papal Tweets

  • “We pray today for teachers who have to work so hard to take lessons via the internet and other media channels, and we also pray for students who have to take exams in a way they are not used to. Let us accompany them with prayer. Santa Marta Mass – YouTube@Pontifex 24 April 2020
  • “Jesus formed the hearts of the Apostles to serve the people.He taught them the pastoral attitude of being near the people of God.Pastoral ministry is not accomplished with structures, but with the heart of a shepherd.Let us #PrayTogether for the Church’s pastors.#HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 24 April 2020
  • “As we look ahead to a slow and arduous recovery from the pandemic, the risk is that an even worse virus may strike us: that of a selfish indifference that forgets those who are left behind.” @Pontifex 24 April 2020
  • “Let us #PrayTogether for those who provide funeral services. What they do is so painful, so sad, and they are touched deeply by the pain of this pandemic. Let us pray for them.” @Pontifex 25 April 2020
  • “Today the Church celebrates the Feast of St Mark, one of the four Evangelists, the first to write a Gospel. It has a very simple style. If you have time today, read it. The simplicity with which he recounts the Lord’s life makes for an enjoyable read.” @Pontifex 25 April 2020
  • “The #GospelOfTheDay contains the Lord’s final greeting: ”Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel“ (Mk 16:15). Faith always carries us out of ourselves. The faith needs to be transmitted and offered above all with witness. Go out so that people might see how you live.” @Pontifex 25 April 2020
  • “Dear brothers and sisters, I offer you the texts of two prayers to Our Lady which you can recite at the end of the #Rosary. I too will recite them during the month of May, uniting myself spiritually to you. #PrayTogether Vatican Holy Rosary Links@Pontifex 25 April 2020
  • “Contemplating together the face of Christ with the heart of Mary,as we pray the #Rosary, will make us more united as a spiritual family and will help us to overcome this trial. I will pray for you, especially for those who are suffering the most. Please, pray for me.#PrayTogether” @Pontifex 25 April 2020
  • “While we are combating #coronavirus, we must continue the effort to prevent and cure #malaria which threatens millions of persons in many countries. I am near to all who are sick, to those who care for them.” @Pontifex 25 April 2020
  • “Let us #PrayTogether for all those who are suffering from sadness, because they are alone, do not know what future awaits them, or cannot take care of their family because they have no job. Let us pray for them today. Santa Marta Mass – YouTube@Pontifex 26 April 2020
  • “What patience the Lord has with each of us! He respects our situation, walks at our side as He did with the disciples of Emmaus, and listens to our dissatisfactions. He respects us. He enjoys listening to how we speak so as to understand us well and give us the correct response.” @Pontifex 26 April 2020
  • “The #GospelOfTheDay (Lk 24:13–35) teaches us that two opposite directions are set before us in life: The path of those who let themselves be paralysed by disappointments and trudge along sadly. Then there is the path of those who put Jesus and others before their own problems.” @Pontifex 26 April 2020
  • “Let us #PrayTogether for artists, who have a great capacity for creativity and show us the path forward through beauty. May the Lord grant each of us the grace of creativity in this moment.” @Pontifex 27 April 2020
  • “At times in life we distance ourselves from the Lord and lose the freshness of the first call. Let us ask for the grace to always go back to that first encounter, in which He looked at us, spoke to us, and placed in us the desire to follow Him. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 27 April 2020
  • “At this time, as indications emerge for a way out of quarantine, we pray that the Lord will grant us the grace of prudence and obedience to these indications, so that the pandemic does not return. #PrayTogether” @Pontifex 28 April 2020
  • “Many times we make comments that set off a small daily lynching. May the Lord help us to be righteous in our judgments and not to begin or follow gossip that provokes an undeserved condemnation. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 28 April 2020
  • “Easter brings us this message: the message of rebirth. We can be reborn with the same strength that raised up the Lord: with the strength of God.” @Pontifex 28 April 2020
  • “On the feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church and Patroness of Europe, let us #PrayTogether for the unity of the European Union, so that we might all move ahead together as brothers and sisters.” @Pontifex 29 April 2020
  • “When confessing our sins we must not be abstract, but simple and concrete like children: ”I am a sinner because of this, this and this.“ This leads me to feel ashamed. Being concrete makes me serious rather than vaguely feel a sense of being a sinner. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 29 April 2020
  • “Being poor in spirit, mourning, meekness, thirsting for holiness, showing mercy, purity of heart, and being a peacemaker can lead to persecution for Christ’s sake. But in the end, this persecution is a cause for joy and great reward in heaven. #Beatitudes” @Pontifex 29 April 2020
  • “Let us #PrayTogether today for those who have died because of the pandemic, and in a special way for the ”anonymous“ dead.” @Pontifex 30 April 2020
  • “Our witness opens the way for others. Our prayer opens the door to the Father’s heart. Let us ask the Lord that we might live our work with witness and prayer, so that the Father might draw people to Jesus. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 30 April 2020
  • “Christianity is not only a doctrine, a way of behaving, a culture. Yes, it is also these things. But the core of Christianity is an encounter: the encounter with Jesus. A Christian is a person who has encountered Jesus Christ, and was open to that encounter.” @Pontifex 30 April 2020

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Waters of Mars – The Secrets of Doctor Who

Time Lord Victorious! Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha talk about this penultimate story of the 10th Doctor’s arc before he regenerates and the end of the first era of modern Doctor Who. The story shows us the danger of a Doctor unchecked and unregulated by either Time Lords or Companions.

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – The Secrets of Star Trek

STIV was a classic “fish out of water” story (see what we did there?) and is much loved. Jimmy Akin, Dom Bettinelli, and Fr. Cory Sticha discuss the quotable lines, the philosophical questions, and the whale conservation story that may have actually saved some whales.

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David Koresh (Waco Siege, Branch Davidians, Texas Apocalypse) – Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World

The Branch Davidian siege in Waco, Texas, came to a tragic end 26 years ago this month, leaving more than 70 men, women, and children dead. Jimmy Akin and Dom Bettinelli explore who the Branch Davidians were, what David Koresh believed, whether those deaths could have been avoided, and what’s the truth about the Waco siege.

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The Weekly Francis – 23 April 2020

This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 21 March 2020 to 23 April 2020.

Daily Homilies (fervorinos)

General Audiences

Homilies

Regina Caeli

Papal Tweets

  • “Let us #PrayTogether for pharmacists. They are working hard, together with doctors and nurses, to help the sick get better. Santa Marta Mass – YouTube@Pontifex 16 April 2020
  • “The #GospelOfTheDay (Lk 24:35–48) is one of my favorites: ”Their joy kept them from believing“ (v. 41). To be filled with joy: It is not merely being happy, positive, but is something else. It is to be filled with consolation, filled with the Lord’s presence. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 16 April 2020
  • “The joy of the Lord is your strength (Neh 8:10). The joy of the Lord is the great strength we possess which drives us to continue being witnesses of life. Today let us ask for the grace of this joy, which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 16 April 2020
  • “Let us #PrayTogether for expectant women who will become mothers and who ask themselves: ”What type of world will my child live in?“. May the Lord give them the courage and confidence that it will certainly be a different world, but also one which the Lord will love tremendously.” @Pontifex 17 April 2020
  • “The disciples had progressed in familiarity with the Lord. May the Lord also teach us this familiarity with Him, which is personal, but always communitarian: a familiarity in everyday life, in the sacraments, in the midst of the people of God. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 17 April 2020
  • “We remember the difficult task entrusted to healthcare providers, nurses and doctors, in caring for persons with disabilities who have come down with Covid–19. Let us #PrayTogether for persons with disabilities and those who assist them.” @Pontifex 18 April 2020
  • “Where does the Apostles’ courage come from? It is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Boldness – courage – is a gift that the Lord gives on the day of Pentecost. The Christian mission is born from this gift of the Holy Spirit. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 18 April 2020
  • “Today the simple and disarming love of Jesus revives the heart of Thomas (Jn 20,19–31). Like the apostle Thomas, let us accept mercy, the salvation of the world. And let us show mercy to those who are most vulnerable; for only in this way will we build a new world.” @Pontifex 19 April 2020
  • “The faithful and patient mercy of God never tires of reaching out to lift us up when we fall. He wants us to see him, not as a taskmaster with whom we have to settle accounts, but as our Father who always raises us up. #DivineMercySunday” @Pontifex 19 April 2020
  • “The Lord waits for us to offer him our failings so that he can help us experience his mercy. #DivineMercySunday Homily@Pontifex 19 April 2020
  • “Let us #PrayTogether for the men and women who have a vocation to political life, which is a high form of charity. We pray for political parties in various nations, so that in this pandemic they might together seek the good of the country and not the good of their own party.” @Pontifex 20 April 2020
  • “To be Christian is not only to fulfill the Commandments, but ”to be born again“ and allow the Spirit to enter in us and carry us wherever He wants. This is the freedom of the Spirit. May the Lord help us always to be docile to the Spirit. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 20 April 2020
  • “The Christian response to the storms of life and history can only be mercy: compassionate love among us and toward everyone, especially toward those who suffer, who have more difficulties, and are abandoned.” @Pontifex 20 April 2020
  • “There’s a lot of silence at this moment. May this silence, which is a bit new to what we are accustomed, teach us how to listen. Let us #PrayTogether that we might grow in our ability to listen. Santa Marta Mass – YouTube@Pontifex 21 April 2020
  • “Many things can divide communities: money, vanity, gossip. But the Spirit comes to save us from divisions. The Holy Spirit is the Master of harmony. He creates harmony in the community, because He Himself is harmony, the harmony between the Father and the Son. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 21 April 2020
  • “In the time of trial that we are presently undergoing, we experience our frailty. We need the Lord, who sees an irrepressible beauty beyond that frailty. With Him we rediscover how precious we are, even in our vulnerability.” @Pontifex 21 April 2020
  • “At this moment in which unity among us is very necessary, let us pray for Europe, so that it might succeed in creating the fraternal unity which the founding fathers drempt of for the European Community. #PrayTogether Santa Marta Mass – YouTube@Pontifex 22 April 2020
  • “When we are in a state of sin, we are like ”human bats“ who can move about only at night. We find it easier to live in darkness because the light reveals to us what we do not want to see. But then our eyes grow accustomed to darkness and we no longer recognize the light.” @Pontifex 22 April 2020
  • “Let us allow the love of God – who sent His Son Jesus – to enter into us, and help us see with the light of the Spirit. Let us ask ourselves: Do I walk in the light or in darkness? Am I a child of God? Or have I ended up like a poor ”bat“? #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 22 April 2020
  • “Earth Day is an occasion to renew our commitment to love our common home, which is not a warehouse to exploit. Let us care for it and for the weakest members of our human family. #EarthDay50 Audience@Pontifex 22 April 2020
  • “There are families in need who cannot work and have nothing to eat. Then along come usurers to take what little they have. Let us #PrayTogether for these families’ dignity. And let us pray also for the usurers, that the Lord might touch their hearts and convert them.” @Pontifex 23 April 2020
  • “Peter’s secret weapon is Jesus’s prayer. Jesus prays for Peter that his faith might not fail. What He did with Peter He does for all of us. Jesus prays for us before the Father, showing His wounds, the price of our salvation. #HomilySantaMarta” @Pontifex 23 April 2020
  • “The pandemic reminds us there are no differences or borders between those who suffer. We are all frail, all equal, all precious. May we be profoundly shaken: Now is the time to eliminate inequalities and heal the injustice undermining the health of the entire human family!” @Pontifex 23 April 2020

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