Episode 48 - Talk on the Vision for You for the Institute of Catholic Culture, Part 1

This week, I am going to direct you to the first of a series of three talks that I have been invited to give for the Institute of Catholic Culture. In this one, I describe the story of how I met David Birtwistle at a cafe in the King’s Road in Chelsea, London in 1988. As a result of this contact, I asked him to take me through a series of spiritual exercises, even though I was a sour atheist. I describe how he sold me on taking this process. The result of this is that I became an artist, as I had always dreamed, and I became a Catholic (which is beyond anything I’d ever imagined for myself). The link is here. The Institute of Catholic Culture, Part 1. Scroll down to the bottom for the video, which is an hour long.

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Episode 46 - Christopher West on His Techniques for Communicating to a Mass Audience

Episode 46 - Christopher West on His Techniques for Communicating to a Mass Audience

The Way of Beauty Podcast - Episode 46 Christopher West and David Clayton on techniques for popularizing theology and philosophy so as to engage non-believers and believers alike. Our inspiration is St John Chrysostom - ‘golden mouth’ - but each of us can be golden mouthed and honey tongued if we are true to our personal vocation!

Episode 44 - Mary Anne Urlakis Interviews David Clayton, WCAT Radio. The Way of Beauty in the Formation of Seminarians and Lay People.

Episode 44 - Mary Anne Urlakis Interviews David Clayton, WCAT Radio. The Way of Beauty in the Formation of Seminarians and Lay People.

Each of us has a role in the transformation of the culture, and should be encourage to exercise our freedom within those roles. So lay people should by energetic lay people serving the Church, as priests should be energetic priests. All of us can be holy.

Episode 43 - Fr Jeffrey Kirby on His Book For Everyday Mystics

Episode 43 - Fr Jeffrey Kirby on His Book For Everyday Mystics

You don’t need to be a monk or a nun to be a mystic. Every single one of us is meant to be one, and through the Christian tradition this can happen at our local parish church. Fr Jeffrey Kirby’s book tells us how.

Episode 42 - David Clayton on The Book of Kells - Beauty that Beguiled Oliver Cromwell!

Episode 42 - David Clayton on The Book of Kells - Beauty that Beguiled Oliver Cromwell!

Should we create a book like this today? You might think that it is obvious that we should (assuming we have anyone capable of it), but there are some problems - would actually read it if we did? Wouldn’t it just be a museum peice from the moment it is created?

Episode 41 - Paul Jernberg #8 Real parishes, real situations. Reversing the managed decline of your average parish

Episode 41 - Paul Jernberg #8 Real parishes, real situations. Reversing the managed decline of your average parish

How do you turn your average Catholic parish that follows the missalette and is a state of carefully managed decline - it has an aging and declining congregation and doesn’t mind as long as the people who go are happy? How do you persuade a successful Praise and Worship parish - whose liturgy is barely distinguishable from an Evengelical Christian worship - that there is something even better?

Episode 39 - Paul Jernberg #6 Hesychasm, Nepsis and Theosis: the Special Spiritual Impact of Sacred Music

Episode 39 - Paul Jernberg #6 Hesychasm, Nepsis and Theosis: the Special Spiritual Impact of Sacred Music

One of the unique facets of Christian spirituality is contained in the way that sacred music speaks to the heart. This does not happen via the manipulation of emotion, rather the response of the heart preceeds emotion and is more authentic than it.

Episode 37 - Paul Jernberg #4, Sacred Music: How Do We Change the Situation in a Parish

Episode 37 - Paul Jernberg #4, Sacred Music: How Do We Change the Situation in a Parish

Here Paul Jerberg and I discuss what can be done to introduce good sacred music in your parish and the need for a formation for choir directors, priests and bishops. Sacred music is not just a matter of subjectivity - most priests and bishops seem to have lost sight of the fact that there are objective standards.

Episode 36 - Matt Horwitz: The Relevance of Fr Vincent McNabb's Writings on Inspiration, Scripture and Mysticism Today

Episode 36 - Matt Horwitz: The Relevance of Fr Vincent McNabb's Writings on Inspiration, Scripture and Mysticism Today

David Clayton talks to Matt Horwitz, editor of the recently published title by Fr Vincent’ McNabb, originally published in 1903, God’s Dealings with the Minds of Men. As he describes, Fr McNabb’s approach to mysticism and inspiration is refreshing - rational, yet faithful!

Episode 35 - Fr Brad Elliot O.P. : Why Do Christians Flirt with the Errors of Marxism and Democratic Socialism?

Episode 35 - Fr Brad Elliot O.P. : Why Do Christians Flirt with the Errors of Marxism and Democratic Socialism?

Marxism and socialism sees man and his freedom as despensible to the ‘greater good’ which is a flawed understanding of the Christian idea of the common good; it is deliberately decietful in its aims and promotes conflict and misery within society in order to achieve them.