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Can men and women be friends?

I tackle the somewhat controversial subject of whether men and women can be “just friends” on this Christopher Closeup podcast with host Tony Rossi.

Some of you of a certain age may remember this pop culture debate from the “When Harry Met Sally” era, but what I’m talking about isn’t just friendship but spiritual friendship. The short answer is, yes, men and women can have purely platonic but deeply intimate spiritual friendships when they are grounded in God. Curious? Check out the podcast link below.

Click HERE and listen.

A word of caution

In case any of you have taken my advice and have started downloading daily podcasts from Pray-as-You-Go, I feel the need to print what I hope is only a temporary disclaimer. Back when I first mentioned my new obsession with the 10-minute podcasts that offer reflections on daily Scripture readings set to an eclectic mix of music, I mentioned that as soon as I heard the soothing female voice with the British accent, I could feel my tense shoulders starting to relax. Well, I don’t know what they’ve done with that woman, but they’ve replaced her with Eliza Doolittle — before Henry Higgins set out to turn her into a proper English lady. Read more

Get my Christopher Closeup podcast

You can check out my interview with Tony Rossi on Christopher Closeup by clicking HERE. It will take you to the main page where you will be able to download not only the podcast featuring yours truly, but, among others, podcasts with Passion of the Christ actor Jim Caviezel, CNN Vatican analyst Delia Gallagher, and former American Idol finalist Phil Stacey. Kind of cool company to be hanging with, even if it is only on a Web site. (I have to take my thrills where I can get them.) Thanks to Tony for the radio interview and the podcast.

Praying by podcast

I’m always trying to find new ways to squeeze prayer and Scripture and reflection into my busy days. I have the best of intentions, but, more often than not, I get to the end of the day and realize that I never found so much as five minutes for God. That has changed thanks to the miracle of podcasting. I am now a “Pray-As-You-Go” podcast junkie, waiting for my daily 10-minute Scripture fix to calm my worried mind and take me to a quiet place if only for a little while.

Pray-As-You-Go, which is available on iTunes, gives you a lot of bang for the buck, especially since it’s free. Produced by the Jesuit Media Initiative of London, the podcast begins with music — sometimes traditional chant, sometimes contemporary, sometimes ethnic, always wonderful. Then it continues with one of the Scripture readings of the day, followed by questions to prod you into deeper reflection. The reading is read a second time with further reflection points. Read more

Check out my first podcast interview

Hey, I’m back from New York and the papal visit, and just in time to tell you about my first experience on podcast. That’s right. You can now download me from iTunes. (Search “Catholic Spotlight.) I think I have arrived!

Chris Cash of Catholic Spotlight interviewed me last week about my new book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Catholic Catechism. Click HERE to listen to the interview. It’s about 25 minutes long, so make sure you have snacks and a comfy chair.

Chris also put out a nifty email flyer about my book. Check it out HERE.