Week 6: Learning to Love: Relationships, Psychology, & Our Ultimate Vocation

October 18, 2012 — Dr. Sodergren, clinical psychologist and graduate of the Institute of Psychological Sciences (IPS) in Arlington, VA was with us tonight to speak on “learning to love.”  Dr. Sodergren is currently working at Ruah Woods and teaches a course at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Sodergren spoke tonight about how our attachments and relationships early on in our lives affect our relationships later in life, as well as our relationship with God.  Dr. Sodergren explained that the significance of learning how we are affected by our early attachments enables us to learn about ourselves, where we need to grow, and to better understand how we can change.

We are grateful to all of our speakers this season for sharing their time and talents with us.

Please join us this Saturday, October 21st for our end of the season party @ Christina’s house.

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Week 5: What Should I Do Next? Decision Making According to St. Ignatius of Loyola

October 11, 2012 — Al Cucchetti, from the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, Ohio, joined Theology on Tap tonight to talk about discernment and Christian decision making according to St. Ignatius of Loyola.  Al shared with us practical ways to discern God’s will throughout any small or big decision in our lives.  If you are interested in learning more about Ignatian discernment and retreats offered at the Jesuit Spiritual Center, please explore the link below:

Jesuit Spiritual Center

Al Cucchetti on Christian decision making according to St. Ignatius of Loyola

Week 3: Confession: Wiping the Slate Clean

September 27, 2012 — Fr. Eric Bowman was with us tonight to talk about Confession.  Below are some of the highlights of his talk:

“Confession is our way of keeping our eyes on Christ…When we focus more on our surroundings than on Christ, we forget how to swim (St. Peter)…God does not change because God is perfect.  Our society is constantly changing because it is imperfect…”

-Daily suggestions to increase spiritual awareness and contrition:
1) Nightly Examination of Conscience (things we have and haven’t done)

-Book Recommendations:
1) Divine Intimacy (Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen)
2) The Life of Christ  (Archbishop Fulton Sheen)
3) Catholic Martyrs of the 20th Century (Robert Royal)
4) With God in Russia (Walter J. Ciszek)

Fr. Eric Bowman on “Confession: Wiping the Slate Clean”

Week 2: Living Our Faith: Growing in Holiness Through Daily Work

September 20, 2012 — Kevin Lowry, CEO of The Coming Home Network International was with us tonight to speak about how we can live out our faith through our daily work, no matter where we are or what our work entails.  Kevin touched on topics such as personal sanctity, the importance of taking a sincere interest in others, ways to prioritize life, the use of our talents, and more which are included in his new book entitled, “Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck”.  To find out more information about Kevin’s work and his new book, please visit:

Grateful Convert

Kevin Lowry on “Faith at Work”

Week 1: Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: A Night on Forgiveness and Reconciliation

September 13, 2012 — Rachel Muha was with us tonight to share with us her very personal experience with forgiveness.  Rachel states that “forgiveness is to refuse to have any ill will towards the person who has hurt us and to choose to have good will towards that person who has hurt us.”  Rachel describes good will as “wanting and doing what is good for the person.”  In 1999, Rachel founded The Brian Muha Memorial Foundation, which includes Run the Race, a program that seeks to spread a positive influence on society by helping young people, especially inner-city youth develop virtues and attitudes that support “ever-lasting happiness” as well as academic success. To read more about Rachel’s story or to donate to Rachel’s ministry, please visit the websites below:

The Brian Muha Foundation

Run The Race Club

Rachel Muha on Forgiveness at Theology on Tap