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Episode 32:

We’ve all suffered through too many embarrassments to count. That’s just part of being human. Sometimes we do things to embarrass ourselves. Sometimes we do or say something that causes other people to do or say something that embarrasses us.

Another sort of embarrassment is one I call an embarrassment of charity. That’s when you find yourself embarrassed for other people. The reason for your embarrassment isn’t because you think the other people are stupid, but rather because you realize they don’t realize they should be embarrassed for themselves.

The last time I can recall experiencing this embarrassment of charity was about four or four and a half years ago. Tune in to find out what that is!

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Catholic Apologetics

Among these books and CDs, I can recommend them because I’ve either read them, hears them, or I know the author and thus know what he teaches. These are all very good.

Beginning Apologetics Super Set

How Not to Share Your Faith: The Seven Deadly Sins of Apologetics and Evangelization

Will Catholics Be Left Behind: A Critique of the Rapture and Today’s Prophecy Preachers (Modern Apologetics Library)

Why Be Catholic?: Ten Answers to a Very Important Question

A Daily Defense: Apologetics Lessons for Every Day Paperback – by Jimmy Akin I’ve known Jimmy for years. He’s another old Ozark Mountain boy!

Amazing Grace for the Catholic Heart: 101 Stories of Faith, Hope, Inspiration & Humor

An Answer Not An Argument: Essays on Apologetics

Catholic Apologetics Today: Answers to Modern Critics Paperback – by William G. Most Fr. Most (RIP) was my friend and one of the finest theologians I’ve ever known.

The Essential Catholic Survival Guide

150 Bible Verses Every Catholic Should Know

Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine

Catholic Verse Finder-Large Edition

How to Do Apologetics: Making the Case for Our Faith

A Pocket Guide to Catholic Apologetics

Why I Am Catholic (and You Should Be Too)

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass: Understanding What We Say and Do in the Liturgy

Why We’re Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope, and Love

Tim Staples

I’ve known Tim for about seven years. He’s a great apologist!

The Gospel Truth About Mary: Mary, Mother of God & the Immaculate Conception 6 Disc Audio CD Set Audio-CD

The Gospel Truth About Mary Volume II: Mary’s Perpetual Virginity and Assumption  6 Disc Audio CD Set

Nuts & Bolts: A Practical Guide for Explaining and Defending the Catholic Faith

Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines

Call No Woman Father Audio CD

Five Non Negotiables-The Catholic Church’s Teaching on Abortion, Euthanasia, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Human Cloning, and Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Audio CD

Sword of the Spirit – Defending Six Central Catholic Teachings Audio CD

New Eve, Mediatrix, and Mother Audio CD

Last Call Audio CD

Catholic Answers To Common Objections Audio CD

Defending Your Faith: How to Counter Standard Objections to Catholicism DVD

Karl Keating

Karl has been a friend of mine for more than 25 years. I recommend everything he does.

Controversies: High-Level Catholic Apologetics

The Usual Suspects: Answering Anti-Catholic Fundamentalists

Debating Catholicism

The Bible Battle (Debating Catholicism) (Volume 1)

High Desert Showdown (Debating Catholicism) (Volume 2)

Tracking Down the True Church (Debating Catholicism) (Volume 3)

Face Off with an Ex-Priest (Debating Catholicism) (Volume 4)

Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on “Romanism” by “Bible Christians”

What Catholics Really Believe: Answers to Common Misconceptions About the Faith

Dr. Scott Hahn

I’ve only known Scott for about six years, but I’ve been reading and listening to his work since I became a Catholic. Scott is a professor of biblical theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Evangelizing Catholics: A Mission Manual for the New Evangelization

Signs of Life: 40 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots

A Father Who Keeps His Promises

Catholic for A Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God

Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith

Catholic for a Reason Box Set

Dr. Peter Kreeft

I’ve known Dr. Kreeft and read his work for over 25 years. He is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and a convert.

Forty Reasons I Am a Catholic

Handbook of Catholic Apologetics: Reasoned Answers to Questions of Faith

Handbook of Christian Apologetics

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The Best of What We Believe… Why We Believe It—Volume One

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Catechism Of The Catholic Church


“The greatest tragedy in the Catholic Church is the ignorance of the laity.”—Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman


What We Believe… Why We Believe It—the weekly bulletin insert to educate your parishioners!

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Catholic News Notes


ACLU sues Alaska over governor defunding pro-abortion state Supreme Court


Texas Gov. signs bill making it illegal to kill babies who survive abortion


Just Announced Anti-Antifa Protest in Portland: Joe Biggs Has ‘Had Enough of These Masked Commie Bastards Attacking Civilians.’


Man who identifies as ‘female’ asks township to approve LGBT pool party for ‘topless’ 12-year-olds, no parents


US Bishop calls out brother bishops: ‘Deposit of faith has been fragmented and corrupted’

Catholic Stories

This episode features a story about an entire parish that died.

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About the author, Joe Sixpack The Every Catholic Guy

I'm Joe Sixpack—The Every Catholic Guy, and I'm your go-to guy for all things Catholic! I'm a convert of thirty years, and the Holy Spirit has used me to make hundreds of converts in one-on-one and small group venues. I'm also a consecrated member of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, under the direction of Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. I hope we can be friends!

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