Welcome to The Pilgrim Soul
A podcast about the journey of faith
in the world of today
A podcast about the journey of faith
in the world of today
Adrianna is a mother, lay minister and veteran who lives in Idaho.
Giuliana is a mother and
lawyer in California.
Sofia is a neuroscientist
who lives in England.
October 15, 1922 - February 22, 2005
Luigi Giussani was a priest of the Diocese of Milan who became the founder of the lay movement Communion and Liberation. In the words of Pope Benedict XVI, he was a man "wounded by beauty" who lived and proposed Christianity as an encounter, an event and a love story. Read more about Father Giussani here.
August 26, 1910 - September 5, 1997
Mother Teresa was an Albanian missionary to India who devoted her life to Christ, whose presence in the poorest of the poor was her light through decades of spiritual darkness. Read more about Saint Teresa -- and the order she founded, the Missionaries of Charity -- here.
#32: In Hope We Are Saved
#31: The Spirit of the Lord
#30: I Have Called Your Friends
Our media recommendation is the HBO show Band of Brothers. And our monthly challenge is to meet up with a friend (old or new) and ask about what’s happening in his or her life.
#29: Returning to the Lord
#28: Season Finale - The Charism of Communion & Liberation
Our media recommendation is the audiobook of Generating Traces, which is freely available online on the CL website. This is the final episode of Season 2, tune in again soon for Season 3.
#27: The Humanity of the Saints
Our weekly challenge is to get to know a new Saint - whether it’s your confirmation Saint, a Saint who shares your name or birthday, or Servant of God Luigi Giussani ;) And our media recommendation is the film The Lives of Others.
#26: Therapy and Embodied Healing, featuring Beth Hlabse
Our weekly challenge is to engage in the three-step process of Awareness, Acceptance, and Discernment as a way of being with and processing emotions. And our media recommendation is to check out soulsandhearts.com for resources on Catholic therapy.
#25: Discerning the Will of God
Our weekly challenge is to pray for holy indifference (a complete openness to God’s will) in a decision you are currently discerning. And our media recommendation is the song Hopeless Wanderer by Mumford & Sons.
#24: Encountering Merc
Our weekly challenge is to apologize to someone you have wronged. And our media recommendation is the song Fire of Time by David Ramirez.
#23: The Charism of Life, featuring Maggie Verhiley and Tierney Vrdolyak
Our weekly challenge is a morning routine: make your bed as soon as you get up, offering this small act for a soul in need, and pray part of the Shema (Deut. 6:4-7). And our media recommendations are the books Interior Freedom by Fr. Jacques Philippe and the fiction of C.S. Lewis.
Our weekly challenge is to pray about the times in your life when you felt most free and identify why. And our media recommendation is the film Of Gods and Men.
#21: Wounds and Healing
Our weekly challenge is to take the list of core wounds to Adoration, allow the Holy Spirit to draw your attention to one in particular, and pray for healing in that place. And our media recommendation is The Incredulity of St. Thomas, a painting by Caravaggio.
#20: Science as a Vocation, featuring Dr. Steve Barr
#19: Unless You Become Like Children
Our weekly challenge is to pay attention to the children around you and observe how they engage reality with wonder, openness, and dependence. And our media recommendation is the movie Groundhog Day.
#18: Season Two Intro
#17: Season One Finale
Enjoy the summer! We'll be back in the fall with another season of The Pilgrim Soul.
#16: Poetry as an Incarnational Art, featuring Miriam Huettner
Our weekly challenge is to listen to a favorite poet of yours read his or her own work aloud. And our media recommendations are Dana Gioia’s poem “Prayer at Winter Solstice” and Miriam’s own poem “So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a Sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way.”
#15: The Risk of Education, featuring Damian Bacich
#14: A Holy Week Reflection
Pray with us during the Triduum by listening to the Stabat Mater and asking that Mary might help us remain at the foot of Christ’s Cross. You can find the translation here, and various arrangements on YouTube by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Antonio Vivaldi, and Francis Poulenc.
#13: Subsidiarity and Local Living
Our weekly challenge is to donate to a local organization. And our media recommendation is the book Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry.
#12: What Saves us from Nothingness
Our weekly challenge is to ask yourself, when you get out of bed each morning this week, “What saves me from nothingness?” And our media recommendation is Jean-Paul Sartre’s novel Nausea.
#11: Difficulties in Prayer: Distraction and Desolation
Our weekly challenge is to go for a walk in silence. And our media recommendation is East Coker, the second poem from T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.
#10: Sharing the Gospel, featuring Father Colin Parrish
Our weekly challenge is to ask God (1) how He is going to answer a persistent need of your own heart, and (2) how He wants to respond to the needs of someone else through you. And our media recommendations are the songs Pontiac 87 by Protomartyr and This Must be the Place by The Talking Heads.
#9: Poverty and Detachment
#8: Mortality and Mourning, featuring Father Chase Pepper
Our weekly challenge is to visit and pray at a cemetery. And our media recommendation is the collection of poetry “Love Poems from God,” compiled by Daniel Ladinsky.
#7: Unfulfilled Desires
Our weekly challenge is to pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary and reflect on Mary’s years of longing after the Ascension. And our media recommendation is the choral work The Long Road by Eriks Esenvalds.
#6: Ancient Heresies Today
Our weekly challenge is to meditate on the story of the prodigal son, Luke 15:11-32. And our media recommendation is the film The Painted Veil.
Our weekly challenge is to download the prayer app Hallow. And our media recommendation is the Galician song Lela.
Our weekly challenge is to commemorate 3PM on Friday—the time Jesus died. And our media recommendation is the novel East of Eden by John Steinbeck.
#3: Radical Christian Hospitality
Our weekly challenge is to make a home-cooked meal and share it with someone. And our media recommendation is the film Babette’s Feast.
#2: Sanctity in Work
Our weekly challenge is to add a visual reminder of God (like a holy card or scripture verse) to your workspace. And our media recommendation is Ian McEwan’s novel Saturday.
#1: Introduction to The Pilgrim Soul
Our media recommendation is W.B. Yeats poem from which our podcast takes its name.
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