#51: The Eucharist
Our monthly challenge is to consider how you can participate in the National Eucharistic Revival, which concludes in the summer of 2024. And our media recommendation is the film Babette’s Feast. You can also find Sofi’s Advent playlist for The Pilgrim Soul here or by searching “eternity in the rags of time” on Spotify.
Our media recommendation is the song Beyond the Blue by Josh Garrels. And our monthly challenge is to identify a relationship in which you are being invited to greater purity of love, and to join this sacrifice to that of the Lord at the Mass.
This was a talk that Sofia gave at the inaugural CLU Conference at Benedictine College. You can read more about the event here.
#48: Following Christ
Our media recommendations are the writings of Servant of God Takashi Nagai, including The Bells of Nagasaki and Thoughts from Nyokodo (or, if you read Italian, Ciò che non muore mai). And our monthly challenge is to do lectio divina with Matthew 14:22-33, in which Jesus invites Peter to walk on water.
Our media recommendation is Marc Chagall’s White Crucifixion. And our monthly challenge is to meditate on the 9th Station of the Cross, which commemorates Jesus falling a third time on the way to Calvary.
This month, we are sharing with you a talk that Sofi gave to the Catholic Chaplaincy of the University of Cambridge. It was inspired by Pope Francis' urgent and insistent call for Christians to work for peace throughout the world. Drawing on her background in developmental neuroscience, she exposes the wounds inflicted by violence and proposes ways for us to collaborate in Christ's victory over sin and death.
Our media recommendations are Terrence Malick’s film The Tree of Life, Joseph Roth’s novella The Legend of the Holy Drinker, and Walker Percy’s novel Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book. And our monthly challenge is to think back through your life year by year and try to identify how God has romanced you.
Our media recommendation is Caravaggio’s painting Madonna di Loreto, also known as Pilgrims’ Madonna. And our monthly challenge is to pray Fr. de Grandmaison’s "Prayer to Mary" throughout the month of May.
#41: The Body
Our media recommendation is Lorenzo Bernini’s sculpture The Ecstasy of St Teresa. And our monthly challenge is to pray in gratitude for the gift of your body.
Our media recommendation is the novel Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and its most recent film adaptation (which is currently available on Netflix). And our monthly challenge is to both recall someone who has been an authentic authority of the tradition for you, and to consider that you are called to propose this tradition to the freedom of another.
Our media recommendation is Josh Garrels’ song Ulysses, which you can find on YouTube or Spotify. And our monthly challenge is to meet up with a friend to share your experiences of restlessness, past and present, and to discuss how you might befriend your restlessness.
#38: The Daily Cross
#37: On Creation
Our media recommendation is Morten Lauridsen’s Lux aeterna, which you can find on Spotify or on YouTube. And our monthly challenge is to choose one form of practicing good stewardship or “dominion” in your environment.
#36: Why the Church?
Our media recommendation is a Spotify playlist called “mater et magistra”, made up of songs that remind us of the Church. You can also find our translation of Carlo Carretto's poem here. And our monthly challenge is to read Lumen Gentium with a friend.
#35: The Sabbath
Our media recommendation is the film Mostly Martha, which you can stream on Amazon Prime, Apple TV, or YouTube. And our monthly challenge is to choose one way to allow another person to live the Sabbath more fully.
Our media recommendation is Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”. And our monthly challenge is to fast and pray for unity in the Body of Christ.
#33: Is Joy Possible?
Our media recommendation is Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov. And our monthly challenge is to think back on the times of greatest joy in your life, and pray to the Holy Spirit to show you how God is at work through that joy.
#32: In Hope We Are Saved
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.
Our media recommendation is the audiobook of Generating Traces, which is freely available online on the CL website. Sofia also made you a playlist of choral music for Advent, which you can find on Spotify. This is the final episode of Season 2, tune in again soon for Season 3.
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.
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 Mercy
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
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
Enjoy the summer! We'll be back in the fall with another season of The Pilgrim Soul.
#16: Poetry as an Incarnational Art
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
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.
Our weekly challenge is to donate to a local organization. And our media recommendation is the book Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry.
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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.
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.
Our media recommendation is W.B. Yeats poem from which our podcast takes its name.