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Join Fr. Innocent, Fr. Angelus, Fr. Pierre Toussaint, and Fr. Mark-Mary, priests of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, each week to discuss authentic faith in today's world as they share stories and wisdom from years of prayer, community life, and work with the poor. It all comes back to this: finding deep friendship with Jesus. Seeing him work in our lives everyday. Through topics as varied as mental health, the confessional, and NYC neighbors, the Poco A Poco Podcast is here to accompan ...
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Series on The Ascension Lenten Companion by Fr. Mark Toups (Part 3) Are you familiar with the parable of the Good Samaritan? When we're beat up, when we're in this place of difficulty and shame, He's there, at the side of the road looking at us, desiring to pick us up and saying, "Come with me.". That's Jesus for all of us. The invitation of this e…
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Series on The Ascension Lenten Companion by Fr. Mark Toups (Part 2) How does a bridegroom love his bride? That is how Jesus loves each one of us. He meets us wherever we are in our life to be our beloved and for us to be His. The Lord meets us in the desert-our place of poverty where He betroths us to Him and He betroths Himself to us. In this way,…
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Series on The Ascension Lenten Companion by Fr. Mark Toups (Part 1) What does Jesus desire for you and Him this Lent? The temptation during Lent is to make the Lenten journey about us, we can do hard things during Lent that are fueled by our own desires and distractions but Lent isn't supposed to be about ourselves. Lent is also not simply about pr…
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Series on "Mary and the Interior Life" by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock (Part 3) Do you remember Jesus and what he did? The most consistent word Mary had spoken to Fr. Jeremiah, was "remember". When we don't know what to do or how to act, Mary tells us to remember her son, Jesus' actions, that was the case for Fr. Jeremiah and this is an invitation that ext…
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Series on "Mary and the Interior Life" by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock (Part 2) Is your prayer and your life two separate realities? Mary gives us a ton of hope that the grace of God and the Holy Spirit meet us in reality. The Marian posture at the core of it is about the reality of the fullness of God. Mary teaches us that The best place to live your spir…
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Series on "Mary and the Interior Life" by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock (Part 1) How important is Mary, Our Lady, in your spiritual life? Our Lady is a real woman, a real mother to all of us and Mary's intercession is actually more real than we realize. The gift of Our Lady is that she looks upon us, she knows our hearts, and her gaze can be the first safe …
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Do you actually believe and have hope that prayer does something? Doing things over and over again can lose the awe and wonder of what's going on in our prayer life. There can come a point when we're no longer coming to prayer expecting to hear God's voice or expecting anything at all. This results in boredom or discouragement—a loss of hope. In th…
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How much focused are you toward yourself? There can be times when we struggle with perfectionism, control, and activism, and this can sometimes rub off on our spiritual life. Jesus does not demand great actions from us; rather, the invitation is simply to live in surrender and gratitude to Him. At times, we can take a more Pelagian approach where m…
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Are you worried for 2024? Worry is a lack of confidence and we can be worried about a lot of stuff. The invitation from St. Therese and from our Lord is to have confidence in Him. We who run in the way of love shouldn't be thinking of suffering that can take place in the future. That's a lack of confidence. The complete confidence that becomes an a…
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What was Jesus like for you this year? As we end the year, let's do a poverty and identity check and put Jesus in the center as we look back to this past year and look forward to the coming year For this episode, a proposal to reflect on where Jesus have been, how He has been with you, how He loved you, and how He is loving you into this year. The …
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Series on "Prepare Your Heart" by Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR. (Part 4) How often do you say Yes, without understanding or knowing the outcome? Sometimes we have to see and understand the plan before we say Yes, that's not our Lady's experience. She didn't understand but she knew what was proposed to him by God, and despite that, she said Yes. She tru…
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Series on "Prepare Your Heart" by Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR. (Part 3) What's the best thing you learned from St. Joseph? Advent teaches us that God has a different way of doing things and St. Joseph is an amazing example and witness of that. Throughout his life, St. Joseph should've had the opportunity to grasp human comfort or control, but instead,…
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Series on "Prepare Your Heart" by Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR. (Part 2) With what's currently happening in the world, can you believe that God is working?? As exemplified by St. Juan Diego, during this Advent and throughout the year, we are invited to live in relationship with the Lord through Mary, our Mother, our Lady. We can do that by beginning wi…
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Series on "Prepare Your Heart" by Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR. (Part 1) What does Nazareth look like for you and how does it compare to how you encounter Advent? Nazareth is a place where Jesus, Mary, and Joseph lived—a place of beauty, simplicity, and stillness. Meanwhile, Advent is a season of preparation for the coming of Jesus; For most of us, it …
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What is driving your life? What's the reason you do what you do? Life can sometimes become a series of boxes to check-we can tend to do things because we should or we have to as opposed to actually living life and doing things because our hearts want to. What we are proposing in this episode is for us to be more present in the moment and to particu…
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Have you encountered prophets in your life? Prophets are people who have a profound conviction and clarity about a particular component of the faith and those who practice it. Being a prophet is not about opinions, it is an experience or power that you have, given by God to be a prophetic witness in the world. It's about communicating something abo…
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Are you HUNGRY for God? One of the foundational struggles that we have is that we're just not hungry for Him. Part of the path, if not the path, is we're going to have to experience this hunger. A "stepping away" from the noise, distractions, and self-reliance and entering into a place of vulnerability and a sort of dependence on God, and being abl…
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How can we live and create a space for contemplation, for silence, to be able to hear the voice of God in our lives? God is always there. He's always giving himself to us and always longing to speak to us, but living in the constant influx of noise and immediate gratification profoundly affects our contemplative experience—our ability to sit in pra…
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What stands in your way to go deeper with the Lord? We believe that growing in silence and our ability to contemplate is of supreme importance, but to actually respond to that is undoubtedly gonna be very very hard as well. So, how do we do this practically? Today, we're going to talk about how actual behavior change happens and how we can set ours…
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Do you wonder about Mary's firsthand memory or experience of God? We can relive Mary's memory and experience of God through the rosary. Rosary is like experiencing God with Mary—in her heart, her hospitability. Mary is the most perfect Christian, the most perfect woman who's all about Jesus, and on this month of the Rosary, we are invited to take t…
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Series on Silence Vs. Noise (Part 2 of 2) What's the most prevalent voice that you hear in your life? Is it God's or someone's/something else? We long to teach people how to pray and contemplative silence, inner recollection, and interior stillness are ways we can live in a relationship with God. But, there's a silver bullet to make people live in …
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Series on Silence Vs. Noise (Part 1 of 2) How are you able to receive and communicate with God? Silence is the divine language. God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit love and communicate in eternal silence and if we want to look at and learn about God, we have to let ourselves be moved by that. However, the world has become a place of radical noise…
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Do you set a time in the day to pray? Do you stay in relationship with the Lord throughout the day? Turns out, we should be doing both! We have an opportunity and even an invitation to remain in this relationship with the Lord throughout our day. But to be able to do that, we have to make prayer important, make prayer a priority, and formally make …
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Do you think God is calling us to be perfect or just to be pretty? Personally, I think not. I believe what we're called to is not pretty or perfection but perseverance. Sometimes it's much easier to have a very happy-looking social media feed than to have a happy heart and home in reality. But we're not going for things to look good, instead what w…
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A person who lives in a place of gratitude usually focuses on what they have. On the other hand, the person who struggles with greed and lives in that place usually focuses on what they don't have. Both can have or do not have the EXACT same thing but one person can have an experience of fullness and gratefulness while one person, has an experience…
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What is the place of HOME? It's a place where we are safe, loved, known, and seen—a place where we are well-received and can be ourselves. Brokeness may significantly affect our experience of home but ideally home is a place of joy and laughter, a place of communion. In this episode, we'll talk about hospitality, what home is, what it can be, and h…
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What is that SEEK episode, what happened in there? In the previous episodes, you might have heard that we referenced a SEEK episode a few times. Today's episode is pretty unique—a throwback episode that we wanted to share with you to give you an idea about our SEEK episode but at the same time we're gonna talk about following Jesus. We're gonna tal…
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Series on Fire Within by Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M. (Part 8 of 8) What happens when we deeply give ourselves to the lives of prayer and the experience of God? The Fire Within series has been quite intense but it's actually the reality of the depths of the gospel truly lived. It goes beyond the ordinary simply because living out the Gospel wholeheartedl…
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Series on Fire Within by Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M. (Part 7 of 8) Solitude is not just quiet time for ourselves. It is not running from people, isolation, nor hiding from or avoiding our problems by going off and being by ourselves. But rather it is avoiding certain behaviors, worldviews, curiosities, and distractions that take our focus on the Lord. A…
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Series on Fire Within by Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M. (Part 6 of 8) Humility is a lowliness—lowliness not for its own sake but rather a right understanding of who we are and who we are not. It's a place where you know more about what everybody is saying in a room, but don't always have to say anything or don't need to be someone who wants to seem smarter…
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Series on Fire Within by Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M. (Part 5 of 8) In reality, suffering's out there, in many ways, and in most ways, it's unavoidable. So, "Okay, what do we do with it?". This is the question that we'll try to unpack in today's episode. We are invited to unite our suffering with Jesus and offer it to Him. As we suffer generously and giv…
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Series on Fire Within by Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M. (Part 4 of 8) We are all invited to a profound, mystical union with God. But in order to grow in our spirtual life, Fr. Dubay mentioned in his book that there are certain conditions that we need to understand for our growth in the mystical or spiritual life. In this fourth episode of our series on the…
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Series on Fire Within by Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M. (Part 3 of 8) The medicine for wanting to pray is learning to live in the reality that's most true-God wants to be in communion with us. Meditation, contemplation, and infused prayer are things that can help us live in this reality and this is what we're gonna talk about in this third episode of our s…
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Series on Fire Within by Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M. (Part 2 of 8) Growth in spiritual life is never easy. In the beginning, it's gonna take a LOT of effort. But as it goes on, you'll notice that it becomes more and more the Lord's work and less and less contingent on our human work. This is the second episode of our series on the Fire Within that talks…
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Series on Fire Within by Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M. (Part 1 of 8) We are anointed with the power of the holy spirit and this is the fire that we've been given. With this fire, all of us are called to live a deep union with God—not just to live in mediocrity with our spiritual life but to set ablaze with love for the Lord. This is the first episode of o…
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Jesus dying on the cross is the symbol of God's victory but is also the consequence to sin. This is one of the most striking examples that there are things that we can do that are gonna have real concrete consequences in our lives and the lives of others. As Christians and Catholics, we try to memorialize this consequence through the crucifix. But …
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How do we respond to the serious sins in our lives? For many of us, there is a temptation to be overly critical of ourselves and we let that define us. But, our spiritual life should not be defined by these serious sins. We are invited to be with the Lord and let him teach us about our hearts in the place of sin. In this episode, we'll unpack and a…
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Loneliness can make us feel that we're not chosen, it can give us a sense that we are totally in isolation. And sometimes it's so easy to forget BUT we have to remember what's true—we have a God who loves us and chooses us. In this episode, we will dive deep into the idea, experience, and desire of being chosen—a reminder that despite the difficult…
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Do we still know deep within ourselves, how amazing the gift of the Eucharist is? Sometimes, we can forget and take that for granted, but it's awesome how Jesus gives Himself to us, in the form of bread and wine through the Eucharist. In the most humble way, the Lord wants to offer himself to us and be with us ALWAYS. In celebration of the Feast of…
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The Scripture is one of the Lord's best ways to talk to us, a way for us to converse with God. It is also a good reminder of who Jesus is and who we are to Him. Most of us say that praying with scriptures is something that's good to do, but how do we actually do that? In this episode, we're going to offer some initial guidance on praying with scrip…
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Not every relationship is the same, so not every fraternal correction will be the same. This may vary between a parent and a child, between friends, between a boss and his subordinates, between strangers, or between a formator and the people their forming. In today's episode, we will discuss essential distinctions when it comes to fraternal correct…
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Loneliness is a common experience that we all share. Whether you're in crowds of people or constantly with other people who are not peers. Maybe you're in a marriage surrounded by kids all day, or you could be in isolation and feel you have not been chosen by people. Either way, at times we can experience loneliness at some point. Instead of trying…
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What do you do after Easter Sunday? We are invited to be overwhelmed with paschal joy during the Easter season, but instead, we usually resolve to our daily grind like everything isn't transformed by our encounter with the risen Lord. So many of us return to our normal ways shortly after the resurrection—we can sometimes take comfort in that. In to…
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How much do you know about the hosts of the Poco a Poco Podcast? Some people have been along with the Poco a Poco journey for some time now and may already know certain things about them. On the other hand, some people might also be new to this podcast and may want to know more about our beloved brothers. So in today's episode, the Poco a Poco squa…
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"How is Jesus calling you to serve the poor?" This is the question we'll attempt to answer in this episode. Jesus loved the poor and like Him, we are called to be a lifeline for a person in need. God sees the poor but we are called to intercede on their behalf—to be somebody who's able to bring them to Him. This episode talks about the importance, …
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As we continue with our journeys through life, we constantly encounter our own and other people's struggles, flaws, weaknesses and even sins. But we have to understand that we are going through different journeys. God is doing something completely different in each of our lives and we have to be attentive to that. Let us not be so quick to judge—ev…
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Do we live our lives believing—having faith in the ressurection? In this ongoing journey of stripping the things we clothe ourselves with, Jesus wants us to give him the things that hold us back and desires to give himself in return. We have sins that isolates and causes us to go into hiding, but the gift of the resurrection breaks it all open. Thi…
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Can we allow oursleves to be exposed before the Lord in prayer? Are we able to be before the Lord as we are and not holding anything back of ourselves or hiding ourselves in any way? These are the questions that we are attempting to unpack in this seventh part of our Lenten series. In this episode we are talking about how we can be stripped of all …
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How does Jesus have authority? It is through His obedience to the Father. But one incredible reality of Jesus is that, in His authority He takes all the stench to the cross where it will be killed in His crucifixion. His authority is not one that lords it over us. It's not one that forces us to bow down and tremble before Him. But it's one that all…
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"Have I told Jesus all of my story?" That's the question that we are going to unpack in this episode. Most of us have confessed and have sought healing in particular places of our lives, but there are still parts of who we are now that we keep in the dark—the stench. The reality of that stench is that it is discouraging and it is despairing, but Je…
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