Father Mike Responds to “General Absolution”

If you’re Catholic, you know the drill: we sin, we break our relationship with God, and then he offers us the incomprehensible mercy to restore that relationship with him. You can see this beautiful grace most Saturday afternoons at parishes around the world in the Sacrament of Reconciliation—or, Confession. But have you heard of “general … Continued

Reconciling the Body of Christ (An Interview with Fr. Josh Johnson)

Fr. Mike Schmitz sits down with Fr. Josh Johnson to discuss racial division in the Church and how Catholics can strive to restore unity in the Body of Christ. Fr. Josh emphasizes that he is not infallible, so it’s okay to disagree with anything he says that doesn’t lead you closer to Christ, but he … Continued

Signs that Your Relationship Is Falling Apart, Part 2

Fr. Mike offers a follow-up to his video on Dr. John Gottman’s “four horsemen of the apocolypse” with this video on Dr. Gottman’s proposed remedy: the Golden Ratio. For every one instance of these four horsemen that signify a relationship is falling apart—which are defensiveness, criticism, stonewalling, and contempt—there should be five instances of the … Continued

Signs that Your Relationship Is Falling Apart

Fr. Mike discusses four signs that your relationship is falling apart, especially when it comes to stonewalling. Stonewalling, as used in the context of this video, is when we refuse to communicate or cooperate with someone. Psychologist Dr. John Gottman calls it one of the “four horsemen of the apocalypse”, or one of four types … Continued

Building Healthy Relationships

Fr. Mike shares three things that will help you build healthy relationships. If a couple wants to get married, that’s something we should celebrate. However, that doesn’t mean we should blindly encourage them no matter what, and offer cliche advice like, “You’re in love, and that’s all that matters,” or “Do what you heart tells … Continued

Mastering Love and Relationships

Who doesn’t want to have more constructive conversations in their close relationships? In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz explains how achieving this may be simpler than you think. So many times, we just don’t give the people we love the attention they deserve. Fr. Mike shows us how to fix that and master our love … Continued

Shifting into a New Relationship

There will be conflict and arguments in relationships; it’s inevitable. But, we don’t have to let those situations cause irreparable damage. In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz explains how conflict can help a couple move forward together. The key is to reassure each other that you’re both on the same team, and that you both … Continued

Building a Life of Meaning (No Matter Your Vocation) + (w/ Lillian Fallon)

A question for anyone single and reading this description: what if you never get married? Do those words send chills down your spine? Lillian Fallon—Catholic writer, personal stylist, and fellow single—proposes that our worst fear is not to die alone. It’s to live a life without meaning. We crave the fulfillment that we anticipate from … Continued

4 Myths About Being a Single Catholic

Everyone has a vocation. We’re all designed for relationship here on earth to prepare us for eternal relationship with God in heaven. But when you haven’t landed yours yet… it can be difficult. Lillian Fallon is a Catholic writer, personal stylist, and single young woman. She’s done a lot of thinking (and reading) about what … Continued

Why You Should Read the Catechism of the Catholic Church

In response to countless requests, Ascension is launching The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) on January 1, 2023! https://tinyurl.com/29o6p2o4 With this podcast, Catholics will: Read the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church in 365 days Understand the essentials of the Catholic Faith and why they matter See how Church teaching is rooted … Continued

The Truth Is, You’re Spiritually Burnt and Want to Quit

Are you feeling tired and spiritually exhausted? Do you feel like throwing in the towel on everything? Today Fr. Mike offers us a way to evaluate our spiritual practices, service, and prayer based on our relationship, identity, and mission (RIM) to know what we can remove and keep from our Catholic spiritual life.

When Attending Mass Virtually Just Doesn’t Cut It

“It’s time to stop watching and start worshiping.” – Fr. Mike Today, Fr. Mike continues part two of his series on worshipping God each Sunday at Mass and why our Sunday obligation is more about our relationship with a loving Father than a rule of Church law alone.