Why Fitness Matters in the Christian Life

Fitness is a pretty big deal in the culture today. Whether it’s diet, working out, or supplementing, many people invest their time and money in it. But what is their motivation? Fr. Josh Johnson and Deacon Michael Parker discuss the goals of fitness and what sort of motivation should exist behind those goals.

Snippet from the Show
“Life and physical health are precious gifts entrusted to us by God. We must take reasonable care of them, taking into account the needs of others and the common good” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 2288)


Glory Story (3:51)

Listener Question (6:00)

Is it ok to workout with the goal of looking good?

Saint Story: Venerable Teresita Quevedo (20:51)

Teresita Quevedo was born in 1930 in Madrid, Spain to a fairly wealthy family. She was a popular young woman who played basketball and enjoyed being fashionable. At a young age, she felt the call to be a bride of Christ. She entered the Carmelite Sisters of Charity when she was just seventeen years old. Not long into her time at the convent, Teresita was given the realization through prayer that she would die soon. Shortly after, she developed tuberculosis and died just before her 20th birthday. 

Teresita was declared venerable by St. John Paul II in 1983.


Meet Fr. Josh Johnson

While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. Then, one day in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest.

Now, Fr. Josh is the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. He is a presenter in four of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, The 99, and Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation, as well as the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation, Pocket Guide to Adoration, and co-author of Pocket Guide to Reconciliation.

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