From Episode 1: Carlos Rodriguez
BELIEBER: Fame, Faith and the Heart of Justin Bieber by Cathleen Falsani
"The Reverend Justin Bieber" (blog post) by Carlos A. Rodriguez
Judah Smith, Hillsong Church
Catch The Fire Churches
"The Day She Came Home": Sitota's Story from Happy Sonship
An Open Letter to Madonna: Thank You from One Mother to Another
Pastelon (Puerto Rican "lasagne" recipe)
Ignatian Spirituality: Practice of Imaginative Encounter with the Gospel
Carlos preaching at the Lynchburg Revival (Begin at 1:40:00)
From Episode 2: Rainbow Ranch
Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo website
Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo on Facebook
United Church of Christ, Open and Affirming
The Shwell's Field Trip to Rainbow Ranch (with Kell, Cath & special guest star Jonathan Martin)
Kell and Bill's First Family Visit to Rainbow Ranch in 2012
From Episode 3: Jonathan Martin
Jonathan Martin's website
Jonathan's "Son of a Preacher Man" Podcast
Jonathan's interview with Cath on SOAPM
"Pay attention to the things that bring a tear to your eye or a lump in your throat because they are signs that the holy is drawing near."
Kell and Bill's Wedding, June 2012
Out of the ruins and rubble
Out of the smoke
Out of our night of struggle
Can we see a ray of hope?
One pale thin ray reaching for the day...
We can build a beautiful city
Yes, we can(Yes, we can)
We can build a beautiful city
Not a city of angels
But we can build a city of man...
—from "Beautiful City" from Godspell (Broadway Revival)
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves....
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
—from "Wild Geese" by Mary Oliver
All this is proceeding along lines planned all along by God and then executed in Christ Jesus. When we trust in him, we’re free to say whatever needs to be said, bold to go wherever we need to go. So don’t let my present trouble on your behalf get you down. Be proud!
From Episode 4 & I4 BONUS: Meta-Tation and Sit With This
"I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
LOVE | JOY | PEACE | PATIENCE | KINDNESS | GOODNESS | FAITHFULNESS | GENTLENESS | SELF-CONTROL
But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people.
"The opposite of faith is not doubt, it's certainty."
America magazine: Pope Francis' new exhortation warns against modern problems caused by ancient heresies
Read Pope Francis' apostolic exultation on holiness: Gaudete et Exsultate (Chapter 2 on gnositicism)
INTO THE MYSTIC ...
Come Sunday on Netflix (premiering April 13, 2018)
Listen to This American Life Episode #304: Heretics (2005) featuring Carlton Pearson
Read the Transcript of This American Life Episode #304: Heretics
Faith: This American Life
Ira Glass profile from American Jewish Life Magazine
Carlton Pearson today
Full Transcript of Cath's The God Factor Interview with Barack Obama
COME SUNDAY: A Netflix Orginal Film
What did Pope Francis say (or not say) about hell?
From Episodes 1 & 5
50 Years of L'Arche
Jean Vanier's Bio
Cath's Chicago Sun-Times column about Vanier
Love is not power. It’s a meeting. It’s a relationship.
I’m not seeking power over you. You’re not seeking power over me.
It’s coming together in a mutual presence.
❁ ❁ ❁
We want to be experts in presence
and presence is taking time and wasting time, apparently,
to become who we are called to be.
❁ ❁ ❁
L’Arche is not a utopia. It’s a hope.
— Jean Vanier in Summer in the Forest
Jean Vanier answers: "How does the practice of love keep transforming us?"
From Episode 2
Movies & Meaning
The Porch Magazine
Medicine Story Retreats with David Wilcox
The Seventh Story with Brian McLaren
What is Anam Cara?
The Inner Landscape of Beauty : John's Interview with Krista Tippett, Host of On Being
From Episode 3
From Episode 4
The Four Mantras of True Presence from Thich Nhat Hahn
❊ Darling, I am here for you.
❊ Darling, I know you are there and it makes me happy.
❊ Darling, I know you suffer. That is why I am here for you.
❊ Darling, I am suffering and I need your help.
From Issue 3 Bonus
The Bubba story is adapted from the chapter "Bouncing Into Graceland" from Cath's book
Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace
From Episodes 1–4, 6
He keeps all that is made
He showed me a little thing,
the size of a hazelnut,
in the palm of my hand,
and it was as round as a ball.
I looked at it with my minds eye
and I thought 'What can this be?'
and answer came, 'It is all that is made'.
I marvelled that it could last,
for I thought it might have crumbled to nothing,
it was so small.
And the answer came into my mind
'It lasts and ever shall because God loves it.
And all things have being through the love of God'.
In this little thing I saw three truths.
The first is that God made it.
The second is that God loves it.
The third is that God looks after it.
What is he indeed that is maker and lover and keeper?
I cannot find words to tell,
for until I am one with him
I can never have true rest or peace.
I can never know it until I am held so close to him
that there is nothing in between.
— Julian of Norwich
Kevin Mello and His Holiness XIV Dalai Lama, December 24, 2017, Bangalore, India
Gravity Center Retreats
The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
Hotel California by the Sea
From Episode 5: Enjoy the Silence
Episode 1: Enneagram for Novices (Lebowski Edition)
The Nine Enneagram Types as articulated by the Enneagram Institute
(and demonstrated by the cast of The Big Lebowski)
Read descriptions of each type HERE.
NINE: THE PEACEMAKER (Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski)
EIGHT: THE CHALLENGER (Walter Sobchak)
SEVEN: THE ENTHUSIAST (Bunny Lebowski)
SIX: THE LOYALIST (Mr. Jeffrey "Real Men Also Cry" Lebowski)
FIVE: THE INVESTIGATOR (Larry Sellers)
FOUR: THE INDIVIDUALIST (Maude Lebowski)
THREE: THE ACHIEVER (Jesus Quintana)
TWO: THE HELPER (Theodore Donald "Donny" Kerabatsos)
ONE: THE REFORMER (Brandt)
Episode 2: Interview with Nadia Bolz-Weber
NOTE: WE ARE EXPERIENCING SOME TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH THE AUDIO OF NADIA'S INTERVIEW AND HAD TO TAKE IT DOWN FROM PODBEAN FOR FIXING. IT WILL BE BACK SOON. PROMISE!
The House for All Sinners and Saints (Denver, Colorado)
Episode 3: Meta-tation/Frankenstein
Episode 4: Interview with Chris Heuertz
GRAVITY: A Center for Contemplative Activism (Omaha, Nebraska)
Episode 5: Meta-tation/Hey, You! I See You!
Overcoming the Fear of Being Seen
Institute for Spirituality and Health
Miroslav Petrovic and Overcoming the Fear of Being Seen
How Not to be Seen (Monty Python)
Gordon "Spoke (the Flesh the Holds the Wheel of Life Together)" Anderson (aka Kell's dad and The Shwell's VO guy)
Click HERE to listen to a Spoke broadcast from the summer of 1968 on Chicago's WLS Radio.
Jim "Jimma" Young's Office at Wheaton College, circa 1990
Kell's Office at Clayton High School
Cath's Office in Laguna Beach
St. Genesius, Patron of Actors
Turn your iPhone to grayscale for Lent:
Self Control app
Calm.com/the Calm app
🎧 Hildegard Von Bingen, Canticles of Ecstasy
🎧 Vision, The Music of Hildegard Von Bingen
🎧 Tibetan Singing Bells Monks, 50 Songs
Finding. Connection Convention
Laguna Beach Books
Patton Oswalt’s Annihilation
Chris Rock's Tambourine