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Prayer is trending, and transformative

Search online, and you'll find millions of opinions on how to talk to God, says Father Matt Guckin. Such popularity shows that prayer is essential to daily life, enabling us to resist temptation, connect with others and draw closer to God, who is love itself.

Inside CatholicPhilly.com: Social media and loneliness

If we have so many Facebook friends, why do we still feel so lonely? In this week's podcast, editor Matt Gambino and producer Gina Christian explore how social media shapes our sense of community and spirituality.

We are chosen by God, so that we can choose to live for God

Our faith in Christ begins as a gift, but we live it out through a constant series of choices that we make, says Father Matt Guckin. Following the Lord may be difficult at times, but we can always rejoice, knowing that we have been called by him.

Inside CatholicPhilly.com: Persecution of Christians

From discrimination to death, persecution of Christians is at an all-time high worldwide, according to a major report. Editor Matt Gambino and producer Gina Christian discuss Christian persecution, and examine ways in which the church, as the body of Christ, can respond.

Divine judgment Sunday

Our actions have consequences both in this life and for eternity, says Father Matt Guckin, but if we remain connected to Jesus we can make good choices and, like a grapevine, bear much fruit.

Inside CatholicPhilly.com: Speaking of vocations

What is God calling you to do? Editor Matt Gambino and producer Gina Christian discuss discerning, or listening, to God's call to ordained ministry, religious life, single life or marriage. 

Seeing God for who he really is

Our image of God will determine our relationship with him. Reflecting on the Scriptures, Father Matt Guckin shows that the Lord is not a divine police officer or an exacting accountant, but a Good Shepherd who always seeks to protect, guide and nurture us.

Pornography, Puritanism and Easter power

Extreme views of the human body belie the Christian view of the body as important and good. Father Matt Guckin shows how the resurrection of Jesus can liberate us from fear and even death.

Inside CatholicPhilly.com: On sports and spirituality

Editor Matt Gambino and producer Gina Christian discuss the value of sports and the virtue of recreation, and how they point to a horizon in Jesus that is higher than winning or losing.

We need to doubt to believe

The Easter season offers the time to understand Jesus' resurrection and the apostles' actions, especially Thomas, explains Father Matt Guckin. We need to probe Jesus' teaching and our own lives to grow in faith.