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PODCAST | Second Week of Lent: Jesus, My Closest Friend

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In this podcast, Fr. Peter Armenio explains how knowing about Jesus Christ differs from knowing him. And, in order to know Christ, Fr. Peter encourages us to foster a personal relationship with him, with “the knowledge of the heart, the knowledge of a relationship, the knowledge a man and a woman have of each other when they’re courting…”

Getting to know him requires intimate conversation, which begins with the “desire to seek Christ.” As St. Josemaria would say, we must seek him “hungrily” and determinedly: “If you act with determination, I am ready to guarantee that you’ve already found him, and have begun to get to know him and to love him, and to hold your conversation in Heaven” (Friends of God, no. 300).

In this podcast, you will also hear how:

  • An atheist Jewish writer embraced the Catholic faith after a profound encounter with Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Conversion never begins with a guilt trip, or even an examination of conscience, but with an encounter with Christ.
  • Getting to know a person doesn’t mean knowing more facts about the person, it means loving that person and having a relationship with that person.

Did you enjoy this podcast? Visit “Lent 2023: Repaying Love with love” for podcasts and other resources to accompany you throughout the Lenten season.

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Rev. Peter V. Armenio was ordained a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei in 1980. He is the author of several books published by Midwest Theological Forum, including Highlights of the Catholic Faith. He also served as President of the St. Josemaria Institute from 2006 to 2012. He has been working in campus ministry for the past 30 years and also preaches recollections and gives spiritual direction in Chicago.

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