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The Foxhole with Father Kapaun

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A podcast for those fighting on the frontlines of faith.

Inspired by Servant of God Emil Kapaun, heroic Catholic Priest and Medal of Honor Army Chaplain, we offer encouragement for your pursuit of virtue by connecting you with people all over the world who are living the Gospel in simple yet extraordinary ways. The battle for souls rages around us; we're here to offer you inspiration and strength.

Never heard of Father Kapaun? Check out our website to learn more about this future saint!

Produced by Kapaun's Men. Photo: Chaplain Kapaun (right) assists a soldier during the Korean War, 1950.
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The evil one hates communion and harmony.  He wants to divide, and the thing he wants to divide most is the vowed union of marriage.  But God is on our side, and he gives us the weapons to fight for our spouses and the good of society. Father Daniel Scheidt, Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is the perfect person to lead us in the Battle for Marriage, having studied at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family in Washington, DC, as well as having much practical wisdom from his own family and the inspiring men and women he has served as a shepherd of souls.  This is an episode you'll want to listen to over and over again to soak in Father Daniel's great insights. "The evil one is incapable of emerging from himself: he is totally self-absorbed.  Marriage reverses that.  Marriage is being taken out of one self for the other person. And of course the paradox is the more I allow my life to be given as a gift the more myself I become."   Weekly Challenge: Continue to say the Prayer to St. Michael Think and pray about one way you and your spouse can grow closer together, talk about it, and put a plan into place to do it.
Jesus went into the desert and faced temptation.  The devil attacked his identity.  As long as we're in the Battle, the same will be true for us.   Father Royce Gregerson from Rekindle the Fire leads us in a meditation on this mystery and how we too can listen to the voice of God over the voice of the enemy.   This is part 2 of our Lenten series called "The Battle".  If you missed week 1, listen to Father David Lies lay the stage for the spiritual battle we're in. Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel: St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.  May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
We at Kapaun's Men are teaming up with the men of Rekindle the Fire in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for an 8-week Lenten Podcast Series called "The Battle".   The devil wants to attack our identity as men, fathers, husbands and friends.  Lent is the perfect time to embrace the tools the Church offers to help us draw closer to God. Father David Lies of the Diocese of Wichita joins us today to describe the spiritual battle that has been taking place for millennia.  There is no neutral place to hide away, no spiritual Switzerland.  The enemy is real, and Father David helps identify him and point out his tactics, but also gives us the weapons that God has given us to fight on the side of grace.  The lines are drawn; which side will you fight on? To join us in The Battle: Listen to this podcast these 8 weeks Complete the weekly challenge Pray the Prayer to St. Michael daily for yourself and everyone else joining in the spiritual battle
"We want our students to live the mission while they’re here, but the reason we want them to do it is so they will live the mission after they leave." Steve Minnis had a successful law career before putting it aside to serve as President of Benedictine College, a Catholic school in Atchison, Kansas.  Thanks to some hard work and incredible intercession from Mother Mary, whom he is convinced watches over the college, Benedictine has become one of the best Catholic Colleges in the country, both academically and more importantly in Catholic identity.  Hear some amazing stories of Mary's aid, President Minnis' thoughts about living the faith in our daily lives, and his thoughts about preparing for the end of the Covid crisis.  This is an episode not to miss! Don't forget, our Lenten Series "The Battle" begins next week.  Subscribe to participate! The Memorare: Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Viruses aren't the only things that are contagious: courage is too.  Plus, a tournament of saints? Father Drew Hoffman is an associate chaplain at St. Isidore's Catholic Student Center and Kansas State University.  In this episode he shares with us his great love for the saints (and the 64-saint knockout tournament bracket he and some friends put together) as well as his ministry on a college campus.  He loves Father Kapaun, he loves basketball, he loves his students, and he loves seeing the ripple effects of courage on other people. Download the Saint Bracket and determine who you think was the most influential saint in history! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1s6jPqgkdDXG6qyb48WDUh9OzRarm8doU/view?usp=sharing 
"I was walking up these steps, but I fell flat on my face.  And when I looked up I realized I was on the property of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral.  And when I realized I was on the grounds of the Catholic Church and I had fallen, I broke down in front of all my friends.  That was actually the turning point where I said, I’ve had enough, I can’t let this control me anymore.  I have to live for him." David Patterson of Yes Catholic shares his powerful testimony of his own "Yes" to God, and the struggle to overcome sin and live that yes.  It's an affirming reminder of God's love and dedication to us, and that although our response isn't always perfect or smooth, God writes straight out of crooked lines. Now he has a ministry to share other people's stories.  Give David a listen and check out his ministry at YesCatholic.com and at Instagram @Yes.Catholic
Joe sits down with Scott Carter, Coordinator for Father Kapaun's Cause and of Kapaun's Men, to talk about his own faith, what motivates him about Father Kapaun's life and promoting his cause, and even challenges Scott with a surprise question about married life.  Then Jason realizes how much he appreciates Scott's role of finishing out the podcast. Follow the Father Kapaun Guild and Kapaun's Men: Father Kapaun Guild: www.fatherkapaun.org https://www.facebook.com/fatherkapaun (Father Emil Kapaun Cause for Sainthood) https://www.instagram.com/fr.kapaun/ (fr.kapaun) Kapaun's Men: https://www.kapaunsmen.com/ https://www.facebook.com/KapaunsMen https://www.instagram.com/kapaunsmen/
Dr. Joshua Miller has spent his life developing ways to help people discover their unique personal call by God.  He's a co-developer of not only an institute at the Franciscan University of Steubenville to help young people cultivate their vocations, but also of a highly-successful program to help businesses identify and maximize their employees' inner motivation.  Dr. Miller joins us in The Foxhole to shed some light on recognizing the unique ways that God made us and helping others do the same. For more, check out www.inscapevocations.com and www.motivationcode.com 
"From holy conversations, God does magnificent things, and he does them with ordinary people." - Joe F In this episode we take a moment to look back at the blessings of 2020 through the lens of our guests on The Foxhole.  Yes, you heard that right, 2020 was filled with blessings- even if in a different form than we usually think of.  Jason, Joe, Nick and Scott dig into the year's episodes and share their highlights of the year and how they've been inspired through this work. What impacted you this year?  We want to hear about it!  Follow this link for a short 3-question feedback about The Foxhole. https://form.jotform.com/203634200663143
Fr. Isaac Coulter leads an excellent meditation on the wonder of Christmas, the reason why we as Christians can take hold of hope, and how we can respond like St. Joseph with "courageous creativity".  Get ready for a profound entry into the miracle of God becoming man, and a lesson on how to recognize God's Presence in our daily lives this coming year.  Don't let this opportunity go by to reignite your sense of wonder at the Father's goodness to us. "I hope we never grow out of the wonder that the kids have at Christmas." "The only thing that’s going to make your marriage alive, your job alive, is the awareness of this Presence that changes everything."
What's one of the best kept secrets in the Church?  That we're not only Roman Catholic, but a Communion of Churches under the Pope!  Bishop Gregory Mansour of the Eparchy of St. Maron in Brooklyn, NY (listen to find out what the word eparchy means), joins us to discuss the Church from the Maronite view. Bishop Gregory shares what Advent means to his Church, why Holy Saturday is such an important spiritual focus, the reason for his hope for the Church, and what we can do as Catholic men to become better servant leaders.  Plus you might learn something about Joe Farris that you didn't know. Learn more about Bishop Gregory at www.StMaron.org and read his Pastoral Letter directed to men at https://www.stmaron.org/pastoral-letter-on-man-and-woman
The thoughtful and well-spoken Searl twins join us for an insightful episode about how we can make an impact on the lives of our children and become saints ourselves.  From the importance of witness and accompaniment to the power of suffering and intention; from the joys of the Father Kapaun Walk to the struggles that young women face, they have loads of great nuggets of wisdom for us. The world tells us to go the easiest route.  These twins are here to remind us that heaven is our goal.
Haley's story is one not only of overcoming the odds, but of the power of prayer and love of a faith community.  What began as a tragedy on the way back from a college swim meet became a remarkable true story of how God led Haley into the Catholic Church and how He continues to lead her on her pilgrimage of life. Haley joins us in The Foxhole to discuss this life-changing moment and the ways that she tries to use it to encourage others on their own journeys. "It didn’t matter if I never walked again.  It didn’t matter if I didn’t swim again.  It didn’t matter that I had only been on campus 5 months as a student- I was a part of this family, and I was a part of this community of faith.  Whatever it was going to be, I was going to be okay because I was a part of that community." Check out Haley's Book, What Though the Odds, and more at www.HaleyBook.com
Randy Raus is the President and CEO of Life Teen, an international ministry dedicated to leading teens closer to Christ.  He joins us to share his own journey to the faith, which involves a wonderful story of someone challenging him to a deeper encounter with God.   Randy shares his years of wisdom of connecting with teens and leading them to Christ, as well as the mindset we should have as husbands to really help our marriages flourish. "We as a Church need to let people know that they still matter, that they really are important....Relationships don’t cost a lot of Church budgets." www.lifeteen.com
You've probably heard of it: cold showers for 90 days, no alcohol, no TV.  But did you know that over 30,000 men have already started their path to freedom through Exodus 90? This episode we're joined by Nathaniel Binversie, Director of Mission at Exodus 90.  Many Kapaun's Men have already participated in this life-changing exercise, and it's how Joe Farris wants to begin his 2021.  Even if you're not called to participate this round, the principles that Exodus 90 espouses are key to living a full life as a Catholic man. "If we’re not living prayer, if we’re not living asceticism, if we’re not living fraternity, we’re simply not living the life that God literally became Incarnate to model for us." The next Exodus begins January 4th.  Learn more at www.exodus90.com
Bishop Spencer, a retired Chaplain and Colonel in the US Army served those who serve us in the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, joins us on this special Veteran's Day episode in the Foxhole.  His duties took him all the world, and he graciously takes our listeners along a journey to better understand the ministry of the Archdiocese, and he reveals his personal story that weaves in brushes with danger, and encounters with Fr. Emil Kapaun, as their common service to others unfolded.  Bishop's remarkable story is a can't miss tribute to not only those who serve us in uniform, but to all of those who serve these very brave men and women. 
Chris Benzinger spent years training missionaries.  Now he helps parishes become launching pads for mission and evangelization.  He's a man with incredible wisdom and dedication to others, and he joins us in The Foxhole to discuss the power of engaging in our neighbor's stories as well as transforming parish culture.   "Great community is not communal events. Great community comes from a group of people that love one another on a person to person basis." Chris and his wife Michelle Benzinger (of the Abiding Together Podcast) are doing the pivotal work of growing missionary disciples.  Check them out at www.greenhousecollective.org.
No, we're not talking about something from Downton Abbey.  We're talking about real men who have both strength and compassion.  We're talking about men as God created us to be. Sam Guzman, founder of The Catholic Gentleman, joins us to talk about his path to the Catholic faith, how we can lead our children to embrace the faith, and of course striving to become a Catholic gentleman.  Be a man, be a saint! Find Sam at www.catholicgentleman.net Join us in praying the Father Kapaun Novena Nov 2-10 or whenever you listen to the podcast! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LtDbIr9NI4j-BYts18JXTIBqClKrhZUy/view?usp=sharing
Is business inherently selfish?  Is it a profession that requires you to atone for it like a sin?  Or instead, is it possible to approach business in a way that glorifies God and benefits both us and the world? Dr. Jim Otteson, a business ethics professor at the University of Notre Dame, has thought a lot about these questions and shares with us a refreshing take on the ethics of enterprise.  Taking into account the dignity of all human beings, honorable business is actually one of the best ways we can use our God-given gifts well and spread the joy of the Gospel. Hear and read more from Dr. Otteson at https://jamesotteson.com/ and listen to his TED Talk at: https://youtu.be/eiJh0h79K-8
Colonel Douglas Thomas is using his faith and six principles to aggressively push back against a foe that does not wear a uniform.  His battle against cancer has been supported by his family, faith and spiritual director who are helping him to continue to engage to be fully alive despite his illness.  He relies on his following six principles to maintain strength in his fight.  Be Aggressive Keep It Simple Stupid  Moral Courage Attitude Family  Have Fun
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