If you have read my previous blogs, you can probably see that Fr. Mike Schmitz is a big role model of mine. I seriously love everything he does. From his talks at Steubenville when I was a teen, his Ascension Presents videos, to his virtual masses and homilies I watch during these strange Covidy times. Everything he does seems to be done with this beautiful and contagious energy and love. He embodies everything I would expect to see in a Catholic saint. If you don’t know much about him, I would strongly encourage you to check out Ascension Presents on YouTube and watch a few of his videos.
So why, Danny, are you fanboying over Fr. Mike extra hard this week?
Well, let me tell ya, friend! He’s been doing something outstanding. Fr. Mike Schmitz has decided to create a podcast to help people read the Bible…like… the whole Bible…
Using renowned Catholic Bible scholar Jeff Cavins’s “Bible Timeline,” Fr. Mike has committed himself to put out an episode of his podcast every day for 365 days. If you listen along each day (to episodes roughly 20 mins. each), you will have read the entire Bible in a year. And you will do so while reflecting on how each piece fits into the story of our salvation. Isn’t that remarkable?!
Personally, I’ve always wanted to read the Bible more, but reading the entire Bible seems like something so far out of my reach. To hear of such a program fills me with joy and excitement. I’m on day 9, but over this time, Fr. Mike has helped me to gain some remarkable insight into the Bible, allowing God’s word to help draw me closer to Him. If you have any interest in reading the Bible, I’d highly recommend you check this out.
No matter what comes in 2021, with the help of Fr. Mike Schmitz, I’m excited to make it the year I read the Bible.
From all of us here at the Jesuit Spiritual Center, my name is Danny Hannan. God Bless!