TIME & THE MYSTERY w/ Mike Mangione

Talking about the friendship and faith life of Chris Farley with Father Matt Foley (yes, THAT Matt Foley)

[Mike Mangione is a nationally touring musician and popular podcast host. To subscribe to his podcast, Time & the Mystery, on iTunes (and leave a review) click here. To learn more about his music, click here.]

Growing up in the 90s there was no bigger show for me than Saturday Night Live, and no bigger cast member than Chris Farley. When I was a student at Marquette University, I used to imagine fellow alum, Farley, running late for class through the academic yard … as seen in the movie Tommy Boy. Anytime I share my story of touring and living in a van for two years it is almost guaranteed someone wittingly responds, “Was it down by a river?” – a quote from Chris Farley’s iconic motivational speaker character, Matt Foley. I have always felt a strong connection to Chris especially after I heard that he was a practicing Catholic, like myself. I have always related to the very honest and human sweet/troubled reality that Chris lived. Not for any glorified reasons but rather for its honest, hopeful and redemptive qualities. Chris was not perfect and neither am I. I have always felt like I could relate to him, though never knowing him, somewhat on that level. So when I found out that his SNL character Matt Foley was named after his college rugby buddy-turned Catholic priest, Army chaplain and Afghanistan veteran, Father Matt Foley – and Fr. Matt lived an hour and a half away from me – I thought, I absolutely have to meet this man and talk about who he is, his friend Chris, their relationship, and their faith. Enjoy Time & The Mystery: Conversations with Father Matt Foley.

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GUEST POST: 23 Keys for Unlocking the Mystery of Gender, Identity and Human Sexuality

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[NOTE: This article is reprinted with permission by my friend and colleague Bill Donaghy. Bill is leading a weekend retreat Oct. 13-15 called Awaken: An Encounter with the Theology of the Body at Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, N.Y. This post originally appeared on the Theology of the Body Institute blog. – CW]

Who am I?

This fundamental question is asked ultimately by every person ever born. What is this great mystery of human life? What is our origin, and what is our destiny?

As Catholics, informed by Sacred Scripture (God’s Word) and the great gifts of reason and human experience (Man’s understanding), we propose the following points to serve as a kind of manual on this mission of self-discovery.

TIME & THE MYSTERY w/ Mike Mangione

Music, TV Shows and Car Rides with Actor Sam Witwer

[Mike Mangione is a nationally touring musician and popular podcast host. To subscribe to his podcast, Time & the Mystery, on iTunes (and leave a review) click here. To learn more about his music, click here.]

Before landing the role of Aidan Waite on the show Being HumanDoomsday on Smallville or the countless voice acting roles for the Star Wars franchise, Sam Witwer was a role-playing, sci-fi loving, bass-slapping, trenchcoat-wearing punk from the northern suburbs of Chicago… known to his peers as Stew. How do we know this? Because Mike Mangione and Stew were neighbors. Join them as they discuss the bands, shows, car rides, influences and drama they have shared together as well their current work and the purpose behind it in this episode of Time & The Mystery: Conversations with Sam Witwer

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GUEST POST: “13 Reasons Why” We Should Be Learning, Living and Sharing John Paul II’s Theology of the Body

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[Guest Post by John Paul West]

When I first heard about Netflix’s controversial new show 13 Reasons Why, the charge that it glorified suicide and encouraged copycat behavior was enough for me not to want to watch it. Then my brother, whose judgment I trust, urged me to watch it because of how insightfully it portrayed the lives of most modern teenagers. After watching the first few episodes, I agree with him: but for some slight exaggerations, it’s the story of the pain I saw everyday in public high school.

TIME & THE MYSTERY w/ Mike Mangione

Olympic medal-winning distance runner Leo Manzano

[Mike Mangione is a nationally touring musician and popular podcast host. To subscribe to his podcast, Time & the Mystery, on iTunes (and leave a review) click here. To learn more about his music, click here.]

The amount of talent, work and grit required to qualify for the Olympics has always fascinated Mike Mangione. Despite lacking all three qualities, Mike has always attributed his lack of Olympic success on his being vertically limited. Well … that excuse was destroyed when Mike met professional runner, two-time Olympian, 1,500-meter silver medalist and fellow human of 5’5″ stature, Leo Manzano. Leo’s story is nothing short of inspirational. With mounds of raw talent and determination, Leo went from starting his running career in hiking boots and jeans to wearing his own brand of shoe, gracing the side of a Coke can and taking silver at the 2012 Games in London. On a warm December afternoon in Texas, Leo took time from training to sit with Mike and dive into the Time & Mystery of his remarkable career and life. Join us at the table for this two-part saga … Time & The Mystery: Conversations with Leo Manzano.

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