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Catholic podcast veterans Greg and Jennifer Willits (Rosary Army, The Catholics Next Door, Adventures in Imperfect Living) and Mac and Katherine Barron (Catholic in a Small Town, Spoiled) get together each week for a deep dive into topics of Scripture, Tradition, Faith, and Morals as married couples and families striving for lives of holiness and greater understanding of the Catholic Faith.
 
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Kat get’s a birthday cruise, the Willits help us with the kitchen, the Heights enjoy the boat with us, a couple of comics tickle us, The Bear and Beautiful Boy both deliver outsized emotional impact with excellent storytelling. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: The Bear (Hulu) Beautiful Boy (VOD) Jon Christ Jeff Bruer Other great stuff we like: The Pilgrim P…
 
v As summer comes to a close for Mac, long-time listeners come for sunday lunch, Sam gets back to town, and the Barrons take in a country wedding. The Terminal List is a super-entertaining action thriller with very little to no morally redeeming values, Keeping the Faith holds up pretty well, Evil attempts to be an X Files-like The Message delivery…
 
After a longer-than-expected hiatus, Mac and Katherine are back to spoiling pop culture with a new episode! This time they dive into the newest and maybe the creepiest season of Stranger Things. Many mysteries are in store, most of all.... will Mac and Katherine make more than 1 episode of this show in the next 2 years? Send us some feedback: spoil…
 
Jude is off at another camp, we spend a few days with mom in south GA, Stranger Things Season 4 is way too long, and apparently, C.S. Lewis saw the sexual revolution coming. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Stranger Things (Netflix) Game Night The Meg Ant Man 2 Books: God in the Dock by C.S. Lewis Other great stuff we like: The Pilgrim Priest - Fr. Joel’s p…
 
We bought a new (old) car, Mom got bitten by a snake, Mac smoked a butt, American Underdog doesn’t totally suck, and neither do public libraries… but you have to be careful. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: The Old Man (Hulu) Terror on the Prairie (Daily Wire+) Nate Bargatze (Netflix) Taylor Tomlinson (Netflix) Other great stuff we like: The Pilgrim Priest …
 
Our wedding turns 23, Jennifer turns 50 something, Fr. Ben’s ministry turns 20 and Columbus GA turns cool. The Old Man is pretty great, Terror on the Prairie is sub-par and Taylor Tomlinson is funny but saddening. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: The Old Man (Hulu) Terror on the Prairie (Daily Wire+) Nate Bargatze (Netflix) Taylor Tomlinson (Netflix) Other …
 
Joy over the Dobs decision, Mac & Kat get a “parents’ intermission” and nearly die kayaking, Jurassic World Dominion is a epic fun, and what does a glimpse into an empty nest tell us abour vocation? Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Jurassic World Dominion Other great stuff we like: The Pilgrim Priest - Fr. Joel’s podcast Heartridge Retreat and Cultural Cent…
 
Mac and Jude spend the week in atlantis, Sam Drives BY HIMSELF to Swainsboro, and the question is answered: Where the country Girls at? Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Fr. Brown Lost World Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Where the country girls at? Other great stuff we like: The Pilgrim Priest - Fr. Joel’s podcast Heartridge Retreat and Cultural Center Exam…
 
The family has dinner with some friends, there’s a craaazy rosary rally, Kenobi is just ok, Mac fixes a carburetor all by himself, and he once again can’t lose at tennis. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: The Officer Kenobi John Crist Ricky Gervaise’s netflix special Under the Banner of Heaven Other great stuff we like: The Pilgrim Priest - Fr. Joel’s podcas…
 
Sam’s play goes “swimmingly”, we get a visit from some twins, Top Gun Maverick pays off and we split Catholic Stuff between limiting screen time for teens and behaving poorly when we don’t get our way. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Top Gun: Maverick Mass of the Ages 2: A Perfect Storm Other great stuff we like: The Pilgrim Priest - Fr. Joel’s podcast Hea…
 
It’s a busy time of year for the Barron’s but we still manage to squeeze in a sunset cruise and of course, Katherine has to read a 1000 page book. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Office Space Books: A Father’s Tale by Michael O’Brian Other great stuff we like: The Pilgrim Priest - Fr. Joel’s podcast Heartridge Retreat and Cultural Center Examination of Con…
 
The end of the school year is stressing Mac out, Jude and Lilly are naturals on stage, we offer up a sacred cow (The GodFather) and briefly dislike Outer Range. Finally, we encourage families to get into it at the dinner table. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Outer Range (Prime) The GodFather (Paramount+) Good Will Hunting (VOD) Other great stuff we like: …
 
Mac & Kat get away for the weekend and ruin a drone pilot’s day, we’re loving The Offer, Katherine is strangely fascinated with true crime dramas, and we may be sending Jude to boarding school. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: The Offer (Paramount+) Under the Banner of Heaven (Hulu) Other great stuff we like: The Pilgrim Priest - Fr. Joel’s podcast Heartrid…
 
Mac & Kat head to Swainsboro to clear out Mr. Wilder’s house, we go to a Colin Hay concert. The Batman is not good, true, or beautiful, and a listener's email leads to us reminding ourselves that speaking judgment without loving first is useless. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: The Batman (HBO Max) The Dropout (Hulu) Wrath of Man (Prime) Other great stuff …
 
Sam & Jude go on retreats, Kat spends Easter with her dad in the hospital, and Chesterton is now a cloud. Father Stu is a legit and profane portrayal of a man of faith and the doc, Jesus Music, shows us that Christians are way ahead of the curve on cancel culture. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Father Stu Oceans 11 The Sting Risen The Robe Jesus Music Oth…
 
Mac gets a few days at home, Jude & his buddies don’t make it through the cold night, The Lost City is worth a watch at home, Kat recommends several books and we ponder whether we should cancel Disney+. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: The Lost City Books: Farther Up & Further In by Joseph Pierce Plague Journal by Michael O’Brien The Two Towers by JRR Tolki…
 
The Barron’s head south to visit Mac’s mom, septic tank issues, power outages, and game shows galore. Clash of the Titans and Gods of Egypt make quite the pairing, plus we give you the freedom to be insulted when someone calls you “nice.” Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Clash of the Titans (2010) Gods of Egypt America Says Books: The Noonday Devil by Jean-…
 
Katherine serves as nurse to Mr. Wilder, Mac learns all about Tolkien from Joseph Pierce, Fisherman’s Friends is as charming as a sea chanty and Katherine finds out she is part of a new acronym. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Parallels (Disney+) Old (VOD) Fisherman’s Friends (Prime) The Friendship Onion Other great stuff we like: The Pilgrim Priest - Fr. …
 
Long walks in the woods, 3:10 to Yuma, lots of email, and Katherine holds Mac’s feet to the fire on the issue of a real Adam & Eve. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: 3:10 to Yuma (HBO Max) Ghosts (HBO Max) Lucy & Desi (Prime) Books: Eat, Fast, Feast by Jay Richards The Noonday Devil, Acedia, the Unnamed Evil of Our Times, by Jean-Charles Nault, O.S.B. Other …
 
The boys go skydiving…. Sort of, The Adam Project is a cursing good time, The Way is good for lent, and Cautionary Tales tries to ignore choices that lead to consequences that are… less than ideal. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: The Adam Project (Netflix) The Way (VOD - Amazon) Our Flag Means Death (HBO Max) The Righteous Gemstones (Netflix) Cautionary Ta…
 
Jude and his friends go camping, we go to a sung TLM, and Black Friday is now a “major holiday”. Afterparty ends well and we talk all about how weird you and your friends sound when you say weird stuff. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Inventing Ana (Netflix) After Party (Apple TV+) Long Story Short (Netflix) Other great stuff we like: Heartridge Retreat an…
 
Kat takes the boys away for the weekend, Mac has disappointing single meals, The Woman in the House is pretty funny, and the Priests We Need to Save the World is challenging in the best way. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window (Netflix) Light of My Life (Prime) Clone Wars (Season 7, last four…
 
A long weekend holds lots of domestic adventures for Mac & Kat, Free guy has some surprisingly Christian themes, and spiritual direction is in our future. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Free Guy (Disney+) I Want You Back (Prime) Critical Drinker (YouTube Channel) Blogs Five Ways to Have a Trad Lent Other great stuff we like: Heartridge Retreat and Cultura…
 
On this special episode of CST, Mac, and Katherine talk all about their wonderful weekend at a catholic marriage retreat. Spoiler alert... They have a lot to say. Other great stuff we like: Heartridge Retreat and Cultural Center Examination of Conscience based on the seven deadly sins Ari’s Pre-Advent Planner Mac’s Online Woodcraft Store maggieshou…
 
Mac & Kat both watch food docs, we get to go on a double date, Moonfall is awful, Ghostbusters Afterlife is pretty good, and Fulton takes Kat to town about sloth. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Moonfall (In theaters) Ghostbusters Afterlife (VOD) Tinder Swindler (Netflix) How Not to Die (Prime) That Sugar Movie (Prime) Books: Victory over Vice by Fulton Sh…
 
Mac gets a new Mug, Jude beats the family at a game, we go to TLM, Ghosts, and Afterparty are great so far and we listen to the gospels tell us not to despair in the midst of the storm. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Ghosts (HBO Max) The Afterparty (AppleTV+) As We See It (Prime) Other great stuff we like: Heartridge Retreat and Cultural Center Examinatio…
 
Childhood memories of trying sports, Sam’s intake appointment, Chesterton decides he likes the taste of puzzles, we decide we like the movie nobody, and we have to confess being angry at other people in line for confession... Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Nobody (HBO Max) Reminiscence (HBO Max) True Story (peacock) Other great stuff we like: Heartridge R…
 
We get the rare chance to romp in the snow, we talk for too long about Being the Ricardos and The Eyes of Tammy Faye, one listener makes our bathroom bearable, and Katherine her road to being a spiritual director with The Seven Deadly Sins. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Being the Ricardos (Prime) The Tender Bar (Prime) The Eyes of Tammy Faye (Netflix) Ra…
 
Katherine gets COVID, Mac makes some jigs, Together is both fresh and dated. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Together (Netflix) Don’t Look Up (Netflix) Cardinal (Hulu) Other great stuff we like: Heartridge Retreat and Cultural Center Examination of Conscience based on the seven deadly sins Ari’s Pre-Advent Planner Mac’s Online Woodcraft Store maggieshouse.…
 
The Barron house feels like a revolving door, our favorite gifts, SpiderMan was way better than Mac thought it would be, Encanto was gorgeous, and Katherine reminds us of the meaning of life. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Spider-Man No Way Home Encanto Station Eleven The Matrix Resurrection Other great stuff we like: Heartridge Retreat and Cultural Cente…
 
Mac got new glasses, Sam & Jude have a choral concert, we really enjoy a docu-podcast about Mars Hill Church, and we go on a date to begin to figure out our next stage of life. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill The Unmade Podcast Books: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings Other great stuff we like: Heartridge Retreat…
 
Mac loses a night of sleep due to a tickle, Sadie is in heat again, Kat finds cult leaders fascinating, Dr. Who is the perfect embroidery entertainment and Mac is learning poetry. Also we talk more about The Liturgical Year and challenge you to celebrate ember days. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: The Way Down (Netflix) Dr. Who Seasons 1-4 (HBO Max) Books:…
 
Sam has an accident, Ben has a birthday, Mac has a cold shower and we spend a very loud Thanksgiving with the Smith clan. Also, 8-Bit Christmas will probably age well, Hawkeye is just right, and Claus is actually pretty wonderful. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: 8-Bit Christmas (HBO Max) Hawkeye (Disney+) Claus (Netflix) Other great stuff we like: Examinat…
 
The Barrons visit Mac’s Mom, Mac gets a new table saw, we sort of enjoyed Red Notice, our last pre-advent check-in, and going to Mass on Christmas morning. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Red Notice (Netflix) That Thing You Do Other great stuff we like: Examination of Conscience based on the seven deadly sins Ari’s Pre-Advent Planner Mac’s Online Woodcraft…
 
Katherine visits the historic Biltmore Estate, Mac has relaxed the woodworking frenzy, Finch is just fine, Shang-Chi was pretty great, Sam has a job, and we remind you that gossip is not a “harmful” sin… it's a deadly one. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Finch (Apple TV) Shang-Chi (Disney+) Outlander (Amazon Prime) Other great stuff we like: Ari’s Pre-Adve…
 
We get a new heater in the reading room, camping is a bunch of work the first and last two hours, Katherine revisits Wide Awake with Jude, and we want to do what the church asks of us… as long as it’s convenient. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Wide Awake (VOD) Other great stuff we like: Ari’s Pre-Advent Planner Mac’s Online Woodcraft Store maggieshouse.or…
 
Mac woodworks like crazy, Katherine is making candles, Ben is back home, Dune is great and Book of Eli gives us Catholic stuff foder. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Dune (HBO Max) Book of Eli (HBO Max) Other great stuff we like: Ari’s Pre-Advent Planner Mac’s Online Woodcraft Store maggieshouse.org Book Nook Publishing at Amazon Catholic Journeymen Willit…
 
Katherine makes the most out of a bag of cranberries, All the puppies are gone… sort of, we enjoy revisiting Signs, Kat digs on Quake, and we remind you to take care of pre-advent so you can have the best advent ever. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Signs (Hulu) Quake (Hulu) Hubie Halloween (Netflix) Books: Dies the Fire by S. M. Stirling Other great stuff…
 
Katherine goes full bundt, Mac & Kat enjoy a day out at NOFO, and Forsyth Co. education grinds to a halt for a practice test. We really like No Time to Die and Katherine says Lucifer’s Hammer is a stupid title for a so-so book. Also, you are going to think we’re getting paid to talk about Ari’s Pre-Advent planner, but we’re not. We just really like…
 
1st Saturday devotions, Knights of Columbus rainy bbq, Devolution is fun but gruesome, Kat likes Free Guy, we all enjoy the end of What If and a terrible movie (Noah) gives us fodder for Catholic Stuff. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Free Guy (In theaters) Noah (VOD) What If (Disney+) Books: Devolution by Max Brooks Other great stuff we like: maggieshouse…
 
Katherine proves once again she’s the best wife ever by providing sushi to her starving husband PLUS she can write a mean essay! We see promise in Midnight Mass and loved revisiting Harry and the Hendersons, we both sort of recommend books and we have a great time advocating for and breaking down the St. Michael’s Prayer. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Mi…
 
Mac has an eventful and boring fall break, we hate Chaos Walking and Bly Manor but we LOVED Attack the Block, the few emails we got were great, and we touch on a hodge-podge of Catholic stuff: St. Thomas Moore, a 54-day novena, and the Book of Tobias. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix) Chaos Walking (Hulu) Attack the Block (Ama…
 
A week gets derailed by great people, we’re sooo ready for these puppies to go, Enchanted lives up to its name, Katherine reads a bio about Tolkien and we talk through liturgical abuse, papal rants, walking out in protest, and marriage problems! Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Enchanted (VOD) Books: Tolkien by Humphrey Carpenter Other great stuff we like: …
 
We’ve moved into Phase II or puppy-raising, we sold the van, friends come over for dinner, the boys get a kick out of Far and Away, and we talk about portrayals of faith in movies. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Far and Away (VOD) Open Range (Hulu) Other great stuff we like: maggieshouse.org Book Nook Publishing at Amazon Catholic Journeymen Mac’s Online …
 
Katherine has a no good, terrible, really bad day… or did she? Carl is back from the dead! All of our entertainment picks are downers, and we talk about forming and sticking with your family identity. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Amazon Prime) Burn After Reading (Amazon Prime) The Keepers (Netflix) The Date (Ben Barron’s Youtube c…
 
Sam turns 16 years on this earth, Katherine has a great time watching a terrible movie, Mac is in love with everybody in the movie Ondine, and like our listener Daniel, we are resigned to the church not functioning like we think it ought. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Knowing (Amazon Prime) Ondine (Amazon Prime) What If…? (Disney+) Watchmen (HBO Max) Oth…
 
We take the Roberts out on the boat, Kat is driving a “new” car, Val is surprisingly compelling, and Kat has thoughts after listening to a podcast. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Val (Amazon Prime) Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Netflix) Other great stuff we like: Book Nook Publishing at Amazon Catholic Journeymen Mac’s Online Woodcraft Store Willitsworks.com …
 
BBq at the Ryans, Katherine has pre-planning, The Thing is better than we thought it’d be, we revisit the Harry Potter movies and Katherine reads to us from Wendell Berry’s essays. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: The Thing (2011 - Hulu) Harry Potter Saga (Peacock) Other great stuff we like: Catholic Journeymen Mac’s Online Woodcraft Store Willitsworks.com …
 
Summer heat finally arrives...and so do the puppies! Mac uses duct tape in a new way. Ted Lasso is still good and email bails us out of not having a Catholic Stuff segment. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Ted Lasso Season 2 (Apple TV) Sweet Tooth Watchmen (HBO Max) Other great stuff we like: Catholic Journeymen Mac’s Online Woodcraft Store Willitsworks.com…
 
The Barrons take our last trip for the Summer while Jude is off at camp. We educate our child by watching Gladiator, we interview an old friend, touch on the latest announcement by the Pope and remind dads to invest time in their children. Movies, TV, & Podcasts: Gladiator (VOD) The Newer Star Trek trilogy Kong: Skull Island (HBO Max) Other great s…
 
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