5 Catholic Apps I Can’t Live Without (you NEED them too!)

5 Catholic apps I can't live without

 

Isn’t technology great! I mean sometimes it isn’t but if we use technology for good, then it can be a huge blessing, and a powerful tool in evangelizing others and ourselves.

Let’s take for example apps. Sure, I suppose I could get lost for hours playing games on my phone — or I can choose to use this incredible technology to connect with the Lord and learn more about my faith. While I have been known to get sucked into games (and Facebook), now, I spend most of my time using one of these 5 Catholic apps.

5 Catholic Apps You Should Download TODAY!

 

Catholic Answers Logo

Catholic AnswersI use this app almost every single day to listen to podcasts from our nations top Catholic apologists. They feature remarkable guests that share their knowledge related to the church and the Catholic Faith. Thanks to Catholic Answers Live, I have learned so many things I didn’t know about the faith. It has also cleared up so many misconceptions I had about the church’s teachings on certain issues. When I would say, “I don’t agree with the Catholic teaching about…” what I didn’t realize, is I that I just didn’t understand the teaching or why it it that way.

I have learned so much from regulars like; Jimmy Akin, Trent Horn, Tim Staples, and host Patrick Coffin — and all of the guests they have on. They have a variety of topics that they tackle but some of my favorites are:

  • Why are you an Atheist?
  • Why are you pro-choice?
  • Why are you a Protestant?
  • Why aren’t you a Christian?
  • Open Forums

You can listen live, or to Podcasts that go back all the way to 2008. Watch this short video on their website to see what it’s all about!

By the way, Catholic.com is an awesome resource to find answers to any questions you may have. If you are not Catholic, but want to learn more about what Catholics believe and why, it’s perfect for you too! In fact, they would love for you to call into their live program, between 6pm-7pm ET, M-F, and ask your questions. Check out their radio calendar to find the best time to ask your question.

 

Relevant Radio

Relevant Radio – This is another app that I use every single day! Actually my toddler listens to Fr. Rocky do the rosary both before nap and before he goes to bed at night. He loves it and always asks to “pick prayers”, which means he gets to choose which of the mysteries he will be listening to – The Luminous Mysteries are his favorite šŸ™‚

There is so much to this app but I got started by listening to Go Ask Your Father, which is hosted by Msgr. Stuart Swetland. I have learned so much from this program and told my mom about it. She loves it too! Msgr. Swetland is a convert to the faith (as are most of my favorite Catholic apologists and authors) and I appreciate the way he answers the questions of his callers. I also love Morning Air and the Miracle Hunter – but I have listened to many of the programs and really like them all.

There are a ton of wonderful podcasts, audio prayers, news and info, and the daily readings. This is a definite must-have, and a helpful resource.

 

EWTN

EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) – My husband was going through RCIA several years ago, and I started to realize I didn’t know much about this faith I professed to have. I didn’t really know why I was Catholic, or what that even meant. Shortly after he was received into the church, I was moved by the Holy Spirit to start watching EWTN TV, to find answers to questions I had about my faith.

I can’t really explain what I thought I would find there, but I can tell you I thought it would be super boring. Well, IĀ  turned in on one day and started watching The Journey Home program, which features conversion stories, and is hosted by Marcus Grodi. Once I started watching, I couldn’t stop. In fact, I tune in every Monday to watch it! Then I noticed they had other programs I liked — and programs my KIDS liked!

So, of course I had to see if there was an EWTN app, so I could listen to The Journey Home, or watch it on my tablet. There WAS!

There are live streams, program schedules, video, news, prayers, and the bible. You can even listen to the Daily Mass. During my grandfather’s final days, my mom would put the Mass on for him to listen to. She said it was such a comfort and brought a sense of peace during that time and she was so grateful that it was available!

 

Laudette App

LaudateThis was actually the very first Catholic app that I ever downloaded. There are so many wonderful resources. I have had this app for a few years now, and it just keeps getting better! Here are some of the things you’ll find:

  • Daily Mass Readings, Saint of the Day
  • Liturgy of the Hours
  • Daily Prayer
  • The Order of Mass
  • Rosary and Chaplet
  • Confession
  • Stations
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • and LOTS more!

It is a fabulous resource and a must-have for every Catholic.

 

Focus Equip

Focus Equip – Focus stands for The Fellowship of Catholic University Students and is geared toward young adults, but old adults like me also enjoy it. At least, I think they do. Maybe it’s just me? šŸ˜‰

Anyway, there are a ton of high energy, informative talks on there. I sure wish there were speakers like this when I was coming of age. Perhaps, I would have traveled a different path.

If you have kids in college – or kids who will be heading there – don’t send them out into the world without this app. Download it for yourself too – then you can talk about it together.

Want to learn more about Focus? Visit their website Focus.org and send your student to the Focus.org Student site.

 

Do you have a favorite Catholic app that YOU can’t live without? I’d love to hear about it. I’m always looking to add to my collection.

 

Welcome to the Joy Filled Catholic Blog

Welcome to The Joy Filled Catholic

Hello! Welcome to The Joy Filled Catholic Blog.

I am Christie, a joy filled Catholic, who, after being raised Catholic, attending CCD, and then Catholic School 7th-12th grade, drifted away from the Catholic Church and her teachings. I was what some call a “C&E” (Christmas and Easter) Catholic for many years and I slowly made my way back to the fullness of the faith, shortly after our twins were born. You’ll be able to read my story soon on the About Page, once I write it!

The reason that I decided to begin this blog, is because God put it on my heart to do so. This blog has been in my heart and on my mind for the past year. In fact, I created all of my social media accounts last year but put my blog on the back burner. However, this blog is constantly on my mind. I hear something or I read something, and I think – “That would make a great blog post.” I sure wish I had written all those ideas down at the time – though I don’t think I’ll run out of topics any time soon!

So what can you expect to read on this blog?

Well, I’ll share a little about me and my journey – but more importantly I hope to provide YOU with information and resources to help you along your journey toward the Catholic Church.

I also hope to provide information that will clear up some misconceptions that people have about the Catholic Church and her teachings. Though I have always identified myself as a Catholic, I didn’t adhere to, or think that I even agreed with the teachings.

In those days, you might have heard me say things like:

I’m Catholic but….

  • I don’t really go to church.
  • I don’t agree with all of the teachings.
  • I still like to have fun.
  • I just stay Catholic because that’s what I know.

…and on and on it would go. I shudder at the thought of things I said. The ways that I may have unknowingly lead people astray or gave them a false impression of the church. Looking back, I think I said these things in part because I believed them and partially because I wasn’t prepared to defend my faith against those I knew would challenge my beliefs.

www.joyfilledcatholic.com

Back then, I was FAR from the church. Goodness, I sure hope no one judged the Catholic Church based on me, my words, and my actions – but I’m afraid they may have. That is another reason this blog is so important to me. Maybe I can’t go back and tell anyone who I may of spoken to just how wrong, and uninformed I was – but I can share all that I have learned and continue to learn. I can joyfully evangelize and as St. Peter instructs us:

“Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence.” 1 Peter 3:15

I know why I’m Catholic now. I know that the Catholic Church is the one Christ founded 2000 years ago. I know so much more than I did and I’m learning more about my faith than I ever thought possible – and I’m so excited to share it with you!