Society views “freedom” as the ability to do whatever we want. In Authentically Free at Last, hosts Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens show how society mistakes freedom with license. To be authentically free we must follow God’s plan for us and resist the temptations the secular culture places before us.
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Air Times in the United States & Canada:
Sundays: 5:00 AM ET
Mondays: 6:00 PM ET
Here is the episode list:
Episode 1 – Authentically Free at Last
Freedom is not the license to do whatever we want. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens discuss the meaning of authentic freedom and how a properly formed conscience leads us to the moral good. They show the necessity of the Church as a basis for a properly formed conscience to guide us through the world of secular relativism.
Episode 2 – Freedom and Conscience
Our society has different understandings of what the conscience is and what it means to have a properly formed conscience. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens discuss the importance of the conscience, how we can form our consciences properly and how a properly formed conscience leads to authentic human freedom.
Episode 3 – Free Love Ain’t Free
The modern acceptance of fornication undermines authentic human love. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens explain why we should care when two consenting adults engage in this destructive behavior and what we can do to combat this in our lives and in the lives of our loved ones.
Episode 4 – Just Say Yes
Contraception plays an enormous role in our secular culture, providing promises of freedom. Host Gloria Purvis along with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens show that it really is thwarting the life giving action of the Holy Spirit, and what we can do in our own families to unveil the bondage that contraception really is.
Episode 5 – He Created Them Male and Female
God created us as male and female. Host Gloria Purvis along with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens discuss complementarity between men and women, and why homosexual acts and redefining marriage are not compatible with authentic freedom. They also explain the difference between accepting homosexual behavior and a person with same sex attraction.
Episode 6 – No Sex Is A Bad Thing
God’s plan calls for the conception of a child to occur within the confines of a marriage, between the mother and father. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens discuss the concept of pregnancy resulting from sexless encounters, why this is against the God’s plan for authentic love, and what an appropriate response to infertility or homosexual couples “parenting” should be.
Episode 7 – Radical Love of Womanhood
Society claims the Church treats women as second-class citizens, not equal to men. But Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens show this is the exact opposite of how the Church views women, especially contrasting the Church with the misogynistic view of society regarding women and their fertility. The Church accepts a woman’s fertility as a gift while society paints it as a flaw in her design.
Episode 8 – Vocations and Marriage
Society’s view of morality differs markedly from that of the Church. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens examine the impact of fornication, contraception, and abortion on vocations and marriage. Families with fewer children result in fewer vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Lack of respect for marriage and sex only within marriage nullifies the practice of celibacy within religious life.
Episode 9 – A Person is a Person No Matter How Small
Secular culture believes the myth that research on embryos serves the common good. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens take an in depth look at the attitudes that buttress this utilitarian approach to unborn children, why we should care, and what we can do about it.
Episode 10 – A Person is a Person No Matter How Old or Ill
Many people promote what they see as the positives of euthanasia. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens debunk the idea that euthanasia is an acceptable answer for unburdening a family or society and why “mercy killing” and “not wanting to be a burden” are not truly a loving response to an elderly or suffering person.
Episode 11 – God Hears You
Does God hear us when we pray? Does He care? Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens examine the role of prayer in coping with our relativistic culture, in offering reparation for affronts against God, and for our conversion and that of our country. The necessity of prayer in confronting the culture and in our own interior conversion is discussed so that we can do so charitably and with wisdom.
Episode 12 – The Mystical Hook Up
God has given us the Sacraments to help us grow closer to Him. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens examine the strength and grace the sacraments provide in helping us not only form our consciences properly but also in witnessing the truth regarding authentic human freedom.
Episode 13 – Truth and Freedom
Society presents an alternative to the truth taught by the Church. Gloria Purvis, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Damon Owens discuss why authentic freedom comes only when we aspire to live by the authentic truth of Christ. Anything less leads us away from God and our intended destiny.