In this episode Andrew, after again getting distracted on the wonder of a one-lunged pope leading us to “breathe with both lungs”, muses on the experience of Vespers from Forgiveness Sunday in Byzantine Catholic Church in which you ask for and receive forgiveness from everyone in the church in the context of an embrace, how that gave him insight into the theology of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, an idea for a mental exercise inspired by this when in line for confession, and a memory of how his old Protestant church got one thing right when they tried to reinvent the Eucharistic wheel. Then, he discusses a TED talk about body poses and hormonal changes, and ties it all together into our nature as body/soul composites and the ever repeated slogan that “matter matters”.
“The Counter Position” is a new show by Andrew Whaley, founder of the apostolate Calix. Andrew brings his unique take on things from over 20 years of studying philosophy, theology, art, business, and design while processing those ideas daily over the bar in his coffeehouses with people of all walks of life, most of them being the unchurched/dechurched. Feverishly interested in everything, Andrew covers a wide array of topics, spiritual and otherwise, with his hallmark brand of edgy self-deprecating humor, intellectual speculation, and deep wonder. Interviews range from major Catholic figures and intellectuals to interesting characters with good story or an insight to bring. So, if you’re interested in a new form of Catholic radio, buckle up and tune in.