The first is a website by Fr. Robert Barron and the Archdiocese of Chicago, called Word on Fire. The site says this about Fr. Barron:
Fr. Robert Barron was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1986. He has a Masters degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Institute Catholique de Paris. He is currently professor of systematic theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary. Fr. Barron is the author of four books, including Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master, And Now I See: A Theology of Transformation, and most recently, Heaven in Stone and Glass: Experiencing the Spirituality of the Great Cathedrals. He also gives frequent talks, retreats and workshops on issues of theology and spirituality.What's great is that Fr. Barron makes short videos commenting on subjects from modern-day culture and hosts them on YouTube. These videos are pretty good too. The three most recent videos are on his website (you can view all 7 here). He also has an extensive collection of sermons in mp3 format dating back to 2001. That's hours upon hours of good Catholic preaching. If that doesn't make you giddy I don't know what will.
The other website is a Catholic podcasting network called sqpn (Star Quest Production Network). Here is a little bit of their mission statement:
SQPN (Star Quest Production Network) is a multimedia organization specializing in the production of audio and video programs faithful to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Its mission is to respond to the Church’s call to use the media for religious information, for evangelization and catechesis and for formation and education.Maybe I'm stupid, but I've never seen a website like this, where so many great Catholic podcasts are all in one place. The design is great and easy to navigate too. If I had an awesome podcast, I'd want to align myself with these people.
Anytime I find a website with free content--and lots of it--I get psyched. Tons of articles, tons of videos, tons of mp3's --That's what I'm all about. Bring on the resources! Finding great Catholic content on the internet has become a hobby of mine, and I love it. That's why the Catholic Defense Directory is what it is, and that's why my sidebar is what it is. If you find some great content hidden away somewhere, please let me know. And, of course, as I find more and more stuff, I'll make sure I pass it along.