Why would a loving God permit something like COVID-19 to afflict people He ostensibly loves? It’s the sort of question people have wrestled with for thousands of years. Our own Dave Carter sits down with Father Ben Bradshaw, Pastor of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Memphis, TN, to discuss this question and a great many others in a wide ranging conversation that touches on the metaphysical insights of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Socrates and Aristotle, the physical challenges of ministering in a world of social distancing, and even the world of faith and food (Father Bradshaw is also a classically trained chef).

Ricochet Member Seawriter also joins Dave in a discussion of a his latest book, “Vanished Houston Landmarks.” (He’s also authored 31 other books on a huge variety of interesting historical topics.)

And, determined to thwart any pretense of this being an entirely serious-minded program, Sportscaster Mark brings a slightly twisted sort of sports reporting to the proceedings. We think you will enjoy the result.

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  1. Arahant Member

    Mark had Group Writing before I had it.

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    • April 15, 2020, at 11:50 AM PDT
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Mark had Group Writing before I had it.

    I wasn’t sure if I had the chronology right. Thanks!

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    • April 15, 2020, at 12:00 PM PDT
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  3. Arahant Member

    Finished listening now. That “Quarantine Cuisine” got a good laugh out of me.

    I recently did a gluten-free version of this:

    Turned out very well.

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    • April 15, 2020, at 12:36 PM PDT
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  4. colleenb Member
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    Great job as usual Dave. Loved hearing from your pastor. We are blessed to still be able to have the churches physically open even though no activities, Masses. That means that the priests have been able to continue offering confession and eucharistic adoration. Hope your new employer will be able to open up soon.

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    • April 15, 2020, at 1:12 PM PDT
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  5. Seawriter Contributor

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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Mark had Group Writing before I had it.

    I wasn’t sure if I had the chronology right. Thanks!

    I inherited it from 10 Cents. This is why I can write 30+ accurate history books, but would lose every time on Jeopardy. If it is not in front of me in text, I always get it wrong.

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    • April 15, 2020, at 2:05 PM PDT
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    colleenb (View Comment):

    Great job as usual Dave. Loved hearing from your pastor. We are blessed to still be able to have the churches physically open even though no activities, Masses. That means that the priests have been able to continue offering confession and eucharistic adoration. Hope your new employer will be able to open up soon.

    Thank you! He really is a fantastic guy, and an inspiration to all who meet him. He’s got a good sense of humor,…which goes a long way (to me at least). Thanks for listening!

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    • April 15, 2020, at 2:32 PM PDT
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    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Dave Carter (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Mark had Group Writing before I had it.

    I wasn’t sure if I had the chronology right. Thanks!

    I inherited it from 10 Cents. This is why I can write 30+ accurate history books, but would lose every time on Jeopardy. If it is not in front of me in text, I always get it wrong.

    Hadn’t heard about 10 Cents in quite awhile. There’s a guy I miss hearing from. Thanks for being on the program, Mr. Seawriter. Thoroughly enjoyed our chat! 

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    • April 15, 2020, at 2:33 PM PDT
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  8. Patrick McClure Coolidge

    Dave, I didn’t realize it until I heard it, but I needed some of the advice and teaching Fr. Bradshaw provided. Thank you for having him on. Funny how G-d reaches out to us and surprises us with the individual attention we need, even when we do not realize we need it.

    EDIT And thank Fr. Bradshaw for me, please.

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    • April 16, 2020, at 5:34 AM PDT
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    Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… (View Comment):

    Dave, I didn’t realize it until I heard it, but I needed some of the advice and teaching Fr. Bradshaw provided. Thank you for having him on. Funny how G-d reaches out to us and surprises us with the individual attention we need, even when we do not realize we need it.

    EDIT And thank Fr. Bradshaw for me, please.

    Thank you sir. It means a great deal to hear that. I’ve taken the liberty of passing along your comment along to Father Ben, as I know it will touch his heart as well.

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    • April 16, 2020, at 10:38 AM PDT
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  10. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Finished listening now. That “Quarantine Cuisine” got a good laugh out of me.

    I recently did a gluten-free version of this:

    Turned out very well.

    My wife made what we call “Arahant Pie” just last week. It was delicious, as usual.

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    • April 18, 2020, at 6:46 PM PDT
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  11. Arahant Member

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    My wife made what we call “Arahant Pie” just last week. It was delicious, as usual.

    What version was it?

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    • April 18, 2020, at 6:53 PM PDT
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  12. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    My wife made what we call “Arahant Pie” just last week. It was delicious, as usual.

    What version was it?

    It uses corn tortillas for the crust. It’s sort of quiche-like, with pepperoni, salami, cheese, turmeric, cinnamon, and some other spices. Probably other stuff, too. Sarah was a little skeptical when I first showed her your recipe, but we both love it.

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    • April 18, 2020, at 7:02 PM PDT
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  13. Arahant Member

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    My wife made what we call “Arahant Pie” just last week. It was delicious, as usual.

    What version was it?

    It uses corn tortillas for the crust. It’s sort of quiche-like, with pepperoni, salami, cheese, turmeric, cinnamon, and some other spices. Probably other stuff, too. Sarah was a little skeptical when I first showed her your recipe, but we both love it.

    I really need to document what I did with the pizza rustica. We’re both enjoying it. We found that we needed smaller slices than we would use with pizza because it is even more filling, so it’s lasting longer.

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    • April 18, 2020, at 7:07 PM PDT
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