The Jeff Cavins Show (Your Catholic Bible Study Podcast)

The Jeff Cavins Show (Your Catholic Bible Study Podcast)
Jeff shares personal tips and scriptural truths to help you live as a modern-day disciple of Jesus Christ.

Should Christians Say “Holy Crap” ?
Aug 7 • 26 min
As disciples of Christ, our speech matters. While the expression “holy crap” has become commonplace in our culture today, Jeff challenges us to re-evaluate the use of this expression by explaining the meaning of the word “holy” and the reverence we should…
Level Up With Jesus: Trading for Treasure
Jul 31 • 31 min
What do you treasure most in your life? Today, Jeff challenges us to look within ourselves and examine whether our hearts are set on the Kingdom of God or some other worldly treasure. Each day of our lives, we have the opportunity to level up and make…
Hope in 2020: A New Jesus Movement
Jul 24 • 32 min
In times of trial, our faith is often challenged and purified. Today, Jeff looks back at the Jesus Movement of the early 1970s and encourages us to use our current time of social unrest and uncertainty as an opportunity to proclaim Christ and reinvigorate…
Hebrews: An Inside Look at the Mass
Jul 17 • 30 min
Jeff interviews Dr. Andrew Swafford on his latest study, Hebrews: The New and Eternal Covenant. Dr. Swafford shows us that by understanding the roots of liturgical worship in the old testament, we can have a deeper appreciation for the eternal sacrifice…
4 Opportunities to Instruct Your Children
Jul 10 • 34 min
Passing on the faith to your children in today’s culture is not easy. In this episode, Jeff draws from the Old Testament to share 4 opportunities to instruct your children in the faith, and to help them live out the Gospel in a world that often opposes…
Fourth of July Special: True Freedom
Jul 3 • 12 min
As we celebrate July 4th this year in the midst of a pandemic and social unrest, let us remember that Jesus Christ has already paid the ransom for our freedom from sin. In this special episode, Jeff encourages us to live in the freedom and hope of Christ…
The Liturgical Calendar: Ordinary Time is Extraordinary Time
Jun 26 • 29 min
Do you tend to cruise through Ordinary Time during the Church’s liturgical year? Jeff reminds us that Ordinary Time can truly be an extraordinary time in our lives if we fully embrace the liturgical calendar and its purpose. By understanding the deeper…
How the Catholic Church Can Double in 5 Years
Jun 19 • 41 min
Imagine how much the Catholic Church would grow if each of us shared the Gospel with another person. Today, Jeff encourages us to embrace the challenge of evangelization and offers specific steps to share the Gospel in an engaging way. You don’t have to…
7 Ways to Love Your Wayward Children
Jun 12 • 39 min
On today’s show, Jeff talks about how we can love members of our family that may have fallen away from the faith. Whether its siblings, cousins, or even our parents, these seven tips on how to love your wayward children are sure to strengthen your family.…
Distance Amplifies Difference: Reflecting on Racism (with Fr. Josh)
Jun 5 • 67 min
On today’s show, Jeff is joined by our very own Father Josh as they reflect on the racial divide in our country, and the events of the past week. We continue to mourn the passing of George Floyd and all those killed under racist motives, and pray for…
10 Ways to Know If God is Speaking to You!
May 29 • 33 min
Have you ever wondered if God was speaking to you in the midst of a serious decision? Have you struggled with the idea of believing that God can speak to you? Today, Jeff shares 10 ways to know if God is speaking to you. Snippet From the Show “God often…
Mother of Pearl: Quarantined with the Mother of God
May 22 • 33 min
How are you handling quarantine? Have you asked your Mom for help? Today, Jeff shares some insight on the imagery of a pearl, and Mary as the mother of pearls. As we continue to have our lives altered and interrupted by the Coronavirus, Jeff offers some…
Simplify Your Life: Examining Your Heart and Home!
May 15 • 53 min
Why is it so difficult to simplify our life? Jeff has always had a passion for the concept of simplifying one’s life, and now he’s going to share that passion with you! On today’s show, Jeff talks about ways we can simplify our lives during quarantine,…
How to Navigate Your Marriage During COVID-19
May 8 • 39 min
Many marriages are being put to the test right now, as we continue dealing with the realities of COVID-19. Jeff is joined by psychologist Dr. Peter Damgaard-Hansen to discuss some of the problems married couples may encounter in quarantine and how we can…
Me Me Me “Meology” vs. Theology
May 1 • 33 min
Are we living our lives for ourselves, or for God? On today’s show, Jeff talks about perspective and how we can focus our lives on God and not ourselves. Snippet from the Show “If the sole objective of our lives is to make ourselves better, then we miss…
7 Ways to One Another One: What Scripture Says about Relationships
Apr 24 • 31 min
Jeff offers some words of encouragement through St. Paul’s messages to the Church during this time of COVID-19, encouraging us to be doers of the word of God, not just hearers. Snippet from the Show “Some of our most important relationships are the ones…
What Is Essential?
Apr 17 • 35 min
When so many things are stripped away, we’re left to examine what’s most important. Jeff discusses how we can simplify our lives by discovering the things that are essential, and taking away the things that distract us from what matters most. Get the…
Catholics, Cuisine, and Coronavirus
Apr 10 • 22 min
Jeff sits down with Chef John Folse to discuss how to cope with the effects of coronavirus. Text “jeffcavins” to 33-777 to subscribe and get added to Jeff’s shownotes email list!
Standing Against Coronavirus with Faith, Hope, and Charity
Apr 3 • 38 min
There are three things within us that can help us deal with trials like coronavirus: faith, hope, and charity. Through these virtues, we can respond to a crisis with confidence and trust in our Lord. Jeff pulls from the Catechism of the Catholic Church…
10 Bible Verses on Fear
Mar 27 • 34 min
Fear is all around us as we face this global pandemic, but the Lord does not want us to worry, he wants us to trust. Jeff looks up ten Bible verses on fear that can help us look to the Lord as our help, instead of relying solely on ourselves. Get the…
The Fear behind Closed Doors
Mar 20 • 32 min
After the Crucifixion, the disciples shut themselves up in the Upper Room, in fear of their lives. Jesus came among them and said, “Peace be with you.” As we experience fear and uncertainty these few weeks, we ultimately must realize that everything will…
Be My Guest: Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio
Mar 13 • 39 min
Jeff interviews Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio (a.k.a Dr. Italy), co-author of the new study Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life. They talk about how Jesus comes alive for us today, how we can grow closer to him, and how to share him with others. Text…
Examination of Conscience for Fathers
Mar 6 • 42 min
Jeff is talking with Matthew James Christoff about how men must go deeper in confession to overcome the temptations they face everyday. They go over seven questions fathers can ask themselves in an examination of conscience before they enter the…
Into the Night: Lent, Confession, and Transformation
Feb 28 • 40 min
Jeff guides you deeper into your heart and conscience than you’ve ever gone before. In your next confession, don’t repeat your usual “sin checklist” to the priest. Instead, fully expose your heart to Jesus and allow him to bring hope, healing, and peace…
Would It Have Been Fun to Be Jesus?
Feb 21 • 32 min
Jesus could heal people, walk on water, control the weather, multiply food, make wine, walk through walls, and wake the dead. Having such incredible abilities sounds amazing, but would it have been fun to be Jesus? Though there were moments of happiness…
7 Steps to Decluttering Your Relationships
Feb 14 • 30 min
Jeff brings together seven Scripture verses on relationships to help us simplify and declutter our relationships. Reflecting on these will help you in your family life, friendships, work relationships, and your relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus…
What’s Your Favorite Bible Verse?
Feb 7 • 8 min
Jeff is reflecting on his favorite Bible verse, Galatians 2:20. He first committed it to memory almost thirty years ago, and it has been with him ever since. This verse reminds him that he must die to himself everyday in order to walk with Christ.…
Investing in Your Spiritual Life: Stories from the Holy Land
Jan 31 • 31 min
Jeff is on his fifty-seventh trip to the Holy Land, and is talking to fellow pilgrims, Toni Griffith from Clearwater, Florida, Keith Senn from Louisville, Kentucky, and Michael Norman from Denver, Colorado about their experiences in the Holy Land. They…
The Problem with Seedless Grapes: Pro-Life Messages in Scripture
Jan 24 • 29 min
Today is the March for Life and Jeff is focusing on the beauty and power humans have to bring forth life! Instead of resisting our God-given ability to have children, let’s celebrate this gift and take seriously our duty to plant a seed of faith in the…
Recharging Your Batteries in the Holy Land
Jan 17 • 32 min
Jeff is in the Holy Land! He shares his experience of seeing the Gospels come alive through this pilgrimage. From the Sea of Galilee to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jeff describes what it’s like to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Snippet from the…
Flashback: 5 Benefits of Humility
Jan 10 • 38 min
Why is humility such an important virtue? Jeff is bringing back an episode from the archives to answer this very question and to show how we can be better disciples of Jesus Christ when we humble ourselves. Get Jeff’s Shownotes by texting “jeffcavins” to…
Flashback: Motivating Scripture for the New Year
Jan 3 • 31 min
We're bringing back Jeff's episode on motivating scripture to help you stick to your New Year's resolutions. Whether you've heard them before or this is your first time hearing them, these twelve motivating Scripture verses will encourage and inspire you…
How to Pray for Your Sons
Dec 20, 2019 • 33 min
Following up on his show from last week about praying for daughters, Jeff shares the prayer he wrote for parents to pray for their sons. He breaks down the unique ways we can intercede for them so they may pursue virtue and walk in the ways of Our Lord.…
How to Pray for Your Daughters
Dec 13, 2019 • 31 min
This week, Jeff shares a beautiful prayer he wrote for his daughters and talks about the specific ways we can pray for them. He explains how daughters are unique gifts from God, and their parents and guardians are called to pray for them sincerely and…
Good Morning: 30,000 Second Chances!
Dec 6, 2019 • 35 min
If you live until you’re 82 years old, you will have 30,000 chances to turn toward God. Every morning, we can choose to put aside the failings of yesterday, and strive to be the person that God intends us to be. This Advent, Jeff offers seven things you…
This Is for All the Lonely People
Nov 29, 2019 • 36 min
The holidays are a time to spend with the people we love, but at times, this merely highlights the isolation of those who are separated from their family and friends, or even those surrounded by people, but who still feel alone. So if you’re one of those…
Thanksgiving for 7 People Who Have Changed My Life!
Nov 22, 2019 • 40 min
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Jeff gives thanks to God for the seven people who changed his life for the better. Who has influenced your life? Jeff encourages you to make a list of those who have influenced your life, and thank God for them this year.…
You Can’t Change the People You Want to Change!
Nov 15, 2019 • 35 min
We’ve all had family members and friends that we wish we could change, especially when we see them making decisions that clash with Catholic teaching, but you can’t force someone to follow rules (even if you know it would make them happier in the long…
Don’t be a Walking Civil War - Walk by Faith!
Nov 8, 2019 • 33 min
We are constantly inundated with conflicting opinions and points of view. How can Catholics sort through all these to walk by faith? Jeff draws on the Gospels, Psalms, and Hebrews chapter 11 to help us quiet the inner conflicts and focus on the one…
3 Decisions that Will Change Your Life
Nov 1, 2019 • 37 min
Drawing from St. Paul, James, and Proverbs, Jeff brings up three decisions that will change your life for the better. First, value your time as a gift from God. Second, invest in people, not things. Third, seek wisdom, not trivia. These three changes will…
When Doves Cry: Seeking Validation
Oct 25, 2019 • 38 min
So many people walk through life constantly seeking validation. Are you one of them? Jeff reminds us that if we feel unaffirmed or unappreciated, we will seek validation somewhere—money, relationships, our work. But it’s only when Christ and our Heavenly…
My First Bike and God’s Provision!
Oct 18, 2019 • 26 min
How often do you stop to recognize how God provides for you, and how often do you ask for his provision in your life? Often we are quick to attribute our successes and gains to our own abilities, forgetting that nothing good that we do or have comes…
Go Small and Go Home: How to Love Your Neighbor
Oct 11, 2019 • 33 min
If we are focusing on the world, who is focusing on our family? We’re often distracted by the big picture of the world, but our attention is most needed at home. Jeff points to Scripture verses from Luke, 1 Timothy, and Matthew to show how we can emulate…
Slow Faith
Oct 4, 2019 • 30 min
Growing in faith is difficult in our fast-paced, distraction-heavy lives. Jeff Cavins slows things down to help us focus on prayer and Jesus. Snippet from the Show “The pace of a disciple is not hurried. As we look at the saints, we see people who spent a…
Bringing Your Children to Jesus!
Sep 27, 2019 • 35 min
Developing a strong relationship with Jesus is so important to the spiritual life, and bringing children to Jesus is the main goal of Catholic parents. Jeff connects Scripture passages from Genesis, Deuteronomy, and Proverbs that deal with parenting and…
Polish Saints and Pilgrimages with Fr. Josh Johnson
Sep 20, 2019 • 30 min
Jeff Cavins and Fr. Josh Johnson are in Poland! From Auschwitz to Pope St. John Paul II’s house, they discuss the places they have seen in connection with great Polish saints like St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Faustina, as well as some amazing glory…
When Good Things Are Bad for You (Filling up on Chips and Salsa) Part 2
Sep 13, 2019 • 31 min
Jeff continues to unpack what happens to us when we are too preoccupied with worldly things and neglect to keep our eyes on heaven. He uses the metaphor of filling up on chips and salsa to illustrate this point, and draws on multiple biblical examples to…
When Good Things Are Bad for You (Filling up on Chips and Salsa) Part 1
Sep 6, 2019 • 29 min
Have you ever gone to a restaurant and filled up on an appetizer (like chips and salsa) and then didn’t have any room left for the more nutritious main course? Jeff uses this illustration to explain how good things can become a problem when they replace…
Is Your Heart Troubled?
Aug 30, 2019 • 28 min
A troubled heart can happen at any stage of life. From work-related anxiety to stressful relationships to unexpected changes, at some point we find ourselves feeding worry in our hearts instead of offering it up to Jesus. Jeff shares Scripture passages…
Updates from Jeff: Upcoming Events, An Epic Motorcycle Trip, and the North American Martyrs
Aug 23, 2019 • 18 min
Jeff shares exciting news about three upcoming Great Adventure events, recounts his incredible two-week long motorcycle trip with a group of Catholic men, and shares a brief reflection about his visit to the Shrine of the North American Martyrs.
Don’t Have a Weed Wacking Ministry! (Parable of the Sower)
Aug 16, 2019 • 27 min
God is the one who separates the wheat from the chaff, but we can be tempted to take this task on ourselves, especially when it comes to our parish. Jeff talks about the Parable of the Sower to explain why we shouldn’t take it upon ourselves to pull up…
Meet My Friends: Marcus Grodi
Aug 2, 2019 • 39 min
Founder of The Coming Home Network, and host of The Journey Home program on EWTN, Marcus Grodi stops in to chat with Jeff Cavins. They talk about sola scriptura, how Marcus went from a Presbyterian minister to a Catholic, the thousands of people who have…
Falling in “Like” with Jesus
Jul 26, 2019 • 29 min
If the greatest commandment is to love God, how do we know if we’re actually doing it, or if we’re just falling in “like” with Jesus? To answer this question, Jeff uses Scripture passages on what it means to truly love God. He unpacks what this means for…
Breakfast at “Trinity’s” and Scriptures on Restoration
Jul 19, 2019 • 28 min
Jeff Cavins digs into scriptures on restoration in the Gospel of John and compares Peter’s journey to Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. At some point, both run away from their responsibilities, but eventually turn around and embrace…
Created for Love, Settling for Likes
Jul 12, 2019 • 34 min
We are created to be loved, and to love others. But it’s easy to settle for likes. We feel a boost of ego when someone leaves a flattering comment or shares our post, and it’s satisfying … to a point. But deep inside we all want to be loved, not just…
Catholic Evangelization: A Target Without a Bullseye?
Jul 5, 2019 • 32 min
Ministry programs and apologetics are great, but there’s one area that parishes can often neglect: evangelization. Christians have a mandate to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of…
Tweet Others the Way You Want to be Tweeted
Jun 28, 2019 • 33 min
If social media existed when the Scriptures were written, what would they say about it? Jeff revises verses from the Bible about speech to answer this question. Snippet from the Show “Rash tweets are like sword thrusts, but the tweet of the wise brings…
Having Trouble Sleeping? Scripture is Ambien for the Soul
Jun 21, 2019 • 39 min
A go-to response to insomnia typically involves a snack and TV remote, but there are better ways to get real rest and wake up feeling refreshed. Jeff has some advice for those who have difficulty sleeping, and it all comes from Scripture! The topic of…
What To Do About Bedwetting (and Other Personal Embarrassments)
Jun 14, 2019 • 30 min
Jeff shares the feelings of shame and isolation he faced as a kid struggling with bedwetting. Even if you never wet the bed, experiencing embarrassment and even self-loathing because of a perceived flaw is something we can all relate to. Jeff shares tips…
Parents, Write in Your Bible
Jun 7, 2019 • 32 min
If you are a parent, grandparent, godparent, or spiritual parent, one of the best gifts you can give is a Bible. But not just any Bible, your Bible. The one where you’ve underlined verses, written notes in the margins, and added your prayers in the open…
5 Things That Will Complicate Your Life
May 31, 2019 • 38 min
Looking for peace and simplicity? Get rid of the factors that complicate your life. Jeff zeroes in on the things that disrupt our peace and rupture our relationships. He explains how each of these things affects us and what we can do to overcome these…
If Deadly Sins Had Babies (Part 2)
May 24, 2019 • 36 min
Jeff continues the discussion on how the seven deadly sins can show up in our lives. This week he covers envy, gluttony, avarice, and sloth and all the ways we can participate in these vices, often without realizing it. Do you have comments or questions…
If Deadly Sins Had Babies (Part 1)
May 17, 2019 • 37 min
We’re familiar with the seven deadly sins, but these vices have offshoots that can be harder to identify. For example, you may not think you have a problem with pride, but if you struggle with disobedience, boastfulness, or stubbornness, you’re grappling…
What Do You Smell Like to God?
May 10, 2019 • 32 min
Did you know God likes certain aromas and smells? It’s not the literal smell that finds favor with God, but the meaning behind the smell. For example, the smell of incense represents prayer going up to heaven, which God loves. Jeff breaks down the four…
Meet My Friends: Michael Gormley and Dave VanVickle
May 3, 2019 • 38 min
Jeff sits down with Mike “Gomer” Gormley and Dave VanVickle, hosts of Every Knee Shall Bow, a podcast about how Catholics can evangelize and share the faith. Mike and Dave are both very active in evangelization at their parishes and in their personal…
7 Ways to Nourish Your Soul
Apr 26, 2019 • 34 min
Just as we need to eat to nourish the body, there are certain things we need to do to nourish the soul. Jeff shares 7 ways to truly feed our souls. For more episodes, check out this podcast at SHOWNOTES The Eucharist:…
A Holy Week I Will Never Forget
Apr 19, 2019 • 7 min
How To Talk on Water
Apr 12, 2019 • 36 min
Have you ever tried walking on water? It is definitely not something we can do on our own. But this scripture passage is an invitation for each of us to get out of our comfort zones and come to him. One of the ways we can do this is by sharing the good…
Meet My Friends: Chef John Folse
Apr 5, 2019 • 48 min
Jeff is talking to Chef John Folse, restaurant owner, television host, leading authority on cajun food, and devout Catholic. From growing up in the swamps of Louisiana during segregation, to serving food to President Reagan and Soviet Leader Gorbachevat,…
How I Learned to Read Minds
Mar 29, 2019 • 35 min
Do you want to learn how to read minds? All you have to do is think about what you wish people would do for you, and then do it for them. You’ll find it’s exactly how people want to be treated. It’s like reading their mind. Do you want understanding,…
Meet My Friends: Fr. Josh Johnson
Mar 22, 2019 • 37 min
I’m speaking with Fr. Josh Johnson, pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Fr. Josh has a new book out, Broken and Blessed, about how we are broken and our Church is broken, but that the mercy and blessings of God surpasses all…
The Power of Repentance
Mar 15, 2019 • 37 min
Repentance is critical for a healthy spiritual life. If we want to get over our mistakes and really orient ourselves around God, we have to have daily repentance. True repentance is not only a change in mind, “O my God, I am heartily sorry for having…
A Strategy for Lent
Mar 8, 2019 • 34 min
Stick to the three pillars of Lent for the full forty days with this strategy from Jeff Cavins. We hear about fasting, almsgiving, and prayer so often during Lent that the words can become bland and lose meaning. But these practices are not arbitrary…
Is Your Parish Stuck in Traffic?
Mar 1, 2019 • 30 min
Parish life sometimes feels like being stuck in traffic. Things aren’t moving forward, resources are limited, tempers flare, and it feels like there’s nothing we can do to move things along. But Jeff heard an interesting take on this from Fr. Josh…
Meet My Friends: Dr. Edward Sri
Feb 22, 2019 • 32 min
In today’s episode, Jeff tries something new. He wants you to meet his friend Dr. Edward Sri. Dr. Sri is a theologian, speaker, author of several bestselling books, and also hosts a podcast. He just authored a brand new book entitled “No Greater Love: A…
Feel Like An Outcast? Touch Jesus’ Garment
Feb 15, 2019 • 28 min
Have you ever felt like an outcast? This is a show of hope and possibility. In the old testament, because the righteousness of Israel could not overcome the sin and unrighteousness of Egypt, Israelites were given a law that separated them from that…
Obtaining Peace of Mind
Feb 8, 2019 • 34 min
Peace of mind is something we all struggle towards, but rarely achieve. Today, Jeff talk about why we are unable to obtain peace and gives you five practical ways to reach this elusive state of mind. For the full shownotes, including the scripture…
The Shape of Your Day (Episode 100!)
Feb 1, 2019 • 31 min
The morning is a pivotal moment that forms the shape of your day. Unfortunately for many of us, we wake up and find ourselves in the same loop we have been in for so many years. You desire more, but how is this possible in the midst of a busy life? Today…
Enter to Win! The Jeff Cavins Show Turns 100
Jan 25, 2019 • 6 min
Next week is The Jeff Cavins Show’s 100th episode and we want to do something to celebrate! We will be giving away three signed copies of various books Jeff has written: The Activated Disciple, Walking with God, and My Life on the Rock. How do you enter?…
Looking at Your Life Geographically
Jan 18, 2019 • 33 min
Take a journey with Jeff to the land of Israel and learn how the geography of this historic land teaches you about your spiritual life. Have you ever heard of the land of milk and honey? More than just a literal location, the land of milk and honey is a…
More Motivating Scriptures
Jan 11, 2019 • 31 min
Back by popular demand, Jeff compiles thirteen more motivating Scriptures to help you discern the future and to help you in times of suffering and fatigue. We often dwell on yesterday, become frozen with fear today, and can be paralyzed by tomorrow.…
Motivating Scripture for the New Year
Jan 4, 2019 • 30 min
To start the new year off right, Jeff compiles twelve motivating Scripture verses to encourage and motivate you during times of fear, impossible situations, and unbelievable obstacles. In this world, you will experience trials and tribulations. Through…
Prepare for an Amazing Year!
Dec 28, 2018 • 8 min
Jeff wishes you a Happy New Year and shares a bit about his upcoming travels.
God’s Christmas Gift - Mercy
Dec 21, 2018 • 29 min
In his mercy, God sent his only to be born of a virgin and die for our sins. We need this mercy each and every day, but are able to see it in a special way at Christmas. Jeff unpacks the incredible mystery of the incarnation. He draws parallels between…
Paralyzed at Home
Dec 14, 2018 • 29 min
Do you want to receive the show notes in your inbox? Email! Check out to view all episodes and show notes. Have you ever been sitting at home bored and restless, feeling like…
Why the Word Doesn’t Work in Your Life
Dec 7, 2018 • 28 min
Just because God says something in his Word, doesn’t mean it is going to manifest itself in your life. The soil of our own hearts has a lot to do with whether the Word of God will take hold. During this Advent season, Jeff takes you through the parable of…
Advent - Will You Be Ready?
Nov 30, 2018 • 25 min
Jeff talks about how we can prepare for the season of Advent, and let it transform our lives. We’re not waiting for a day of gifts and good will, we’re waiting for the coming of Christ. Send Jeff your prayer intentions for Advent at…
The Ultimate Thanksgiving
Nov 21, 2018 • 28 min
Everyone who finds himself in a dilemma intuitively turns to God and makes promises whether they are empty or sincere. When we discover that we are fine, we often ignore our promises and may even come to blame God as the cause in the first place. Today,…
Falling in Love with Jesus!
Nov 16, 2018 • 30 min
When it comes to falling in love with Jesus, we must remember that God has chosen us first. To love Jesus is to respond to that a call. Today, Jeff talks about how we can embrace this invitation, fall in love with Jesus, and then share this good news with…
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Nov 9, 2018 • 26 min
Following Jesus Christ is not a applicable to a comfort zone. Jesus tells us to “be not afraid” for a reason. We need to go through changes, even painful ones, to be the people God calls us to be. This means we have to get out of our comfort zones. For…
3 Keys to Rebuild a Shattered Life!
Nov 2, 2018 • 28 min
It feels like your life is shattered and you don’t know how to rebuild it from the rubble. Does this sound like you? This feeling can happen to anyone at anytime. Whether it’s triggered by a catastrophic event or creeps in like a slow leak, we can take…
Beware of Lukewarm Christianity!
Oct 26, 2018 • 27 min
In America, most of us do not have any big needs. As a result, it becomes easy to think God is not needed, because it seems like we can provide everything for ourselves. We become cafeteria believers, people who believe what they like, and reject what…
Becoming Dust Jackets for Truth: The Art of Storytelling!
Oct 19, 2018 • 22 min
Mastering the art of storytelling is an extremely effective way to spread truth. Spoiler alert! Jeff talks about the popular dystopian book, Fahrenheit 451. In it, scholars who memorize books in the hopes that they will be written down again call…
Discovering God in Ordinary Places
Oct 12, 2018 • 25 min
This week Jeff talks about how royalty is in your presence, but you have to discover God in ordinary places. To develop eyes that see God in our everyday activities, start by keeping a journal of the ways God intervenes in your everyday life. Check out…
If We Took Christianity Seriously! Prayer
Oct 5, 2018 • 30 min
What if we really took Christianity seriously and truly lived out the teachings of Christ? When it comes to prayer Jesus said, “When two or three gather in my name I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20). If we really believed this, how would we pray? How…
Why Remain Catholic? Divine Revelation
Sep 28, 2018 • 34 min
Last week, Jeff talked about “setting your face like flint” and not leaving the Church and the sacraments because of the sins of men. This week, Jeff continues his discussion on why we should remain Catholic and delves into divine revelation using…
Why Remain Catholic?
Sep 21, 2018 • 24 min
Why should we remain Catholic when the Church is infected with corrupt people? Jeff understands that the Church is in trouble and being Catholic is not easy at this time, but the Church still has something to offer. The answer is simple: this is the…
Fiddler on the Roof and Marriage
Sep 14, 2018 • 25 min
Is love an emotion? Jeff answers this question by looking at the marriage of Tevye and Golde, the couple from Fiddler on the Roof who had an arranged marriage that lasted over twenty-five years. At one point in the show, Tevye asks Golde if she loves him,…
Instrument Rated Christians
Sep 7, 2018 • 23 min
An instrument-rated pilot is a pilot who is able to fly using only the flight instruments within the plane. This allows a pilot to fly in low visibility without becoming disoriented. Today, Jeff shares how you can become an instrument-rated Christian,…
The Bible is Here!
Aug 31, 2018 • 24 min
The Great Adventure Catholic Bible implements the Catholic understanding of salvation history into its very pages with actual timelines, maps, charts, and articles. This Bible not only provides a faithful translation of Scripture (using the Revised…
Church Scandals and Mouse Traps
Aug 24, 2018 • 31 min
Amusing Ourselves to Death
Aug 17, 2018 • 33 min
Faded Levi’s and Bibles
Aug 10, 2018 • 31 min
Scoot Down the Pew, Please?
Aug 3, 2018 • 24 min
The Power of Kindness
Jul 27, 2018 • 26 min
Evangelizing Through Tattoos
Jul 20, 2018 • 28 min
Patience in the Midst of the Storm
Jul 13, 2018 • 26 min
Communicating by Listening
Jul 6, 2018 • 34 min
The goal of a debate or a discussion about the Faith should not be to win; the goal should be to share Christ. This involves more than just telling people what Scripture says, it involves listening to where they are coming from and then giving them an…
Give People What You Have!
Jun 29, 2018 • 35 min
How do you share your faith with someone who is opposing you or bombards you with question after question? Today Jeff shares three things to remember when sharing about the Catholic Faith. You have the opportunity to change someone’s life, so be prepared…
Episode 69: I Was Raised on Wonder Bread
Jun 22, 2018 • 29 min
Whether it’s a product, new food fad, or political view, you’re probably tired of being sold things. With all the noise in our culture, here is what we aren’t hearing. We aren’t hearing a lot of people bringing up Jesus Christ and the wisdom of God in…
Suicide: Preventing and Responding!
Jun 15, 2018 • 59 min
Did Vincent Van Gogh really commit suicide, or is there more to the story than we think? In light of recent suicides (Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain) Jeff comes to you with a special episode on preventing and responding to suicides. Speaking from…
Mirror Mirror on the Web
Jun 8, 2018 • 25 min
We all have fallen into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. In an age of social media, constant comparison is hard to avoid and it leads to us feeling bad or anxious about our own lives compared to those of our 500+ closest online friends. Jeff…
Avoiding Spiritual Boredom
Jun 1, 2018 • 28 min
There are so many things vying for our attention these days. After making ends meet we maybe have an hour or two per day where we have the opportunity to participate in activities that we personally enjoy. Before you know it you are on YouTube learning…
Memories of Jesus on the Sea of Galilee
May 28, 2018 • 10 min
Listen as Jeff reflects on his recent trip to Israel…
Getting Up After You Have Fallen Down!
May 18, 2018 • 29 min
Whether within our family, social, or professional lives, we all have made mistakes and failed the Lord. What should you do when you fall and become discouraged or disappointed? How do you get back up to where you were before? Today Jeff tells the story…
What’s in a Name
May 14, 2018 • 28 min
There is something powerful about a name. Parents take great care in choosing a name for their children and as children grow, they become their name. The same is true for every name of God. They are not mere human inventions. Each name is a revelatory…
Making Good Decisions
May 4, 2018 • 34 min
We make thousands of decisions a day, but it's the BIG decisions that we struggle with. Should I take that job? Where should I go to school? Is it best for my family to move out of state? Sometimes these questions can really weigh on us and when we don’t…
Forgiveness In Belfast Northern Ireland
Apr 26, 2018 • 29 min
They murdered his grandfather then labeled him a terrorist for being Catholic. His best friend’s dad was shot dead in front of his six children. This is Joe Mckeown’s story of growing up Catholic in the chaos of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Listen as he…
Taking Your Questions (Part 1)
Apr 13, 2018 • 40 min
Today Jeff answers the important questions you have been asking. From Bibles to minimalism and the Jewish Kabbalah to Christian youth groups, Jeff dives deep into our faith. Every question is a good question, so if you have any that you would like Jeff to…
Feeling Alone at Church? God Works Through The Remnant
Apr 5, 2018 • 33 min
Do you feel alone at church? Perhaps your parish does not offer faith formation programs and while you want to start one, no one else seems to be interested. Perhaps your feel like the only parishioner who actively wants to deepen their faith. Today, Jeff…
Late Night Christianity
Mar 29, 2018 • 27 min
Do you remember the first word you said this morning? What do you do right before you go to bed? Many of us are guilty of spending those last few minutes or hours of the day on social media or watching late night television. This leads to us quickly…
My Dinged Up Subaru and Sin
Mar 23, 2018 • 37 min
Do you ever get caught up in a sin, only to have it come back like a tyrannical ruler dictating the rest of your day, bringing you down, and not letting you move forward? Sometimes sin, especially when we fall into the same sin repeatedly, causes us to…
Hope in Desperate Times
Mar 15, 2018 • 33 min
We all desperately need hope in our lives, especially when we feel alone. Today, Jeff defines true hope, explains how you can walk in this hope, and describes the surprising difference between using the words “hope” and “hopefully.” Learn to stand on the…
Everyone Needs a Papa- The Biblical Basis for the Papacy
Mar 9, 2018 • 43 min
Did Catholics make up the papacy? Some people sure think so. In today’s episode, Jeff shows how it’s not Catholics who created the papacy, but God himself. Learn how the Old Testament contains a hidden blueprint for the role of the pope—a blueprint that…
Creating a Movement Within Your Parish
Mar 1, 2018 • 27 min
Jeff shares his personal formula for creating a successful movement within your parish. You might be surprised when you hear his approach to ministry. He also shares the incredible story of Stephanie and how one sudden moment led her to forgiveness, love,…
Hogging the Cashews: Why Do People Bother You?
Feb 22, 2018 • 20 min
Does it ever bother you when someone chews ice right next to you, breathes a little too loudly, or hogs all the cashews? Today you will learn how to strengthen your relationship with God by improving your relationship with other people. Become a better…
15 Things to Do in the Midst of Suffering
Feb 15, 2018 • 31 min
Every single one of us is going to suffer at one time or another, but the questions is: how are we going to go through that suffering. Are we going to suffer well or are we going to suffer poorly? Whether you are currently in the midst of suffering or…
What’s in Your Spiritual Wallet? (Long Term Investments)
Feb 9, 2018 • 33 min
“Where your treasure is there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:21)” In this episode, Jeff helps and challenges you to locate the treasure in your life. What is it that you pursue, protect, or are preoccupied with? If your heart is in your hobbies,…
Do Catholics Swear? The Language of the Sacraments
Feb 2, 2018 • 27 min
While we don’t swear in a vulgar way (that is not who we are), we do swear in a heavenly language. This is exactly what the sacraments are all about. During antiquity, the Latin word “sacramentum” meant “to designate an oath” which was sworn in the making…
5 Smooth Stones, Choose Your Weapon
Jan 25, 2018 • 25 min
Have you ever felt like David up against your own Goliaths in life? In today’s episode, Jeff takes some basic principles from the epic battle of David and Goliath and shows you how to use them for your battles. Take off the armor the world provides you,…
A Cup of KeurigMa: How to Proclaim the Gospel
Jan 20, 2018 • 32 min
Just as you can share a cup of coffee, so can you share the gospel with others. This sharing of the gospel is called kerygma. In this episode, Jeff breaks down kerygma so you can discover how simple it can be to share Christ with your family, co-workers,…
What I Learned from Mother Angelica
Jan 11, 2018 • 29 min
Jeff Cavins worked with Mother Angelica for years, and he is often asked, “What was Mother Angelica like?” This week, Jeff shares some of his personal encounters with and stories about a nun who revolutionized media evangelization. More Great Resources…
New Years Resolution 2.0
Jan 4, 2018 • 28 min
Below are eight questions that can act as a guide in making a good New Year's resolution. Ask yourself the following questions: Will this resolution draw me toward Christ or away from Him? Sometimes our goals become self-centered and tend to draw us away…
OCD: Our Christmas Dilemmas
Dec 19, 2017 • 31 min
During the Christmas season, we pause to think about the impact of one very special life—the life of Jesus—on the life of every single human being throughout history. It might be easy to see Christ's impact on the world, but do we ever pause to reflect on…
What If You Had Never Been Born?
Dec 15, 2017 • 29 min
During the Christmas season, we pause to think about the impact of one very special life—the life of Jesus—on the life of every single human being throughout history. It might be easy to see Christ's impact on the world, but do we ever pause to reflect on…
Write Your Own Holy Card
Dec 12, 2017 • 24 min
As Catholics, we're used to praying prayers that we find on holy cards. It's a beautiful tradition, but sometimes it can feel like the prayer we are praying is hard to fully make our own. In this episode, Jeff reminds us that we don't have to be saints to…
The Liturgical Year: Conforming Your Life to Christ
Dec 1, 2017 • 32 min
Each and every day of the believer’s life should be lived with an understanding that God keeps a calendar. By following his calendar, we won't waste time and energy during the course of our life, because the calendar will keep us focused on God's will…
Thankful People Are Attractive People
Nov 17, 2017 • 37 min
Jeff gives ten tips to help you live a spirit of gratitude in every season of your life.
Still on the Bunny Hill of Catholicism?
Nov 10, 2017 • 35 min
Are you on the spiritual “bunny hill?” Have you practiced your faith enough to be able to handle harder challenges, or are you still operating in the faith of your childhood? In this episode, Jeff encourages you to commit to your faith in a serious way…
Talking to God Out Loud
Nov 4, 2017 • 36 min
Catholics are comfortable reciting prayers out loud, but that's not the only way we're instructed to pray. We're called to speak to God in the most natural way. Wouldn't you like to be able to talk to God out loud just as you would talk to a loved one…
Redeeming the Time You Waste on TV News
Oct 27, 2017 • 24 min
Jeff Cavins has an announcement to make: He's done watching network news. In this episode, he reminds us that instead of passively consuming the "same old same old" from the news, we can use our time to grow in our relationship with God and with others.
10 Ways To Baptize Your Smartphone
Oct 12, 2017 • 34 min
Have you ever put down your smartphone only to realize an hour has gone by? Do certain apps tempt you to sin? Are you sometimes overwhelmed with a desire to have the latest and greatest technologies? Here are ten simple ways you can “baptize” your…
Walking by Faith in Uncertain Times
Oct 5, 2017 • 39 min
What's the difference between "believe-ism" and true Christian faith? In this episode, Jeff explains how to distinguish between the two, and he points out how we can more fully entrust ourselves to Christ and walk in faith, uncertain as life may be.
How Do I Explain Catholicism to My Friend?
Sep 29, 2017 • 37 min
Catholicism is filled with beautiful complexities, but when it comes time to explain our Catholic faith to a friend, we often don't know where to begin. In this week's episode, Jeff gives tips to help us start the conversation, and he reminds us to…
Five Benefits of Humility
Sep 21, 2017 • 35 min
Do you need some humility in your life? This week's episode of the Jeff Cavins Show is for you. Learn new ways to grow in humility starting today, and discover the fruits that will come from that growth.
God’s Genius Bar for Marriage
Sep 15, 2017 • 33 min
If God were to design a test to help diagnose the root of any problems in a marriage, he might ask about three areas in a couple's life together. Have both spouses left their old ways behind them? Have both spouses cleaved to one another in difficult…
How to Forgive When You Don’t Feel Like It
Sep 8, 2017 • 39 min
Forgiving isn't easy, but it's what we're called to do. In this episode, Jeff encourages us to show mercy to others just as Christ has shown mercy to us, and he suggests several concrete actions we can take to forgive those in our lives who have hurt us.
Super. Natural. Evangelization.
Sep 1, 2017 • 35 min
You might think you need to be well-versed in theology to be an evangelizer, but Jeff wants you to know that evangelizing is easier than you think. To demonstrate how opportunities for evangelization naturally present themselves in the midst of normal…
God’s Secret Weapon When You’re Discouraged
Aug 24, 2017 • 32 min
What's your instinct when you're discouraged? Are you tempted to sulk and to draw away from God? Today's show will uplift you and give you a powerful tool to help you resist that discouragement and dwell in hope, instead.
Anger Is the New Love: Politics Today
Aug 18, 2017 • 36 min
Are you distressed by today's political landscape? Jeff gives a scriptural perspective on the anger that is brewing across political spectrums. He reminds us that as Christians, we are not ultimately political creatures but children of a God who promises…
Wrinkles Tell a Story
Aug 11, 2017 • 31 min
What do you think about getting old? Is it something you fear, or are you looking forward to the days where your face will be etched with wrinkles and the color of your hair will reveal your wisdom? In this episode, Jeff explains how Scripture celebrates…
Living on a Wing and a Prayer
Aug 4, 2017 • 27 min
In today's episode, Jeff connects an old World War II song to a popular Gospel story, giving the phrase "living on a wing and a prayer" new meaning. Tune in for a reminder that we can always reach out to Christ when we're at risk of losing hope.
What Did Jesus Write in the Dirt?
Jul 28, 2017 • 26 min
If you've ever read the story about the woman caught in adultery, you know that the Jews who wanted to stone her walked away after Jesus bent down and wrote something in the dirt. The Gospel never tells us what he wrote, but by putting together four…
Offer It Up: Finding Meaning in Suffering
Jul 21, 2017 • 39 min
Have you ever considered offering up your "less-than-ideal" days to your Heavenly Father? Jeff wants you to know that the suffering that you encounter in your life is not meaningless, and that our ability to unite our frustrations, pains, and hardships…
The Power Of Isolating Spiritual Disciplines
Jul 13, 2017 • 37 min
Every expert athlete knows the value of isolating one muscle, technique, or practice and focusing all one's energy on perfecting it. Jeff explains how the same thing is true when it comes to our spiritual life—sometimes we need to choose just one…
Don’t Put A Period Where God Put A Comma
Jul 7, 2017 • 29 min
Sometimes we feel like a period of our life is coming to a close, and we decide we're going to throw in the towel. Jeff encourages us not to close doors too quickly, because sometimes God wants to surprise us with something more.
How to Hear God Every Day
Jun 30, 2017 • 36 min
God wants to speak to you every day—don't you wish you could hear him? You can. In this episode, Jeff walks you step by step through the practice of Lectio Divina, teaching you how to listen for the personal messages God wants to give you each day in…
3 Powerful Ways to Beat Sin
Jun 22, 2017 • 44 min
Did you know that Genesis reveals to us the three main categories of our sins, and that Jesus reveals to us three antidotes to help us overcome them? Jeff explains how we can discern the roots of sin in our lives, and how we frequently make idols out of…
Feel Like Quitting?
Jun 15, 2017 • 36 min
Do you ever feel like throwing in the towel? Whether its a job, a relationship, a life situation, or a health complication, there are times when we just feel like quitting. Jeff wants to share with us inspiration for those tough times, and so he tells the…
So You Want to Be a Writer or Speaker?
Jun 9, 2017 • 30 min
Do you ever feel like God might be calling you to become a Catholic speaker or writer? Learn from Jeff how to take the first steps towards answering that call: Discover your passion, study it in depth, identify your audience, and use wisdom to apply that…
Help! My Children Left the Church
Jun 1, 2017 • 46 min
One of the greatest pains many people suffer is the pain of watching one's children leave the Catholic Church. In this episode, Jeff explains four common reasons why people leave, how to address the factors that drew them away, and why you should never…
How to Start Reading Your Bible
May 30, 2017 • 30 min
Have you ever wondered why every time you decide to read the Bible from cover to cover, you end up putting it down after a month? In this episode, Jeff gives 5 tips to help you start (and keep) reading your Bible successfully.
Smiling, the Exercise of Happiness
May 19, 2017 • 30 min
Jeff has a PSA for you: one of our most amazing God-given abilities is our ability to smile, and the more we smile, the happier we'll be. In this episode, Jeff shows how Scripture and science support each other when it comes to this amazing God-given…
You Don’t Know My Father
May 12, 2017 • 30 min
Have you ever thought about the fact that one of the best ways for someone to get to know your dad is to ask you about him? Tune in to hear Jeff share a story about how a trip to a hardware store helped him understand Jesus' relationship with his Father-…
Carrying Your Cross
May 5, 2017 • 37 min
What does it mean when you wear a cross around your neck? Is it just jewelry? Is it a sign of your identity to other people? Is it a reminder to you of Christ's command to pick up your cross and follow him? Jeff shares about what it means to him when he…
Simplify Your Life- Clean Up Your Past
Apr 27, 2017 • 35 min
One reason our lives are so complicated is because we haven't truly dealt with our past, and because of that, most of us are burdened by shame, regret, and unforgiveness. To help us identify those burdens and surrender them to the Lord, Jeff gives us a…
Simplify Your Life- What’s the First Step?
Apr 21, 2017 • 36 min
Is your life complicated, busy, and way too cluttered? You can use planners, organize closets, and give things to Goodwill, but those things aren’t the root of the problem. Jeff explains that Biblically, there’s a very important key to simplifying our…
Taking a Pilgrimage to Mass
Apr 12, 2017 • 34 min
You might not be able to make it to the Holy Land this week, but if you're going to Mass, consider yourself a pilgrim. Jeff uses the Jewish understanding of pilgrimage to help us prepare our hearts to meet God in the Mass and receive his blessing in our…
How to Mark Your Bible
Apr 7, 2017 • 36 min
Jeff explains that the best way to mark your Bible is the way that makes most sense to you. So, he gives some helpful guidelines to help you develop your own marking system that lets you "live" in your Bible and connect it to your everyday life. Jeff also…
Touching the Wound
Mar 31, 2017 • 37 min
When someone close to you suffers, do you fall into "Hallmark Theology," or do you have the courage to "touch the wound"? Jeff talks about the difference between these two responses to suffering, and shares candidly about his father-in-law's recent…
Are You a Polished Arrow in God’s Quiver?
Mar 27, 2017 • 44 min
God wants to use you, but before he does, he needs to prepare you so that you can "hit the mark." Jeff explains this time of preparation using the steps taken by an archer to create the perfect arrow.
7 Tips for Raising Daughters
Mar 17, 2017 • 44 min
You might not know this, but Jeff is a father to all daughters. In this episode, Jeff is joined by Steve Motyl, who is also a father to all girls, to talk about what they’ve learned from their daughters. You won’t want to miss hearing them discuss a…
Supernatural Grandparenting
Mar 10, 2017 • 34 min
Did you know that the Bible spells out a game-plan for grandparents? Grandparents aren't just supposed to spoil their grandchildren with candy, love, and outings- they are called to help bring their grandchildren to heaven. Jeff gives you tips to help you…
Spiritual Optometry
Feb 27, 2017 • 31 min
What’s the link between your eyes and your heart? Jeff Cavins explores this connection and gives you food for thought to help you check your “spiritual vision.”
Who’s in Your Spiritual Posse?
Feb 24, 2017 • 31 min
Something has made a big difference in Jeff’s prayer life over the past month, and he wants to share it with you. Find out how the Communion of Saints can transform your spiritual life and learn tips for developing your own "spiritual posse."
Angry as Hell
Jan 9, 2017 • 50 min
Jeff shares a story of a frightening encounter with an enraged driver and discusses how anger can make us unrecognizable. He then gives practical tips for dealing with anger in our everyday life so that we can treat others with charity and act as true…
Envy: Satan’s Holy Hour
Jan 6, 2017 • 50 min
Have you ever rolled your eyes at someone else's perfect life and wished they had it a little harder? Jeff explains how envy roots itself in pride and blossoms into hatred. He shows how envy surfaces in many key biblical stories, and he encourages us to…
A Harley Pilgrimage
Jan 6, 2017 • 48 min
Jeff Cavins introduces his new podcast and recounts the story of his 2016 Harley Pilgrimage. As he shares the challenges, dangers, and joys of traveling thousands of miles on his motorcycle with a group of Catholic men, he connects his experience to our…