Fr. Roderick Vonhogen is getting ready to record the 1,000th episode of his podcast series The Break and he's asked people to record and send in some testimonials of how his work has affected them. Albert Little at the Cordial Catholic blog wrote out his:
remember being immediately drawn into the conversation and the life of the host of the show. He was dynamic, interesting, and insightful. He was obviously a geek, through and through, and didn’t have to fake a thing.
I listened for about a week before I made two utterly shocking realizations.
First, that this host was not an American. In fact, I learned, he was Dutch. (In fact his English is impeccable.)
But not only that, he was a Catholic priest![...]
I didn’t realize it at the time but then, as a university student, I was on the cusp of what would become a long journey into the Catholic Church and The Daily Breakfast (Ed: the original name for the show) would play a pivotal role.
There is definitely a role and a place for explicit preaching and teaching theology and dogma in the work of Jesus Christ, but there's also an important role for being an interesting Christian, the sort of person who can show that following Christ doesn't mean you become boring and closed off and uninterested in the world around you. That's what Fr. Roderick does and I hope what we continue to try to do at SQPN.