God Matters

Sunday 9:30AM - 10:00AM

Fall 2001- Present
God Matters is a public affairs program studying faith and values in everyday life. God Matters is hosted by Dr. Andrea Stapleton, Director of Mission Integration and Mercy Heritage and the Center for Religion and Public Discourse at Saint Xavier University, and Peter Kreten, General Manager of WXAV and Director of Student Media at Saint Xavier University. Some of the past guests on God Matters include Father James Martin, SJ, Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, and Father Robert Barron.

Download all the latest episodes of God Matters as a podcast below.

Season 12

Tom Skilling and Climate Change

On this edition of God Matters, host Peter Kreten welcomes to the program legendary Chicago meteorologist Tom Skilling from WGN-TV. Skilling discusses what climate change is, how it is effecting our planet, and ways we can lessen the damage.

The Art of Iconography

On this edition of God Matters, host Peter Kreten discusses the art of Iconography with Sister Kathleen Turley. Sister Kathleen is a Sister of Mercy, and a current creator of icons. She discusses how they are created, their roles in the Church, and individuals respond to them.

The Detroit Water Crisis

On this edition of God Matters, host Peter Kreten welcomes Sister Mary Ellen Howard. Sister Mary Ellen is a Sister of Mercy, and resident of Detroit. She is a member of the People’s Water Board, an organization that is against the water shut offs that are occurring in Detroit.

Community Archaeology

On this edition of God Matters, host Peter Kreten welcomes Dr. Iman Saca, Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Saint Xavier University. Professor Saca is a community archaeologist, and she discusses how working closely with local populations on archaeological digs enhances what they learn.

The Francis Effect

On this edition of God Matters, host Peter Kreten welcomes to the program Dr. Graziano Marcheschi, Vice-President for University  Mission and Ministry at Saint Xavier University. Dr. Marcheschi discusses how the Papacy of Pope Francis has changed the internal workings of the Catholic Church, the public perception of the Church, and how Pope Francis has interacted with the faithful.

Season 11

The Camino de Santiago

On this episode of God Matters, host Peter Kreten welcomes to the Program Sister Kathy Thornton, RSM. Sister Kathy is a Sister of Mercy and recently completed the Camino de Santingo Pilgrimage. Sister Kathy discusses how she trained for the pilgrimage and how the pilgrimage affected her spiritual life.

Spiritual Direction 101

On this episode of God Matters, host Peter Kreten welcomes to the program Sister Carol Mucha, RSM, a Sister of Mercy and a Spiritual Director. On this edition of God Matters, Sister Carol discusses what is a Spiritual Director, and what are some common misconceptions of it

Problems Facing Native American Communities

On this episode of God Matters, host Peter Kreten welcomes to the program Professor Jim Steyskal from the School of Education at Saint Xavier University. On this edition of the program, Professor Steyskal discusses the current state of Native American reservations.

Season 10

The History of Gospel Music in America

Co-Host Peter Kreten welcomes Dr. Kathleen Waller from the Department of Religious Studies at Saint Xavier University to the program. On the program, Dr. Waller discusses what exactly Gospel Music is, how it started in America, and plays some of her favorite Gospel songs.

The History of Gospel Music in America

21st Century Media and Ethics

Peter Kreten welcomes Sister Nancy Houlihan, R.S.M. to the program. Sister Nancy is a Sister of Mercy and teacher at Mother McAuley high school located in Chicago. Sister Nancy holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Arts from the University of Notre Dame, and created a Media Literacy course at Mother McAuley. On the program, Sister Nancy discusses the current state of the media and how the media reflects our societal priorities.

Bridge Builders for Nonviolence and Tolerance

Co-Host Peter Kreten airs a panel discussion with Professor Cindy Kamp of Saint Xavier University, Professor Jehanzeb Niaz, and Professor Rajmohan Gandhi. They discuss what it means to lead a nonviolent life and how Mahatma Gandhi and Ghaffer Khan’s lives are examples of nonviolent lifestyles.

Science and Religion. Do They Have to be at Odds with One Another? Parts 1 & 2

Co-Host Peter Kreten welcomes Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ to the program. Brother Guy is a research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory. In part 1 of this discussion, Brother Guy discusses how he first became interested in science, and how science can help us to better understand God. In Part 2, Brother Guy continues the discussion on science and religion suggesting how we can see God’s fingerprints when we study nature and the universe.

Season 9

Father Robert Barron

Co-Host Sister Joy Clough, R.S.M. welcomes to the program Father Robert Barron, creator and host of the 10-part series “Catholicism”, which has been seen on PBS. Sister Joy and Father Barron discuss the challenges of putting the series together, his Word on Fire ministries, and how God still matters today.

Father Robert Barron

The Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Parts 1 & 2

Co-Host Peter Kreten airs a lecture entitled: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition and Spiritual Transformation. This lecture is delivered by Father Robert Barron, creator of the PBS series “Catholicism” and founder of the Word on Fire ministries. In part 1 of his lecture, Father Barron discusses how Jesus is the lens in which reality is properly viewed. In part 2 Father Barron illustrates how a classical understanding of philosophy will help us better understand God.

The Catholic Intellectual Tradition Part 1

The Catholic Intellectual Tradition Part 2

Justice: Through the Eyes of the Sheriff

Co-Host Peter Kreten airs a lecture entitled “Justice: Through the Eyes of the Sheriff”, delivered by the Sheriff of Cook County, Tom Dart. In his lecture, Sheriff Dart discusses social justice and how he tries to implement social justice in his duties as Sheriff. This lecture was recorded on Feb. 9th, 2012 at Saint Xavier University in Chicago.

Justice: Through the Eyes of the Sheriff

Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, O.F.M. and Ethical Issues in Care at the End of Life Parts 1 & 2

Co-Host Peter Kreten airs a lecture entitled: “Beyond Death Panels: Ethical Issues in Care at the End of Life”. This lectured is delivered by Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, O.F.M., The Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics in the Department of Medicine and the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. In part 1 of his lecture, Dr. Sulmasy discusses what makes human beings different from other creatures on earth. In part 2, Dr. Sulmasy continues his discussion on medical treatment at the end of life.

Ethical Issues in Care at the End of Life Part 1

Ethical Issues in Care at the End of Life Part 2

Season 8

Ignatius Spirituality and Everyday Life

On this edition of God Matters, host Peter Kreten welcomes to the program Father James Martin, SJ. Culture Editor of America Magazine. Father Martin discuss his new book: A Jesuits Guide to (Almost) Everything and how Ignatius spirituality can help individuals in their everyday life.