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The Catholic Culture Podcast

A weekly podcast hosted by musician and writer Thomas V. Mirus, exploring everything Catholic, with a special focus on arts and culture. Dedicated to the Holy Family. An extension of

Feb 15, 2024

Erik Varden, bishop of Trondheim, Norway as well as Trappist monk, joins the podcast to discuss his new book Chastity: Reconciliation of the Senses.

Topics discussed include:

  • Recovering the true meaning of the word “chastity”
  • Continence and chastity are not the same thing
  • What the Desert Fathers can teach us about chastity
  • Why we need to meditate on the original vocation of man before the Fall rather than limiting our options to what our sinful nature is capable of
  • Why having a sense of dignity in one’s masculinity or femininity helps us to be chaste
  • The importance of friendship between men and women
  • The redirection of eros


Erik Varden, Chastity: Reconciliation of the Senses

Élisabeth-Paule Labat, The Song That I Am: On the Mystery of Music, trans. Erik Varden

Thomas’s 3-part essay inspired by the Labat book

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