"Become a saint, and do so quickly!" – JP2

Fr. Mike Schmitz

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I just assigned this activity at the end of the first week of distance learning with my seventh and eighth graders. As with all of Greg’s resources, the activity is well-thought-out, engaging, and creative… The kids did GREAT with this assignment. Actually had a girl say, “This was fun!” How often does an eighth grader say THAT, especially during a distance learning quarantine?? Three thumbs up, Greg! (I borrowed a thumb for the purposes of this review!) 

– Scott Procko, Pennsylvania, Middle School Religion Teacher

Fr. Mike Schmitz is a priest for the Diocese of Duluth, MN (you can hear some of his vocation story here) where he currently runs the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (please check out and support his great work at BulldogCatholic.org!) and is also the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the diocese.

Known nationally for his inspiring words and wisdom, consistent hilarity, and genuine coolness, Fr. Mike is quickly becoming a Catholic household name in America. Do yourself a favor and check out some of the great homilies, videos, and articles Fr. Mike has to offer (TONS listed and linked below!).



This is one of the best kept secrets of the 21st century (yes, I just said that): Since 2007 Father Mike has been posting homilies of his that I guarantee will rock your socks. If you’ve ever wished to hear a better homily while at Mass, well, here you go. 250 homilies and counting… all free and for the taking. Please, do yourself a gigantic favor right now and subscribe to Father Mike’s homilies. Seriously. I triple-dog dare ya.

  1. Father Mike Schmitz iTunes page (web link)
  2. Father Mike Schmitz Homilies (web link)
  3. How to download Father Mike homilies (video web link)
  4. A Sampling of Father Mike Homily Reviews (PDF)

My wedding homily:

Christmas homily:



Ascension Presents Videos:

Ascension Presents videos in iTunes Podcast format – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fr-mike-schmitz-podcast/id1200915759?mt=2

  1. Shame vs. Guilt – Their Meanings and How You Can HealFr. Mike Ascension Presents What's Your Bedtime pic
  2. Bromance, Pizza, & Your Mom
  3. How to Quit Porn
  4. Loneliness After College – Facing the Quarter Life Crisis
  5. Father Mike Reviews The Avengers 2
  6. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.
  7. Martha or Mary? – Who Should You Be?
  8. Bruce Jenner & the Transgender Question
  9. Time to Pray
  10. Batman vs. Superman
  11. What’s My Vocation?
  12. Forgiveness
  13. Heaven: You’re Not Good Enough (and why that’s ok)
  14. Learning from Judas
  15. Love is an Ability
  16. TV-MA: America’s Addiction
  17. Acceptance
  18. Captain America: Superheroes Analyzed
  19. What Does God Want Me to Do?
  20. Did God Change?
  21. Ashley Madison and Crushes on Other People
  22. Overwhelmed?
  23. Fr. Mike with Fr. Josh Johnson at The World Meeting of Families
  24. Padre Pio’s Secret to Holiness
  25. Do Catholics Follow All Those Weird Old Testament Laws?
  26. Made for Greatness, Not Comfort
  27. Jesus is McDonalds on Sandals
  28. The Greatest Surprise: Jesus’ Second Coming
  29. How to Avoid Being Ungrateful
  30. All Saints Day Pep Talk
  31. Spiritual Blind Spots
  32. Getting a Spiritual Director
  33. No Spiritual Director? No Problem!
  34. Thanksgiving Special: Squanto
  35. What’s Your Bedtime?
  36. Making a Good Confession
  37. Influencing the World
  38. Project Advent – Freedom to Fail
  39. An Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
  40. Pregnant and Unmarried
  41. A Father Mike Christmas
  42. Did the Church Ever Sell Indulgences?
  43. Ways to Read the Bible
  44. I’m Sorry vs. Thank You
  45. #AskFrMike: Lucifer, The Trinity, and Leisurely Sundays
  46. Preparing for Lent
  47. The Significance of Ash Wednesday
  48. 4 Reasons for Fasting
  49. 4 Reasons for Almsgiving
  50. #AskFrMike: Confirmation Sponsors & Female Priests
  51. Tips for Praying
  52. Prepare to Die
  53. Praying Through Holy Week
  54. Easter Special
  55. Outdoor Weddings
  56. I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts!
  57. Praying in a State of Mortal Sin
  58. Aren’t All Churches the Same?
  59. Shifting into a New Relationship
  60. Caffeinated Conversation with Fr. Mike Schmitz
  61. Will I Ever Find “The One”?
  62. Will My Pet Be in Heaven?
  63. Can I Go to Confession Over the Phone?
  64. Save Yourself from Helplessness
  65. Learning to Be Alone
  66. Discernment 101
  67. Independence Day Special
  68. Hope in the Face of Suicide
  69. Wanting to Fix People
  70. What Constitutes a Practicing Catholic?
  71. 3 Reasons Catholics Genuflect
  72. Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?
  73. The Value of Silence
  74. Procrastination Isn’t Always Laziness
  75. Letting God Take His Time
  76. Venting or Gossip?
  77. Does God Love Some People More?
  78. #AskFrMike: Chapel Veils and the Significance of Dreams
  79. Will God Heal My Wounds?
  80. Dogma, Doctrine, and Meat on Fridays
  81. Are All Catholics Hypocrites?
  82. Can I Get a Tattoo?
  83. Do We Deserve God’s Love?
  84. The Power of Prayer
  85. What is Sin?
  86. Adulting Level: Expert
  87. Advent: More than a Chocolate Calendar
  88. The Immaculate Conception Explained
  89. Waiting for Christmas
  90. A Season for Everything
  91. The Unpleasant Ancestors of Christmas
  92. Learning from Your Past
  93. Is Shyness Your Excuse?
  94. What Defines You?
  95. 3 Steps to Unceasing Prayer
  96. Mortal vs. Venial Sin
  97. The Real Purpose of Funerals
  98. Personal, Not Private
  99. That’s Offensive!
  100. Why Fast on Ash Wednesday?
  101. Fasting Can Change You Forever
  102. The Meaning of Suffering
  103. Acedia: The Noonday Devil
  104. Where Is Lent in the Bible?
  105. Hell is for Real
  106. Good Friday: The Meaning of the Cross
  107. God Doesn’t Owe You Anything
  108. What is the Sin of Gluttony?
  109. What You Should Know About Purgatory
  110. What I Learned Getting Roasted at Seminary
  111. How to Face Temptation
  112. Why Be Catholic and Not Just Christian?
  113. Why We Don’t Drink Coffee at Mass
  114. Do Catholics Worship Saints?
  115. Are My Sacrifices Working?
  116. Generosity: The Greatest Spiritual Gift
  117. Why Watching MMA Strips Human Dignity
  118. Responding to the MMA Video
  119. Let’s Talk Superheroes
  120. Be a Hater
  121. Talking about Suicide
  122. Training vs. Working Out
  123. Who Do You Spend Time With?
  124. What’s Your Burden?
  125. Is it OK to Judge Someone?
  126. Avoiding Impurity
  127. What is Hope and Why Do You Need It?
  128. Finding Balance in Christian Life
  129. NFL National Anthem Protests
  130. Living in the Present Moment
  131. Tolkien’s Leaf
  132. Battle of Prayer
  133. Decision Making 101
  134. How Do Priests Pray?
  135. Finding God in Darkness
  136. The Problem with Criticism
  137. Straightforward Career and Job Advice
  138. Learning How to Love from the Bible
  139. The Lost Christmas Episode
  140. Christmas: A Time for Hope
  141. The Secret to Sticking to a New Year’s Resolution
  142. The Virgin Mary’s Struggles
  143. Inspiration to Stop Complaining
  144. Why God Gave Us Bodies (The Theology of the Body)
  145. Motivation to Go to Catholic Mass
  146. 4 Helpful Rules for Discernment
  147. Overcoming Envy and Dealing with Jealousy
  148. Should Catholics Call Priests Father?
  149. Why Confess My Sins to a Priest?
  150. Confessing the Same Sins Over and Over Again
  151. What’s the Point of Fasting During Lent?
  152. Take Courage!
  153. Fr. Mike’s Autobiography
  154. The Culture of Netflix and Chill
  155. Is It Okay to Spend the Night?
  156. 3 Questions to Ask to Prevent Gossiping
  157. Do You Present Your True Self to Others?
  158. Religion Doesn’t Cause as Many Wars as You Think
  159. Can a Catholic Marry a Non-Catholic?
  160. How to Be a Good Disciple of Christ
  161. Catholics, Alcohol, and Drinking
  162. Why Non-Catholics Can’t Receive Communion
  163. Consistency Will Make You Holy
  164. The Church and Immigration
  165. Freedom and Its Consequences
  166. What Boredom Can Teach Us
  167. Being Flexible to Accept God’s Will
  168. Developing a Clear Vision in Life
  169. For Those Without a Clear Vocation
  170. Is Courtesy Required for Catholics?
  171. Anti-Fragile Christianity
  172. The Pennsylvania Sex Abuse Scandal
  173. Repentance and Church Reform
  174. Faith is Not Something You Can Lose
  175. Do Catholics Have to Respect Everyone?
  176. When Mass Feels Like Going Through the Motions
  177. Why Joy Is More Christian Than Happiness
  178. We are Not Cosmic Accidents
  179. Farmer, Priest, and Martyr
  180. Reminder: God Loves You
  181. Building Healthy Relationships
  182. Don’t Have Any Friends?
  183. Why We Need Boundaries
  184. Is it Ever OK to Deny Christ? / How Do I Know if I’m Working Out Too Much?
  185. Giving Thanks is Necessary
  186. The Heart of Sin
  187. What Does it Mean to Be Blessed?
  188. Why We Say “Memento Mori”
  189. Do All Good People Go to Heaven?
  190. The Role of Duty in It’s a Wonderful Life
  191. The Key to Discernment
  192. Am I the Exception to God’s Rule?
  193. What is Stopping You From Being a Saint?
  194. You are a Burden
  195. Getting Involved in Parish Life
  196. Picking a Thing for Lent
  197. What’s the Purpose of Lent?
  198. What NOT to Do During a Breakup
  199. Signs that Your Relationship is Falling Apart
  200. Why Catholics Call Mary Their Mother
  201. Do I Have a Good Conscience?
  202. How to Pick Up Your Cross
  203. The Role of Hope in Holy Week
  204. Do You Want to Be Well?
  205. How Does Purification Work?
  206. Old Testament God vs. New Testament God
  207. Feeling Sorry for Yourself?
  208. Fitting In at Church
  209. Catholic Teaching on IVF and Contraception Explained
  210. How Do We Spend Our Time?
  211. Understanding Our Capacity for Evil
  212. Why Is It So Hard to Make Friends?
  213. Trying to Keep God at a Distance?
  214. In the World, But Not Of It
  215. Why Catholics Have a Pope
  216. Signs that Your Relationship Is Falling Apart, Part 2
  217. Does God Make Us with Flaws?
  218. Not Everything in the Bible is Morally Good
  219. 5 Things the Church Can Learn from CrossFit
  220. Can We Joke About God?
  221. Why Catholics Use Scripture and Tradition
  222. Expressing Your Opinion?
  223. Responding to “Expressing Your Opinion” Video
  224. How to Handle Spiritual Setbacks
  225. Reading the “Signs” from God
  226. How to Make Decisions Together
  227. What You Can Control
  228. Is Curiosity a Vice?
  229. How We Use the Word “Should”
  230. Does God Want Me to Be Spontaneous?
  231. God Is Going to Interrupt You
  232. The Pressure of Public Conversion
  233. Why Is Prayer So Hard?
  234. Battling Dryness in Prayer
  235. How to Be a Steward
  236. The True Meaning of Advent
  237. The Difference Between Jealousy and Envy
  238. Having Joy in Uncertainty
  239. Hope in the New Year
  240. How Catholics Should Connect with Others
  241. Why Is Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain Wrong?
  242. Is Swearing a Sin?
  243. Answering the Internet’s Most Asked Questions About Priests
  244. Fr. Mike on Evangelization: Telling the Story of God’s Love
  245. Even More Questions from the Internet About Priests
  246. When Your Desires and God’s Plans Are Different
  247. Why Isn’t Ash Wednesday a Holy Day of Obligation?
  248. How to Live This Lent for Others
  249. How to Start Strong and Stay Strong
  250. Offering Up Your Inconveniences
  251. How Should Catholics Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic?
  252. God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways
  253. Does God Ever Lead Us Into Temptation?
  254. Healing from the Wound of Sin


More Fr. Mike Videos:

  1. I Will Follow (vocation video)Fr. Mike's Duck Face - Steubenville 2013
  2. OLG Shoutout
  3. Phil 4:13 Inspiration
  4. They’re Playing My Song
  5. Disney World
  6. Eucharist
  7. Word Became Flesh
  8. Chinese Punk Rock
  9. Transformation – Loon
  10. Theology of the Body 1
  11. Theology of the Body 2
  12. How to Discern
  13. Homily at Steubenville
  14. Be Not Afraid
  15. Theology of the Body talk
  16. Chosen – Confirmation Video by Ascension Press
  17. Saturday Homily, Steubenville 2013
  18. I Love You, Too
  19. The Truth
  20. Steubenville northwest, 2013 – Saturday adoration homily
  21. Steubenville northwest, 2013 – Saturday homily
  22. Steubenville St. Louis, 2014 – Saturday workshop
  23. Steubenville St. Louis, 2014 – Saturday homily
  24. Steubenville main campus, 2014 – Saturday night general session
  25. SEEK 2015 – The Hour that Will Change Your Life
  26. Talk at McHenry County Catholic Prayer Breakfast
  27. What’s Your Why?
  28. Finishing Strong
  29. Altaration – 3 Things to Know About the Sign of the Cross
  30. Altaration – You’re Worth Dying For
  31. Altaration – I Will Follow
  32. Fr. Mike with Fr. Josh Johnson at The World Meeting of Families
  33. Building a Legacy 2016 – Talk #1
  34. Building a Legacy 2016 – Talk #2
  35. Steubenville St. Louis, 2016 – Love, Same-Sex Attraction, and Tolerance
  36. Steubenville on the Lake, 2016 – Love and Same-Sex Attraction
  37. FOCUS – Lent + Q&A
  38. Belonging – Baptism in the Family of God trailer
  39. Belonging – Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?
  40. Belonging – What’s in a Name?
  41. SEEK 2017 – More than Words
  42. Surprised by Truth
  43. Nurturing Vocations in the Family
  44. Elevate Social Media
  45. The Marks of a True Christian Man
  46. God’s Plan Revealed
  47. The Cross Revealed
  48. Why Can’t We Be Friends?
  49. Pray the Mass Like Never Before
  50. Anti-Fragile Faith



Father Mike is a frequent columnist for the Diocese of Duluth’s newspaper, The Northern Cross. He’s written dozens of articles answering questions sent his way. Check ’em out here or browse below!

  1. Who does it hurt?
  2. Receiving the Eucharist
  3. Distractions in prayer
  4. Married without children
  5. “O.M.G.”
  6. Is Christmas a pagan holiday?
  7. Do I have to raise my kids in the Catholic faith?
  8. Why don’t Catholics eat meat during Lent?
  9. Will there be animals in Heaven?
  10. Why do Catholics venerate the body of dead saints?
  11. Do we need Confession?
  12. God a “He”?
  13. Remorse vs. repentance
  14. Do not judge?
  15. Cremation
  16. Formula prayers give us words when we need them
  17. Satan
  18. Old Testament laws
  19. Discerning your vocation
  20. Defining homosexuality
  21. Where to draw the line in the media
  22. Keeping holy the Sabbath day
  23. Is Heaven really “Heaven” if even one person is not there?
  24. Do I have faith?
  25. Mean God?
  26. The Shack
  27. Conservative Catholic?
  28. The precepts of the Church
  29. The Church and suicide
  30. The “One, True Church”?
  31. Choosing God, not blaming Him
  32. Centering Prayer
  33. Going deeper in prayer
  34. What to do when prayer feels more like work
  35. The need for purgatory
  36. Tattoos and Christians
  37. Can a Christian fight in war?
  38. Pro-choice Catholic?
  39. Can we get married outside?
  40. “God made me this way”
  41. American Catholic
  42. “I Believe…”
  43. Why don’t same-sex couples have a right to marry?
  44. Same-Sex Marriage Laws force the Church to ‘Fuss’
  45. What’s the problem with contraception?
  46. How is Natural Family Planning different from contraception?
  47. “Love your enemies and pray for those who hate you…”
  48. Mind Wandering at Mass? Try being more active.
  49. Before You Go to “Communion” at Another Church…
  50. Examining the Role of Conscience in Making Moral Decisions
  51. Being “Spiritual But Not Religious” Carries Consequences
  52. Angry With God? Tell Him How You Feel
  53. You Can Bring Someone Back to the Faith–But First…
  54. How to Make the Most of the Christmas Season
  55. Opposing Same-Sex Marriage Does Not Make One a Bigot
  56. Struggling to Believe is Not the Same Thing as Doubting
  57. Forgiveness Might Not Erase Pain, But It Sets You Free
  58. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy?” – Prayer, Action Help Ease Anxiety
  59. In Confession, Priest Sees Mercy, Love, and Humility
  60. Contraception Turns Acts of Love Into Lie
  61. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – Far From Founding Fathers’ Call for Happiness
  62. Why Does God Allow People to Commit Evil Acts?
  63. What If God Revealed Himself Completely to Us?
  64. Advice for When the Unexpected Happens
  65. Annulment criteria – Did a sacramental marriage exist?
  66. Marriage and annulments – Continuing the discussion
  67. Despair errs because of one thought – Life is worth living
  68. Don’t fear that your prayers don’t make a difference
  69. God’s will includes complex process of making choices
  70. Guilt and shame can lead to changing for the good
  71. Horoscopes and fortune cookies – All in good fun?
  72. Indulgences? Yep. Remedies to bring us back to God
  73. It’s time to get serious about halting the porn epidemic
  74. Must I ‘fess up’ to a person I’ve wronged?
  75. Q&A – Penance isn’t to punish, but to heal and strengthen
  76. Seeking Answers
  77. Sin isn’t a necessary evil; aim to know goodness well
  78. There’s much to consider before offering an opinion
  79. Tips to help you go to confession
  80. To break bad habits, we need God’s grace, people’s support
  81. What did Jesus look like, and does it matter?
  82. What’s wrong with playing violent video games?
  83. Who is in heaven? Answer is — ‘We just don’t know’
  84. 8 Tips for an Awesome Confession