Reading The Bible in a year is now a reality for anyone who wants to tune in and listen to Father Mike Schmitz, who happens to be the most popular priest in the USA. The saints have always encouraged Catholics to read scripture and this podcast is exactly what Catholics have been needing for a long time, a way to easily engage with the Word of God wherever they may find themselves, at their own pace. Fr. Mike Schmitz does an amazing job narrating the Bible and explaining each part of the Bible so that any Christian can fully understand it.

According to PodcastInsights that reports on the top trending U.S. podcasts, “The Bible In A Year” by Fr. Mike Schmitz and Ascension Presents remains on the top 5 podcasts within the United States.

“If great minds had brainstormed how to create a podcast that would jump to No. 1 in Apple’s podcast rankings, they never would have landed on ‘The Bible in a Year,’” jokes Jeff Cavins, a Bible scholar and creator of the Great Adventure Bible Timeline. Yet, two weeks into 2021, “The Bible in a Year,” with Father Mike Schmitz of the Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota, tops the charts.

Within 48 hours of its launch, “The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)” became the #1 Show on Apple Podcasts, a chart position it has held for 5 days and counting, beating out longstanding secular programs including Crime Junkie, NYT’s The Daily, and Dateline NBC.  The show now boasts over 1.3 million downloads, with many more expected in the weeks ahead. 

Fr. Mike explains his vision with this extraordinary project: “One of the primary reasons why I wanted to create this podcast was because my own mind was being filled with a lot of chaotic voices.  Some were wise, many were merely distracting.  I think that a lot of people are tired of those same distracting and temporary voices. And they want what I want: to allow our hearts and minds to be shaped by something eternal – God’s eternal Word.”

“The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)” podcast is available on all major podcast platforms. Daily episodes will run through the end of 2021.

Podcast homepage: AscensionPress.com/BibleInAYear

Listen to “The Bible In A Year” on Spotify.

What the Saints said about The Holy Bible:

“The Holy Bible is like a mirror before our mind’s eye. In it we see our inner face. From the Scriptures we can learn our spiritual deformities and beauties. And there too we discover the progress we are making and how far we are from perfection.” – Saint Gregory the Great

“The saints understand the Bible better than theologians because they understand the Bible’s primary author, God, by loving Him with their whole heart and their whole mind.” – Peter Kreeft

“Hear Mass daily; it will prosper the whole day. All your duties will be performed the better for it, and your soul will be stronger to bear its daily cross. The Mass is the most holy act of religion; you can do nothing that can give greater glory to God or be more profitable for your soul than to hear Mass both frequently and devoutly. It is the favorite devotion of the saints.” – St. Peter Julian Eymard

“Since, therefore, the tradition from the apostles does thus exist in the Church, and is permanent among us, let us revert to the Scriptural proof furnished by those apostles who did also write the Gospel, in which they recorded the doctrine regarding God, pointing out that our Lord Jesus Christ is the truth, and that no lie is in Him.” -Saint Irenaeus, Father of the Church, AH 3,5,1

“I would give up my life a thousand times, not only for each of the truths of Sacred Scripture, but even more for the least of the ceremonies of the Catholic Church.” -Saint Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church

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