The Poco a Poco Podcast

Join Fr. Innocent, Fr. Angelus and Fr. Mark-Mary, members of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, for their weekly podcast. The Poco a Poco Podcast offers "Practical Spirituality." The friars break open the Gospel in light of their years of prayer, communal life, and work with the poor. The Poco A Poco Podcast is a source of rest, encouragement, refreshment, and renewal for all pilgrims helping them to discern and make the next best step. Poco a Poco, little by little, step by step we're making our pilgrimage to the Father's house. The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal are a Catholic religious order founded in the South Bronx, NY. You can learn more about the friars or subscribe to their mailing list at

Prince of Peace - Crucified King - The Way to Peace ・18.11.2020

Peace on the outside comes from knowing God on the inside.  This week we discuss the Prince of Peace who is Christ crucified.  Through the cross, Jesus has made a way for us to have peace with the Father in this world.

Peace WITH God will bring the peace OF God. Jesus promised peace in... Read More

We have a Father (forever!!): The Foundation and Fullness of Good News ・11.11.2020

In this week's episode we talk about the reality of our heavenly Father. The God of heaven and earth is passionately pursuing you right now. No matter how close you are to him, he is knocking on the door of your heart, asking to come in and meet with you once again. He’s not knocking ju... Read More

Mighty God ・04.11.2020

This week we discuss the title, "Mighty God" and the way in which God shows his might by making himself small, by forgiving us, by coming to us in the Eucharist.  God is great and omnipotent but he chooses to become small to us so we can respond to Him in love. He made himself fragile t... Read More

Were you there? An invitation to trust the Wonderful Counselor ・28.10.2020

Are we fascinated by God or merely interested? God wants His creation to be fascinated with Him and His ways. In this week's episode we talk about what it means to put aside our worry and to trust in the Wonderful Counselor. The truth is this: If we are fascinated with anything in lif... Read More

Going Deeper With Our Lady of Tenderness ・21.10.2020

In this week's episode Fr. Angelus talks about his favorite Icon, Our Lady of Tenderness and how Our Lady teaches us how to surrender everything that keeps us from loving Jesus with all we have. Through her example Our Lady teaches us how to have hope in seemingly hopeless moments, and ... Read More

So, I Send You: Living the Mission of Jesus With Urgency ・14.10.2020

As the Father sent me, so I send you. In this week’s episode we talk about the real share that we have in Jesus's own mission and the urgent need to bring Jesus to the world. God uses our gifts and talents to touch the people that God brings into our lives. God is not waiting for someb... Read More

Come, Holy Spirit: The Promise is a Person ・07.10.2020

The Holy Spirit, who worked in and through Christ during his life on earth, now works in and through us. In this week’s episode we discuss how the Holy Spirit wants to move in our lives. Just as the Spirit enabled Christ to bring glory to his Father, so now the Spirit enables us to glor... Read More

He Thirsts For You: You Are Pursued by God ・30.09.2020

We look at Jesus and the Samaritan woman with an emphasis on they way in which Jesus thirsts to love her. We also mention Mother Teresa's relationship with the thirst of Jesus and how important it is for us to know that God thirsts for our love. We're wanted and pursued by God.

Tangible Grace, The Spiritually Hangry, and Praying in a Crazy World: With Michelle Benzinger ・23.09.2020

Our first guest! Our long time arch nemesis, Michelle Benzinger from the Abiding Together Podcast, joins Fr. Innocent and Fr. Mark-Mary to talk about tangible grace for tangible trials, seeking first the Kingdom of God lest you go about your day spiritually hangry, and praying when the... Read More

Love Desperately (and don't be vanilla): The Reasonable Response to Salvation ・15.09.2020

We take a look at two ways to live: The way of Simon the Pharisee (boring!!, empty, vanilla) and the way of the sinful woman who bathes the feet of Jesus with her tears.  Her love is desperate.  Her love makes others uncomfortable. But, her love is beautiful. 

Why does she love the way... Read More

He Sees You That You May See: Faith as the Source of Absolute Security ・09.09.2020

We take a look at the story of Bartimaeus. One major theme is the way in which a blind person feels very vulnerable in the world and has a lot of fear/anxiety because of it. If we go about life without faith, it's like we're walking the streets of NYC blind. Faith gives us absolute secu... Read More

God Is Who He Says He Is: Allowing God to Walk the Walk in Your Life ・02.09.2020

God wants to walk with us before He works through us. Our daily encounter with Him becomes our training ground for a life that is rooted and grounded in love. In this week's episode we talk about how to allow God to walk with us in the midst of our mess. God is always trying to draw us... Read More

Christian Rest Hits Different: Receiving Christ’s Rest ・26.08.2020

Could God be prompting you to leave the boat -to take a radical break from your routine to get some rest and enjoy silence, so you can hear God’s whispers and hear his nearness again? In a culture where the world wears busyness as a badge of honor, how can we live in God’s stillness? ... Read More

The Battle for your Heart: Learning to Pray Well ・19.08.2020

What does a good movie, our desire for the best job, and that perfect picture we posted on Instagram have to do with each other?  None of these things is wrong in itself. But when we begin to allow the things of the world to control us, we miss out on the joy of God's deeper call.

In t... Read More

The Battle of Prayer: The Right Struggle ・12.08.2020

Grounding their discussion in Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis's book, The Way of the Disciple, the friars take a look at the battle of prayer. This is the principle place where we battle for grace, where we battle to receive the truth of our identity and the riches of our identity. But it take... Read More

Echoes of The Word: What's the Word Want to Say Through You? ・05.08.2020

God has spoken, but he wants the Word to continue to echo through you! The Word became flesh, dwelt among us and revealed to us the heart of the Father.

But the Word’s mission is not complete!

In this week’s episode the friars take a look at how different saints have heard the Word, ... Read More

Prayer: A Matter of Life or Death ・29.07.2020

Prayer is like oxygen; we can't live without it. If you're not praying, you're dying. Prayer is not optional in our lives but it's essential. Prayer is our lifeline to God, and with it, lives are changed for eternity! God invites us into an intimate relationship with Him. This close... Read More

Know who you are. Know who He is. Know peace. ・22.07.2020

Blessed are the peacemakers! Peace comes from knowing your identity, but also knowing who God is.  Knowing who you are and Whose you are changes everything.  God is the only One who knows the depth of your struggle, and therefore He is the only One who could offer the exact reassurance ... Read More

Define Others But What Defines You (Keeping Mercy In Your Definition and Defining) ・15.07.2020

God doesn't call us by our sin, He calls us by our name. Our dignity is based on the fact that we are His children.  In this episode week's episode the friars dive into what "blessed are the merciful" really means.  God loves us even in our sinfulness and wants to restore what sin has t... Read More

I Want To See God (Seeking the Face that Saves) ・08.07.2020

"Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God."
Journey from the cry of the heart expressed in Psalm 80, "Show us your face and we shall be saved," to the tragic loss of the rich young man who went away sad because he missed the answer to who he is and what he's made for as it ... Read More

Burn Through The Finite (You Gotta Want It) ・01.07.2020

It's satisfaction guaranteed people! "They shall be satisfied." Not, they might be satisfied or 9/10 times those who hunger and thirst for righteousness claim to be satisfied. Satisfaction is guaranteed to those who hunger and thirst for righteousness! It's a promise and the Father ... Read More

The Father Thinks I'm Hot Stuff ・24.06.2020

Fr. Lloyd has experienced a whole lot of life over the past 98 years. In his own words, what has he learned, "The Father thinks I'm hot stuff."  The Father loves him and rejoices in him. And it's for you as well!  In this week's episodes the friars take a look at the true meaning of "me... Read More

Greater Than The Lilies (He Cries Because He Cares) ・17.06.2020

There's a whole lot of Good News in this episode. Jesus has clothed the lilies with great splendor and they didn't have to do any work at all! And he reminds us, if I take such great care of the wild flowers, how much more will I care for you!

The friars invite you to take a prayerful ... Read More

It's Not About Me (Discipleship as a Team Sport) ・10.06.2020

"Love is an exodus from me to you" (Pope Benedict XVI). Oftentimes the spiritual life can be focused on." Am I growing? Am I getting after it? Am I, am I, am I... Of course, each individual's particular growth is important, and there is a place for examining our own lives, but disciples... Read More

Beggars and Beast Mode (Poverty and Holiness) ・03.06.2020

Beggars and Beast Mode.  Taking another look at the "Franciscan Sweet Spot," poverty of spirit, Fr. Innocent, Fr. Angelus, and Fr. Mark-Mary reconcile our poverty and dependence with the call to holiness. Our poverty is not an obstacle to Christian excellence, but when it is properly br... Read More