I started listening to the podcast as I was wondering what Catholicism is all about. My roommate is a Catholic woman who was a novitiate but discovered that wasn't the path God was calling her to. The first episode I listened to was titled, What I love about Mary. Having grown up as a nominal Protestant, I didn't understand the fascination with Mary that my Cathollic friends have. After reading a few books and then finding Pat's wonderful podcast, I finally have a better understanding of the joys Mary brings and how she fits into God's plan. Since then, I've been listening to the weekly podcasts on my way to and from work, a half hour commute one way so perfect for a podcast. I've also been catching uup on the older podcasts and really getting an understanding of the saints, who they were and how they impacted our history as Christians and Catholics. I haven't quite become a member of the Catholic Church, but am in the process. Pat's podcast is a great help in putting the sometimes esoteric ideas of religion into accessible ways of understanding them. Thank you, Pat, for your wonderful podcast.