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The Fire Up Podcast

67 EpisodesProduced by Simon and Madeleine CarringtonWebsite

The mission of the Fire Up Podcast is to help every person experience the love they have always dreamed of by sharing the Catholic Church’s teaching on authentic love and human sexuality.To find out more, visit our website -

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70_Teaching Your Child to Love Selflessly

March 19th, 2023


When can I begin sharing the beauty of chastity and the Theology of the Body with my child? In this episode, Simon will share some easy and practical …

69_My Spouse Is Using Me For Sex, What Do I Do?

March 12th, 2023


Is it possible that a husband or wife could use their spouse for sex, even when they are married? The sad truth is yes, it is possible, and more than …

68_The Deepest Desires of The Human Heart

March 7th, 2023


Ever felt like there has to be more to life than the emptiness you are currently experiencing? In this episode, Simon will take you on a journey to the depths of your heart, to uncover the deepest longings for love and …

67_Forgetting is Hurtful Too

March 6th, 2023


"I’m so sorry, I didn’t do it intentionally. I just forgot!"

 Heard this before from your spouse? In this episode, Simon will share how remembering is a sign of care and love, and forgetting shows indifference and …

66_Don't Forget Your Story

February 23rd, 2023


Doesn't romance and passion die after marriage? Only if you let it I say!  A key to ensuring your love continues to grow after marriage is for the couple to remember their love story. Here is a fun date idea that you …

65_Raising Fathers

February 21st, 2023


Do you ever feel like your failing in your fatherhood? Simon certainly does. In this episode, Simon interviews Robert Falzon, Founder of MenAlive, to discuss the importance of fatherhood. As a young dad with 3 children, …

64_How Do I Love Someone I Don't Like?

February 15th, 2023


Do I really need to love someone that I don't like? In John 15:12 Jesus calls us to love one another as he has loved us. Even those that we really struggle to get along with, or feel don't like us. If there is someone …

63_The Rosary - Vain Repetitions?

February 1st, 2023


Why do Catholics pray the rosary when Jesus says in Matt 6:7, “When you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the pagans do?” Is not the repeated Hail …

62_Fighting For Your Marriage

January 30th, 2023


Are you fighting for your marriage? In this episode, Simon interviews Mike Greenwell, a husband, father, devoted Catholic and former alcoholic. In …

61_Love Is Not Give And Take

January 24th, 2023


In a relationship, shouldn't love be 50/50? In this episode, Simon shares a powerful encounter with a man named Antoun, who totally challenged his …

60_Is It Ok to Use Contraception If You Want to Space Children?

December 16th, 2022


In this episode, Simon and Madeleine share that the surprising answer to this question is - yes, you can space children in marriage, but not by using contraception. Listen as Simon and Madeleine share why the Church …

59_Do Catholics Worship Statues?

December 9th, 2022


Why Do Catholics make statues and images of Mary and the Saints? Doesn’t the Bible forbid the making of these kinds of “graven images?” In this …

58_Can Masturbation Harm Your Relationship or Future Marriage?

December 2nd, 2022


Isn't masturbation a healthy way to deal with the build-up of sexual tension? Masturbation, often viewed as private and harmless, wreaks havoc on our spiritual lives and in our relationships. It warps the way we view …

57_Is It OK to Masturbate Over My Partner?

November 24th, 2022


In this episode, Simon and Madeleine team up again to discuss whether it would be OK for a young man to use his girlfriend as the stimulus for an act …

56_Can I Sleep Around Now and Settle Down Later?

November 18th, 2022


What’s wrong with sleeping around until I meet the person I want to settle down with? In this video, Simon comes at this question from four different angles, showing the underlying problem with this mentality, the …

55_Bright and Cheerful Homes

November 11th, 2022


In this episode, Simon interviews his good friend, Angel Bueno, as they discuss living the Christian life in today's world as a married person. 

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54_Can My Parents Force Me to Marry Someone?

November 8th, 2022


Should I be forced into an arranged marriage? Among some cultures, the idea of arranged marriage is still very common. Although we may not see it …

53_The Key to Loving Your Spouse Well

July 1st, 2022


Have you ever felt like you and your spouse are just 'missing' each other? No matter how hard you try, every expression of love seems to miss the mark. They don't seem to appreciate it or worse, reject it.

In this …

52_Cheating in a Relationship

June 2nd, 2022


In this episode, Simon and Tomasz discuss a topic that is vulnerable and raw - cheating in a relationship. Cheating, to his sorrow, was part of …

51_Defining Sex

May 27th, 2022


In this episode, Simon and Madeleine take a slightly different angle than you - and they - are used to. They discuss what makes us male and female, from a purely scientific lens. This podcast will lay some important …

50_God is Beauty

May 3rd, 2022


Christopher West who discovered, translated, and published a long-lost treasure from John Paul II's archives, gets fired up to give some of the most …

49_I Will Is Not I Do

April 20th, 2022


Simon and Maddie team up to discuss the 'marriage prep mindset' for engaged couples. 

48_Same-Sex Attraction and Transgenderism

April 6th, 2022


Simon interviews Hudson Byblow who has been on a painful journey with his sexuality and who now shares his story to be a light to others. 

047_Misfits in the Church

March 18th, 2022


Catholic singles know to hang out at church in order to find a future spouse. But what happens when the singleness drags on into their late twenties, …

046_Reclaiming Masculinity: A Rite of Passage

February 22nd, 2022


Simon interviews George Manassa on Reclaiming Masculinity. George offers some practical ways for boys to begin the journey to manhood and to mark the …

045_ Are you Consecrated to Mary?

December 14th, 2021


In this episode, Madeleine discusses her own experience of Marian Consecration, What it is and How to do it. 


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044_What do Men Want?

December 7th, 2021


In this episode, Simon discusses the Desires of the Masculine Heart! This podcast will affirm the desires of the masculine heart and give women an …

043_Is God Good?

November 23rd, 2021


In this episode, Simon interviews Karlo Broussard from Catholic Answers on the question: Is God Good? You don't want to miss this episode on a …

042_Affirming the Desires of the Feminine Heart

November 9th, 2021


In this episode Madeleine speaks about the desires of The Feminine Heart. She encourages women to recognise that they were made for infinite love and to keep their standards high.

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041_How to Build Authentic Intimacy

November 2nd, 2021


You may have the idea that intimacy is something reserved for lovers. While the highest form of intimacy should be experienced between husband and …

038_How do I Fight Complacency in my Marriage?

October 12th, 2021


Marriage requires daily effort. In this episode Simon addresses how to fight complacency in marriage.This talk was recorded for the Fire Up YouTube Channel.

037_Do I Have to Tell Them?

October 5th, 2021


In this episode Simon addresses parents on the important topic of speaking to your children about God’s plan for their sexuality. While this may be an uncomfortable topic for some, it is vital that your kids hear this …

035_3 Ways to Live out the Virtue of Modesty

September 21st, 2021


In this episode Madeleine shares 3 ways that the virtue of modesty can be lived out. Modesty is so much more than how we dress! This talk was recorded for the Fire Up YouTube Channel.

034_Is it Wrong to be Attracted to Multiple Men at the Same Time?

September 14th, 2021


Simon discusses a common question in this episode. He shares some guidelines on what to do if you find yourself attracted to multiple people at the …

033_Who are You?

September 7th, 2021


In this episode Madeleine discusses how our identity should have a firm foundation in Jesus Christ. This talk was recorded for the Fire Up YouTube …

032_ New Season, New Mission

August 31st, 2021


In this episode Simon and Madeleine share some exciting changes to Fire Up! 

031_ Should I date someone who looks at porn?

August 24th, 2021


In this episode, Madeleine discusses the common question: 'Should I date someone who looks at porn?' 

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030_What is Natural Family Planning?

August 17th, 2021


In this episode, Simon and Madeleine chat with Damon Owens about Natural Family Planning.

Damon is the founder and executive director of joytob. This ministry is centred on proclaiming the joy of being made in the image …

029_ Making the Most of Lockdown

August 10th, 2021


In this episode, Simon and Madeleine discuss ways that you can make the most of lockdown!

028_What Does Authentic Friendship Look Like?

August 3rd, 2021


Stina Constantine from Virtue Ministry discusses what Authentic Friendship looks like with Madeleine. 

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027_ Satan wants to break your spirit

July 27th, 2021


In this episode Madeleine talks about how we need to be aware of how satan is stopping us from doing God's will. She gives some practicals of how we can arm ourselves against the work of satan in our life. 

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026_Navigating the Dating World

July 20th, 2021


This episode is a recorded talk that Simon and Madeleine gave at iWitness in 2019. They discuss 'Setting the World on Fire' by intentional and sincere dating practices. 

025_ The Impact of COVID-19 on Marital Intimacy

July 13th, 2021


In this episode Simon and Deacon Harold discuss the impact of COVID 19 on Marriages. 

Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers – known around the world as the …

024_ The Deepest Desires of the Human Heart

June 29th, 2021


The desire and longing we each experience deep without our soul is one that can only be satisfied by our creator.

023_Finding God in the Every Day

June 22nd, 2021


In this episode Madeleine interviews Danielle Bean, author of the book 'Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday.' 

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022_Your Questions About Love to Fr Mike Schmidtz

June 15th, 2021


In this episode, Simon interviews Fr Mike Schmitz on authentic love.

Fr Mike Schmitz a Priest in Minnesota and the author of 'Made for Love: Same Sex …

021_What is the Feminine Genius?

June 1st, 2021


In this episode Madeleine discusses what the Feminine Genius is and some practical ways it can be lived out. 

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020_ The Catholic Teaching on Marriage, Divorce and Annulments

May 20th, 2021


In this episode, Simon interviews Catholic Apologist Tim Staples on Marriage, Divorce and Annulments. 

Tim Staples is a convert to Catholicism and is …

019_Lessons from Saint Joseph for Men

May 11th, 2021


In this episode, Simon shares insights and lessons that he has learned from Saint Joseph on how to live out the Masculine Mission. 

Consecration to …

018_The Biblical Basis for the Sacrament of Marriage?

May 4th, 2021


In this episode, Simon interviews Hector Molina on the Biblical Basis for the Sacrament of Marriage. 

Hector Molina is an international Catholic …

017_How to Argue Well

April 27th, 2021


In this episode Simon and Madeleine discuss tools and strategies to argue in a way that will build intimacy, not destroy it. Join them for a lively …

016_ The Power of Words

April 20th, 2021


In this episode, Simon and Madeleine discuss the power words have in transforming a relationship. They share practical insights and personal examples to highlight the positive effect of affirming words and the …

015_ The Way of Beauty

April 13th, 2021


In this episode, Madeleine interviews Bill Donaghy on The Way of Beauty and discusses the relationship between beauty and suffering. 

Bill Donaghy is …

014_How to Date with Passion and Purpose

April 6th, 2021


This is the first day of Simon's 10 day course: 'How to Date with Passion and Purpose.'

You can purchase the full course via our online shop. 

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013_Do you hate being single?

March 30th, 2021


In this episode Simon and Madeleine discuss the challenges of being single and what to do about it. You will discover, through this conversation that a time of singleness is a profound gift that can lead to the …

012_ Fertility and Women's Health

March 23rd, 2021


In this episode, Madeleine interviews Dr Monique Ruberu, a Catholic Napro Technology trained Pro Life Ob/Gyn. She shares her knowledge and wisdom on …

011_Praying with Art

March 16th, 2021


In this episode Simon and Madeleine discuss how art can enhance family prayer in the home. This podcast was sponsored by Kate Capato, founder of Visual Grace - Check out her amazing Sacred Art and …

010_ What Theology of the Body is NOT!

March 9th, 2021


In this episode, Simon and Madeleine discuss Theology of the Body by addressing common misconceptions about it, why it was written as well as key …

009_What to Expect in the Early Years of Marriage

March 2nd, 2021


In this episode, Simon and Madeleine interview Mike and Alicia Hernon, founders of The Messy Family Project. 

Mike and Alicia give great advice on many topics from how to deal with two worlds coming together in the …

008_How to Grow in Holiness

February 23rd, 2021


In this episode, Simon and Madeleine discuss practical ideas to growing in holiness. 

Thank you to our sponsor for this episode - Ramcon Group. 

007_ Holiness Means Being Whole

February 16th, 2021


In this episode Simon and Madeleine discuss the essential teaching in the Catholic Church that every single person is called to Holiness! The fall of …

006_How to Break Free from Pornography

February 9th, 2021


In this episode Simon and Madeleine interview Jason Evert of the reality of pornography. They discuss the damaging effects of pornography and strategies to overcome it. 

Jason Evert has spoken to over 1 million people …

005_What Do You Want?

February 2nd, 2021


In this episode we discuss the deepest longings and desires of the human heart. We all long for happiness and fulfilment, we all ache for the …

004_You are Loved!

January 26th, 2021


Sometimes in life we can battle with the idea or temptation that we are not good enough, and that we are defined by our sin. We often fail to believe …

003_ The Do's and Dont's of Dating

January 19th, 2021


In this episode, Simon and Madeleine interview Sarah Swafford, author of Emotional Virtue. 

Sarah is a wife and mother of 5. She is internationally respected for her honest and sincere explanations on how to navigate …

002_Setting the World on Fire

January 12th, 2021


In this episode we unpack what it means to 'set the world on fire!' Inspired by Luke 12:49 when Christ says; "I came to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish that it were already ablaze!",  we hope to share some …

001_ Welcome to the Fire Up Podcast!

January 5th, 2021


In this episode we introduce ourselves and the mission of Fire Up Ministries

Simon's Challenge - Check out our website and sign up to our …

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