View From The Pew

Family life can be hectic. But God can be found right in the middle of it. Join Deacon Scott and Brenda Aikin as they share stories about their family, their faith, and their View from the Pew.

CLICK HERE to follow View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform.

Listen to the most recent episodes below:

On this week’s episode find out why Brenda is having issues with her hanging flower baskets, what Deacon Justin Echevarria is doing in these days before ordination, and how Deacon Scott was transformed through his ordination. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show […]
On this week’s episode join in the celebration as the last Aikin graduates High School. Deacon Scott and Brenda share some of their adventures plus Bear Woznick joins the show to talk about Men, Manliness, and Fatherhood. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this […]
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott won’t answer text messages from Brenda, the connection between Padre Pio and Holy Spirit, and how we all receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the […]
Deacon Scott and Brenda continue to share their pilgrimage to Italy. This week hear about a surprise encounter through the intercession of St. Michael. And the culmination of the journey to the city of Assisi. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on […]
Deacon Scott and Brenda are back from their pilgrimage to Rome. Join them on today’s show and hear about the grace they encountered and some of the joys and laughs they shared. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail […]
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott is feeling a little twisted this week and how there are days this week to be Martha and days to be Mary. Deacon Scott and Brenda walk through Holy Week. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. […]
On this week’s episode hear why Deacon Scott doesn’t miss his academic years, what are the special Lenten practices in Rome, and how to join our sufferings to Christ. This week’s guest is Deacon Justin Echevarria. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show […]
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott has his hand full, how God led a veterinarian to the priesthood, and a common path of discernment to vocation. This week’s guest is Fr. Niall O’Riordan. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show […]
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott is not the only family member who can pack up the truck, why a weekend getaway is the best time with family, and how couples can have a better Lent together. Todays guest is Patricia Mackie, Everyday Counseling. Subscribe to View […]
On this week’s episode find out why leaving before the storm didn’t work out for Deacon Scott and how surrendering is not giving up. This week’s guest is author Joe McGivney. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary […]
On this week’s episode find out how well of a party planner is Deacon Scott, why we don’t need to make everything so complicated, and how Ordinary Time in our liturgical calendar is a time to grow in faith. This week’s guest is Dina Marie Hale. Subscribe to View from […]
Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along with a radio live-stream, prayers, news, and more. Look through past episodes or support this podcast. View from the Pew is a production of Mater Dei Radio in […]
On this week’s episode find out why we “practice” the faith, the Holy Family’s journey to the heart of trust, and how God cares about each family’s mission. This week’s guest is Julie Onderko. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the […]
It is a rare privilege and blessing when a grandfather can baptize his granddaughter. On today’s episode Deacon Scott and Brenda share their family baptism celebration. Plus, what can you do to encourage and pray for family members who refuse the sacrament. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your […]
On this week’s episode find out what items Deacon Scott looks for on Black Friday, how to hear when God Speaks, and the Aikins share their story of loss. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, […]
On this week’s episode find out who is better at adapting to change, Deacon Scott or Brenda. Plus find out how we are created for change and steps to grow though life events. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free […]
On today’s episode find out why Deacon Scott can drive his truck like a sports car, why screen addiction is happening at a younger age, and how with the help of the Holy Spirit you can curb your time in front of a screen. Today’s guest is Sr. Marysia Weber. […]
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott “needed” a new chair, how Guardian Angels work in everyone’s life, and why Brenda’s Guardian Angel could use a back-up sometimes. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media […]
Is it O.K. to go to Mass on Saturday so you can watch football on Sunday? On this week’s episode Deacon Scott answers that question. Also, find out the difference between a pilgrimage and a Catholic vacation, and how you can join Deacon Scott and Brenda in the Eternal City. […]
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott drive to church by himself, how persistent prayer was enough to change the heart of a saint, and the importance of intercessory prayer. This week’s guest is Julie Onderko. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find […]
On this weeks episode Deacon Scott and Brenda celebrate Grandparents. Hear the benefits of the Grandparent and Grandchild relationship and all the best parts of this relationship. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along with […]
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott’s work and vacation overlap, what surfers, cowboys and Marines have in common, and how to set aside your worry for your children. Today’s guest is Bear Woznick. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show […]
On this week’s episode find out what makes Deacon Scott loose his patience, why timing is everything, and what are the things Catholics should be doing everyday. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along with […]
On this week’s episode find out how humble Brenda is, an inside view of World Youth Day, and a way to visit Italy with Deacon Scott and Brenda Pilgrimage information can be found here. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the […]
On this week’s episode find out why summer heat is bad and good for Deacon Scott and how Holy Spirit will turn up the intensity this summer in Portland. This week’s guest is Kevin Monette from Portland’s Encounter School of Ministry. Encounter Ministries Summer Intensive. Subscribe to View from the […]
On this week’s episode find out why Brenda sits in the car while Deacon Scott does all the heavy lifting, how a dedication to Mary leads you to Jesus, and ways to grow in your faith together. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this […]
On this weeks episode find out why the Aikins have amnesia, ask the question- “Why do Catholics____?” and find out the answer. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along with a radio live-stream, prayers, news, […]
On this week’s episode find out why building a new grill can get in the way of happiness, the difference between “absolute” and “objective” truth, and how parents can teach kids one from the other. This week’s guest is Karlo Broussard. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite […]
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott is picking out his own Father’s Day gift a little early, how we place parameters on God’s blessings, and finding God in the busy days of family life. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this […]
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott is not afraid of bugs, how to form Holy Habits, and how to start a devotion for the rest of your life. This week’s guest is Emily Jaminet. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this […]
On this week’s episode find out how the Aikins finally made it to a baseball game on-time, how Desert Fathers had it all figured out, and what it takes to make good decisions for your family. This week’s guest is Fr. Augustine Wetta. Subscribe to View from the Pew on […]
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott has to find other ways to stay in shape, the role of the Deacon at Easter, and the mercy God pours out on all of us every day. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this […]
On this week’s episode Deacon Scott looks for Bald Eagles over the Puget Sound and pick up from last week as the Aikins find ways to help your family unplug from technology. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail […]
On this week’s episode find out what turns Deacon Scott into a Papa Bear, how technology can help and hinder human development, and how much is too much screen time. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media […]
On this week’s episode find out what happens when Deacon Scott looses his patience, where to find Mary in America, and how the Aikins plan to spend their retirement years. This week’s guest is Marion Amberg. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show […]
On this week’s episode find out about Deacon Scott’s southern roots and why “Return” is a perfect word for Lent. This week’s guest is Fr. John Burns. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along with […]
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott is seeing with new eyes, how we can and should eat like Jesus, and get a Catholic Guide to Health. This week’s guest is Dr. Kevin Vost. Dr. Vost’s new book is, “Your Are That Temple! Subscribe to View from the […]
On this week’s episode find out Deacon Scott is feeling anything but ordinary, how to pray and heal like the apostles, and about a new school of healing ministry. Special Guest is Kevin Monette from Encounter School of Ministry , Portland Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite […]
In this week’s episode find out what is new on Deacon Scott’s Honey-Do-List, how Guarding Angels talk to each other, and talking to Gen Z’ers. This week’s guest is Ben Eriksen. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary […]
On this week’s episode find out how much time Deacon Scott will be spending watching the World Cup Tournament, find peace during the 4th week of Advent, and how 10 minutes a week can deepen your faith. This week’s guest is Mark Hart “The Bible Geek”. His book, “One Sunday […]
On this week’s episode find out Brenda’s favorite Christmas song and why Deacon Scott doesn’t have one, the virtues of friendship, and what Pope Francis says about fraternal friendship. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, […]
The Good Deacon and Brenda are back from pilgrimage and back with a new episode of View From The Pew. On this week’s episode find out what kind of pie Deacon Scott never passes on. Also, hear how God answered a special prayer from their recent trip. Subscribe to View […]
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott is driving the backroads of Washington, how Brenda is learning to have a focused holy hour, and about the call to a nationwide Eucharistic Revival. Today’s Guest Fr. Craig Vasek. More information on the National Eucharistic Revival can be found here. […]
On this weeks episode find out why Deacon Scott loves to visit his In-laws, what it takes to be a Mater Dei Radio Pit Crew, and the things we learn by being parents. This weeks guest Dr. Ray Guarendi. His new book, “Taught By Ten.” Subscribe to View from the […]
On this week’s episode find out why there is so much stuff in Deacon Scott’s Man Cave, how St. Teresa can help you downsize, and how to let go of items and not memories. Today’s guest is Laraine Bennett. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. […]
Kids have tough questions. And if they have questions about the Church, what do you say? On this week’s episode Deacon Scott and Brenda answer some of the tough questions about Confirmation. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail […]
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott enjoys cleaning up after a party, what is the true purpose of working, and the value and importance of rest. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, […]
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott is walking the empty halls of their home, why Generation Z feel so lonely, and how God’s plan for their life is the greater adventure. This week’s guest is Ben Erikson. Catholic World Report. Subscribe to View from the Pew on […]
On this week’s show find out why Deacon Scott likes to drive fast, what it means to stand in solidarity, and how Brenda can avoid problems by cleaning. This week’s guest Michael Davis, host of, ” Common Sense on Social Justice”. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite […]
On this week’s episode find out why the Aikin’s Summer Vacation has been postponed to November, why do non-Catholics listen to Catholic Radio, and where to find answers to your questions of faith. This week’s guest is Cy Kellett, host of Catholic Answers Live. Subscribe to View from the Pew […]
On this week’s episode find out who is more spontaneous, Deacon Scott or Brenda. Plus, author Leonard DeLorenzo shares the adult spirituality found in the Chronicles of Narnia. You can find a copy of Leonard’s book at Ignatius Press. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. […]
On this week’s episode find out what new kitchen gadget was a necessity in the Aikin household, why do priest have to be reassigned, and things to remember when meeting your new pastor or Good Deacon. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show […]
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott prefers Summer’s in the Pacific NW, how you can have it all if you are patient, and Christ offers all of us water from the well. Today’s guest is Rachel Balducci. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast […]
On this week’s episode find out some of the Good Deacon’s limitations and listen to how Deacon Scott and Brenda overcome rejection and criticism. 5 Tips for Not Taking Criticism or Rejection Too Hard. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the […]
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott had to wait 17 years to begin his new project, why having fun is important for your marriage, and allowing joy to carry you through. This week’s guest is Patricia Mackie, Everyday Counseling. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your […]
On this week’s episode find out how the Aikin family grew, why grandparents have the ability to bless their grandchildren, and how even Good Deacons get angry sometimes. This week’s guest is Dr. Ray Guarendi. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on […]
On this week’s episode find out the prayer Deacon Scott is constantly praying, what do the Beatitudes and Baseball in common, and the radical hope we find in Christ to overcome sorrow. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail […]
On this weeks episode find out how Deacon Scott can find quick ways to get though his “Honey Do” list and how to be humble in nature. Today’s Guest is Bear Woznick. His new book is, “A Surfer’s Guide to the Soul.” Subscribe to View from the Pew on your […]
In this week’s episode find out why meeting in person works best for The Aikins, how you can take your faith to work, and God moments in college. This week’s guest, Fr. Edward Looney. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the […]
On this week’s episode find out who misses Deacon Scott the most when he travels for work, and was St. Joseph’s response to finding Jesus in the temple the same as when Deacon Scott and Brenda lost their kids while on vacation. This week’s guest is Deacon Greg Kandra. Subscribe […]
On this week’s episode find out how many days of rest a Good Deacon needs to recover from the Easter Liturgies and how is fear a gift from God. Today’s guest is Gary Zimak. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the […]
On this week’s episode find out what lessons are to be learned playing sports and ways you can start raising successful adults today Full article from Aleteia.org. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary Media App, along with […]
Find out what Deacon Scott is up to on his 2nd week of Spring Break, how to parent adult children, and what Pope Francis’ Consecration means to each one of us. This weeks guest is David Carollo of The World Apostolate of Fatima. Subscribe to View from the Pew on […]
On this week’s show find out why Deacon Scott get to work through three weeks of Spring Break and how to dream as big as God. Today’s guest is Dan DeMatte, host of EWTN’s Beyond Demascus. Dream Bigger: A 21-Day Journey to Unlock God’s Dream for Your Life. Subscribe to […]
What do finances and Lent have in common? On this weeks episode find out how controlling your spending can help you serve the Lord. This week’s guest is Ashley Micciche from True North Retirement Advisors. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on […]
On this weeks episode find out why Deacon Scott has to drop more money into the collection basket this week and how healing after a tragedy can transform your life. Today’s special guest is Sr. Miriam James Heidland. Her new book is, “Restore: A Guided Lent Journal for Prayer and […]
How can you grow in holiness even when you have a disagreement. Deacon Scott and Brenda share how to find peace after an argument. Today’s guest is Patricia Mackie, Everyday Counseling. Subscribe to View from the Pew on your favorite podcast platform. Find this show on the free Hail Mary […]
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott loves to learn but not take tests and how to help your college student keep the fire of their faith burning.
On this weeks episode find out why Brenda loves to shop for containers, how an ordinary life is a chance to do extraordinary things, and what did an average day look like for the Holy Family Special Guest is Steve Ray.
On today’s episode find out why Deacon Scott must change a car battery himself, and who could be the next American Saint. Michael O’Neill, “They Might Be Saints”.
It’s a New Year on View from the Pew. Find out what resolutions Deacon Scott and Brenda have made and why it is more of the same. Guest today is The Domestic Apologist, Mary Harrell
It’s a special Christmas edition of The View From The Pew. Inspired by their home Christmas village, Deacon Scott and Brenda share their view of Christmas past, present and future through the lens of some memorable Christmas movies.
The Good Deacon almost became the Bad Deacon. Find out what got broken in this weeks episode. Also, our special guest this week is Bear Wosnick. He will tell us how to take God with you on every adventure. Bear’s School of Manliness.
On this weeks episode find out how Deacon Scott prepares to eat a Thanksgiving dinner, where faith and science have common ground, and how to be thankful for the known and unknown.
On this week’s episode find out the best parenting style that best encourages children will continue to practice their faith. And find out where Deacon Scott and Brenda measure up.
On this week’s episode find out Deacon’s Scott solution to raking leaves, Brenda talks with the organizer of a new ministry for Autistic Young Adults, and how our differences are meant to help us become the person God intends.
This week find out why Deacon Scott misses kid movies, how you can speak to be heard, and the synodal process.
On this week’s episode find out why Deacon Scott is excited about a home improvement project, why women look forward to sharing crafting tools, and why our expectations of God limits his ability to work in our lives. Today’s Guest Christy Wilkens. Awakening at Lourdes.
On this weeks episode, learn why Deacon Scott is putting in a little sweat equity, how can you have an Amazing Parish, and why you should be a parish and school family. Learn more about The Amazing Parish movement.
On this week’s episode find out why Scott can add the title “Tree Doctor” to his resume, Brenda has been deleting apps from her cell phone, and guest this week share the life of Pier Giorgio Frassati. Information on today’s guest can be found at Frassati USA
On this weeks episode find out what Deacon Scott has gained since the kids have gone back to school and why you need to choose conversion everyday. Our good friend Dina Marie Hale is our guest this week. Find out more about Dina Marie on her webpage
On this weeks episode find out how Scott’s Guardian Angel protected him from a grave error and how rest can get you through a spiritual desert. Today’s guest Sonja Corbitt.
This week find out the thing that keeps Deacon Scott from printing his homilies, who is the greatest teacher of all time, and the link between burnout and expectation.
On this weeks episode Deacon Scott and Brenda share about the loss of a friend and how the Transfiguration of the Lord is a call to be transformed in our own lives. Guest today is Fr. Tim Mockaitis from Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Salem.
On this weeks episode find out who is coming to visit, how God’s mercy can be found in your darkest days, and why we are all called to be people of love and action. Find out more about author Mary Pezzulo’s new book, “Stumbling Into Grace: How We Meet God […]
Deacon Scott and Brenda enjoy the company of their daughter, Alyssa, on this week’s episode. And find out how they would convince her to eat when she was little.
Deacon Scott and Brenda are back from their vacation. Find out what are the things that tie a community together and how the best conversations can happen when you are just having a catch in the backyard. Today’s guest is Deacon Eric Paige from the Archdiocese of Seattle Office of […]
On this weeks episode find out why Scott could be a professional mover, Brenda needs to find some patience, and what does the Real Presence in the Eucharist mean.
This week Deacon Scott and Brenda talk about Pope Francis’ advice for Deacons and family vacations. Listen to more episodes of View from the Pew at Mater Dei’s website.
This week Deacon Scott and Brenda talk about their first cars and the role of fathers in the lives of their children.
This week Deacon Scott and Brenda celebrate graduation and how miracles happen every day.
On this week’s episode, find out why Deacon Scott is ready for him and Brenda to be Empty Nesters.
This week find out why the kids won’t answer Scott’s phone calls, the connection between our son and Pope Saint JPII, and why Brenda is a genius.
Find out why Deacon Scott is not allowed to go shopping, how many ways are there to pray, and why is Brenda stuck in one form of prayer.
This week find out why Brenda’s ideas are not always bad, how radio can keep up in the Digital Age, and how to be faithful at work. Brenda and Scott are joined by Sarah Kuenzi, President of the Portland Chapter of Young Catholic Professionals.
This week Deacon Scott and Brenda celebrate their Wedding Anniversary and talk finances.
This week Deacon Scott and Brenda talk about St. Joseph, grandfathers, and why it’s so hard raising ladies and men.
This week Deacon Scott and Brenda commemorate one year of Covid-19, Rules of Engagement, and why Scott won’t be “Friends” with Brenda on Facebook.
This week Deacon Scott and Brenda talk dusting under the vinyl records, Divine Mercy, and why NOW is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.
On this weeks episode find out what other career the Good Deacon could have had, how to feed your soul, and what is a banquet table like in heaven.
This week Deacon Scott and Brenda discuss what to give up for Lent, family traditions, and a quick prayer to walk through Lent.
This week Deacon Scott and Brenda talk about breaking bad habits this Lent, discernment of spirits in marriage, and why Scott wants to mow grass in retirement.
This week Deacon Scott and Brenda discuss Catholic Schools and why Scott never lived in a home for more than 4 years.
This week Deacon Scott and Brenda discuss giving blood, living Pro-Life, and how a kitchen remodel can make tensions rise.
This week Deacon Scott and Brenda talk spending, seeing the dignity of others, and a kitchen remodel. Documents referenced in this episode: USCCB Document on Housing and Homelessness USCCB Document on Human Trafficking

Archived Episodes: