About

First and foremost, this is about you. How can I help you? I am an author and speaker that helps faithful Catholics understand the richness of the Faith, so they can light the world on fire, starting with their own friends and families.

Feel free to email me with questions, speaking engagements, etc. Totus tuus!

Table of Contents and List of Published Works

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My Books

For updates on new book projects and a full book list, check out the Holy Water Books website.

Pray the Rosary with St. John Paul II

St. John Paul II said “the Rosary is my favorite prayer.” So what could possibly make praying the Rosary even better? Praying the Rosary with St. John Paul II!


This book includes a reflection from John Paul II for every mystery of the Rosary. You will find John Paul II’s biblical reflections on the twenty mysteries of the Rosary that provide practical insights to help you not only understand the twenty mysteries but also live them.

St. John Paul II said “the Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessings.” In this new book, he will help you dig even deeper into the treasures contained within the Rosary.

Take the Rosary to a whole new level with St. John Paul the Great! St. John Paul II, pray for us!

Mary Book and eCourse: Everything You Need to Know About Mary

DISCOVER THE VIRGIN MARY HIDDEN THROUGHOUT SCRIPTURE

Here is an introductory video I made for the Blessed Mother book and e-course:


This course helps Catholics understand key concepts about the Blessed Mother and how they are all Biblical:
  • See how the Virgin Mary intercedes for us in Heaven
  • Defend the Immaculate Conception with confidence
  • Discover where in Scripture Mary is identified as "Queen of Heaven"
  • Learn how to effectively defend all the Marian doctrines



Have you ever been asked any of the following?
  • Do Catholics pray to Mary? Do Catholics worship Mary?
  • What is Mary so important to Catholics? What's the big deal if she was just a human like you or me?
  • What proof is there for the Assumption? Are we just "assuming" it happened?
  • How could Mary physically remain a virgin if she gave birth?
  • Didn't Christ have brothers? 

Learn how to answer all these questions with confidence using the Bible!

Pray, Hope, & Don't Worry Prayer Journal for Catholic Women: A 52-Week Guided Devotional Through Scripture and the Saints to Overcome Anxiety

My wife and I recently published these prayer journals to help Catholic women overcome stress, anxiety, and fear.  

  

The title comes from Padre Pio’s famous quote, but it was another holy person that inspired this book. It was Chiara Corbello Petrillo, surely one of the Church’s upcoming saints, who gave us the idea to create this prayer journal.


 

The Catholic ManBook: Handbook for Catholic Men

I published The Catholic ManBook with the Men of the Immaculata as a handbook for Catholic men who want to become Saints: 

   

These are some of the many fruits of the Men of the Immaculata(MOTI), an organization I co-founded with a number of laymen and priests from the Diocese of Baton Rouge. The MOTI host an annual men's conference and sponsor opportunities for men's intellectual formation throughout the year.

St. Louis de Montfort's Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary - New Easier-to-Read Translation, plus Journal version 

I also recently created a new translation of St. Louis de Montfort's Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary along with a journal edition for self-guided retreats (journal pictured on the far right):



Books on Spiritual Warfare
Prayer Like a Warrior: Spiritual Combat & War Room Prayer Guide AND The Spiritual Combat

Don’t get caught unarmed! Develop your Prayer Room Strategy and Battle Plan.

 

An invisible war rages around you. Something or someone is attacking you, unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. An army of demons under the banner of Satan has a singular focus: your destruction and that of everyone you know and love.

You need to protect your soul, your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resolve, your dreams, and your destiny.

Do you want to be a Prayer Warrior, but don’t know where to start? The Devil’s battle plan depends on catching you unarmed and unaware. If you're tired of being pushed around and wrecked by sin and distraction, these books are for you.


The First Ever Pro-Life Horror Novel: The Seventh Word

Pro-Life hero, Abby Johnson, called it “legit scary … I don’t like reading this as night! … It was good, it was so good … it was terrifying, but good.”

My first novel, The Seventh Word, which is available on Amazon and Kindle. The Seventh Word is a horror novel, and the first pro-life horror novel.

The First Ever Catholic Zombie Apocalypse: The Cajun Zombie Chronicles


The Gates of Hell shall not prevail against the Church! Follow a community surviving the zombie apocalypse as Catholics, sheltering in Catholic churches and building a monastic community to survive together. The Cajun Zombie Chronicles are a zombie apocalypse set in the bayous of Louisiana. 

Forget about the rapture - start reading about the Catholic Zombie Apocalypse! 

Lord of the Rings & the Eucharist

What is "the one great thing to love on earth", according to J. R. R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings


The Eucharist! Tolkien made sure his one great love was woven throughout his books. It's easy to find if you know where to look. 

In Smith's new book, find Tolkien's hidden Eucharist! The Lord of the Rings can't be fully understood without understanding its hidden Eucharistic significance. What's more, perhaps: J. R. R. Tolkien can't be fully understood apart from his Catholic identity and his devotion to the Eucharist. Are you ready to read Lord of the Rings like you never have before?

Scott's Biography

I graduated from Texas A & M University in 2006 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, from LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2013 with a Juris Doctor and DCL, and from Notre Dame Seminary in 2016 with a Masters in Theology. I am a former Jesuit seminarian and taught ministry and theology courses for many years at Angola Prison, the nation's largest maximum security prison.

In 2014, my wife and I founded the Pointe Coupee Chapter of Louisiana Right to Life. I also serve my home parish of St. Mary's of False River as the Grand Knight of the local Knights of Columbus Council #1998.

I'm writing this Catholic blog to help, in my own small way, prepare Catholics to make a defense of their faith. As St. Peter wrote, "Always be prepared to make a defense [apologia] to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence" (1 Peter 3:15).

I invite readers to share in the wonders of the Catholic Church and the Incarnate Word, particularly in the Catholic convergence we can see all around us -- that ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME. To this end, I write articles on pro-life issues, defending Church teaching, and movie+theology reviews to show, not just the Christian and Biblical allusions, but that man has only ever told ONE story: the Christ story. My end game is showing that all of mankind's heroes indelibly bear the imprint of Christ, no matter how secular or atheistic the source.

I invite you to read all this and comment, whether you agree or disagree. God bless!

Our Lady Immaculate, Pray for Us!
St. Joseph, Pray for Us!

Catholic Nerds Podcast

As you might have noticed, Scott is obviously well-credentialed as a nerd. Check out Scott’s podcast: the Catholic Nerds Podcast wherever good podcasts are found! See the links below:


 


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  1. Scott wrote: "...I invite you to read all this and comment, whether you agree or disagree." I disagree. Here are the reasons why: I understand that Jesus is not the Messiah. Why? According to Haggai and Zechariah, God has chosen Zerubbabel to be his Messiah, not Jesus. How so? Zechariah informs us that He who rebuilds the Temple at Jerusalem will reign and the crown will be kept in the Temple, then Zechariah informs us that Zerubbabel is to build the Temple (Zechr 4:9-10, 6:12-14) "The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, his hands shall also complete it." "Behold the man whose name is the Branch...he shall build the temple of the Lord...and shall bear royal honor and shall sit and rule upon his throne...and the crown shall be in the temple of the Lord..." Jesus cannot be the Messiah because he did not rebuild the Temple, Zerubbabel did. For a more in depth presentation of all this I highly reccommend the following book by a Jewish scholar, Rabbi Hayyim Angel. _Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, Prophecy in an Age of Uncertainty._ Jerusalem. Maggid Books. First Edition. 2016. Hayyim understands that after God has destroyed the Persian Empire, then Zerubbabel will reign as God's Signet Ring. The Messianic Age will begin shortly after the Temple's completion (completed by circa 515 BC). I purchased my copy at Amazon.com on the internet.

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    1. Zerubbabel may have been a messiah ("annointed") as were all the Davidic kings, but he is not the Messiah. Jesus rebuilds the Temple, the Temple of His Body, when He resurrects. How do you reconcile Zerubbabel being the Messiah with Daniel 9 and the Prophesy of the Seventy Weeks. The Messiah was to come 490 years from the going forth of the word to rebuild the temple, i.e. long past Zerubabbel's time. Have you uncovered in your studies how, as alluded to in John 1, Jesus also fulfills the prophesy of the branch? All the prophesies need to coincide in one man, one time.

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  2. In regards to my foregoing comment on Haggai and Zechariah identifying the Messiah as to be Zerubbabel: History reveals that Zerubbabel was never made a Messiah-King. Apparently he was recalled back to Babylon, by his Persian overlords, shortly after completing the Temple, thereby nipping in the bud, his chances at being crowned THE MESSIAH. The Jewish scholars were embarrassed by this turn of events. How to explain that Zerubbabel was not made THE MESSIAH? After all, he had rebuilt the Temple, and God had said he who rebuilds the Temple will reign. The explanation that the Rabbis came up was brilliant: The nation of Israel (including Judah) were not yet fully repentant. Only after a full repentance was in place would God then allow a Messiah to appear. The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah show a still unrepentant nation at Jerusalem, still marrying foreign women and violating the Sabbath. To this day (2019) many Jews still await the arrival of THE MESSIAH, expecting him to rebuild the Temple and defeat their enemies. Meanwhile, Christians await a second coming of their Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, to reappear and assume the Messiahship. By turning a blind eye to Haggai and Zechariah, both Jews and Christian were able to excuse God of his failure to provide a Messiahship to Zerubbabel, for having rebuilt the Temple. Haggai and Zechariah portray God as summoning all the kings of the earth to Jerusalem to oppose God and his intended Messiah. God will descend from heaven with a heavenly host and smite the client kings of the Persian Empire. With their defeat God will rule the whole earth with Zerubbabel as his Signet Ring (a euphemism for a Messiah). The event never happened. Persia never besieged Jerusalem. The Throne of Kingdoms which was a euphemism for the Persian Throne (Haggai 2:20-23) was eventually overthrown circa 332 BC by Alexander the Great of Persia, who transformed the Persian Empire into a Hellenistic Greek Empire mentioned in the Book of Daniel.

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  3. A typo correction: Read Alexander the Great of Macedonia (Greece), not Persia.

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  4. Scott Smith wrote: "All the prophecies need to coincide in one man, one time." That is an interesting statement. Jews, who deny Jesus is the Messiah, note that all the prophecies about the Messiah did not occur at one time, during Jesus' ministry. The common Christian apologia is that Jesus will fulfill the rest of the prophecies regarding the Messiah is the second coming. In other words, you notion that "at one time," doesn't fly with Christian apologia, their Messiah will need TWO TIMES to fulfill all the prophecies. If you have no idea what I am talking about I suggest you go to YouTube and look up the many Jewish explanations for why Jesus is not the Messiah because he did not fulfill all the prophecies at one time.

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  5. The following url explains, from a Jewish point of view, why Jesus cannot be the Messiah:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSxi2eZwMno&list=FLdZdh6ePECk5XsAI5uu8TiA&index=195&t=0s

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  6. Can you please add a contact form?

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    1. I am assuming that Amicus is addressing his query to me (Walter R. Mattfeld)? If not, my apologies, and please disregard. The procedure for accesssing the Jewish Point of View: Google YouTube via your browser. When the YouTube search window appears, type in the following: Jewish Messiah+ Why He's not Jesus (Reply 2 one for Israel maoz messianic jews for jesus Jewish voice. Jews for Judaism, Keeping Jews Jewish. The presenter is Daniel Ventesca, a member of Canada's Jews for Judaism. In my 50 years of research on the Bible (since 1970) this is the finest, most succinct presentation I have ever encountered, from a Jewish perspective, as to why Jews understand Jesus cannot be the Messiah.

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    2. Sure, I'll add a contact form. Thanks for asking!

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  7. Dear Scott :0) Thank YOU very much for your great catholic blog. I was looking for a good confession prep and exam. I found the content on your site as very helpful, engaging and well researched. Please keep up your good work!!! God bless you & your family. Kind regs, Paola

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    1. Thanks so much, Paola! I really appreciate your kind feedback.

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  8. Freeman has been covering corporate logos for many years but has been censored and shunned by the alternative media. Rense would not likely link to any of his research or videos sadly. Check out the originator, not Johnny-come-lately perpetrators for the real deal chamomile. Freeman TV

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