Words matter, because our words a crystalization of our thoughts. The words and ideas we choose to embrace define who we become. Are we to be people who value life and things that are active, lively, and life-focused? Or instead are we to be people who drift in the current of things that are dead and dying. Our culture is dying in many ways. Do you want to float along with it?
In this episode I discuss 5 practical ways that every Christian, every Catholic can really choose to embrace being a people of Life. Life involves risk, involves pain. It’s not easy, but the alternative is worse! Choose life, become active and fight for what is living. It’s the only good way to live.
Either get busy living, or get busy dying!
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Life before death is a set of words that can have a lot of meaning. In addition to a way to live, it also can indicate what we should do in the current political climate. The basic truths of words often times point to themselves, they are “self evident.” This phrase hopefully is such.
In this episode I really focus on how to approach those people who don’t share Pro Life values. My goal is not to try to persuade you to be Pro Life. Most listeners are already, and for those who aren’t let me know – I’ll direct you to some great resources. Instead, I hope that I can give you some help to spread this message.
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This episode is inspired by a podcast by Michael Hyatt. I think there are things that all of us do that can profoundly affect those around us – specifically that we don’t realize ourselves. These actions, even when well intentioned, can be painful. The only solution is to pause, look at ourselves seriously, and start to notice.
In this episode I explore 13 of these behaviors that can be so obnoxious to others. While it is unlikely that you do all 13, it’s virtually a guarantee that you do at least a few of them! I invite you challenge yourself and try to change – support those whom you love in the way they need the most!
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Discipline of children is hardly a safe topic these days. The debates about what is, and is not, OK are both widespread and passionate. Yet despite the tension about hot topics like spanking, there are still a set of rules that can be extremely helpful to all parents with all discipline strategies.
In this episode I discuss 5 specific rules of discipline that will help you improve how you correct your children. My goal is not to lecture or pontificate – indeed, most of these I still fail at. Instead, my goal is to help all of us refine what we do when our children misbehave. The biggest and most obvious result will be a change in ourselves.
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We live in a world that is more broken than ever, yet also more afraid to acknowledge it. When we have physical brokenness, we run to a doctor without shame. When we have emotional, intellectual, or spiritual brokenness, however, we feel ashamed. We hide it, and often are afraid to get the help we so desperately need.
In this episode I try to really explore brokenness on two levels: First, why is it important that we face brokenness – both in ourselves and others? Second, How do we live with it? What do we do? I think these questions are going to become incredibly important as our culture continues to emphasize sex, divorce, and many more toxic behaviors.
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Matthew Kelly, in the Best Lent Ever program, has been really challenging us in how we live our lives. Recently, he asked about what we expect out of each day. This question really got me thinking about expectations, and how they affect our lives and our happiness.
In this episode I really want to explore this question. Why do we seem to get more upset about getting a good thing that is less than our expectations than about getting a bad thing? Why are these expectations so powerful, and what can we do about them?
I think managing our expectations, and properly balancing them with Hope, is one important component to finding joy and peace as a Christian, especially as a Catholic.
You can read Viktor Frankl’s book I mention at this link.
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This episode might seem a little bit nerdy at first, but I guarantee you that if you really try to learn this system, it will change your life and your relationships. The ability to connect to other people, to make them feel like you “get” them is fundamental to building relationship. Whatever the nature of your interactions (work, personal, marriage, whatever) you will be more effective and happier if you can “connect” to the other person.
In this episode I really dive into the DISC personality system. It seems a little heavy at first, but stick with me. DISC is a unique “fingerprint” of your temperament that will define how you see and interact with the world. It will also enable you to finally “get” those people who just seem to be different from you – and actually are different.
This episode is designed to continue the discussion from last episode about layers.
First, the Free DISC assessment test that I like:
Next, my favorite current DISC book that is available:
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The way we view the world is incredibly complex. Like Ogres, we humans have many layers that determine who we are and how we interact with the world around us. The better we understand these layers, the better we’re able to control our interactions. The better we understand the layers of others, the better we can relate and connect.
In this episode, I explore 5 layers that all of us humans have. They’re each different, but help to define who we are and the gifts God has given us. We need to understand those layers to best predict how we’ll succeed and find happiness.
I mention several links in today’s episode.
First, a free DISC assessment test that I think is pretty good. Note they will offer to sell you more complicated assessments. Stick with the free:
Next, this is the StrengthsFinders test that I recommend:
Lastly, this is the Catholic StrengthsFinder Book:
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Hope is not only an incredibly powerful thing, it’s an incredibly Christian virtue. We need to open ourselves up to Hope if we want to find happiness in this life. We cannot just wait for things to “get better!”
In this episode I explore 8 specific ways to try to find Hope in your life. I hope that some of them will connect with you in whatever struggles you now are facing.
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Most of us men in particular think that “change” is a dirty word. We don’t like it, we fight against it, and we wish we could just put something in one place and have it stay there! Yet life doesn’t work that way, and deep down, even we eventually admit we do like some things to change from time to time.
The painful part of change is actually the transition required to get there. Rather than lament the process, we can study it to better understand and quickly drive through the pain. In this episode I discuss the 8 steps that take place in any change, whether at home or work, for lots of people or just for yourself.
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