Catholic Commute S02E16 5 Ways to find Jesus

We find true meaning only when we connect

We are all struggling to make sense of how to live the Christian life.  We all live in a very noisy and demanding world.  It’s easy to lose sight of how important it is to regularly find and connect with Jesus.  He is supposed to be our most important relationship, but we often forget him in our daily lives.  If we treated our other important relationships the same we we treat Him, we’d have some pretty big problems with those people too!

In this episode I explore 5 different ways that you can try to better connect with Jesus throughout your day.  The bonus is that we all become better people as we do these 5 things.  We all need more peace and stability in our lives, and our Lord is the only one who can truly provide that.

Last note: If you do want to be in touch with Ed Maher to learn more about community cenacolo, please send me an email at michael@thestakesarehigh.com and I can connect you together!

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S02E16 – 5 Ways to Find Jesus

 

Patron Saint: St. Cajetan

Born in 1480.  In 1523 the Catholic church was in bad shape.  This is right as Luther responds by splitting away.  

Cajetan took a different route, he went to Rome — not to talk to the pope or the hierarchy but to consult with members of a confraternity called the Oratory of the Divine Love.
He had previously founded another Oratory where he had promoted spiritual life and care for the poor and sick not only with words but with his heroic example. But none of the horrors he saw in the hospitals of the incurables depressed him as much as the wickedness he saw everywhere he looked.

In his first confraternity, he found other clergy who felt the way he did. They didn’t want to split off from the Church, they wanted to restore it. So they all decided to form an order based on the lives of the apostles in the hopes that these lives would inspire them and others to live holy lives devoted to Jesus. In order to accomplish this they would focus on moral lives, sacred studies, preaching and pastoral care, helping the sick, and other solid foundations of pastoral life. This new order was known as Theatines Clerks Regular.
Not surprisingly, they didn’t find thousands of formerly greedy and licentious priests flocking to their door. But Cajetan and the others persevered even in the face of open opposition from laity and clergy who didn’t want to reform. It was his holy example that converted many as well as his preaching.

Worn out by the troubles he saw in his Church and his home, Cajetan fell ill. When doctors tried to get him to rest on a softer bed then the boards he slept on, Cajetan answered, “My savior died on a cross. Let me died on wood at least.” He died on August 7, 1547.

Prayer:
Saint Cajetan, when we see things that trouble us in our Church, help us to continue to love her. Guide us to the positive steps we need to take to work within the Church for renewal. Help us to be examples of holiness to all. Amen.

 

5 Ways to find Jesus

 

  1. Sacraments.  Esp Adoration
    1. Everyone says this, but how do you do it?
    2. Ask for the gift of Grace to experience this in a meaningful way
    3. Open yourself up to the possibility
    4. To someone who denied the doctrine of transubstantiation (or the Eucharist): Jesus Christ said over the consecrated elements, “This is My Body.” You say, “No. It is not His Body!” Whom am I to believe? I prefer to believe Jesus Christ.
      Blessed Dominic Barberi
    5. Make a Holy Hour intentional, weekly.
    6. Look for the little clues
    7. C S Lewis: ““Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
  2. By showing mercy
    1. Faustina: ““He who knows how to forgive prepares for himself many graces from God.  As often as I look upon the cross, so often will I forgive with all my heart.”
    2. What is mercy?  Not excusing
    3. Parable of Talents, Matthew 25.  “For those who have, more will be given them.”
    4. Mercy to Wife
    5. To children
    6. To inlaws
    7. To co-workers
    8. To our society
    9. To self
  3. Through Humility
    1. Faustina: “A soul does not benefit as it should from the sacrament of confession if it is not humble. Pride keeps it in darkness. The soul neither knows how, nor is it willing, to probe with precision the depths of its own misery. It puts on a mask and avoids everything that might bring it recovery.”
    2. How is humility different from mercy? Inward vs outward
    3. Recognize we are all very broken
    4. When we open our eyes to our own brokenness and sinfulness, we are able to be more open to that of our neighbor
    5. As we see more clearly, we also see more clearly the work of Our Lord in all our lives.
    6. Example: wife.  When I’m not humble, I do not see how she has grown, I see only failings.
  4. Make Him a part of your daily life
    1. Little prayers
    2. Intentional thoughts
    3. Visualizing Him there
    4. This isn’t about a guilt trip, this is about finding true peace.  You know that 3rd or 5th beer isn’t really going to help you feel better.  Look for the author of true peace
    5. Accept that sometimes we need discipline.
    6. Proverbs 3: 11-12, quoted by Paul in Hebrews 12: 5-6 “My child, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
         or lose heart when you are punished by him;
      6 for the Lord disciplines those whom he loves,
         and chastises every child whom he accepts.”
    7. “What good thing are you trying to teach me Lord that I am not open to learning.”  Then shuddup!
  5. Allow in the beauty of the world
    1. George Washington Carver: “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”
    2. This one speaks to me a lot, but only if I let it.  It’s easy to be distracted anywhere, even in the beauty of nature.  I have to pause and remind myself that God created this beauty because He loves us.
    3. Pause sometime to consider the marvelous intricacy of nature.  Every level I go deeper into understanding science, the more astonished I am at the creative power of God.  Quantum mechanics: who thinks THIS stuff up?
    4. Quiet time in nature is even better.  Holding a rifle? Best of all!
    5. You have to find something before you can share it.  I’m a big fan of getting kids outside into nature, but you cannot teach them a true love of it unless that love is already in you!
    6. Slow. Down.  Nature rushed is worthless.

 

  1. Sacraments.  Esp Adoration
  2. By showing mercy
  3. Humility
  4. Make Him a part of your daily life
  5. Allow in the beauty of the world

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