Catholic Commute S02E35 Life Before Death Part 1

How to approach someone who is not Pro Life

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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S02E35 Life Before Death Part 1


St. Genesius

What we know about St. Genesius comes from an ancient Christian tradition which was affirmed in a seventh century document called the Acts of the Martyrs which tells his story.


During the brutal persecution of Christians under the evil emperor Diocletian in the third and fourth centuries, a pagan man named Genesius wrote a play mocking Christianity.


The emperor Diocletian traveled to Rome in the year 303 to celebrate twenty years as an emperor. Genesius knew of the emperors hatred of Christianity and thought he could advance himself by writing and performing in a play which mocked the Christian faith which Diocletian was hell bent on destroying.


Christian tradition tells us that Genesius decided that the best way to learn this Christian way in order to write such a satirical play and act in it, was to deceive members of the Christian community into believing that he wanted to enter the catechumenate and prepare for Baptism.


He was successful. They accepted him into the catechumenate.


It was during the months of instruction in preparation for Baptism that Genesius decided to make the Christian claims that Baptism washed away sin and brought the baptized into a new life in Jesus Christ the subject of his play.


He planned to mock the claim on stage, in front of Diocletian!


When the time came for the performance of the play, before the emperor, Genesius appeared on stage, playing a bedridden sick man who cried out to be Baptized. An actor playing a Christian priest came to baptize the sick man. The entire play was supposed to mock the Savior Jesus Christ and the Christian way of life.


But, the Lord had other plans.


As the actor playing the Christian priest poured water over the head of Genesius, the grace of God fell upon him. He encountered the Risen Jesus Christ and saw the truth of the Christian faith. According to the Acts, Genesius began to give testimony to Jesus Christ in front of all who were watching and affirmed the Christian faith. He boldly called on Diocletian to give his life to Jesus Christ in these words:


I came here today to please an earthly Emperor but what I have done is to please a heavenly King. I came here to give you laughter, but what I have done is to give joy to God and his angels. From this moment on, believe me, I will never mock these great mysteries again. I now know that the Lord Jesus Christ is the true God, the Light, the Truth and the Mercy of all who have received his gift of baptism. O great Emperor, believe in these mysteries! I will teach you, and you will know the Lord Jesus Christ is the true God.”


Diocletian became enraged. He had this holy, newly baptized Christian, tortured and beheaded when he refused to renounce his faith in Jesus Christ the Lord. Genesius is the Patron Saint of Actors. St. Genesius, pray for us!




Background of Brandon Sanderson’s book

Life Before Death

Strength Before Weakness

Journey Before Destination


Today is LBD – but there are two parts to this. The first is Pro-Life


Jordan Peterson – Right vs. Left framework.


  1. Remember that we are all broken
    1. Our first impressions color how we treat people
    2. Fox chewing off leg
    3. My own story
    4. See how Jesus sees
  2. Care for the person first
    1. Ancient Christians rescued babies that were thrown out
    2. Money speaks louder
    3. Do WE actually care about those babies?
  3. Share emotions not sound bites
    1. Share a story. Ideally YOUR story.
    2. Why is this issue emotionally important to you?
    3. Our world is drowning in data and sound bites, yet desperate for a real emotion like a drink of water in the desert.
  4. Paint a picture for greatness
    1. JP2 – challenge for greatness
    2. Young people crave this.
    3. JP2: “Only in Christ do we find real love, and the fullness of life. And so I invite you today to look to Christ.  When you wonder about the mystery of yourself, look to Christ who gives you the meaning of life. When you wonder what it means to be a mature person, look to Christ who is the fullness of humanity. And when you wonder about your role in the future of the world and of the United States, look to Christ. Only in Christ will you fulfill your potential as an American citizen and as a citizen of the world community.”
    4. Jason Evert – young men in particular, but all young, respond well to the call of “abstinence is love” much better than “be afraid of STD/pregnancy.”
  5. Humility instead of Anger
    1. The world is angry. The left is angry. Anger is their environment.
    2. You want to stand out, sales phone call analogy
    3. We cannot speak the language of love while attacking them.


  1. Remember that we are all broken
  2. Care for the person first
  3. Share emotions not sound bites
  4. Paint a picture for greatness
  5. Humility instead of Anger

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