Catholic Commute S01E32 5 Stories to help in a storm

Although storms are painful, stories of others can help

Currently my wife and I are going through our own storm.  In the midst of this storm, there are several stories that I’ve encountered that have been really helpful.  These are stories of how great faith can overcome any storm and result in a goodness that only God knew of.  There are no points or lessons in this episode.

I hope that you will find these stories helpful.  Sometimes stories can point out in our own lives the ways that we could be doing things better.  Sometimes stories can bring us to tears (that happened to me for one of them.)  Whatever your current state of life, I hope one of these stories is helpful to you.

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Catholic Commute Episode 5: 4 Intellectual Reasons to Believe in God

Know your "why" of faith before anyone else asks

Welcome to Episode 5!  In this episode I cover 4 intellectual reasons to believe in Christianity.  You might wonder why I say “intellectual” – that’s simply become the following episode is going to talk about intuitive reasons.  It’s an important difference, and I think we all need to acknowledge that we, as individual people, need different types of persuasion.

I think today’s society has been largely convinced that “faith” and “reason” are two very different and distant things.  For most of the history of Christendom, this has not been so.  Instead, for hundreds of years, reason formed the very basis of faith.  I hope with this episode to start recapturing some of that connection.

By no means is this a complete list of all the intellectual reasons to believe in God.  Indeed there are many more – these are simply my 4 favorite.  I hope, if nothing else, this episode will open your mind and encourage you to find even more intellectual reasons to believe that not only is God real, but that He has a real plan for us, truths conveyed through the faith of Christianity.

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Catholic Commute Episode 4: 3 Specific words

3 words that we all use very poorly - to our own detriment

In the first half of this week we covered the power of words to change our reality and several practical tips to really harness that power.  This episode is going to get a lot more detailed.  In this episode I chose three specific words that I think we as a society are misusing pretty badly.  I’m going to explore each of those words, what they really mean, why I think that meaning is important, and what proper use can do to change your life.

This might sound a little bit silly to some of you – why put so much effort into just a few words?  These words form the basis of how we communicate our thoughts, our feelings, our identity, our very core of being to each other.  If the words are broken, those communication channels are shut down. We are all built and designed to work in relationship.  Broken words lead to broken relationships.

There will be more words we explore over the course of this podcast, but I think these three are critical to moving forward with all the other important topics.  I hope you enjoy this episode, I had a lot of fun making it!

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Catholic Commute Episode 3: The Power of Words

How the words you use will shape your life

This week we open up the topic of our language.  In order to set the basis for episodes going forward, we need to start by looking at our communication.  The words we speak have tremendous power – they can literally shape and transform our lives.  Does this sound like an incredible claim?  In the first part of today’s episode I talk about 3 ways that your words have a bigger impact than you think.  I think we all need to put a lot more thought into what words we use and how we use them.

The second part of the episode today, I talk about 4 steps to harness this incredible power of words.  If words are so powerful – and I hope by this point in the episode I have successfully persuaded you they are – then what is to be done?  Do not fear, we can indeed harness this powerful tool that God has given us.  We can use it to successfully transform our lives and the lives of those around us.

I think the episodes this week will be a critical groundwork for many episodes to come.  I hope you enjoy listening these as much as I did making them!

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Catholic Commute Episode 2 – 6 Steps to Achieving Greatness

You were made for greatness.  Blessed Pope John Paul II repeated this truth all over the world, and people of every age responded to it with enthusiasm.  We all have this deep need to be great.  Today, continuing with the theme of introduction to the podcast, I’d like to offer you my view on six steps that you can take to help achieve that greatness.

This episode gives the 30,000 foot altitude view of greatness.  In future episodes I intend to dive into a lot more specifics.  These six steps can apply to every aspect of life, all the categories.

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It’s finally here – the Catholic Commute podcast is launching

A new blog for men for their commute

I am so excited – this has been a work in progress for many months now.

Six months ago we moved from Portland, OR to Boise ID.  At the time, my blogging slowed down (ok, really actually stopped).  But also, at the same time,  I started getting some feedback that guys didn’t want a written blog, they wanted an audio form.  So, that got me started thinking about making a blog.  About the time this conversation got serious,  I was listening to Greg Willitz’s Lifechangers program and he recommends people start a podcast. Well, the forces aligned, and here it is!

My goal is to launch two episodes a week, each about 20-30 minutes total.  Each week will have a mini theme, and the two (or sometimes maybe three) episodes will explore different aspects of that theme.  This first week, my goal is to introduce myself and the podcast.

You can download the show through itunes!   I am registered and approved.  All is ready, and you can now search for “The Catholic Commute.”  Thanks for the patience!

Thus, with great anticipation, I give you the Catholic Commute, episode 1: 5 Reasons why you should change what you listen to during your commute.  I also cover some great practical tips on how to get other audio content into your cars for those who are new.  I give you several different sources to listen to (afterall, you need a lot more than just my podcast!)  I hope you will find some practical tips, and that you too will be motivated to change your commute.

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Finally: Let me know what you think!  This is the first episode, I’ve already recorded a few more and each one gets better I think.  Still, I want to know what you think I can do better!

Confrontation and You: Steps to Success

This post is a review of Michael Hyatt’s podcast from Season 2, Episode 5: How to confront someone who offends you (or others) without ruining your relationship.  I strongly encourage you to go listen to this podcast, it’s fantastic!  Everyone struggles with confrontation, but I think men have a particularly hard time with confronting without causing damage.  Hopefully this article will give you some new techniques to improve your confrontation skills in any relationship.

Michael presents 6 steps to handling confrontation.  As you read through these, I want you to picture confrontations you’ve had in different important relationships.  Perhaps you recently had a disagreement with your wife or children.  Perhaps you’ve disagreed with a parent or in-law.  Remember what happened, and now ask yourself “what could I have done differently?”  I’ve added some of my own discussion to each step below:

1. Give the other person the benefit of the doubt.  It’s a good thing this one is first, because without this step you won’t get anywhere.  I personally have found that this one step can solve probably half of the arguments I have whether at home or at work.  There are so many times I have responded poorly to a comment from my wife when I assumed the worst.  Many harsh words later, the truth of her real intention was uncovered, but it was too late.  Words are like arrows: once loosed, they can never be recalled.

There’s a second part to this step: you don’t have to confront every minor injustice you encounter.  Michael gives a great story in his podcast that just touched my heart.  A passenger on a commuter train is riding home one evening when a man and several children get on the train.  The children are poorly behaved and bouncing all over the train.  The man seems aloof and distant.  After a certain amount of time, the first passenger decides to confront the man about their behavior.  The man responds “Oh, I’m so sorry, they just lost their mother and we’re all pretty broken up about it.”

Lead from Your heart

Have you ever been part of a team where the person in charge didn’t seem to care about the project? It’s not a secret when a leader isn’t passionate; other members can sense it and start questioning the meaning of the project. Whether it’s at work, community events, or at home with your children or your spouse, true leadership comes from the heart. I don’t mean some kind of feminist foo-foo warmth here; I mean real passion, excitement, and engagement.

All too often we stumble through our days, simply trying to diffuse one crisis after another – living only to avoid pain. If your heart isn’t engaged in your daily activities, you’re not really living – and you’re certainly not fulfilling your mission of leadership. You have to put all of yourself into your life – every little bit of enthusiasm and conviction you can muster. Sound scary? It sure is. When we put our heart first, it can be hurt. If we don’t though, the consequences are even worse.

This article is inspired by a podcast by Michael Hyatt, an expert on leadership. The podcast can be found on his website. I highly recommend you go and listen to it. It will make a difference in how you live your life.  He takes a slightly different perspective, and he’s a fantastic speaker!