Catholic Commute S02E22 Anxiety and Frustration

How Wisdom can help us find peace

We live in a crazy world filled with constant noise and concern.  The average American has more stress than they can possibly hold on to.  Our bodies are failing because we worry so much.  What can we do, it’s all around us?

Christianity has been marked from the beginning  by a presence of supernatural peace despite the world.  A wise man learns how to let go of the world, choosing instead to trust and lean on God.  In this episode I give 5 practical steps to letting go of anxiety and frustration.

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Catholic Commute S02E15 Ed Maher Interview 2

Followup: How to forgive those who hurt us most

Ed’s story is a motivation and inspiration.  In this story, we dive into Daddy-wounds and also how to forgive our wives, sometimes when it seems impossible.  The lessons that Ed has learned in community can apply to us all.

Come along again for an awesome discussion.  I found his view on life to be both refreshing and helpful, I’m sure you will too!

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Catholic Commute S02E14 Ed Maher Interview 1

How one man recovered from losing it all!

Ed contacted me and told me he had to tell his story.  After listening to him, I realized he was right!  His story is amazing.  It’s the story of a man who had everything the world said he needed.  He lost it all, and discovered what he really needs.  He spent 4 years in a private community, and finally found himself, and found God.

Ed’s story is one that has forced me to challenge my own view on the world.  I think you’ll find it challenging too.  This is the first of two interviews, and the first chance to get a glimpse into what community life is like.

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Catholic Commute S01E44 6 Reasons we parents must discuss sex with our kids

If we don't present the truth, the world will scream lies

There is little I fear more about the future of parenting than the topic of sexuality when my girls reach teenage years.  Yet, short of the faith itself, I know of little that is more important to discuss.  The sexual choices that people make during teenage and college years have long-last affects into the rest of their lives.  For parents with kids in or about to go into college, I really recommend the book Unprotected by psychiatrist Miriam Grossman who worked in an on-campus health care clinic at UCLA.

Last episode we had a fantastic interview with Jason Everts who discussed the new Ascension Press program YOU (read more at Ascensionpress.com).  I think that this program is amazing, and to help those parents (like myself) who are still terrified to talk about sex, I put together in this episode 6 reasons why it is so important to have this conversation, open the dialogue, and really use a program like YOU.

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Catholic Commute S01E43 Interview with Jason Evert about YOU

A new program by Ascension Press to help parents discuss sexuality with teens

Many people know the name Jason Evert.  Today, in a special treat, he joins us on the Catholic Commute!  He will discuss a brand new DVD study called YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body.  This is an amazing new program published by Ascension Press that is an absolute gem for discussing sexual issues with your teenager.  The program covers nearly every facet from the meaning of the sexes to the value of chastity to the correct views on current sexual topics.  You can watch the trailer for this study in youtube. 

In this interview, Jason gives us some really great advice as well as his perspective on the program.  I ask Jason some tough questions, and he really challenges us all to grow and live our potential as outlined in the Theology of the Body.  To read more about this program, head over to Ascensionpress.com.

If you want to read more about the work done by Jason and his wife Crystalina, you can find it at their website, chastityproject.com.  One final great resource that Jason recommends for parents with much younger kids is tobet.org.

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Catholic Commute S01E31 4 simple steps to become a better father

How you can up your paternal game.

Hopefully in the last episode I motivated you to think about and realize the importance you have in your childrens’ lives.  In this episode, I want to give you 4 practical tips to better your participation and engagement to their development.

Fatherhood is difficult (well, so is all of parenthood.)  We cannot be good fathers (or mothers) without first having a good relationship with Jesus, and through Jesus, to the Father who is ultimately the one we must point back to.  Hopefully with this episode, you will find a few practical ways to up your game, and become the father you were meant to be.

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Catholic Commute S01E30 5 Reasons why fathers are still critical today

Your role as father is critical to your child!

Society in today loves to emphasize the role of mothers.  In honor of father’s day, I’d like to offer you a discussion about why fathers are important.  It’s so easy as a father to think that our role is less important.  Please note that I’m not trying at all to diminish the role of mothers, but instead to emphasize that fathers also do matter a great deal!

As a father you can have very powerful and important impacts on your childrens’ lives in ways you may not even be aware of.  Specifically in topics like faith, your presence and actions are critical!  Hopefully this episode will help to reinforce this importance and motivate you to stay engaged!

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Catholic Commute S01E23 7 Steps to Improving Your Family Prayer Life

Guiding your children to the power and value of prayer

If learning to pray oneself is hard, teaching and leading your kids may seem nearly impossible.  Yet, if you don’t do it (and let’s be honest, it is primarily your job!) then who else will?  This is a super critical element of parenthood – teaching and communicating the faith.  Teaching children can be slow, painful, and frustrating.

In this episode I try to break it down a little bit into 7 practical steps that I have found useful to help my own children learn to pray.  You can start to build these basic habits and practices when they are very young.  It isn’t easy, but it will carry great weight forward.  One surprising side benefit is that it helps to keep me more honest in my prayer life!

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Catholic Commute S01E21 7 Tips to Making Your Camping Trip Amazing

Even if you have prepared well, it can be difficult to relax

It’s all ready! You’re heading out for the first time.  Hopefully you are going with at least one other family (if not a group.)  Now comes the real test, are you ready?

That first camping trip can open up the eyes of everyone in the family.  Once open, will they see the beauty of God’s creation?  Or, will they see the frustration of parents?  There’s a lot of ways to help steer your family to success, but you have to be intentional.

This episode I give you 7 tips for how to make the camping trip successful once you are in the field.  If you are at all like I was at the start, these tips might make the difference between a memory of fondness or frustration.

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Catholic Commute S01E20 7 Steps to Prepare for Camping Success

The first trip sets the tone for all the rest!

Camping with small kids is hard.  Yet, it is also an important adventure not only for them, but for you.  What we introduce our kids to when they are young will stick with them for the rest of their lives.

This week is all about camping.  This first episodes gives you 7 tips for how to prepare for a camping trip.  Preparation will solve most of the problems before they even occur.  There are a lot of ways to mess it up – especially when young children are involved.  I cover a lot of ways I have found to make the process easier.

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