Catholic Commute S02E27 8 Steps to Embracing Change

Change is awesome, it's transition we don't like

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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Catholic Commute S02E24 Big Doings

The bigger the doing, the longer the being required

It’s been awhile, stick around yet!  I’m hoping to get some more episodes coming out.  Today’s episode I look a little bit at the story of Elijah and Elisha, and what we can learn from that story.  We know the highlights of the doings, but we rarely stop to think about the “being” part of that story.

I propose 5 practical ways to help us modern folk (especially men) better capture the lost art of learning how to BE.  The ancients and the saints agree that it’s an incredibly important part of life’s journey. I hope you find something useful to take into your life.

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Catholic Commute S02E21 What is Wisdom

And why does it matter?

Wisdom is something we all say we want, but most of us don’t really know what it means or why we want it.  It sounds good, but isn’t really compelling.  Maybe, it seems like it might somehow be helpful, but we have more important and timely concerns that steal our time away.

This episode is the start of a series, dedicated to exploring wisdom, and her affect on our lives.  The goal is to explore how wisdom affects every part of our lives: leading us to fulfillment and purpose, and also helping us past the obstacles to getting there.  I hope that this episode will inspire you to continue listening and develop a deeper appreciation of wisdom.

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Catholic Commute S02E19 The Value of Humiliations

Although tough, they're also essential

Nobody enjoys being humiliated, yet that is one of the surest paths to finding humility.  Still, even though in the abstract it sounds like it might be a good thing, it’s a big leap to see true value.  When we are snubbed or screw up where all can see, it’s hard!  Yet, those moments are sometimes the ones where we can gain a great deal of good if we are open.

In this episode I discuss 5 reasons why humiliations are good things.  Given the right perspective, we can really grow from them.  Perhaps you have been humiliated recently.  Even if not, it’s a safe bet to say they are coming!  I hope you find some help and meaning in whatever stage you are currently in from this discussion.

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Catholic Commute S02E18 5 Reasons you need a budget – and How!

Control your money, control your future

We all know that money is important.  It just never seems to be that big of a deal.  Most of us are pretty responsible, right?  We don’t go blowing our money on the really crazy or stupid things.  We probably even have made reasonable choices for most of our purchases.  The problem, however, is that we aren’t really sure exactly what we are spending our money on.  It just sort of happens.

The purpose of a budget is to transform our spending from something that “happens” to something that is “intentional.”  A good budget may look a lot like what you already spend money on.  The difference is that you will actually know what you are spending.  There are some categories we probably spend too much on – a budget will help with that.  But there are many more benefits to a budget than simple knowledge.  It can change your future.  In this episode I discuss more.

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Catholic Commute S02E17 How to let go of our plans

We cannot choose both our plans and God's at the same time

We all have plans; we all have things we want to accomplish.  This isn’t really a bad thing – God wants us to work and do things.  The problem comes up when sometimes our plan is different from God’s plan.  In those moments, it’s often hard to let go of our plans.  They seem so important, we’ve worked so hard!

In this episode, I discuss 4 ways to help let go of our plans.  It’s not easy, but with the right perspective we can let them go without too much pain.  Hopefully these will help you if you are in a spot where God has asked you to change directions.

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Catholic Commute S02E13 5 ways to fight the darkness

What to do when everything seems broken

Recently things haven’t been going as smoothly as I’d like.  There have been difficulties with work and at home.  When everything feels broken, and I cannot seem to get anything to actually work, it’s hard not to just give in to frustration.  Yet, in those moments, there are still things that we can do to fight against the darkness.

We all hit those periods of darkness, periods when life just doesn’t seem to make sense.  It’s basically a guarantee right from the gospel.  This is my first episode in quite some time, I hope you find it helpful.  I discuss a lot of what has been going on in my life recently.

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Catholic Commute S02E12 Interview with Ragan Sutterfield – The Given Life

What modern Americans may be missing in life

This week I offer you a rather different topic.  I do believe that we often confuse what is important in life, and end up drifting around.  We move from place to place, and drift from topic to topic.  Wendell Berry is a well-known author who started many of the modern grass-roots movements, and he has a lot to offer on this phenomenon.  This week, I interview Ragan Sutterfield, who has written a biography on Wendell Berry.

What is the value of staying in one location and growing roots?  What are the dangers of modern technology?  Berry offers his views – via Sutterfield – on these topics.  Join our conversation!

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Catholic Commute S02E06 Do you look like Jesus?

Look for what is good, and you will find it

I just got back from attending the Idaho Catholic Men’s conference.  What an amazing event, and my special thanks to those who helped make it possible!  We were blessed with a lot of great speakers, including Father Mike Schmitz. He was particularly awesome, and suggested a neat way of looking at the world.  Literally, are you looking in the same direction, and at the same thing, as Jesus is.

I want to expand that idea.  I believe that God is particularly good at seeing the Good.  He can see “good” in almost any nasty, icky, or yucky situation we humans create.  Precisely because He sees the good, he is able to react to that good.  Our very existence is continual proof that He can see the good.

I want to challenge all of us to look for the good as well.  When we find the good in our wives, children, jobs, houses, and indeed ourselves, it shapes our reality, and our understanding of what the world is like.  We become more like Jesus.

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Catholic Commute S02E05 5 Ways to be Present

You can't influence someone who you aren't with

Today we have distractions all around us.  Multiple pieces of technology constantly attack our attention.  Phones are beeping, email is calling, and news updates are flashing.  It’s harder than ever to actually be in one place at one time.  Yet, it is critical that we are present with other people to enable real relationships.  I can think of no greater challenge in the technological age than truly being present with people amidst the noise of technology.

In this episode I explore the topic of Presence.  People cannot connect to us or believe that we think they matter if we aren’t actually present with them.  This concept isn’t new – what’s new is that it’s now possible to be physically present but not mentally present in totally new ways.  To establish meaningful relationships, to truly affect the change we desperately want to affect, we must be present with people.  In this episode I present my thoughts about how to do that.

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