Catholic Commute S01E36 5 Steps to becoming more Humble

Humility is hard to find and even harder to grow

Pride is a dangerous component of every sin, and of every person.  We all suffer from pride.  The less prideful you think you are, the more you actually are likely to be.  To overcome this pride requires more than simply embracing religion or speaking poorly of oneself.  It requires a change of heart.

In this episode, I discuss 5 steps to becoming more humble.  I draw heavily upon C S Lewis, both in his writings and in his book The Screwtape Letters.  Humility is hard, and I hope that you will find these suggestions to be helpful for you to overcome your own challenges with pride!

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Catholic Commute S01E35 6 Dangers of Pride

Pride is the root of all sin

I think most of us can quickly point out pride in others (especially politicians).  How easily though can we look at ourselves?  Pride is an elusive and tricky subject, it easily escapes our detection.

In this episode I discuss 6 dangers of pride.  I talk about how it can sneak into our life and disguise itself, causing great havoc.  Next episode I’ll talk about how to find true humility.

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Catholic Commute S01E34 5 Steps To Help us Evangelize Better

Practical ways you can share the love of Jesus with others

While there are many reasons we may not be evangelizing, I think all of us realize we should do more.  Christ has given us a gift beyond comprehension by His death on the cross.  The only reasonable response is to share this story.  We do not have any trouble sharing our story with a new restaurant or a new movie – why do we have so much trouble sharing our encounter with Christ?

In this episode, I hope to give you some help with this.  I offer you 5 practical tips to help you share your story with others.  It is not easy – the devil himself is dedicated to preventing this.  We have to be intention, we have to remember the importance that sharing our story has.  I know that you have the power to make a difference in the lives of others.

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Catholic Commute S01E33 6 reasons that we may not be evangelizing

What you can do to answer the call of our Lord

We alll fall short of what we have been called to.   For those of us who are Christian, who know that we have a special charter to show Jesus to the world.  Yet, we tend not to do that. Why?

In this episode, I explore 6 reasons why all of us are not evangelizing – are not showing what Jesus has done in our lives.  I hope that, as you consider these reasons, you will find motivation to change; reasons to really share who and what Jesus is.  Evangelization seems hard, but can be so easy.

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Catholic Commute S01E29 6 Steps to determine the right thing to do

How to navigate life's difficult choices

Choosing the right thing to do has never been more difficult.  In today’s modern world, we are bombarded by all sorts of bad messages that seek to lead us astray.  To survive this attack, we must be deliberate.

In this episode I discuss 6 steps to help determine what the right thing to do is.  It requires humility and honesty.  It requires assessing what it is that we want out of a situation.  While it is not easy, it always pays off in the long run.

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Catholic Commute S01E28 6 Steps to find meaning in what you do

Meaning comes from loving and serving - God first, then others

Today many of us feel like we are stuck as a cog in a machine.  It’s not easy to see why what we do actually matters. Without meaning, our lives start to feel like they don’t really matter.  This is not how God intended us to live.

In this episode, I discuss 6 steps to recapturing meaning in your life.  You can find a purpose, but only through loving and serving God and others.  We need to all be willing to risk: risk our hearts, risk our comfort, even risk our happiness in order to find that love and purpose.

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Catholic Commute S01E26 Think-To-Talk or Talk-To-Think. 5 Tips

Communicate better with the other type

There are two types of people in the world when it comes to communication styles.  Those who need to Talk in order to Think, and those who need to Think in order to Talk.  Whichever you are, you will have some challenges in communicating.  Most of the time, we tend to marry our opposites.

In this episode, I give each type of person 5 tips that will help you communicate more effectively.  Most importantly of all is to realize what type of person you are, and what type of person you are addressing.  As with all character aspects, there is no “right” or “wrong,” there is only room to move towards compromise.

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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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