Catholic Commute S02E31 Expectations

It seems better to get what we want than to get something good.

Matthew Kelly, in the Best Lent Ever program, has been really challenging us in how we live our lives.  Recently, he asked about what we expect out of each day.  This question really got me thinking about expectations, and how they affect our lives and our happiness.

In this episode I really want to explore this question. Why do we seem to get more upset about getting a good thing that is less than our expectations than about getting a bad thing? Why are these expectations so powerful, and what can we do about them?

I think managing our expectations, and properly balancing them with Hope, is one important component to finding joy and peace as a Christian, especially as a Catholic.

You can read Viktor Frankl’s book I mention at this link.

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Catholic Commute S02E28 How to find Hope

8 Steps for when you feel all is lost

Hope is not only an incredibly powerful thing, it’s an incredibly Christian virtue. We need to open ourselves up to Hope if we want to find happiness in this life. We cannot just wait for things to “get better!”

In this episode I explore 8 specific ways to try to find Hope in your life. I hope that some of them will connect with you in whatever struggles you now are facing.

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Catholic Commute S02E26 Resist the Devil

If you don't, you are going to lose

Although no one likes to think or talk about it, the truth is that the devil is very real.  He has one intent, and it’s not pretty.  We need to take him and the threat he brings seriously, or we’re going to trip – more than we do already.  My goal is not to be scary, but to provide encouragement.

In this episode I explore some ways both to identify where in your life the devil has a grip, but also to give some practical advice for ways to start getting free. God set us free for freedom’s sake, so fight for it!  It’s worth it!

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Catholic Commute S02E20 The Name of God

The mind-blowingly taken for granted

This is a short episode that is dedicated to pondering about the name of God. It’s something that I think most of us Christians take for granted, yet throughout most of history it was not so.  Furthermore, we’re given permission to use an incredibly personal, intimate name with Him that we just blast right past.

Fr. Mike Schmitz made a great point in his recent homily (you can catch the podcast online) and I’ve been thinking about this ever since.  How should we, as good Christians, think about God’s name?

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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.

If you have any feedback, please feel free to drop a note in the mail! michael@thestakesarehigh.com

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Catholic Commute S02E16 5 Ways to find Jesus

We find true meaning only when we connect

We are all struggling to make sense of how to live the Christian life.  We all live in a very noisy and demanding world.  It’s easy to lose sight of how important it is to regularly find and connect with Jesus.  He is supposed to be our most important relationship, but we often forget him in our daily lives.  If we treated our other important relationships the same we we treat Him, we’d have some pretty big problems with those people too!

In this episode I explore 5 different ways that you can try to better connect with Jesus throughout your day.  The bonus is that we all become better people as we do these 5 things.  We all need more peace and stability in our lives, and our Lord is the only one who can truly provide that.

Last note: If you do want to be in touch with Ed Maher to learn more about community cenacolo, please send me an email at michael@thestakesarehigh.com and I can connect you together!

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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 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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