Catholic Commute S02E55 Why I dare say I believe in God

A Response to Dr. Peterson

I was recently listening to Dr. Peterson’s podcast, and he has multiple times now challenged as to why anyone would dare claim to believe in God. While I do think he makes some very solid points, there’s a couple subtleties that his response is lacking. I haven’t yet heard anyone give a great response, so I decided it was time to surface the podcast boat and send out an episode.

I do think that Peterson actually raises a very accurate and compelling points that all of us who claim to believe in God, and who claim to be Catholic, should take seriously. We are all, in a way, challenged to step up our game. To put our money where our mouth is – so to speak. I mean this both literally and figuratively.

I believe there is a path to understand both the value and truth of an ideal (or set of ideals), while differentiating our various levels of efforts and striving towards them. That’s what this episode is about.

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Catholic Commute S02E54 How to love your most annoying neighbor

5 Steps to seeing the person through the sin

We’ve all heard “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” Turns out that this is actually really hard. We connect the sinner and the sin, not only slightly, but pretty strongly together. The last time I got punched, it took a long time for me to separate out the sin from the sinner.

In this episode I discuss 5 steps to helping us to really love those neighbors who are super annoying. Sometimes those neighbors live next door, while sometimes we’re married to them. Whoever it is that annoys you, you have a Christian duty to love them – directly from our Lord Himself!

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S02E53 Interview with Jennifer Baugh from YCP

An awesome new Catholic Organization you need to know about!

I’m really excited, I think this is an organization that everyone needs to know about. Young Catholic Professionals (YCP) is a Catholic apostolate that builds the faith in the younger generations. When I consider the statistics concerning the faithful of that generation, this organization has a crucial mission!

Jennifer is the head of the organization, and a delightful person as well! I really enjoyed my discussion with her, and learned a lot. We talk about the challenges this generation is facing, as well as what YCP is doing to help. There are several ways to get involved!

You can read more at their website, https://www.youngcatholicprofessionals.org/

Catholic Commute S02E52 Are You Cain or Abel

Mini episode this time, just want to throw out a thought I had today. We all like to think that, especially as Christians, we can stand on our laurels.

Truth is we really can’t, we all must cling to the blood and sacrifice of Christ for our worth and merit. When so doing, we find the deeper ability to actually be our brother’s keeper.

Catholic Commute S02E51 How to Deal with Tragedy

I’ve encountered several actual tragedies recently, and have been asked the question “What am I supposed to do? How do I keep my faith?” These are really hard questions to answer

I’ve been thinking a lot, and I propose 7 thing to consider when facing a tragedy. None of these make it “OK” or can take away the truly terrible feeling of facing down a huge amount of suffering. Suffering sucks, no matter how holy one is.

The opportunity with suffering, however, is different. It gives us an option to try to really become something new. It gives us an opportunity to participate with Christ.

In this episode, I try to come up with some really practical things to think about in the face of a tragedy. Whatever level of suffering you may be facing, you will hopefully find some help here.

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Catholic Commute S02E50 5 ways to use a Meadow Report

Transform a frustration into connection

Men and women are different. Although many in society try to pretend like that’s not true, more and more secular psychologists are realizing it. Understanding that there ARE differences is not the same as being able to reach ACROSS those differences. As we all work to improve our marriages, we learn more and more tools to help reach. Today I share one new tool with you.

In this episode, I introduce the concept of a “Meadow Report.” It’s an analogy that helps both genders better understand how to connect. Rather than describe it, I encourage you to listen!

If you want to listen to the original Tony Robbins video that gave my wife and I this idea, you can find it below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLSqzMqI8tA

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Catholic Commute S02E49 Interview with Ryan DellaCrosse

Father of six, CEO of Catholic Marketing Company, and brand new Podcast star!

Ryan DellaCrosse is a really cool dude. He is a great example to us all about how to push through, work hard, and keep the faith. He has six children, is the CEO of his own business (a Catholic-focused marketing company), and has teamed up with an awesome group to launch a brand new podcast. You’re going to love him!

In this episode I get Ryan for 30 minutes and we explore what he’s done, while also trying to extract some practical advice along the way. Ryan, like all of us, has had some hard moments – and he’s willing to share. Furthermore, you’ll learn about some really neat new happenings in the Catholic world.

Ryan is part of the team that has launched the podcast The Catholic Talk Show. You can check it out here or in your podcast player of choice!

Ryan’s Company is Fuzati. You can read about it on their webpage.

Catholic Commute S02E48 Interview with Mac Barron

Discussion of his new book Clueless in Galilee: A Fresh Take on the Gospels

I’m excited. This is probably one of the interviews I’ve been looking forward to the most for a long time. In fact, my first thought after hearing that Mac had written a new book was “I hope I get to interview him!” You all are in for a treat!

Mac Barron has written a book that takes quite a novel look at the Gospels. Rather than focusing on the deep theology they contain, Mac really tries to highlight the humanity of the players. Let’s face it, the Apostles do some bone-headed things that are actually pretty funny. Mac does a superb job of gently poking fun at just how silly the situations are while still maintaining a proper reverence for the Gospels.

If you’d like to check it out, you can find his book in paperback and kindle format over at Amazon. It’s worth the read – even if you read it while on the can.

Catholic Commute S02E47 Hunting for Meaning

5 Steps to Stay on Track

I’ve just returned from a series of hunting trip and have had some amazing adventures. Along the way, I’ve learned a couple lessons, and would love to share them. It’s easy to get distracted with unimportant things of life, but staying on track requires intentionality.

In this episode I get you 5 steps to stay on track while you hunt for meaning. Meaning is far more important to find than happiness and will last far longer also.

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Catholic Commute S02E46 Reaching Out to God

Touching God in the dark can feel more important than logic and argument

Caryll Houselander writes about how easy it is for us Catholics, via the sledgehammer of zeal and truth, to beat down the inner secret hope of the people whom we are trying to connect to. God has reached out to everyone somehow. For many people, this touch can be so subtle they don’t realize it as such. Yet, they can still be super important and powerful.

In this episode I talk about how we can better connect with God, not through logic and reason, but instead through the innermost fiber of ourselves. God has been trying to reach us our entire lives. He knows better than we do how to best do that. It’s time to listen!

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