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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S02E24 Big Doings


God calls us all to two things: someone to be, and something to do. “The bigger the doing, the longer spent with being.”


St. Teresa of Avila

Self knowledge is so important that, even if you were raised right up to the heavens, I should like you never to relax your cultivation of it; so long as we are on this earth, nothing matters more to us than humility. (St. Teresa of Avila, Interior Castle)


We shall never succeed in knowing ourselves unless we seek to know God: let us think of his greatness and then come back to our own baseness; by looking at his purity we shall see our foulness; by meditating upon his humility, we shall see how far we are from being humble. (St. Teresa of Avila, Interior Castle)


Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

— St. Teresa of Avila




1 Kings 19:19-21

So he set out from there, and found Elisha son of Shaphat, who was plowing. There were twelve yoke of oxen ahead of him, and he was with the twelfth. Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle over him. 20 He left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Let me kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow you.” Then Elijah[a] said to him, “Go back again; for what have I done to you?” 21 He returned from following him, took the yoke of oxen, and slaughtered them; using the equipment from the oxen, he boiled their flesh, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he set out and followed Elijah, and became his servant.


2 Kings 2:9-12

When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” 10 He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” 11 As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. 12 Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.


  1. Instant gratification is empty
    1. Have a baby and then immediately kick them out of the house.
    2. Interest on an investment
    3. Go party with a random person vs friend of 20 years
    4. Story “I’m new your new best friend”
    5. Moving in with a dating friend before marriage.
  2. God always has the long view
    1. My description of how God sees time.
    2. Deep need for trust
    3. 12 disciples were a long view
    4. Joke: angels when jesus returns
    5. Each martyr is a micro story of a long view.
    6. Humanity was a choice of the long view
  3. Learn to be
    1. Be a man, Be a Husband, Be a Father, Be a worker
    2. Read, Listen, discover the Old Wise Man
    3. You’re never too old to stop learning
    4. It may take a long time
    5. Story of wife wanting to be a speaker
    6. We find peace when we’re in accord with God’s plan
  4. Pray for the right call of doing
    1. Don’t rush it – it WILL take time
    2. Don’t stay at home until you’re 35 though. Be Active.
    3. Sacraments and Adoration
    4. Although there are times to change paths, try to sit with the path where you found peace.
    5. When you are in the doing, work hard but keep balance.
  5. Check in regularly
    1. Find someone with a different viewpoint/temperament from you
    2. We marry opposites
    3. We make friends that are similar – beware!
    4. Learn to respect different personalities. Everyone brings something different to the table.
    5. They all corrupt different as well.
    6. Learn the temperaments so that you can hear what they are really saying.


  1. Instant gratification is empty
  2. God always has the long view
  3. Learn to be
  4. Pray for the right call of doing
  5. Check in regularly


“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”

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