Catholic Commute S02E29 5 Layers of Ogres

Understand yourself to succeed at life

The way we view the world is incredibly complex. Like Ogres, we humans have many layers that determine who we are and how we interact with the world around us. The better we understand these layers, the better we’re able to control our interactions. The better we understand the layers of others, the better we can relate and connect.

In this episode, I explore 5 layers that all of us humans have. They’re each different, but help to define who we are and the gifts God has given us. We need to understand those layers to best predict how we’ll succeed and find happiness.

I mention several links in today’s episode.

First, a free DISC assessment test that I think is pretty good.  Note they will offer to sell you more complicated assessments. Stick with the free:

DISC Assessment


Next, this is the StrengthsFinders test that I recommend:

https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/home/en-US/Index
Lastly, this is the Catholic StrengthsFinder Book:

https://www.amazon.com/Living-Your-Strengths-God-Given-Community/dp/1595620222/

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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 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 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 S02E25 6 Ways to increase family prayer

One step to building your own domestic church

Prayer is hard.  Especially when it involves other people, but I often times struggle just to pray by myself!  I think though, in this particular culture, we have a greater need of prayer – both alone and in groups – than ever before.  As men, as Christians, we have a calling to step up and lead those around is in humble submission to the Lord through prayer.

In this episode I suggest 6 ways to increase your prayer life in your family.  I hope that everyone who listens can find at least a couple practical steps that you can try this week.  Be bold, and step up to lead yourself and your family in prayer. Things will change!

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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 S02E22 Anxiety and Frustration

How Wisdom can help us find peace

We live in a crazy world filled with constant noise and concern.  The average American has more stress than they can possibly hold on to.  Our bodies are failing because we worry so much.  What can we do, it’s all around us?

Christianity has been marked from the beginning  by a presence of supernatural peace despite the world.  A wise man learns how to let go of the world, choosing instead to trust and lean on God.  In this episode I give 5 practical steps to letting go of anxiety and frustration.

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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 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?

Music from bensound.com

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