October 17th, 2019 | Season 3 | 3 mins 46 secs
We need to take a look at our prayer and ask, are we praying the way Jesus is describing? Or are we sending the occasional email to God, as if he is a celebrity or distant deity.
October 10th, 2019 | Season 3 | 4 mins 3 secs
Gratitude to the Lord is all too often missing from our prayer. Really, truly, if we appreciated everything that God has done and is doing for us, we would not be able to stop thanking him. But life is busy. The pace of modern life has sped up so much that it seems like the moment we overcome one challenge, another presents itself. I know in our life the has been true. With our son’s caner, each week seems to present a new obstacle. In one week we are panicked and in the hospital with a fever, and then just days later Ben is fine and wrestling with his little brother. The relief of having made it to the other side can be so great that we can forget all of the prayer and petition that was offered just a week ago. It’s not that we are not grateful, its just that if we are not intentional about that gratitude, life happens.
October 3rd, 2019 | Season 3 | 3 mins 7 secs
You know what? In my own life, when I focus on how much I am doing, or how much I have to do, I am miserable. When I stand around waiting for someone to notice all the hard work I am putting in, rather than taking pride in the work itself, I feel unappreciated. It is a surefire recipe for depression. I’ve walked down that road. It’s not a good one.
It is interesting that in Luke 17: 7-10, Jesus talks a little bit about this. He says,
“When you have done all you have been commanded, say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.
September 25th, 2019 | Season 3 | 3 mins 55 secs
Here on the west coast, homelessness is reaching epidemic proportions. This is not really the forum to figure out how to solve the problem of homelessness. But, I think we do need to consider spiritual callousness. Do I even see the people suffering around me? Listen, I get it. I know that a lot of these folks are suffering from some self inflicted wounds. I know that handing money out to a person with a drug addiction is not helping them. I get it. It’s a tough situation. But you know what? You know the one thing I, as a Christian am not allowed to do? I am not allowed to stop seeing them. I am not allowed to not care.
September 18th, 2019 | Season 3 | 3 mins 23 secs
This guys is already in trouble for not taking good care of the masters finances, and his solution appear to be robbing the master. When the master finds out, you would imagine he is going to be very upset, but no. He is not. He actually praises the servant for acting prudently.
Am I missing something, because that doesn’t make sense. The answer is, yes. Yes, we are missing some information.
September 11th, 2019 | Season 3 | 3 mins 51 secs
If you are a friend f the Lords, and I hope we all are, then you should be ready to celebrate with him when a sinner returns. We are not called to stand as judges and decide who get to come to the Lord. Everyone is precious to God. Every sinners return is a cause for celebration in heaven.
September 4th, 2019 | Season 3 | 3 mins 2 secs
Can Jesus really be telling us to hate our parents? Can he be telling us to hate ourselves? Yes. . .and no. How does this make sense?
August 29th, 2019 | Season 3 | 2 mins 28 secs
The truth is, the greatest saints didn’t consider themselves to be very much. That is why God could make them saints. They were intimately aware of their faults, and constant in repenting and asking God to conquer those faults. They humbled themselves and now are lifted up as examples we can follow. They lived out Jesus teaching, “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
August 22nd, 2019 | Season 2 | 3 mins 1 sec
Sadly, many people have the same approach to Christianity that they have towards fire insurance. In the day-to-day of life they don’t really think about it. It doesn’t affect them. But, just in case there is a fire, it’s nice to know it’s there. Well, sorry, that’s not the way it works. Just saying you are a Christian is not enough to protect you from the fire you really should be most concerned about.
August 20th, 2019 | Season 2 | 5 mins 16 secs
Hi, this is Chris from Everyday Catholic. This is a special episode of the Weekly Word. Don’t worry, our normal reflection on the Sunday Gospel is still coming. But I wanted to share a little about how God has been working in my family's Everyday Catholic life. Many of you know my son Ben was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, Cancer, in May. We believe in a God of miracles.
August 15th, 2019 | Season 2 | 2 mins 50 secs
In this modern age where more and more basic biological and moral truths are being denied, and where tolerance has somehow come to mean just accepting whatever nonsense a person chooses to believe, love can be very hard. Any disagreement, in our modern discourse, is too often characterized as hate. In this light, Jesus teaching in Luke 12:49-53 begins to make sense. Jesus says some hard things,
August 8th, 2019 | Season 2 | 3 mins 4 secs
It is hard to stay at a constant readiness. The military knows this. The fire department knows this. Life Guards even know this. The Church knows this too. What the military and first responders do to stay ready is they drill. They practice readiness so that when an event happens, they don’t have to think about what they need to do.
August 1st, 2019 | Season 2 | 2 mins 57 secs
The reality is, God is God. Not just of our prayer life, but of our whole life. And our money is part of that.
July 25th, 2019 | Season 2 | 2 mins 59 secs
Our prayer isn’t the prayer of slaves before an angry master. We are children talking to our father. We shouldn’t be afraid to come to him, even to pester him with what is one our hearts. The Lord wants to give us good things. It changes everything when we see God this way.
July 18th, 2019 | Season 2 | 3 mins 36 secs
It’s easy to fall into the trap of being a “perfect Christian" who does all the things, and forget that sometimes, most of the time, God just wants us to be with him. Yes there are things to do. There is work to be done in the Kingdom. But if we are so focused on our work for God, then we will miss being with him, and we will miss the work he is actually calling us to do.
July 11th, 2019 | Season 2 | 2 mins 42 secs
Luke 10:25-28 is one of those passages that is just so blatantly clear that it is hard to avoid it. A scholar of the law asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life, and Jesus asks him, well “What is written in the law? How do you read it? The man replies with an excerpt from what is known as the Shema Isreal. It is taken from Deuteronomy, and he then adds a bit from Leviticus.