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Mar 31, 2019

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!

You can read the shownotes here.

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Mar 18, 2019

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/

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Feb 18, 2019

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.

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Feb 4, 2019

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.

You can read the shownotes here.

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Dec 4, 2018

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!

You can read the shownotes here:

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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Nov 19, 2018

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.

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Nov 6, 2018

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.

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Oct 30, 2018

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. 

You can read the show notes here.

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Sep 26, 2018

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!

You can read the shownotes here.

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Sep 17, 2018

I've been trying to look for more interesting interview topics, and this week I think I've got something quite a bit different from the usual. I interview Michael, host of The Bible Says What?! This podcast is a very confrontational podcast that is an attempt to use the Bible to show the "absurdity" of Christianity.

The primary topic that Michael wanted to talk about was the Scandal. More specifically, however, he wanted to understand how free will played into what happened, and how God could be a Good God in light of what happened. Although my answers aren't perfect, I do think I challenge him in some potent ways.

I invite you to listen, comment, and send feedback. I'm sure I said many things wrong on this one, and I did not know any details about what questions were coming. Let me know what you think!

You can find the Bible Says What?! podcast here.

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Aug 31, 2018

This is the worst time of American Catholicism to date. It's now harder than ever to be Catholic and stand tall amidst the recent barrage of scandals. With such terrible, public, and shameful sin from the very top leadership of the Church, what are we to do?

In this episode I try to give 5 practical and helpful things that each and every Catholic should do right now. We can do the most good when we start by looking at ourselves - and there is plenty to do for each of us. Don't be overwhelmed by the anger and hatred out there. Stick to the Truth, and Truth will guide us.

You can read the shownotes here.

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Aug 23, 2018

This episode was initially aired on Between The Lines show. I wanted to share our discussion with Catholic Commute listeners as well!

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Aug 22, 2018

This is a mini-episode based upon a thought given by Fr. Lauer in his podcast. I take it an expand upon it.

It's well documented that when a group of people (A) oppress, attack, or mistreat another group of people (B), that A starts to hate B. I discuss this with some examples.

What's scary is that right now our country (A) is killing off unborn babies (B) by mass. What are the psychological group effects of this? What can we do about it?

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Aug 14, 2018

I think that very few of us modern people will end up in hell at the end of a train of massive crimes. Instead, I think most will arrive with a long train of minor compromises of comfort. To quote, "It is a weapon of a more civilized age." While we stand back and laud ourselves for not being as base as the generations of old, we quietly dig ourselves in deeper than ever.

In this episode I highlight 5 categories of actions that don't necessarily seem bad - in fact often seem good - that can bring great delight to the devil in his efforts to doom us to hell. I encourage you, while listening, to see what ways you are guilty of, what things apply to you! Hopefully you'll find some way to wipe that smirk off of his face.

You can read the shownotes on my webpage, here.

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Jul 9, 2018

I'm currently reading Jordan Peterson's book "12 Rules for Life," and today's episode is some discussion about Rule 1, "Stand up straight with your shoulders back." I think this is a fantastic rule, and there are a lot of ways we should take it to heart.

In this episode, I discuss 5 particular aspects that I believe us Catholic Men need to start standing up straight for. We have a lot of things right, but our actions don't make it look that way. Our highest calling is to follow Christ and show is light to the world, but we cannot do that effectively when we wimp out about our message. Christ most certainly stood tall when he announced his message.

You can read the show notes here!

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Jun 14, 2018

Dr. Jordan Peterson is sweeping the modern social media channels with popularity for good reason. He brings a fantastic viewpoint to the modern discussion that is both challenging and uplifting. I think many of us will learn a lot by listening to him. In a recently aired debate, Dr. Peterson took an opposing role on the topic of Political Correctness.

In this episode I brief introduce the debate, but then really zoom into my proposal. One of the biggest challenges in modern political conversations is the confusion of Moderate and Radical ideas. Michelle Goldberg presents the idea that "violence" separates these two, but that rubric is insufficient.

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Jun 4, 2018

Many of us have this ideal vision of a perfect fishing trip with a child, but if we try to go, we get an emotional train wreck. Fishing is supposed to be peaceful - but not with children. What do we do?

In this episode I try to break open my tips and tricks for how to have a successful fishing episode with your children. I don't discuss a single lure or bait - instead I want you to create an intentional environment. You can have success from the shore or in a boat; it's the people, expectations, and attitudes that matter.

If you want to read the show notes, click here.

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May 29, 2018

Spanking is a highly debated discipline strategy these days. Many people in particular are quite opposed to spanking, and there is some data to suggest they may be right. The biggest problem is that it's almost impossible to have an open honest discussion because the issue is so heated. To top it all off, Pope Francis recently waded into the discussion and has provoked even more heated responses.

In this episode I break out four different aspects of spanking:

  1. What is spanking, and how does it compare to other types of discipline?
  2. What can a spouse do to reduce the amount of (or avoid entirely) spanking?
  3. What are some reasons why some people think spanking is OK?
  4. What are some things that you should NOT do when spanking?

My hope with this episode is to really create some open honest gentle-worded discussion about this topic. A lot of parents are struggling with this, and we all need the help!

If you'd like to be part of the discussion, please send me an email at michael@thestakesarehigh.com

Read the shownotes here!

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May 23, 2018

Words matter, because our words a crystalization of our thoughts. The words and ideas we choose to embrace define who we become. Are we to be people who value life and things that are active, lively, and life-focused? Or instead are we to be people who drift in the current of things that are dead and dying. Our culture is dying in many ways. Do you want to float along with it?

In this episode I discuss 5 practical ways that every Christian, every Catholic can really choose to embrace being a people of Life. Life involves risk, involves pain. It's not easy, but the alternative is worse! Choose life, become active and fight for what is living. It's the only good way to live.

Either get busy living, or get busy dying!

You can read the show notes here

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May 11, 2018

Life before death is a set of words that can have a lot of meaning. In addition to a way to live, it also can indicate what we should do in the current political climate. The basic truths of words often times point to themselves, they are "self evident." This phrase hopefully is such.

In this episode I really focus on how to approach those people who don't share Pro Life values. My goal is not to try to persuade you to be Pro Life. Most listeners are already, and for those who aren't let me know - I'll direct you to some great resources. Instead, I hope that I can give you some help to spread this message.

If you want to read the shownotes, you can find them at this link!

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Apr 26, 2018

This episode is inspired by a podcast by Michael Hyatt. I think there are things that all of us do that can profoundly affect those around us - specifically that we don't realize ourselves. These actions, even when well intentioned, can be painful. The only solution is to pause, look at ourselves seriously, and start to notice.

In this episode I explore 13 of these behaviors that can be so obnoxious to others. While it is unlikely that you do all 13, it's virtually a guarantee that you do at least a few of them! I invite you challenge yourself and try to change - support those whom you love in the way they need the most!

You can read the show notes here!

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Apr 12, 2018

Discipline of children is hardly a safe topic these days. The debates about what is, and is not, OK are both widespread and passionate. Yet despite the tension about hot topics like spanking, there are still a set of rules that can be extremely helpful to all parents with all discipline strategies.

In this episode I discuss 5 specific rules of discipline that will help you improve how you correct your children. My goal is not to lecture or pontificate - indeed, most of these I still fail at. Instead, my goal is to help all of us refine what we do when our children misbehave. The biggest and most obvious result will be a change in ourselves.

If you want to read the show notes, you can go to my webpage here.

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Apr 10, 2018

We live in a world that is more broken than ever, yet also more afraid to acknowledge it. When we have physical brokenness, we run to a doctor without shame. When we have emotional, intellectual, or spiritual brokenness, however, we feel ashamed. We hide it, and often are afraid to get the help we so desperately need.

In this episode I try to really explore brokenness on two levels: First, why is it important that we face brokenness - both in ourselves and others? Second, How do we live with it? What do we do? I think these questions are going to become incredibly important as our culture continues to emphasize sex, divorce, and many more toxic behaviors.

You can access the show notes on the webpage!

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Mar 29, 2018

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 the (mini) show notes at my website.

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

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Mar 27, 2018

This episode might seem a little bit nerdy at first, but I guarantee you that if you really try to learn this system, it will change your life and your relationships. The ability to connect to other people, to make them feel like you "get" them is fundamental to building relationship. Whatever the nature of your interactions (work, personal, marriage, whatever) you will be more effective and happier if you can "connect" to the other person.

In this episode I really dive into the DISC personality system. It seems a little heavy at first, but stick with me. DISC is a unique "fingerprint" of your temperament that will define how you see and interact with the world. It will also enable you to finally "get" those people who just seem to be different from you - and actually are different.

This episode is designed to continue the discussion from last episode about layers.

First, the Free DISC assessment test that I like:

https://institutesuccess.com/assessment/disc/

Next, my favorite current DISC book that is available:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0964108038//ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=beauinbeli09-20&linkId=3af28fdb69c008f6c31603312f9caf23

Lastly, you can read all my show notes at:

http://thestakesarehigh.com/2018/03/27/catholic-commute-s02e30-disc-deep-dive/

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