If learning to pray oneself is hard, teaching and leading your kids may seem nearly impossible. Yet, if you don't do it (and let's be honest, it is primarily your job!) then who else will? This is a super critical element of parenthood - teaching and communicating the faith. Teaching children can be slow, painful, and frustrating.
In this episode I try to break it down a little bit into 7 practical steps that I have found useful to help my own children learn to pray. You can start to build these basic habits and practices when they are very young. It isn't easy, but it will carry great weight forward. One surprising side benefit is that it helps to keep me more honest in my prayer life!
Prayer is hard. Being truly open and connected to another person here on earth is hard enough, but opening ourselves up to the Creator of the Universe is even harder. It is, however, super important. When we open ourselves up to the Lord, we connect ourselves to the font of creativity that made the universe. Archbishop Fulton Sheen used to claim that a great many psychological disorders could be solved through confession and prayer. That is how powerful this is.
In this episode, I give you 6 practical steps to take your prayer life to the next level. It is difficult to go directly from "casual catholic" to "Mother Teresa" level. To help make some progress, I've broken out 6 steps. I think you'll find some help.
We're all busy. If you're like me, you probably are not only double-booked during the day, but into the evening as well. My "To-Do" list needs it's own Zip-code. Amidst all this important stuff to do, how are we supposed to find peace?
This episode we'll explore one of the two most critical moments to live in - Right now. If you aren't living in the moment now, then you are missing out one what God meant for you to have. Yes, work and accomplishments are important! Even when doing that work, however, we must still be present in the moment.
It may sound silly - whatever other moment could we live in? Actually, I think there are several other options. Listen in, and I'll explain what I mean. Today, I present 5 reasons why we must all live in the moment - and what the danger is if we don't.
Hopefully you explored where you are in Exile from God during the last episode. In this episode, we're going to get a bit more practical. Here I present 4 practical steps to try to return from Exile.
We start be exploring how the Israelites returned from their exile. This took place slightly before Jesus arrived on earth, so I think there is particular importance for us to help prepare for the arrive of Jesus in our own life. He wants to come back, He stands constantly at the door and knocks!
It's important to remember that God is a loving parent who not only has his arms open wide to receive us, but is willing to forgive any and all debts we've accrued. Let's run to him, and embrace his generosity! Remember the story of the Prodigal Son. Due to our sin, we all fall as he did - daily. Sometimes we fall even further. When we've fallen into exile, it's important to look at how to return.
Have you ever felt like God has abandoned you? Perhaps you've been utterly overwhelmed by all that's going on? Well, you're not alone. Time and time again in the Bible the Jews end up going into Exile. God has withdrawn his support from them, and life has gotten really hard. Of all the exiles that are discussed in the Bible, one that is perhaps least widely known about is the exile after the era of kings.
In this episode, I explore this particular exile and how I think it can relate to us all in modern life. It can be difficult to understand why God would allow such hardship to come, but there is a reason for it. Like all actions of God, there is good that can come from it - great good. We need to embrace that sometimes the best option is to be cut off from God. It helps us get perspective on what is really important.
It's likely that there is at least some part of your life where you don't feel connected to God. I invite you to explore that absence - God intends good to come of it, but we need to cooperate. All exiles do come to an end, resulting in great healing and growth. Be open to your own exile.
There are many reasons to believe in the truth that Christianity sets before us. Scripture tells us that the entire world and all of creation proclaim the greatness of God. It's important to realize it's not just about what we think in our head. We have to know and understand the truths of Christianity on a gut level.
Many people live much more strongly on the gut level. There's nothing wrong with that - god has created a wide variety of temperaments and personalities. We can all benefit from exploring the various ways to view the world. I think that these intuitive reasons will resonate very strongly with many, and will connect even with the most hardened academic. As with last episode, these are not all the intuitive reasons to believe, just 4 that I have chosen.
I hope that after this episode you'll be a bit more equipped to really answer your neighbor when he genuinely asks you to explain why you do believe. So many of us just default to the answer of "well, I guess I was raised that way." We can all do better! The truth is set before us all. Even the most hardened atheist will occasionally encounter something that doesn't fit. We need to have ready answers to these hard questions.
Welcome to Episode 5! In this episode I cover 4 intellectual reasons to believe in Christianity. You might wonder why I say "intellectual" - that's simply become the following episode is going to talk about intuitive reasons. It's an important difference, and I think we all need to acknowledge that we, as individual people, need different types of persuasion.
I think today's society has been largely convinced that "faith" and "reason" are two very different and distant things. For most of the history of Christendom, this has not been so. Instead, for hundreds of years, reason formed the very basis of faith. I hope with this episode to start recapturing some of that connection.