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Aug 1, 2016

This week we have a special guest - Bill Donaghy has joined us to talk about how we can understand all of our relationships in the light of the Theology of the Body (TOB).  The TOB was originally a series of homilies by Pope John Paul II that spells out how the fundamental truths of our identity can be found in scripture and apply to our daily lives.  Bill helps us apply these in very concrete ways to life as a modern man.

Bill is a speaker at the 2016 International Theology of the Body Congress coming to the Ontario Convention Center this September in Southern California.  You can read more about the congress at  It should be a great opportunity to study, learn, and grow.  You can learn more about TOB at

Jul 25, 2016

Change is hard, especially sometimes for us men.  Still, God calls us to live our lives and that means change. Making the wrong change can often be worse than making no change - so how do we know what to do?

Recently I've gone through a major change in my life as I've changed professions, and moved into a much more risky scenario.  Along the way I had to try to figure out what was the right thing to do, am I doing what I want or what God wants?

In this episode I give you the tips that were helpful for me to make this choice.  Hopefully they will help you to make the best choices you can when you hit your moments of change.

Jul 20, 2016

Pride is a dangerous component of every sin, and of every person.  We all suffer from pride.  The less prideful you think you are, the more you actually are likely to be.  To overcome this pride requires more than simply embracing religion or speaking poorly of oneself.  It requires a change of heart.

In this episode, I discuss 5 steps to becoming more humble.  I draw heavily upon C S Lewis, both in his writings and in his book The Screwtape Letters.  Humility is hard, and I hope that you will find these suggestions to be helpful for you to overcome your own challenges with pride!

Jul 18, 2016

I think most of us can quickly point out pride in others (especially politicians).  How easily though can we look at ourselves?  Pride is an elusive and tricky subject, it easily escapes our detection.

In this episode I discuss 6 dangers of pride.  I talk about how it can sneak into our life and disguise itself, causing great havoc.  Next episode I'll talk about how to find true humility.

Jul 13, 2016

While there are many reasons we may not be evangelizing, I think all of us realize we should do more.  Christ has given us a gift beyond comprehension by His death on the cross.  The only reasonable response is to share this story.  We do not have any trouble sharing our story with a new restaurant or a new movie - why do we have so much trouble sharing our encounter with Christ?

In this episode, I hope to give you some help with this.  I offer you 5 practical tips to help you share your story with others.  It is not easy - the devil himself is dedicated to preventing this.  We have to be intention, we have to remember the importance that sharing our story has.  I know that you have the power to make a difference in the lives of others.

Jul 11, 2016

We alll fall short of what we have been called to.   For those of us who are Christian, who know that we have a special charter to show Jesus to the world.  Yet, we tend not to do that. Why?

In this episode, I explore 6 reasons why all of us are not evangelizing - are not showing what Jesus has done in our lives.  I hope that, as you consider these reasons, you will find motivation to change; reasons to really share who and what Jesus is.  Evangelization seems hard, but can be so easy!

Jun 30, 2016

Currently my wife and I are going through our own storm.  In the midst of this storm, there are several stories that I've encountered that have been really helpful.  These are stories of how great faith can overcome any storm and result in a goodness that only God knew of.  There are no points or lessons in this episode.

I hope that you will find these stories helpful.  Sometimes stories can point out in our own lives the ways that we could be doing things better.  Sometimes stories can bring us to tears (that happened to me for one of them.)  Whatever your current state of life, I hope one of these stories is helpful to you.

Jun 22, 2016

Hopefully in the last episode I motivated you to think about and realize the importance you have in your childrens' lives.  In this episode, I want to give you 4 practical tips to better your participation and engagement to their development.

Fatherhood is difficult (well, so is all of parenthood.)  We cannot be good fathers (or mothers) without first having a good relationship with Jesus, and through Jesus, to the Father who is ultimately the one we must point back to.  Hopefully with this episode, you will find a few practical ways to up your game, and become the father you were meant to be.

Jun 20, 2016

Society in today loves to emphasize the role of mothers.  In honor of father's day, I'd like to offer you a discussion about why fathers are important.  It's so easy as a father to think that our role is less important.  Please note that I'm not trying at all to diminish the role of mothers, but instead to emphasize that fathers also do matter a great deal!

As a father you can have very powerful and important impacts on your childrens' lives in ways you may not even be aware of.  Specifically in topics like faith, your presence and actions are critical!  Hopefully this episode will help to reinforce this importance and motivate you to stay engaged!

Jun 15, 2016

Choosing the right thing to do has never been more difficult.  In today's modern world, we are bombarded by all sorts of bad messages that seek to lead us astray.  To survive this attack, we must be deliberate.

In this episode I discuss 6 steps to help determine what the right thing to do is.  It requires humility and honesty.  It requires assessing what it is that we want out of a situation.  While it is not easy, it always pays off in the long run.

Jun 13, 2016

Today many of us feel like we are stuck as a cog in a machine.  It's not easy to see why what we do actually matters. Without meaning, our lives start to feel like they don't really matter.  This is not how God intended us to live.

In this episode, I discuss 6 steps to recapturing meaning in your life.  You can find a purpose, but only through loving and serving God and others.  We need to all be willing to risk: risk our hearts, risk our comfort, even risk our happiness in order to find that love and purpose.

Jun 8, 2016

This content is condensed from a series of podcasts released by "Catholic Stuff You should Know."  It was a really great set of podcasts that I believed deserved a repackaging into a single space.  If you enjoy this podcast, I really suggest you go check out the originals as well!

Most people struggle with a shortcoming in one of the three theological virtues.  It has some interesting effects on your life.  In this episode, I discuss each virtue, the vice that comes from a shortcoming, and practical steps to help you overcome that vice.  As always, the first step is simply to become aware of what challenges you face, and bring them in prayer to the Lord.

Jun 6, 2016

There are two types of people in the world when it comes to communication styles.  Those who need to Talk in order to Think, and those who need to Think in order to Talk.  Whichever you are, you will have some challenges in communicating.  Most of the time, we tend to marry our opposites.

In this episode, I give each type of person 5 tips that will help you communicate more effectively.  Most importantly of all is to realize what type of person you are, and what type of person you are addressing.  As with all character aspects, there is no "right" or "wrong," there is only room to move towards compromise.

Jun 2, 2016

Suffering is inevitable.  The question is not if we will suffer, but instead what we will do with it.  Unfortunately, our society has a particularly low view on the value of suffering.  Jeff's book offers a different view.

Today I talk about the 7 big take-away points I got from reading this book.  By no means is this a replacement for actually reading it.  If you currently are in the midst of suffering, this book is a must-read.  It not only covers the theology and meaning of suffering, but the last chapter has 10 practical tips for what to do when you are in the midst of suffering.

If you did not catch the previous episode, make sure you go and listen!  Jeff was generous enough to allow me to call him and ask him several questions about suffering.  You will enjoy his answers!

May 31, 2016

Today is a special treat!  I was originally going to air this episode on Monday, but in honor of memorial day, decided to delay to Tuesday.  After all, very few people should be making their commute today!  I think, however, it is worth the wait.

Jeff Cavins is the author of the Bible Timeline series, a fantastic journey through the narrative books of the Bible that really connects it all together. His newest book, "When you suffer, Biblical keys for hope and understanding" is fantastic.  He talks about what all Christians can do when the inevitable suffering comes.

Today he was generous enough to give me the time to ask a series of questions.  He unpacks a lot of difficult and challenging topics on suffering.  The topics ranged from theology to practical steps in your own life.

Thank you so much Jeff for this great opportunity!

May 25, 2016

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!

May 23, 2016

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.

May 18, 2016

It's all ready! You're heading out for the first time.  Hopefully you are going with at least one other family (if not a group.)  Now comes the real test, are you ready?

That first camping trip can open up the eyes of everyone in the family.  Once open, will they see the beauty of God's creation?  Or, will they see the frustration of parents?  There's a lot of ways to help steer your family to success, but you have to be intentional.

This episode I give you 7 tips for how to make the camping trip successful once you are in the field.  If you are at all like I was at the start, these tips might make the difference between a memory of fondness or frustration.

May 16, 2016

Camping with small kids is hard.  Yet, it is also an important adventure not only for them, but for you.  What we introduce our kids to when they are young will stick with them for the rest of their lives.

This week is all about camping.  This first episodes gives you 7 tips for how to prepare for a camping trip.  Preparation will solve most of the problems before they even occur.  There are a lot of ways to mess it up - especially when young children are involved.  I cover a lot of ways I have found to make the process easier.

May 9, 2016

For those who may not be familiar with the outside world, there are a lot of ways to mess up.  The reward is worthwhile, and with just a bit of effort and planning, you can be a hero and find not only success, but peace in the amazing world that God has created.  It takes some intention and planning, but the success is worth it!

Today's episode covers tips and tricks for a successful car trip and picnic in the outside world.  It can be intimidating, but with these tips, your wife and your children will think you are a superstar.

It's time to get out there.  The summer is coming fast!  Introduce your children and your family to nature, you will not regret it!

May 4, 2016

Summer is coming!  I am super excited for the warmer weather and outdoors adventures.  In order to help kick off the season, I'm starting a series of podcasts about the great outdoors.  The first episode, is why you should get outside.

God created nature and we can find incredible meaning and value in it.  Today I discuss 6 reasons why you should start planning an outdoors adventure.  Immersing yourself in nature can change not only yourself, but your interactions with your entire family.

I also include a continuum of nature engagement types.  These will form the basis of future podcast episodes as we start to explore just how to connect with God's amazing creation of nature.

Apr 27, 2016

Alcohol is everywhere in our society, and I think men especially can find great comfort in its consumption.  Alcohol is not intrinsically bad, and there are definitely good ways to enjoy its use without causing problems.  Still, it can be abused without care.

In this episode I explore 6 steps to help you use alcohol in a way that you will still be able to enjoy the next morning.  If we don't take care to be intentional in our choices, we can quickly become a victim.  The Bible is full of wisdom about how to use this particular creation of God.

Come along today as I explore the actions and statements of Our Lord, as well as historical tradition offered by the old testament.

Apr 20, 2016

There are perhaps few topics that modern society has attacked as hard as sex.  We are literally saturated with toxic and misleading messages about what we men (and women!) should expect about sex and from sex every day.  Yet, somehow, we are still supposed to find meaning and fulfillment from our sexual experiences in marriage.

In this episode, I tackle the second 3 of 5 really difficult truths about sex for men.  It's not enough to simply "try hard" - we need to be deliberate and intentional.  These are not easy things to hear, but they are harder things yet to live without.

Join me today, and if you struggle with these issues, you may find some help to change.  Today's topic is an adult one, so consider carefully who can hear the podcast.

Apr 18, 2016

There are perhaps few topics that modern society has attacked as hard as sex.  We are literally saturated with toxic and misleading messages about what we men (and women!) should expect about sex and from sex every day.  Yet, somehow, we are still supposed to find meaning and fulfillment from our sexual experiences in marriage.

In this episode, I tackle the first 2 of 5 really difficult truths about sex for men.  It's not enough to simply "try hard" - we need to be deliberate and intentional.  These are not easy things to hear, but they are harder things yet to live without.

Join me today, and if you struggle with these issues, you may find some help to change.  Today's topic is an adult one, so consider carefully who can hear you.

Apr 6, 2016

Last episode hopefully made everyone at least a little bit uncomfortable - a little bit uneasy.  I want to build on that momentum in this episode and challenge all of us to improve.  Building a relationship with Christ is the most important thing we can do in this life, but yet it often times can feel like the least urgent.  We have to intentionally make it a priority!

Do you set aside time regularly to build your relationship with our Lord?  If not, then it's time to start.  Is there any earthly relationship that cannot be built and maintained without dedicated time?  In this episode I regularly compare our relationship with Jesus to our relationship with a spouse.  If two married people only saw each other once a week for one hour, that marriage would be shaky.

Challenge yourself to make a real change in how you live your life.  Take the next step to improving your relationship with Jesus Christ

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