Category Archives: Catholic Manliness
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I had an interesting conversation with a podcast listener about a week ago. They had listened to some of the podcasts and were accusing me of being “holier than thou” when in fact I was a hypocrite. Their conclusion was that I was in no position to tell anyone anything related to faith and morals because of my own imperfections.
Were they right?
Saints did not get that way because God zapped them and suddenly all their imperfections were gone. They are saints because they cooperated with the grace of God and grew in holiness. Read their stories. You’ll find real people with real struggles. You’ll also find that they were still sharing their faith as they struggled. People didn’t only start listening to them after they had been canonized saints by the Church. Folks were listening to them the whole time, even in the tough times.
Here’s what I have to say to the ones wishing to point out my faults. Do I have them? Loads of imperfections and lots of mistakes are mine on a near daily basis. Here’s the difference: I don’t claim perfection. In fact, I tend to use my constant idiocy as proof that God’s grace and mercy still work. Listen to the podcast often enough and you’ll hear it. His discipline and correction in my life is proof to me that God still loves me and wants me to be part of his kingdom. Otherwise, He’d leave me alone to pursue whatever and end up dead and separated from Him forever. But He doesn’t.
I’m not perfect. I sin often. But I go to confession. I do penance. I work at growing in holiness. All the while I share the faith. I’m fortunate to have been taught a great deal by the saints, my pastors, my spiritual director, and scads of good books. When I fail I cannot plead ignorance. So I struggle on. God has been good to me, not only to forgive me and put me on the right path, but also to provide me with a community in which to grow.
For those who wish to be left alone and not be faced with a moral obligation, be it from me, the Pope, or anyone else, let me encourage you to avoid isolation. Let me further encourage you to seek Christian community where you can be challenged to be the person you were created to be. Community makes the difference, and you need it as much as I do.
Chances are good that there are opportunities for building community in your home parish, and there are good places online to find additional folks to help you with whatever you might be facing. Of course, you can always hook up with us at The Tactical Catholic Podcast or any of the programs at the Fiat Ministry Network. We would love to talk to you, pray with you, and get to know you. Just don’t go at it alone.
And don’t wait until you’re perfect before you share your faith. Your real struggles might be the key to helping someone else find the hope they need.
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Tonight on the Tactical Catholic Podcast we are talking about Random Acts of Christian Kindness. This is the simplest way you and I can share the faith. Join us tonight at 9pm central with your own ideas. http://www.fiatministrynetwork.tv/live
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Wednesday night we welcome the hosts of The Catholic Cafe, Deacon Jeff and Tom Dorian. These men are true SUPERSTARS of the web and I am glad to count them among my friends.
There will be lots of fun to be had on the live show, so I hope you will join us Wednesday at 9pm central on the Fiat Ministry Network.
What can you do when the s%#* hits the fan? Mondays are for many people a difficult day. Think about it. Friday’s tasks that didnt get finished plus anything that cropped up over the weekend. Add to that one or two days that you had “off” breaking your routine and you have a recipe for trouble.
What can you do when it piles up? Well, there isnt anything you can do to stop life from happening. People do their thing. Events happen. Work comes at you. What you can do is control your responses and dont give in to thoughtless reactions. Are you gonna flip out? Won’t help. Want to vent and complain? What will that get done? When it comes down to it, the only thing that gets work done is, you guessed it, work.
The trick is time and attitude management. Cut the whining and you will have more time to finish tasks. Have a positive attack on the work and you will get more done than with a griping attitude. It works, folks.
I like to look at everything like a game. I am on the offense to knock out as many items as I can. Penalties apply when you make mistakes, so do it right the first time. Bonus points if you go above and beyond. Score yourself at the end of the day.
What strategies work for you? Tell us below.