Category Archives: Spiritual Warfare

Let us pray for you

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Ash Wednesday is coming soon

Ash Wednesday is coming up (18th). My suggestion is to come up with a lenten penance now before Lent begins.

What can I do?

Pick a lenten sacrifice that makes you mindful of your faith and draws you nearer to Christ. We should all cut dowon on snacking and sweets anyway, so I typically don’t recommend those.

  • How about giving up an hour a day to devote to service or prayer?
  • Read 30 Days to Morning Glory and make a total consecration to Christ through Our Lady.
  • Read Consoling the Heart of Jesus and renew your consecration to Christ.
  • Begin praying the Liturgy of the Hours
  • Give up TV, internet browsing, Netflix….
  • Exchange a hobby for a spiritual good (ex. give up golf for Lent and donate what you would have spent on greens fees to a worthy charity)

This will help you get started and hit the ground running next Wednesday.

What a week!

Time has flown by so fast! I cannot believe my last post was my podcast promo. Being in the thick of wrestling season has blurred my days and nights. However, I would not trade this time for anything. I love wrestling and I love coaching.

Today is Tuesday, or so I am told. That means live show tomorrow night. Our topic will be the Blessed Virgin Mary. We should discuss Marian dogma, St Louis de Montfort, and probably apparitions. I expect some conversation.

Wednesday night. Tactical Catholic Podcast LIVE. 9pm central. http://www.fiatministrynetwork.tv

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Focus Drill Idea for 12/24/14

Catholic guys should spend 30 minutes in focused thought to start their day. Non Catholics should too. Here are some suggestions.

Meditate on Sacred Scripture:
◾Proverbs 24
◾Psalm 24

Situational Response. Eliminate any persons from the scenario who do not apply to your family.
◾You are at an office party
◾Your spouse and children are at the movies
◾A co-worker says he/she has a room at the host hotel and invites you up for drinks

◾What is your response?
◾Now what do you do?

Hey.  I didn’t say every scenario would be about survival situations.  You need a game plan and general course of action for situations like this too because men and women are put in near occasions of sexual sin often.  When a temptation arises, we are always better off having a game plan.

By the way, the best rule of thumb in situations like this is to politely excuse yourself.  “No.  I really should be heading back.  It’s my night to read to the kids.”  It’s not perfect, but I think it works better than running out of the room screaming.  However, if that works for you, be my guest.

Share any good ideas from your drill time in the comment boxes.

Lessons from the Wrestling Mat – Finish Strong

shute vs swainAs I have mentioned before, I am a wrestling coach.  This weekend, our boys had their first tournament of the local season.  More than half of my wrestlers were brand new to the sport and had never experienced a live match outside of practice.  The rest were seasoned vets with at least 2 years under their belts.  I expected the new boys to be timid, green, and possibly disheartened should they lose quickly.  I expected the veterans to show up ready to go and back into the zone.  What I saw was an absolute surprise. Read the rest of this entry

Get Off Your Arse and Quit Sinning

I believe many who sin do so out of boredom and idleness. The old addage, “An idle mind is the Devil’s workshop.” has a point. If our attention is vague, it opens our mind to other stimuli. Well, Satan has plenty of things to throw at you. A few easy examples.

  • self doubt
  • hatred
  • lust
  • jealousy
  • anger
  • resentment

If, however, our mind is occupied, we can avoid a lot of that.

So?

So rather than surf the net or zone out in front of Netflix, go walking, hit the gym, read a good book, say a rosary, exercize. If you ever feel tempted, drop what you are doing and take a prayer walk.

I am telling you that this works. Plus it keeps us from being lazy farts. So get up and do something today.

Fight Like Your Life Depends on It!

Ephesians 4:22-24

22 Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts,  23 and be renewed in the spirit of your minds,  24 and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

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Keep Yourself Pure in Mind and Body

Philippians 4:8-9

8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you.

This exhortation from St Paul comes after instructions to live in peace and to overcome anxiety through faith and thanksgiving. So lemme ask you, how is your brain these days?

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Catholic Men Should Respond Rather Than React

James 1:19-21

19 Know this, my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger,  20 for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God.  21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

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Catholicity of Wrestling

Wrestling is a goldmine of Catholic object lessons. Even those who aren’t fans of the greatest sport ever can appreciate the illustrations. Here is another one illustrating Romans 5:1-5.

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