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.
Show listeners know that we’ve been out for a couple of weeks while the Tactical Catholic Podcast was on break. Everyone is refreshed and ready to get back at it. In fact, we recorded episode 031 Wednesday night with our special guest George Boggs. Together we discussed faith and science, and it was a lot of fun. George will be back to the show in the future, I guarantee it.
Lots of things are in the works for the show and for this site, so stick around. As always, we appreciate your feedback, so use the contact form and the prayer request form (tabs above) to let us know how we can help you.
Know that everyone at The Tactical Catholic is praying for you. We look forward to our next conversation. God bless.
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
Tactical Catholic Podcast is now available on Player.FM. Point your podcast aggregator to https://player.fm/series/tactical-catholic-podcast-catholic-mens-issues-manliness-christian-living or click and listen from the site.
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.
Tonight we will be discussing the Bass Pro Pyramid, the Bass-o-Vator, Yul Brynner, Age of Ultron, and a lot more.
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We have been working hard to get our Tactical Catholic Podcast schedule complete through the summer. We are all set through end of July now. Every topic and every guest is set, with a little flexibility built in in case we need to adjust on the fly.
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Tactical Catholic’s review of the Catholic Podcast Directory
I’ve looked, man. I really have. There isn’t an up-to-date directory of Catholic Podcasts. Either the lists are 4 years old, or they list sites that only appeal to a particular niche, or they just accept any podcast whether it is Catholic or not. There are even sites out there that list podcasts that don’t even exist. Ugh!
The purpose of the Catholic Podcast Directory is to search the web and network with other bloggers and podcasters to find faithful Catholic podcasts that are current. As the site grows, the indexing will also enable visitors to find exactly what they’re looking for. But guess what? The site doesn’t have any listings yet. That sucks.
Catholic Podcast Directory needs your submissions. The rules are pretty simple.
- Podcasts need to be up to date. That means they are still publishing new content.
- Podcasts need to be Catholic. They can’t be schismatic or heresy (see the Catechism’s definition)
- Podcasts need to have at least 5 episodes in the bank before we’ll list them.
For now, use our contact form to submit a podcast. Use the comment field to list as many specifics as you can (iTunes link, feed(s) link, etc.)
Tactical Catholic Podcast Episode 021 is now available for download on iTunes. Go ahead and download it or use the button on the sidebar to subscribe.
Today I’m working on my show notes for Episode 022, which will be a live show on Wednesday the 25th. Wednesday, the Tactical Catholic will be talking with you about gambling, and it’s going to be a fun discussion. Your participation makes the show fun. To watch archived episodes, you can go to Fiat Ministry Network and see all the shows we have.
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