What Should I Have Been?

I have always been blessed to surround myself with people smarter than me (yes there is a joke in there somewhere).  This has become more evident the more I feel like I have struggled with my faith life and the more I try to find ways to get back on the right track.   In the past couple weeks, I have had the opportunity to listen and comprehend from some men and children that I greatly admire.
What is the meaning/purpose of life?   If you were to ask a dozen years ago or so, I would have answered much different than I might now.  Now I focus on my four boys and wife and getting them to Heaven and if God has enough pity, maybe I can be lucky enough to get there at some point as well.  However, there is that often stressful thing called “life on Earth” that can be consuming and get you off that purpose-filled track.   It can also lead to amazing conversations and prayer that start to shed a light on what your purpose is on earth.

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11: Mission Statements

“I began writing what they call a mission statement. Not a memo, a mission statement. You know, a suggestion for the future of our company.” Jerry Maguire

In the movie Jerry Maguire, Jerry (Tom Cruise’s character) has an epiphany about what he’s doing with his life, when it comes to his job. But after watching the movie you could say his mission statement was about his life, not only his job.

In this podcast episode, Justin and I discuss mission statements of some of the more notable Christians today along with the idea of “What is your Spiritual Mission Statement?” What does it mean to have one? How do you develop one? We hope you enjoy the episode, God Bless, and thanks for listening.

Justin and Dan

Healing, Forgiveness, and Eternal Life

Death scares me.  As much as I hate to admit it, I feel afraid when confronted with my mortality.  Even with the belief and knowledge that Christ overcame death for my sake, I still feel uncertain and anxious about my soul’s eternal home.  Acknowledging that this fear signifies a sinful lack of trust on my part, I have been praying for courage and peace in this matter.  Jesus himself instructs us to “not be anxious about tomorrow” but to trust in Him, live in Him, and die in Him (Mt. 6:34).  And it is only through death that we can live in eternal joy with Christ Jesus in heaven.   Continue reading “Healing, Forgiveness, and Eternal Life”

Want to Meet God? There’s an App for That

The parables Jesus has been teaching the last few weeks in the Gospel have been some of my favorite stories. For me, He takes a complex situation and represents it in a way I can understand it more deeply. What if we had a new parable that addressed what we and our children face today, in our high-tech, secular society?

Striving for the kingdom of heaven can be likened modern life. There was a man living a good life, full of blessings of all kinds: a trustworthy wife, loving children, nice career, good property and friends he could count on. As he grew older he still loved these blessings but he also became enamored with a work tool his boss gave him, a smart phone. At first, he used the phone only for calling co-workers and customers during work hours. He still focused on his family and the right priorities. But soon he began to use it for evening calls and an occasional important dinner-time email to a customer. He wasn’t talking to his kids as much during dinner. But the biggest surprise came next.

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Totally Righteous Dead Dudes

As Peter, John, and his brother James traveled up the mountain with Christ in the story of the Transfiguration, they are shown a rather shocking sight:

“His (Christ) face shone like the sun 
and his clothes became white as light.”

So, not only was Christ “glowing”, but he was standing with 2 totally righteous dead dudes (Moses and Elijah). Add in a time traveling phone booth and you’ve got a biblical version of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Continue reading “Totally Righteous Dead Dudes”

Nuanced Infallibility

Earlier this year, I was listening to a podcast with Dr. Michael Sirilla. Dr. Sirilla is a professor of Dogmatic Theology and Director of the Masters Theology Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Steubenville, OH. Buried in his podcast was a paradigm-shift moment for me. To listen to that podcast click HERE.  Although a bit lengthy, in this podcast Dr. Sirilla lays out what the Church actually means when she says that she is infallible. It was after hearing this well-articulated, that I came to realize just how many Catholics—myself included—had or still have a misunderstanding when it comes to the Church’s teaching on her own infallibility. And if it is misunderstood by so many Catholics, should it surprise us that our Protestant brothers and sisters are often misguided as well? Although the full extent of this topic cannot be covered here, nor am I the qualified individual to do so, I do wish to attempt to shed some light on just what this doctrines mean when the Church proclaims that the Pope and the Magisterium are infallible.

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