A saying which found its way into English vocabulary during World War One, “over the top” describes the situation where unfortunate infantrymen were to leave their trenches and charge into no man’s land in an attempt to gain ground. No man’s land was the area between two opposing trench lines and is aptly called so due to the low survival rates of those who entered into it. As deadly as no man’s land was, it is estimated that around one-third of all casualties in World War One occurred in the trenches themselves be it from; disease, biological weapons or combat. What was supposedly the safest place for a soldier, statistically was one of the most dangerous places to be.
When you look at the image above, do you see a young woman or an old woman? When you look at yourself, what do you see? Better yet, when others look at you, what do you think they see? Continue reading “What Do You See?”
Our faith journey, a lot of times, is referenced to as our “path”. However, in reality, it can feel more like that of a roller coaster. The high’s and low’s can last days, weeks, months, and sometimes years. Most of the time, our high’s seem short lived, while the lows can drag out to what seems forever.
Expect It & Dealing With It
So when you hit that low, that Spiritual Dryness, do you have any particular way you climb out of it? Justin and Dan explore ways to even out that roller coaster and get back to a path…a nice even path!
We hope you enjoy!
Dan & Justin
I remember back in college as the school year came to a close and the weather began warming up, the campus priest would issue a request from the pulpit for the students to be mindful of their dress – particularly at Mass. It is no secret that modesty is virtually a thing of the past; browse yahoo, go to a department store, or simply walk down the street. “If you got it, flaunt it” is the hashtag of fashion. As men, I think we too often default to viewing modesty as a female virtue. I think that the way society has pushed to identify the female identity with the utilitarian aspects of a woman’s body is the primary culprit of these circumstances. Yet look at a Calvin Klein ad, watch a cologne commercial or take a trip to your local gym and you’ll find modesty is very much so an issue for men as well.
“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” These words attributed to Mother Teresa of Calcutta came into my life early this summer as my 17 year-old son and I journeyed to Haiti. Continue reading “What I Learned in Haiti”
In The Screwtape Letters, C.S.Lewis masterfully shows how a demon can influence someone;
“Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”
Sometimes the evil one whispers in your ear or gently taps you on the shoulder… and sometimes he’s not so subtle. To the point where you can hear him begging to let him take the wheel and drive for awhile. Then…sometimes, there’s cases where you actually give him the keys and willingly let him drive, without deception.
How do you take back control when you realize your not the one in the driver’s seat? It may (or may not) be easy when he comes to you as a whisper, but getting him out of the driver’s seat is a whole lot harder when you’ve willingly given him the keys.
Take a listen to our podcast this week for ways to stay in control or take control back.
Thanks for listening!
Dan and Justin