New Years Resolutions

I love New Year’s resolutions.  There’s always something (MANY somethings) I need to work on, and each new year gives me an opportunity to reflect on where I am and where I’d like to be at this time next year.

All Business

As a person who likes to create lists, I take resolution creation very seriously.  I start with four categories upon which I want to improve my life: Personal, Family, Financial, and Spiritual. Then I brainstorm as many objectives as possible for each category, think about each one from a “SMART” business perspective (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based), and use that to narrow down 3-4 per category.  Lastly, I write a 1-2 sentence strategy for each objective to help me summarize how I will reach that goal.  Yeah, it’s pretty detailed. OK it’s downright nerdy without a doubt.  But I enjoy doing it once a year and it helps give me direction in my life.

Unfortunately, it gave me great pause this year when I realized I had been spending at least 2-3 times as much effort reflecting on my financial goals than my family and spiritual goals, which are the areas that need more attention. Continue reading “New Years Resolutions”

The Power of Christ Compels You

When asked if he had ever witnessed a person levitate during a demon possession, Adam replied yes. In fact, he said, there are two types of levitation. The first is when someone levitates straight up and usually stops about a foot or so from the ceiling. The second, he said, is when they levitate about a foot and a half or so off the ground and then move about in a serpentine pattern. At this point, the hair on the back of my neck stood-up and I got the heebie-jeebies. Continue reading “The Power of Christ Compels You”

Demand Jesus

Recently at Mass our 9 year-old daughter gave me some pretty powerful insight into what God the Father expects out of me.  As we were walking down the steps from the balcony seating area with the choir in full swing, our daughter tapped me on the shoulder and whispered in my ear, “That sure is a demanding song.”

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Strategic Communication

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I have a curious relationship—and lengthy history—with the concept of language. To start with, I am dyslexic, which among other things, causes me some difficulty with grasping the nuances of writing and grammar– praise be to God for editors! More relevant though, I find the development and use of language to be very interesting as well. The term “politically correct” has slowly entered the lexicon of most Americans in the last few decades. Likewise, I know many people who fall on either side of this love/hate relationship term. I do not mind using alternative terms and phrases in certain situations. I understand the need for prudence around sensitive topics, but not at the expense of detracting from truth. Please forgive the quick history lesson, I promise it ties into the aims of this blog! Continue reading “Strategic Communication”

It is Better to Suffer for Doing Good than for Doing Evil

Since hearing this in a homily it manifested into a maxim of sorts. When I have a moral decision to make and my lack of virtue is apparent it comes in handy. Choosing the good comes easily when you have the virtue. You don’t have to think about it, you just do it. It is a skill. When virtue is lacking you may start to negotiate internally. You wane or waver over the moral choice.

This is where the maxim comes in. I remind myself that it is better to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. It has helped a lot because when we lack virtue we are going to suffer in some way depending on our choice. When that virtue gets built up we can choose the good without feeling it as suffering or loss on our part. This concept takes a little getting used to. Below I toss off two examples from my own life to clarify. Continue reading “It is Better to Suffer for Doing Good than for Doing Evil”

20: Simon of Cyrene (Podcast)

In this episode of the show we discuss another Biblical character, Simon of Cyrene. How much do you know about him? Where is Cyrene and what was he doing in Jerusalem? Was he Jewish? Why was he (specifically) called upon to participate in the single greatest event in human history?

 

We cover all these questions and more as we look into a small yet significant person from the Bible.