15: The Conversion of Charles Manson

Charles Manson (right) being escorted to the courtroom by a sheriff’s deputy (August 11, 1970)

It’s sad to say, but depending on your age, names like; Ted Bundy, David Berkowitz, Jeffrey Dahmer, or John Wayne Gacy are household names. If those don’t ring a bell, how about The Zodiac Killer, The Son of Sam, BTK, or Jack the Ripper. The media has given murderers far too much attention and like moths to a flame, we are drawn to their stories with a misguided sense of curiosity.

One of the most famous of these killers passed away this past Sunday. Charles Manson died on November 19th, 2017 in a hospital in California. Learning over the years what he’s done, why he did it, the control over people and what he’s convinced them to do (for decades), along with the photo’s of him in the press, it’s easy to think this guy is the epitome of evil.

So the topic we cover in this podcast is, on the heels of the death of Charles Manson have you ever considered praying for the conversion of such a soul? Give it a listen and let us know what you think by email or in the comments section below.

Talented or Gifted?

What’s the difference between a Talent and a Spiritual Gift?

That’s an easy one right? A talent is something you’re good at; like sports, music, art, accounting, or (in my case) walking and chewing gum at the same time. In most cases, hopefully, your talent is something you built your profession around (TJ wrote a great article about this “What Should I Have Been?”) And what about a spiritual gift, that’s easy. It’s a Christmas present from God….no wait, it’s a blessing….no, it has to do with suffering, or fruits I think…isn’t there a parable about this? I asked a dozen people this week what they thought a spiritual gift is and I heard about a half dozen different responses. Continue reading “Talented or Gifted?”

Don’t Call Me Father

There’s a laundry list of “discussion points” when it comes to what we, as Catholics, believe and how we execute that belief that non-Catholics have an issue with. Such things as how we view Mary, the Saints, the Eucharist, Purgatory, Confession, etc… One of those topics is going to be discussed this Sunday (Nov. 5th) in the Gospel. In fact, the argument against this Catholic tradition is going to be spelled out in the Book of Matthew.

Has anyone ever told you that you are not supposed to call your priest “Father?” In the Gospel of Matthew we read the following:

“Call no one on earth your father;
you have but one Father in heaven.”

So, that seems pretty clear, right? If so, what gives us the right to go against what the Bible says and call our priests father? Continue reading “Don’t Call Me Father”

Children with Special Need Ministry

Are you married? Do you have kids? In our the last article 5 Things Every Husband Should Do, we discuss the need for a regular date night. We also mentioned how they are very difficult to schedule and be consistent with, especially if you are a parent. If you have more than one child, the difficulty of finding that time grows exponentially with each additional child. Or at least it feels that way. And if you have enough kids to fill-out a hockey line like our brother T.J., then in the words of Donnie Brasco, “forget about it…”

What happens when you are the parent of a child with special needs? How does finding a date night look for them? I can only imagine as a parent, there’s as much struggle to find someone who is willing to watch your child as there is guilt in leaving your child with a care giver. That’s where the Special Needs Ministry Respite Care Program comes in. This is through the Office of Special Needs Ministry based out of the Archdiocese of Kansas City. They have established a program to allow parents with special needs children a chance for an evening out. Continue reading “Children with Special Need Ministry”

5 Things Every Husband Should Do

After 25 years of marriage, I’m blessed to have found someone who can tolerate me over all that time. We’ve enjoyed beautiful highs and extremely dismal lows and I by no means think I’m an expert at marriage. However, I can tell you that we love each other more today than we did 25 years ago. So how does love survive the test of time in a day and age when we are told it’s OK to throw anything away that is broken or requires too much effort to fix? The obvious answer, that is far harder to live than say, is perseverance. Love requires constant effort and attention, just like anything else you want to grow and flourish.

With that being said, there’s a few other things I learned along the way that I wished I knew 25 years ago. So, if I could jump in a time-traveling DeLorean and go back to give my engaged self some advice to help make this journey a little easier on my part, these are some of the things I would share with my younger self. Continue reading “5 Things Every Husband Should Do”

Finding God in The Matrix Movies

The Matrix trilogy makes my all-time top 5 movies list. At it’s core is a story-line that had never been done and it reshaped how Sci-Fi movies were made. However, upon a closer and more in-depth review of the films, I realized there’s another layer to the those movies I hadn’t fully appreciated. All three movies are riddled with religious themes, undertones, overtones, symbolism, and meaning both obvious and very hidden. (*Spoiler Alert: If you not seen the movies and don’t want me to ruin anything for you…stop reading and rent them…now!) Continue reading “Finding God in The Matrix Movies”