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?”

Trust Me

Trust me.  Two short words.  One simple sentence.  Placing your trust in another is easier said than done.  Your response to hearing these words may vary pending on the circumstance and message bearer.  From a salesperson to your spouse, from decisions on spending your money to your time, we are all confronted with the reality of trust on multiple levels every single day.

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A New Beginning-Again…and Again…and….

“The Lord has eyes for the just and ears for their cry.”       Psalms 34:16

A lot of posts of have been going around the social media scene lately about mental health and illness.  I will not focus on stats, I will not focus on anyone else, I will focus on me and my path and how it has brought me on a roller coaster path that I hope in the end will bring me closer to my family and my God.

I have depression….. I hate labels, but it is what it is.  It is a burden that I have been given in this Earthly life, and I will do my best to carry it with pride.  Labels hurt, especially one like depression where there may never be outward signs of illness like there are for things like cancer.  It is not a one-size-fits all diagnosis and telling someone to “think happy thoughts” will not make them do so.  People cannot just get over it.  And, as I have told my wife, if you do not have it, you cannot understand it. Continue reading “A New Beginning-Again…and Again…and….”

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”

Saints, Souls, and Sinners

“I will spend my Heaven doing good on earth.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

The Apostles of the Interior Life recently offered a women’s retreat at Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City, Kansas that I was fortunate enough to attend.  The retreat was based on a passage from St. Matthew’s Gospel: “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of Heaven.”  (Mt. 13:11)  Spending the majority of the weekend meditating on Heaven was a unique experience, as I admittedly don’t ponder heaven as often as I should.   From the beautiful words the Apostles spoke, I was reminded that Heaven should never be far from my thoughts.  After all, how can I truly live my life with the hope of ending up in a place I know nothing about?

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