The Pursuit of an Apostolic Life through Service, Piety, Fellowship, Study, and Prayer
Category: Dan Lickel
Dan Lickel is a bookend Catholic. He started strong with 12 years of Catholic education, with the last 4 years in a marianist high school, and has revived his relationship with the Church and the Lord over the past several years. But between those bookends, there’s a lot of empty space. Dan has been blessed the last 25 years with a wife he feels he doesn’t deserve as well as 2 beautiful daughters. He also happens to be the YBiCKC site administrator.
Who puts up with the most of your crap? Let me rephrase that. Do you have someone that is close to you that usually gets hit with your wrath first and/or the most? It could be your spouse, a child, parent, or a friend. I think we all have that someone in our life, whom we cherish very deeply, that puts up with the most of crap from us. I can have a crappy day and still be pleasant to strangers but when I get home unleash on the people that mean the most to me. I’m not proud of it, but I think it’s something we all do (or at least I hope I’m not the only one)!
Lately I’ve been thinking about Peter and his relationship with Christ. Peter was (along with his brother Andrew) described in the Gospels as the first Apostle. He was also one of three to accompany Christ up the mountain in the Transfiguration (Totally Righteous Dead Dudes). One could argue that Peter held a very special place with Christ. They were BFF’s. Continue reading “Misplaced Frustrations”
“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.
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”
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!
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.