Leaders that Follow Podcast
Making Disciples and Forming Faithful Leaders
So often we complicate our lives by trying to do so many things. And the things we do do we complicate them and make them even more difficult. So we fail. We don’t achieve that which we set out to do. So this week on the podcast I’m going to be talking about why that it and what you can do about it.
That’s vocation, not vacation. Our vocation is our calling, what God’s plan is for our lives. It’s not as complicated as it sounds. God has a specific plan for each of us and if we want to be the people He has created us to be, we need to live our lives in accord with that plan. This week on the podcast I share three steps for living your vocation.
Pope Francis has been getting a lot of attention both from the mainstream media and Catholic media since his election in May of this year. People love the way his lived example of faith embodies what Christianity is all about, yet he continues to be labeled as a controversial figure in the Church. On this week’s episode I explain why he seems to be so controversial.
This week in the United States of America we celebrate the great holiday of Thanksgiving. And of course when we think about Thanksgiving we think about turkey, pilgrims, and indians. But there’s much more to Thanksgiving than that. It’s more than just a day, it’s an attitude. This week I discuss how living with an attitude of gratitude will change your life and the lives of those around you.
There come times in our lives when we feel God is so distant. We become unable to see Him, to perceive His presence in our lives. It happens to the best of us, even those of us who consider ourselves people of deep faith. In this week’s episode of the podcast I talk about why this happens and what you can do about it.
Fr. Robert Barron made a great point in a recent interview. He said “The Church is not on a mission, it is a mission.” Before returning to heaven Jesus gave the apostles one mission and that was to “make disciples of all nations”. I believe that for the most part we are failing at this mission and on this week’s podcast I suggest ways that we can return to our mission as individuals, in our parish communities, and as the Universal Church.
Grace is a small word, but rich in meaning. Unfortunately, Catholics are often ignorant when it comes to grace. We don’t know what it means, where we get it, or how it works in our lives. Today on the podcast we dive deeper into the topic of God’s grace.
What do Archbishop José Gómez, Pope Benedict, and Jesus Christ all have in common? They are all challenging us to live our Christian call to be witnesses.
Last Christmas I asked for a Kindle and I received a Kindle Touch and it’s been wonderful. I love it not just because you can buy books and keep them and maintain your library on one device, but also for what I am going to talk about today, which is the Kindle Personal Document Service, which allows you to basically send any Word document from your computer to your Kindle via WiFi.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of Heaven and Earth. So why does it seem like I only turn to him as a last resort? Only after I’ve tried my best and failed yet again. Only after I’ve exhausted all my resources do I turn to Him. He who I claim to be the Creator of the Universe, the almighty, all-powerfull, and omnipotent God who loved me into existence. Where is my faith? I think a lot of Christians have this problem. Where is our faith?
As Christians the desire to share the faith is more than just a commandment. Jesus did commission his apostles sending them forth and so he does to all. After undergoing a life-changing experience—in this case coming to know and love Jesus Christ—it’s natural to want to share that with others. When you fall in love, you want to proclaim it to the whole world. The same is true with Christian evangelization.
Can you please explain to me why a trophy is rewarded to a child who comes in last place? It’s not good to be a loser. We don’t earn things anymore, but rather expect that our rewards should just fall out of the sky. Our society makes us think that we are entitled, owed, due to receive. Our wants get mistakenly transformed into needs. The universe begins to revolve around me. We build ourselves up, inflating our ego beyond the natural limits, which of course leads to a dangerous end. This way of thinking is unfortunate. Jesus, the radical that He was, countered this very concept in many ways. He made losing a good thing. Keep reading and you’ll see what I mean.