#044: How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 2 [Podcast]

My goal this week is to talk about find the joy of your salvation. Psalm 51:12 says “Restore to me the joy of your salvation,” but how does this happen?

The good news is that the Bible presupposes that we can and sometimes do lose the “joy of our salvation.” So it’s absolutely key to understanding “joy” in the context of “salvation.”

To make this podcast even more “joyful,” my beautiful wife Joy will be co-hosting today!

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  • Proverb of the week: Prov 15:30
  • Featured Segment: How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 2
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  • Tip of the week: Daily affirmations of grace and mercy
  • Latin word of the week: Laetitia
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Podcast Archive

# Title Released
043 How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 1 07/24/2014
042 Golf Cart Saint 07/15/2014
041 5 Intellectual Virtues and Pornography, Art, and Culture 07/02/2014
040 Taylor and Joy Talk About Their Marriage 06/25/2014
038 Should You Budget Time 06/04/2014
037 The Theology of Vacation, Leisure, and Recreation 05/28/2014
036 Noah Movie Review – Rock Monsters? 05/21/2014
035 Children Need Fortitude 05/14/2014
034 Jokes of Saint John XXIII 05/07/2014
033 Divine Mercy: 5 Common Questions 04/30/2014
032 4 Sections of Hell 04/23/2014
031 Meet The Saint Version of You 04/16/2014
030 Should You Be an Optimist? 04/09/2014
029 Finding Fellowship like Samwise Gamgee 04/01/2014
028 Demons, Snakes, and Ticks: Lessons from a Hunting Trip 03/26/2014
027 How to Make an Eternal Impact with Your Life 03/19/2014
026 Thoughts on My Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe 02/26/2014
025 Why is the Catholic Church Roman? 02/19/2014
024 The Seven Lies We Believe About Our Failures 02/11/2014
023 How to Restart Your Mental Computer 02/06/2014
022 Top Five Productivity Tips from Thomas Aquinas 01/29/2014
021 Did You Miss God’s Plan for Your Life? 01/23/2014
020 When Prayer Becomes a Chore 01/15/2014
019 12 Attributes of a Baptized Christian 01/08/2014
018 A Podcast Against Bitter Catholics! 12/30/2013
017 Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained 12/18/2013
016 Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Luke (Plus How to Set Goals) 12/11/2013
015 Total Consecration to Mary 12/04/2013
014 What’s Your Apostolate? 11/27/2013
013 6 Items for the Liturgy of Your Life 11/20/2013
012 Why You Should Be More Creative 11/13/2013
011 Why Did They Stop Teaching Virtue? 11/06/2013
010 How Do Saints Hear Our Prayers? 10/30/2013
009 My Opinion of Martin Luther 10/23/2013
008 My Top 5 Daily Prayers 10/16/2013
007 Your Guardian Angel 10/03/2013
006 How You Can Convert 7 Billion People 09/25/2013
005 3 Strategies for a Marriage that Sings! 09/18/2013
004 4 Step Plan When Family Leave the Faith 09/12/2013
003 5 Tools for Deep Daily Prayer Life 09/04/2013
002 Three Tips to Increase Your Passion for Life 08/28/2013
001 How to Find a Spiritual Director 08/18/2013

 

Are you Born Again? How do you answer this question?

“Are you born again?”

How would you answer this question?

As a Catholic, it’s always a toughie.

When someone (that someone is always an Evangelical Protestant Christian) asks me this question, “Taylor, are you born again,” he is usually asking this question:

Taylor, did you have a moment in your life when you suddenly realized that you were a sinner and that you were on the road to hell and then by God’s grace you believed with all your heart that Jesus is your personal Lord and Savior and that by trusting in Him, all your sins are washed away?”

In other words, did I ever have a “darkness to light” moment.

Catholic “Born Again”: Is it Just Baptism or Something More?

Now the smart aleck Catholic response goes like this,

Leftwing or Rightwing Catholic? (and some book recommendations)

Are you a “leftwing Catholic” or a “rightwing Catholic”?

Both the secular media and voices in the Church seek to attach the political labels to parties within the Catholic Church.

This is a false vision of the Faith, because it assumes “moderates” in the middle who are just peachy.

Instead, we have a deposit of Faith, once for all delivered to the Apostles and passed down. It’s not a left/right spectrum but a percentage. You either hold 100% to this deposit of faith or you hold to it in a lesser degree.

The reason people focus left/right is because the identify left/right political positions to levels of dissent within the Catholic ranks.

For example, if a Catholic holds to the Church’s teaching on contraception/abortion/sexuality then he is labeled “rightwing.” But if a Catholic holds to the Church’s teaching on social justice/just wages, she is labeled “leftwing.”

Being Catholic is like trying to run the football and extend the Heisman Trophy position to the left and the right. 

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It’s hard to do it without dropping the ball! But with both arms out, you look rather cruciform…and that’s the point.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on how to “carry the ball” with both arms extended.

In the meantime here are two resources. The first is by Kevin Kukla, it’s a free book on contraception/abortion in the Catholic tradition. It’s highly recommended. Here’s the link to his free ebook:  7 Biblical Passages against Birth Control

The second is Brandon Vogt’s new book Saints and Social Justice. I’m trying to get people to read Brandon Vogt’s book because I think that social justice is so badly misunderstood. It’s a so-called “leftwing” teaching. Here’s a link to his book in paperback and ebook: Saints and Social Justice

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Question: How do we avoid the “right” and the “left” and stay true to the Cross of Christ? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

#043: How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 1 [Podcast]

My goal this week is to talk about find the joy of your salvation. Psalm 51:12 says “Restore to me the joy of your salvation,” but how does this happen?

The good news is that the Bible presupposes that we can and sometimes do lose the “joy of our salvation.” So it’s absolutely key to understanding “joy” in the context of “salvation.”

To make this podcast even more “joyful,” my beautiful wife Joy will be co-hosting today!

Click to Listen: #043: How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 1

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  • Proverb of the week: Prov 15:30
  • Featured Segment: How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 1
  • 2 Big Announcements
    • Webinars: We will be doing future Webinars. We had over 800 participate in last week’s Webinar. Please Follow us on Facebook to be notified of future webinars: Like on Facebook
    • Pilgrimage: Pilgrimage Feb 1-11

      renewal baptismal vows at Jordan River
      renewal marriage vows at Cana
      Bethleham, Nazareth, Galilee, Jersusalem, Mount of Olives, Golgatha, Holy Sepulchre
      Reserve your spot now by going to: pilgrimages.com/taylormarshall

  • Tip of the week: Daily affirmations of grace and mercy
  • Latin word of the week: Quotidianus
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Podcast Archive

# Title Released
042 Golf Cart Saint 07/15/2014
041 5 Intellectual Virtues and Pornography, Art, and Culture 07/02/2014
040 Taylor and Joy Talk About Their Marriage 06/25/2014
038 Should You Budget Time 06/04/2014
037 The Theology of Vacation, Leisure, and Recreation 05/28/2014
036 Noah Movie Review – Rock Monsters? 05/21/2014
035 Children Need Fortitude 05/14/2014
034 Jokes of Saint John XXIII 05/07/2014
033 Divine Mercy: 5 Common Questions 04/30/2014
032 4 Sections of Hell 04/23/2014
031 Meet The Saint Version of You 04/16/2014
030 Should You Be an Optimist? 04/09/2014
029 Finding Fellowship like Samwise Gamgee 04/01/2014
028 Demons, Snakes, and Ticks: Lessons from a Hunting Trip 03/26/2014
027 How to Make an Eternal Impact with Your Life 03/19/2014
026 Thoughts on My Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe 02/26/2014
025 Why is the Catholic Church Roman? 02/19/2014
024 The Seven Lies We Believe About Our Failures 02/11/2014
023 How to Restart Your Mental Computer 02/06/2014
022 Top Five Productivity Tips from Thomas Aquinas 01/29/2014
021 Did You Miss God’s Plan for Your Life? 01/23/2014
020 When Prayer Becomes a Chore 01/15/2014
019 12 Attributes of a Baptized Christian 01/08/2014
018 A Podcast Against Bitter Catholics! 12/30/2013
017 Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained 12/18/2013
016 Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Luke (Plus How to Set Goals) 12/11/2013
015 Total Consecration to Mary 12/04/2013
014 What’s Your Apostolate? 11/27/2013
013 6 Items for the Liturgy of Your Life 11/20/2013
012 Why You Should Be More Creative 11/13/2013
011 Why Did They Stop Teaching Virtue? 11/06/2013
010 How Do Saints Hear Our Prayers? 10/30/2013
009 My Opinion of Martin Luther 10/23/2013
008 My Top 5 Daily Prayers 10/16/2013
007 Your Guardian Angel 10/03/2013
006 How You Can Convert 7 Billion People 09/25/2013
005 3 Strategies for a Marriage that Sings! 09/18/2013
004 4 Step Plan When Family Leave the Faith 09/12/2013
003 5 Tools for Deep Daily Prayer Life 09/04/2013
002 Three Tips to Increase Your Passion for Life 08/28/2013
001 How to Find a Spiritual Director 08/18/2013

 

The Roman Church as Prophesied in the Old Testament

Did you know that the “Roman identity” of the New Testament Church was foretold in the Old Testament? If we understand the Jewish prophets, we will see that the Church of Jesus Christ would necessarily be “Roman.”

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It relates to a vision found in the second chapter of Daniel. This chapter describes a dream of Nebuchadnezzar about an enormous statue composed of four different materials. First, the head was of gold. Second, the chest and arms were of silver. Third, the belly and thighs

Today’s Saint Lawrence of Brindisi tells you "Read This!"

Saint Lawrence of Brindisi was the greatest linguist of his day. He could read, write, and speak Italian, Latin, Hebrew, Greek, German, Bohemian, Spanish and French.

Here’s my favorite story about him. He was preaching somewhere and was being heckled by a Protestant minister about a Catholic doctrine not being found in the Bible. Saint Lawrence took his Greek New Testament and threw it at the man and said, “Read this!”

His knowledge of Hebrew was so thorough that the rabbis were convinced that he had once been a Jew who had converted to Christianity.

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#042: Golf Cart Saints [Podcast]

My goal this week is to talk about the process of sanctification. My good friend Dr. Ben Olson invited me to play golf with him this week and it reminded me how the spiritual life is like golf. Full of frustrations, sand traps, water hazards, and missed putts.

We’ll go through what a typical game of golf looks like for me and then relate that to the Catholic doctrine of sanctification.

Click to Listen: #042: Golf Cart Saints

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  • Weekly Joke: When the light turns green.
  • Proverb of the week: Prov 1:1-6
  • Featured Segment: Golf Cart Sanctification
  • Tip of the week: Mini-breaks
  • Latin word of the week: Par
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Podcast Archive

# Title Released
041 5 Intellectual Virtues and Pornography, Art, and Culture 07/02/2014
040 Taylor and Joy Talk About Their Marriage 06/25/2014
038 Should You Budget Time 06/04/2014
037 The Theology of Vacation, Leisure, and Recreation 05/28/2014
036 Noah Movie Review – Rock Monsters? 05/21/2014
035 Children Need Fortitude 05/14/2014
034 Jokes of Saint John XXIII 05/07/2014
033 Divine Mercy: 5 Common Questions 04/30/2014
032 4 Sections of Hell 04/23/2014
031 Meet The Saint Version of You 04/16/2014
030 Should You Be an Optimist? 04/09/2014
029 Finding Fellowship like Samwise Gamgee 04/01/2014
028 Demons, Snakes, and Ticks: Lessons from a Hunting Trip 03/26/2014
027 How to Make an Eternal Impact with Your Life 03/19/2014
026 Thoughts on My Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe 02/26/2014
025 Why is the Catholic Church Roman? 02/19/2014
024 The Seven Lies We Believe About Our Failures 02/11/2014
023 How to Restart Your Mental Computer 02/06/2014
022 Top Five Productivity Tips from Thomas Aquinas 01/29/2014
021 Did You Miss God’s Plan for Your Life? 01/23/2014
020 When Prayer Becomes a Chore 01/15/2014
019 12 Attributes of a Baptized Christian 01/08/2014
018 A Podcast Against Bitter Catholics! 12/30/2013
017 Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained 12/18/2013
016 Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Luke (Plus How to Set Goals) 12/11/2013
015 Total Consecration to Mary 12/04/2013
014 What’s Your Apostolate? 11/27/2013
013 6 Items for the Liturgy of Your Life 11/20/2013
012 Why You Should Be More Creative 11/13/2013
011 Why Did They Stop Teaching Virtue? 11/06/2013
010 How Do Saints Hear Our Prayers? 10/30/2013
009 My Opinion of Martin Luther 10/23/2013
008 My Top 5 Daily Prayers 10/16/2013
007 Your Guardian Angel 10/03/2013
006 How You Can Convert 7 Billion People 09/25/2013
005 3 Strategies for a Marriage that Sings! 09/18/2013
004 4 Step Plan When Family Leave the Faith 09/12/2013
003 5 Tools for Deep Daily Prayer Life 09/04/2013
002 Three Tips to Increase Your Passion for Life 08/28/2013
001 How to Find a Spiritual Director 08/18/2013

 

I need your opinion: Is Catholicism a “joyless slog” or a Joyful Journey?

I would love to get your opinion on something. Do you think Catholicism makes people joyful and full of life or depressed and lacking in energy? I recently got this really discouraging comment from a reader:

Lifelong Catholic here (40 years). I have a hard time finding ANY impulse to share the faith. I can defend it, sure. But evangelize? Why? It’s intellectually consistent and defensible, but when the rubber meets the road, its a grueling, joyless slog. Much better to let people take their chances with invincible ignorance.”

I’ll leave this comment as anonymous. This kind of comment makes my heart slump. So sad.

What about you?

I put together an anonymous survey and I want to hear from you on 3 related questions relating to your mental attitude about being Catholic. It will take less than 10 seconds to take. When you finish it, you’ll see how other people answered (no names – it’s all anonymous):

Click here to take the survey and see how other people answered:

Take our Survey: Catholic “Joy or Joyless?” Survey (100% anonymous)