My wife is going to Jen Fulwiler’s Edel Gathering!

So my wife Joy just called with joy in her voice. Joy, her sister Sarah Badger from Austin, and her friend Lara Olsson (her husband Ben Olsson was the inspiration of my podcast “Golf Cart Saints”) are going to Jennifer Fulwiler’s Edel conference in South Carolina. They got their tickets and they’ve booked their hotel room! Lot’s of great Catholic women (Josh Simmon’s wife of eCatholic and Brandon Vogt‘s wife) are going to be there leaving us dads as “Edel widowers” for the weekend!

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Edel is an event for mothers who need a break. It’s a chance to form meaningful connections with like-minded women. It’s an opportunity to hear inspiring speakers who will encourage you in your vocation. It’s a weekend to explore Charleston, SC and toast new friends.

Joy missed last year’s Edel because we were traveling but she didn’t want to miss this year’s Edel - plus Joy loves South Carolina.

Way to go to Jennifer Fulwiler and the all the organizers of Edel. Get your tickets here. They will likely sell out in the first day!

A special congratulations to Jennifer Fulwiler. Her amazing book Something Other Than God made it to the semi-finals on Good Reads in the “Memoirs” genre for 2014. This is huge! She is up against the likes of Hilary Clinton and Rob Lowe. Dang. Way to be a Catholic witness Jennifer!

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Is Saint George Still a Saint?

My goal this week is to answer a question that I get pretty regularly: “Is Saint George still a saint?” Or “Is Saint Christopher still a saint?” Or “Is Saint Philomena still a saint?”

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As you know, these saints were removed from the liturgical calendar and so you quite often hear people claim that Saint George or Saint Christopher are no longer saints. We’re going to look at this question from a historical, liturgical and theological point of view. Oh, and don’t worry, I’ll definitely explain why George is depicted with a dragon and why would should take that seriously. So if you’ve wondered “What’s up that dragon?” this is the podcast for you.

Click to Listen: #057: Is Saint George Still a Saint?

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  • Proverb of the week: Prov 23:31-32
  • Featured Segment: Is Saint George still a Saint?
  • Announcements:
    • Looking for a solid Advent Devotion this year. Give a gift to Christ. Consecrate yourself to Mary with the 33 day consecration. We have everything need for it at 33Mary.com. Please visit 33mary.com and sign up.
    • My new book Sword and Serpent is coming out around December 1 in time for Christmas!!!

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  • Tip of the week: Skitch
  • Latin word of the week: Draco

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Podcast Archive

# Title Released
Advent Total Consecration to Mary 11/13/2014
056 Top 5 Advent Devotions 11/07/2014
055 Is God Male or Female – The Catholic Teaching 10/22/2014
054 Why Do We Baptize Babies? The Covenantal Argument 10/08/2014
053 Lucifer vs. Saint Michael 10/01/2014
052 1 Year Anniversary Special Edition: Essentialism What is the Essence of Your Life? 09/24/2014
051 The Price of Your Anger 09/17/2014
050 The Seven Sorrows of Mary are the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 09/15/2014
049 Obstacles in Your Life (How to Conquer Them) 09/10/2014
048 Brain Science, Your Soul & Prayer 09/03/2014
047 Don’t Swallow the Camel 08/27/2014
046 The Secret Life of Thomas Aquinas 08/22/2014
045 Did Saint Paul Teach Once Saved Always Saved? 08/06/2014
044 How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 2 07/30/2014
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

3 Reasons to Consecrate Yourself to Mary This Advent

Do you have a plan for Advent? The best gift you could give to Christ this Christmas would be to consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary using Saint Louis de Montfort’s 33 Day Consecration.

Please take a moment to watch the video on the Presentation of Mary in the Temple and learn how you can join our 33Mary.com consecration movement this Advent:

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Would you like to join 33mary? Simply visit 33mary.com and follow the instructions, and I’ll send you a free book later this week along with your first email for 33Mary this Saturday.

Here are three reasons why you should consider consecrating your life using the 33 day consecration:

1) Saint John Paul II said that the 33 Day Consecration was the “major turning point” in his life before becoming Pope.

2) Over 10 Popes have endorsed this 33 Day Consecration Devotion.

3) Numerous saints have endorsed the 33 Day Consecration Devotion as integral to their formation.

This week as we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple, please consider how you might present yourself to God in a rich and beautiful way this Advent.

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Advent Total Consecration to Mary [Podcast]

For Advent, the team at the New Saint Thomas Institute is putting together a FREE 33 Day Consecration custom made for the Advent season. We are calling it 33Mary and it’s the perfect Advent Devotion for you and you’re family. Every day we will have 33 Saints lead us to Mary who will lead us to Jesus at Christmas. It’s a theological and Christocentric devotion preparing us for Christmas.

In this super short podcast, I explain why you should sign up for this Advent at 33Mary.com and how it works:

33 Mary Advent Total Consecration [Podcast]

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Please join us this Advent as we entrust our lives, souls, bodies, families, faith, works, joys, and sorrows to Jesus through Mary:

Join thousands of Catholics and sign up at 33Mary.com

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PPS: In episode 15 of our podcast, we discovered how important the 33 Day Consecration to Mary is. I even talked about my experience with evil prior to my consecration. (Listen to this Episode 15: Total Consecration).

Video Preview of My New Saint George Novel

Eight years ago, a priest named Father Bill Stetson told me that I should start writing down the stories that I told to my children about Saint George.

Grand_marnierSo after they went to bed, I nightly sipped on a snifter of Grand-Marnier and typed out the life and adventures of the historical Saint George. It’s finally being published for this Christmas with the title: Sword and the Serpent.

It’s historical fiction. If you like Roman history, adventure, mystery, and well, Catholic saints, you’re going to love this book. It’s not magical – it’s supernatural, with miracles, relics, and even some bilocation.

Please take a moment to watch the book trailer for Sword and Serpent (the book won’t be published till December):

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#1 Catholic Advent Devotional: 33 Day Total Consecration to Mary for Advent

Like Lent, Advent is a season of preparation, but if you’re like me it’s hard to set apart Advent as something important.

Christmas commercialism strikes us even before Thanksgiving begins!

I want to recommend to you what I’ll be doing this Advent in preparation for Christmas: 33mary.com. It’s a free online Advent devotional that combines Advent with the 33 Day Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, made popular by Saint Louis de Montfort and Father Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory. We are calling it 33Mary.com. It will guide you day by day with teachings from the Saints and provide the necessary prayers to complete the 33 Day Total Consecration. Even if you’ve done it before, this is a great time to renew your consecration.

What is Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary?

Pope Saint John Paul II popularized the method of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. His papal motto was Totus Tuus meaning “Totally Yours.” He explained that his papal motto was the fruit of his own 33 Day Total Consecration to Mary. He was totally Mary’s because he wanted to be totally for Jesus. Saint John Paul II said that his  own 33 Day Total Consecration was the “decisive turning point” of his life before becoming Pope.

Why You Should Try 33Mary.com

It all boils down to Christ’s words on the cross: “Behold your mother!” This statement of Christ echoes again in every century and every decade. If we want to enter into His incarnation, birth, death, and resurrection, Mary’s presence is recommended by Christ Himself. As we prepare to celebrate His birth at Christmas, who better than Mary to lead us?

How We Made 33Mary.com So Easy

If you’ve ever done the 33 Day Consecration or tried it, you know that it can be confusing. There are various prayers to keep track of and you have to keep up with which day you’re on. Also, you need to carry a book with you. To simplify this devotion, we have created a free resource for you that makes it so much easier. We will email you the prayer and short saint reading every day. It’s that easy. You don’t have to remember a book, page numbers, or even what day it is. We do all that for you.

How this Total Consecration Works

For 33 days you’ll receive an inspirational quote or teaching from a Catholic Saint about Mary and her importance in your life as a follower of Christ. It begins on November 22 and the 33 days end on December 24. On Christmas morning, you (and perhaps your friends and family) will make a formal consecration of your life, soul, gifts, prayers, faith, works, and future to Jesus through the hands of Mary. Don’t worry, we provide these prayers for you. It’s a very beautiful experience.

How to Sign Up for 33Mary.com for FREE

Our goal is to have 10,000 people sign up and consecrate their lives to Jesus through Mary using the template promoted by Saint John Paul II. Last year at the New Saint Thomas Institute we did “Mary Advent Videos” and we wanted to do something even bigger this year. By the way, it’s completely free and you don’t need to be a Member of the New Saint Thomas Institute to participate.

  • We also have bonus gifts for everyone who signs up: a digital copy of my book God’s Birthday: Why Christ was born on December 25.
  • And a surprise gift on Christmas morning that will be emailed to you.

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Please sign up by visiting 33Mary.com.

And most importantly – please tell your friends and family members. If we are going to meet our goal of 10,000 consecrations to Mary this Advent we need your help to get the word out. Please share this post on Facebook and encourage others to sign up.

Have a great Advent, but make your plan now to do something special. Otherwise Advent will come and go before you know it!

Visit 33Mary.com in order to receive this free devotional service.

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#056: Top 5 Advent Devotions

My goal this week is to share my top 5 Advent devotions. In Western culture, the season of Advent is usually sunk under the weight of Christmas commercialism. In today’s podcast we’ll explore how to sanctify the season of Advent so that we can prepare a happy and holy Christmas.

I’ll also share some of the struggles that Joy and I have faced during the Advent and Christmas season

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  • Proverb of the week: Prov 25:15
  • Featured Segment: Top 5 Advent Devotions
  • Announcements:
    • Looking for a solid Advent Devotion this year. Give a gift to Christ. Consecrate yourself to Mary with the 33 day consecration. We have everything need for it at 33Mary.com. Please visit 33mary.com and sign up.
    • My top 5 favorite Catholic novels
    • My new novel retelling the legend of Saint George and the dragon will be published before Christmas.
  • Tip of the week: Green Tea and Oatmeal
  • Latin word of the week: Adventus

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Podcast Archive

# Title Released
055 Is God Male or Female – The Catholic Teaching 10/22/2014
054 Why Do We Baptize Babies? The Covenantal Argument 10/08/2014
053 Lucifer vs. Saint Michael 10/01/2014
052 1 Year Anniversary Special Edition: Essentialism What is the Essence of Your Life? 09/24/2014
051 The Price of Your Anger 09/17/2014
050 The Seven Sorrows of Mary are the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit 09/15/2014
049 Obstacles in Your Life (How to Conquer Them) 09/10/2014
048 Brain Science, Your Soul & Prayer 09/03/2014
047 Don’t Swallow the Camel 08/27/2014
046 The Secret Life of Thomas Aquinas 08/22/2014
045 Did Saint Paul Teach Once Saved Always Saved? 08/06/2014
044 How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 2 07/30/2014
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

Top 5 Catholic Novels (other than the Lord of the Rings)

Should Catholic fiction have a place in our long list of books to read? Absolutely.

Other than the greats (like the Lord of the Rings trilogy) our spiritual lives can benefit tremendously from reading good Catholic fiction. This isn’t necessarily fiction written by Catholics (though that can be very beneficial), but these are books that openly talk  about the Faith and have a clear “sacramental” message.

Please take a moment to watch the video below as I list the best works of Catholic fiction (other than the Lord of the Rings trilogy) in the past century:

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Free Copy of Taylor’s New Novel about Saint George

Would you enjoy reading an exciting page turner based on Catholic history, saints, martyrs, emperors, relics, and mystics? If so, please consider getting a free advanced copy of my new book about Saint George and the Roman persecutions. It recounts the journey of Saint George to Rome and climaxes in, well, something like a battle with a dragon in North Africa…but I don’t want to give away the ending.

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Would you like to get a free digital copy and get your name in the novel’s acknowledgments?

Are you interested in being part of our Saint George Launch Team? We will chose 200 volunteers to help get the word out. Each of the 200 will receive advanced digital copies of the book before it comes out and will help us by rating the book on amazon and sharing it’s release on Twitter and Facebook. If you are on this Launch Team, you’re name will also be listed in the book’s acknowledgments thanking you for your help.

We will announce the winners of the Saint George Launch Team next week and send you your free advanced digital copies.

Do you want to join our Saint George Launch Team and get the word out about Catholic fiction? If so, apply here:

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Dracula vs. the Catholic Eucharist

Did you know that Dracula is based on a historical Catholic prince named Vlad III Dracula? With the release of the film Dracula Untold and Halloween just around the corner, I wanted to share some Catholic reflection on the movie as it relates to demonic possession, sacramentals, and the power of Christ.

As I explain in the video below, the Dracula legend is a demonic Anti-Christ or Anti-Eucharist myth. Please take a moment to watch our new video to learn more – and hopefully you learn some interesting facts in time for Halloween:

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Question: What’s your take on vampire literature? Do you think contemporary vampire stories (Twilight) corrupt or undermine the original Christ vs. Satan dialectic? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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