I’m honored to be giving two talks on the Sacrament of Confession and Divine Mercy at the Branches of the Word Regenerate(d) conference. Please join us for a great weekend!

Date: October 3, 2015—October 4, 2015
Event: Regenerate(d) 2015 Conference
Sponsor: Regenerate(d)
Venue: Soctiabank Convention Centre
Location: 6815 Stanley Ave.
Niagra Falls
Canada
Public: Public

Christian Seder Passover Meals: Should Christians Celebrate Them

Should Christians celebrate Jewish Seder Passover meals?

Passover meal

Every year during Holy Week leading up to Easter, there is growing popularity in Christian or Messianic Seder Meals. In today’s post we are going to look at theological reasons (from Scripture and Saint Thomas Aquinas) as to why Seder Meals might be a bad idea for Christians.

#068: St Paul on Faith and Works Catholic vs Protestant Debate

My goal this week is to share with you how Saint Paul understood the relationship between faith and works. This debate goes back to the Protestant Reformation: Are we saved by faith alone (Martin Luther) or by faith and works (Catholic Church). We’ll look at the six verses in Saint Paul’s epistles that refer to the “works of the law” and unlock this debate in light of the Church Fathers and contemporary Scriptural scholarship.

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Podcast Archive
# Title Released
067 How Your Fears Are Hurting You Spiritually? 03/18/2015
066 What is 666 and the Mark of the Beast? 03/04/2015
065 40 Days of Joy 02/26/2015
064 Why did God make you? Luke 19 Gives the Answer 02/11/2015
063 Is Being A Christian Hard or Easy? 01/21/2015
062 Catholic View of the End Times and Tribulation 01/14/2015
061 When Other People Really Hurt You 01/07/2015
060 Is Saint George Still a Saint? 01/01/2015
059 Revolution in Catholic Education – Jennifer Fulwiler Interviews Taylor Marshall 12/31/2014
058 The Hidden Theology in Sword and Serpent with St George and Sabra 12/11/2014
057 Advent Total Consecration to Mary 11/13/2014
056 Top 5 Advent Devotions 11/07/2014
055 Why Do We Baptize Babies? The Covenantal Argument 10/22/2014
054 Is God Male or Female – The Catholic Teaching 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 6 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 Saints 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
039 How Was the Bible Assembled? (plus Joy joins me) 06/18/2014
038 Should You Budget Time (or Money)? 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

Book of Revelation: Who are the Beasts and the Whore of Babylon?

The Book of Revelation speaks of two beasts in Revelation 13. Today we’ll look at how these beasts relate to the mysterious “Whore of Babylon” in Revelation 17 from a Catholic Preterist point of view.

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As I explained in last week’s free audio podcast, the first is the Sea Beast (arising from the sea) that symbolizes the pagan and idolatrous Roman Empire and its Emperors. This beast follows the exact description of the “Fourth Beast” described in the Prophet Daniel.

The second is the Land Beast (arising from the land) symbolizes the apostate Jewish leaders of the Temple in Jerusalem who condemned and killed their Messiah Jesus of Nazareth saying, “We have no king but Caesar.” How do these two beasts work together?

Meet the Oriental Orthodox Christians and Their Controversial Christology

These 70 Million Christians Have a Valid Eucharist but a Controversy over Christ…

On planet earth there are about 70 million Orthodox Christians that are not in full communion with the Catholic Church (centered at Rome) or with the Eastern Orthodox (centered at Constantinople). These are the Oriental Orthodox Christians. They have all seven sacraments, revere the Mother of God and the saints, have a valid Eucharist, pray for the faithful departed, and have preserved a valid line of apostolic succession.

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Armenian Christians in the Miaphysite Tradition

These Oriental Orthodox Christians do not accept the Council of Chalcedon in AD 451 which dogmatically defined that Christ is one divine Person with two natures (divine and human).

Meet the Miaphysites

The Non-Chalcedonian Oriental Orthodox Christians rejected this Council because Saint Cyril of Alexandria spoke of one nature (Greek: mia physis) in the incarnate Christ. These Non-Chalcedonian Christians rejected the Council of Chalcedon on grounds that a great saint and doctor of the Church, Saint Cyril, spoke of “one nature” or “mia physis.” According to them, how then could the Council teach “two natures”?

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Coptic Orthodox celebrating their Divine Liturgy of Saint James

 

The Six Oriental Orthodox Churches

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An Ethiopian Orthodox monk at prayer

The Non-Chalcedonian “Miaphysite” Christian Churches are the:

  1. Armenian Apostolic Church
  2. Syriac Orthodox Church
  3. Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church of India
  4. Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt
  5. Ethiopian Orthodox Church
  6. Eritrean Orthodox Church

The Oriental Orthodox Communion of Churches

This communion of Oriental Orthodox Churches are called by the following terms:

  • Oriental Orthodox (to distinguish them from the Eastern Orthodox)
  • Non-Chalcedonian (since they do not receive the Council of Chalcedon as do Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox)
  • Jacobites (after Jacob Baradaeus, the Miaphysite Bishop of Edessa who died in AD 578)
  • Miaphysites (in honor of the term used by Saint Cyril: mia physis or “one nature”)
  • Monophysites (a pejorative term rejected by the Oriental Orthodox Church – they prefer the term Miaphysite)

The Big Debate Over Ek or En “Two Natures”

The big debate between Non-Chalcedonian Miaphysites on one hand, and Chalcedonian Catholics and Eastern Orthodox on the other, centers on the use of terms in Greek:

  • The Non-Chalcedonians insist on Saint Cyril’s phrase “mia physis” (one nature) and the formulation that the incarnate Christ is “ek duo physeon” (out of two natures).
  • The Chalcedonians (Rome and Constantinople) allow for Saint Cyril’s phrase “mia physis” (we must accept it, because it comes from a sainted champion of orthodoxy!) but prefer the formulation that the incarnate Christ is “en duo physesin” (in two natures).

It is important to note that Non-Chalcedonians reject the heretic Eutyches and also rightly believe that Christ is consubstantial with the Father and consubstantial with humanity. It seems that the heretic Eutyches condemned by the Council of Chalcedon did not profess that Christ was consubstantial with the rest of humanity. This is bad, bad theology because if Christ does not share our nature, He cannot save us or lift us up.

Saint John Paul II Forges a Way Toward Union

Pope Saint John Paul II signed accords with the Coptic Orthodox and the Syriac Orthodox (both miaphysite) recognizing that their Christology is currently sound and orthodox – fully in accord with Roman Catholic Christology. The Catholic Church recognizes that the debate was essentially linguistic and political and it’s worth noting that ALL the miaphysite churches belong to the Eastern Provinces of Byzantium and were non-Greek speaking nations. Hence, there is little separating the Oriental Orthodox from joining into full communion with the Successor of Saint Peter in Rome.

With the recent martyrdom of the 21 Coptic Martyrs and persecution of Syrian Christians, let’s pray for a reunion of all followers of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

I put together a free worksheet about Coptic Christians which you can download here:

Click Here to Download the 1 page Coptic Report pdf

Note: Saint Cyril of Alexandria wrote against the Nestorians saying: “one (mia) nature of the Word of God incarnate” (μία φύσις τοῦ θεοῦ λόγου σεσαρκωμένη mía phýsis toû theoû lógou sesarkōménē). Although Chalcedon taught “two natures” there must always be a way to preserve Saint Cyril’s “one nature” formulation. See John McGuckin (2004), Saint Cyril of Alexandria and the Christological Controversy, ISBN 0-88141-259-7 p. 140.

#067: How Your Fears Are Hurting You Spiritually? [Podcast]

My goal this week is to share with you how and why you make irrational decisions. We look at at story from the biblical book of Numbers and see how the People of Israel begin to make irrational decisions based on fear rather than faith.

After you listen to this podcast you will be able to make more rational decisions and identify the areas of your life where fear (not faith) is ruling over you.

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Podcast Archive
# Title Released
066 What is 666 and the Mark of the Beast? 03/04/2015
065 40 Days of Joy 02/26/2015
064 Why did God make you? Luke 19 Gives the Answer 02/11/2015
063 Is Being A Christian Hard or Easy? 01/21/2015
062 Catholic View of the End Times and Tribulation 01/14/2015
061 When Other People Really Hurt You 01/07/2015
060 Is Saint George Still a Saint? 01/01/2015
059 Revolution in Catholic Education – Jennifer Fulwiler Interviews Taylor Marshall 12/31/2014
058 The Hidden Theology in Sword and Serpent with St George and Sabra 12/11/2014
057 Advent Total Consecration to Mary 11/13/2014
056 Top 5 Advent Devotions 11/07/2014
055 Why Do We Baptize Babies? The Covenantal Argument 10/22/2014
054 Is God Male or Female – The Catholic Teaching 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 6 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 Saints 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
039 How Was the Bible Assembled? (plus Joy joins me) 06/18/2014
038 Should You Budget Time (or Money)? 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

Meet Leucius Charinus the First (Heretical) Christian Novelist

In the 800s, the Patriarch Photius of Constantinople (no friend of the Pope in Rome, mind you) condemned a collection of early historical-fictional Christian novels that circled around under the collected title of The Circuits of the Apostles or known today as the Leucian Romances. It included five little novelettes about the Apostles.

These “Leucian Acts” are as follows:

  • The Acts of John
  • The Acts of Peter
  • The Acts of Paul
  • The Acts of Andrew
  • The Acts of Thomas

These five works were immensely popular and always carried the flavor of heresy and wild supernatural fantasy. The book about Saint John and Saint Thomas have obvious evidence of Gnostic teaching and their Christology is Docetic. These books also follow the heresy of Encratism by teaching that sexual relations between a Christian husband and Christian wife are sinful and should be avoided. In the Acts of Andrew, it tells of a Christian woman who avoids having intercourse with her husband by “piously” substituting her maid in her place without her husband’s knowledge! We also have one woman receive “martyrdom” rather than have relations with her husband.

So, yes, these are not orthodox novels for popular Catholic consumption!

  • Tertullian doesn’t give the author’s name, but calls the author of the Acts of Paul a “presbyter in Asia” who was condemned by the Church (Tertullian, De baptismo 17, 5).
  • Augustine identifies the author as “Leucius” and a “cobbler of fables” (Contra Faustum 22:79).
  • Writing of the five Leucian Acts, Pope Saint Leo the Great said these books: “should be utterly swept away and burned.”
  • The Seventh Ecumenical Council (Nicea II) said of it: “Let no one read it; and not only so, but we judge it is worthy of being committed to the flames.”

Yet despite the repeated condemnations, these books continued to be copied, circulated, and read. Many Catholic traditions such as Saint Thomas going to India, Saint John being boiled in oil in Rome, and Saint Peter engaging in spiritual battle with the heretic Simon Magus are found in the Leucian Acts.

The ancient sources hold they were written by a certain Leucius Charinus. This author’s name is interesting because it may have an esoteric connection with another ancient Christian pseudo-history.

I’m an author and I do hide esoteric things in my writings. This is part of the fun of being an author and it’s always great when readers “get it.” Sometimes it’s a footnote. Sometimes it’s an intended pun. Sometimes it’s the name of a friend or family member that’s hidden in the text.

pontius pilateI recently noticed that the apocryphal Act of Pilate (sometimes called the Gospel of Nicodemus) refers to two men who were raised from the dead on Good Friday (as described in Matthew 27:53). The names of these two men are Leucius and Charinus!!! Is this an esoteric reference to the author? If so there is some connection between the five Leucian Acts and the Acts of Pilate. My guess is that it’s the same author Leucius Charinus and he’s having fun with it.

In the Acts of Pilate, two men named Leucius and Charinus are raised from the dead after the crucifixion, as I just related. These two men then report to the Jewish Sanhedrin about how explain how the “Good Thief” (named here as Dismas) went along with Christ through death into the limbo of Hell and the delivered of the righteous Old Testament saints. It’s a fun read, but not to be taken too seriously. The names jump out. It would be like a popular theological novel out there on amazon with the two main characters named “Taylor” and “Marshall.” Something’s afoot here.

With this evidence, it is reasonable to group it with the other five Leucian Acts of the Apostles. This would make the complete collection as consisting of:

  1. The Acts of John
  2. The Acts of Peter
  3. The Acts of Paul
  4. The Acts of Andrew
  5. The Acts of Thomas
  6. The Acts of Pilate (with two narrating characters strangely named Leucius and Charinus)

Conclusion on Leucius

My conclusion is that Leucius was a second century presbyter in Asia who was confused by early Gnostic tendencies (Docetism) and held to a strict teaching against human sexuality (Encratism). It’s easy to see how his Docetism (as a denial of Christ’s historical incarnation with a physical human body) is related to his Encratism (with an antagonism toward human sexuality and the human conception of new human bodies). More than all this, he was a gifted writer who spun out heretical works that captured the attention of both orthodox Christians and heretics.

Should you read them? Only if you recognize them as heretical and non-historical.

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#066: What is 666 and the Mark of the Beast?

My goal this week is to share with you the Catholic Church’s teaching on Revelation 13, the Mark of the Beast, 666, and the history of Rome as it relates to both topics.

Last month we had an episode called Catholic View of the End Times and Tribulation Episode 62. It was so popular that I wanted to do a sequel to it. So in this episode (Episode 66) we’ll look at the idea of the Antichrist and 666 in more detail.

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  • Featured Segment: What is 666 and the Mark of the Beast?
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  • Latin word of the week: antichristus

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Podcast Archive
# Title Released
065 40 Days of Joy 02/26/2015
064 Why did God make you? Luke 19 Gives the Answer 02/11/2015
063 Is Being A Christian Hard or Easy? 01/21/2015
062 Catholic View of the End Times and Tribulation 01/14/2015
061 When Other People Really Hurt You 01/07/2015
060 Is Saint George Still a Saint? 01/01/2015
059 Revolution in Catholic Education – Jennifer Fulwiler Interviews Taylor Marshall 12/31/2014
058 The Hidden Theology in Sword and Serpent with St George and Sabra 12/11/2014
057 Advent Total Consecration to Mary 11/13/2014
056 Top 5 Advent Devotions 11/07/2014
055 Why Do We Baptize Babies? The Covenantal Argument 10/22/2014
054 Is God Male or Female – The Catholic Teaching 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 6 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 Saints 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
039 How Was the Bible Assembled? (plus Joy joins me) 06/18/2014
038 Should You Budget Time (or Money)? 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

Your 3 Negative Voices vs The Voice of God

Every day you are confronted with three negative voices:

  1. microphone squareThe voice of the demons. These are preternatural voices that pop into you head saying such things as: “God doesn’t love you. You’re a terrible follower of Christ. Who could ever love you?”)
  2. The voice of the naysayers. These are people in your family, at work, at church, at school, at the bus stop that complain, rag on other people, and rag on you. They complain all the time about how they are poor, unhappy, sick, sore, demoted, unsuccessful, unfavored, and “catching bad breaks.” They see the world through the grey tint of unhappiness.
  3. Your own negative voice to yourself. These are the words that you say to yourself in moments of quiet: “I’m so stupid. How could I have fallen for that? I don’t deserve ______. Who am I kidding? I’m a failure. Who could love me? Why do I even exist?!”

 

But there is The Voice above all these voices that says: “You are precious. I love you. I want to reward you. I want to give you things that you never could have imagine. I have a plan for you. I want to know you. I want to make you pure. You are my child. Draw close to me.”

You can only hear This Voice above the others if you read the Sacred Scriptures every day and pray daily. Otherwise, the other voices will get louder and you’ll forget to listen to the most important Voice.

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#065: 40 Days of Joy

My goal this week is to share with you why Lent should be a period of 40 days of Joy.

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  • Proverb of the week: Prov 6:22 (Byzantine citation is Prov 6:26, which what I cite in the audio)
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020 When Prayer Becomes a Chore 01/15/2014
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015 Total Consecration to Mary 12/04/2013
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