Your 40 Ideas for Lent:

Here are 40 ideas to help you keep a holy Lent this year. You don’t have to do them all, but pick several:

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  1. Invite 40 people to church. Invite Catholics and non-Catholics to: Mass, Confession, Penance services, parish missions, a retreat, a recollection, a Catholic conference or pilgrimage later in the year. 40 different people. Make a list and do it. 7 people each week.
  2. Pray Divine Mercy chaplet daily.
  3. Increase your weekly giving by $40 to your parish, ministry, or the poor.
  4. Give up alcohol, including Sundays.
  5. Eat Paleo (no grains, no sugar, no dairy, no alcohol) for Lent.
  6. Pick up the check for friends during the rest of Lent.
  7. Attend a recollection or mission once during Lent.
  8. Attend the Stations of the Cross once during Lent.
  9. Pray the Rosary daily.
  10. Attend daily Mass.
  11. Invite someone to your home for a meal every week in Lent.
  12. Write a kind letter to a priest you and know and thank him for his ministry.
  13. Write a kind text or email to a mother that you know who needs encouragement.
  14. Write a kind text or email to a parent or grandparent.
  15. Pray the Angelus daily at 11:55am.
  16. Say 3 Hail Mary’s every day for graces against sexual sins and temptations.
  17. Set up a domestic altar in your home with a crucifix, candle, and holy cards (and incense if you want to go all out).
  18. Stop at a church on the way home from work for 5 minutes every day. Make a visit to Jesus in the tabernacle.
  19. Read all 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) during Lent.
  20. Wake up at a set time in the morning during Lent (even on Saturdays and Sundays).
  21. Attend an earlier Sunday Mass as a Penance.
  22. Give up adding salt and pepper at all meals in Lent.
  23. Give up using butter on bread during Lent.
  24. Give up milk and sugar in coffee for Lent.
  25. Give up coffee for Lent.
  26. Give up smoking for Lent.
  27. Give up cussing for Lent.
  28. Give up one meal per day for Lent.
  29. Write a Thank You note every day (email and texts work great for this).
  30. Create a list of all the things going great in your life (and read it every day during Lent).
  31. Sign up for a pilgrimage.
  32. Purchase a beautiful image of Our Lady, have it blessed, and place it in a prominent place in your home.
  33. Thank God for priests by making a seminary donation. Here’s my seminary donation recommendation and why: click here.
  34. Plan an blow out Easter Party and send out invitations to family and friends for Easter Sunday after Mass.
  35. Say the Saint Michael prayer daily.
  36. Pray an Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be for the Pope daily.
  37. Read one Papal Encyclical on a topic that interests you.
  38. Attend all or some of the Triduum liturgies (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday).
  39. Make a nightly examination of conscience and pray an act of contrition before bed each night.
  40. Go to confession weekly.

Question: What are you doing for Lent? Any more ideas? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

102: Taylor’s New Podcast for Christian Men: Maccabee Society [Podcast]

Today’s podcast is a sample from a new Podcast that I’m doing with Jared Zimmerer on topics for men. In this episode we talk about the biblical Judah Maccabee and how his struggles and victories mirror those of men today. I hope you enjoy it. Godspeed, Taylor Marshall.

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#102: Taylor’s New Podcast for Christian Men: Maccabee Society [Podcast]

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  • Announcements:
    • The sequel to my novel about Saint George: Sword and Serpent will be released in 2016.
    • Download the Sword and Serpent Study Guide at: http://swordandserpent.com
    • Catholic Life Prep 2016: A new class for high school and college students equipping them to stay Catholic in College.
    • 2015 Enrollment for New Saint Thomas Institute is now closed. If you’d like to join our waiting list for online Catholic classes, you can learn more by clicking here: Newsaintthomas.com

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10 Reasons to Study Thomas Aquinas in 2016

I heard a priest say in his homily: “I do not recommend that you read Thomas Aquinas.” He had praised the great patron of theology, education, and scholar, but then implied that Saint Thomas was “too difficult.”

“Thomas Aquinas is too hard,” is a common myth and it derives from decades of teachers who were not enthusiastic and skilled in making Catholic Theology via Thomas Aquinas accessible to the ordinary person.

So here are 10 Reasons to Study Thomas Aquinas for 2016. Below you also find resources to help you:

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Could You Explain Natural Law and Homosexuality?

Have you ever found yourself in a position where you needed to explain or defend our Catholic teaching about traditional matrimony, homosexuality, abortion, etc?

We can use Scripture and Tradition, but when talking to a non-Christian we often need to reach deeper and craft the discussion around NATURAL LAW. Natural Law Theory is one of the most powerful teachings – and yet so few Catholics know what it is or how to use it.

You are invited. Please join us:

I wrote my PhD dissertation on Natural Law and Thomas Aquinas, and I’ll be giving a short and complimentary online class on Natural Law and how it will help you understand and explain key topics related to human sexuality, grace, and apologetics.

All attendees will receive a pdf copy of our Catholic Bible Cheat Sheet (gives all the Bibile verses for all our Catholic doctrines) and a Worksheet on Natural Law. It’s a free gift to help you in the New Evangelization.

Please click the button below or click here to register and reserve your spot:

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Did You Know Saint Paul was a Catholic Priest?

To celebrate the conversion of Saint Paul (Jan 25), we wanted to send you some Catholic Saint Paul theological resources: 1 video and 11 audio mp3 podcasts on Saint Paul by Dr. Taylor Marshall.

Free Video: Catholic Theological Core of Saint Paul as “en Christo”

Free audio mp3s: Catholic Perspective on Paul (11 presentations)

If you are looking for a concise book proving that Saint Paul and the New Testament is Catholic, my book The Catholic Perspective on Paul has become a go-to resource for seminaries and apologists. Today it is on sale today for 50% off on Kindle and on sale in paperback:

Catholic Perspective on Paul Open Inside

GK Chesterton once observed that the Catholic Church has been “attacked on all sides and for all contradictory reasons. No sooner had one rationalist demonstrated that it was too far to the east than another demonstrated with equal clearness that it was much too far to the west.” The same may be said of Saint Paul. The history of heresy is essentially a series of contradictory positions, each claiming the authority of the Apostle Paul.

In today’s video I explain how understanding Paul’s “core theology” can help you explain and defend EVERY Catholic teaching and doctrine:

According to some heretics, Paul was the first corrupter of the life and doctrines of Jesus Christ. To others Paul alone preserved the true message of Christ that had been corrupted by the Twelve. Some consider Paul to have been the champion of grace, while others accuse him of yielding to the so-called Jewish legalism of Peter and James. Paul has since been accused of being too Greek, too Jewish, too gnostic, and too orthodox.

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Catholic Perspective on Paul Open InsideIn his own day, he was held by some to be an apostle and by others to be a heretic. Martin Luther claimed Paul’s authority, as did the Catholic Council of Trent. He has been called both a misogynist and a liberator of women. Some hail him as a proponent of freedom and others revile him for imposing rules against sexual freedom and social progress. Always and everywhere, Paul is pulled and tugged in opposite directions. Paul has been stretched out so thinly that his features have become faint, almost forgotten. Prophetically, Saint Peter aptly described the controversial nature of Paul’s epistles:

Also our most dear brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, hath written to you: As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures, to their own destruction (2 Pet 3:15-16).

All the detractors of Paul stand united in their conviction that the historical Paul is certainly not the same Paul revered by the Catholic Church. There is today a deep prejudice against the so-called “Saint Paul” of the Catholic Church. They will grant that Paul was a rabbi, missionary, mystic, polemicist, author, and apostle. However, they will not grant that the man enshrined in the mosaics, statues, and stained glass of a thousand Catholic cathedrals is the Paul of history. The critics are convinced that the Catholic religion as we know it today has little to do with the historic Paul of Tarsus.

Paul is none other than a saint of the Holy Roman and Catholic Church. He spent his life wishing to bring his feet within the walls of Rome and he surrendered his head to the sword outside those very walls. Within his writings, we find the primitive and pristine doctrines of the Catholic Faith. We discover a Paul who is Catholic, a theologian who is sacramental, a churchman who is hierarchical, a mystic who is orthodox.

Please watch this video to learn more about Saint Paul:

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Jewish Priests and Catholic Priests [Podcast]

My goal this week is to talk with you about the theology of priesthood – from the Old Testament and how it relates to the Catholic Priesthood.

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#101: Jewish Priests and Catholic Priests [Podcast]

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  • Proverb of the Week: Sirach 7:31
  • Featured Segment: 101 Jewish Priests and Catholic Priests
  • Tip of the Week: Front Load Your day
  • Announcements:
    • Maccabee Society
    • Sword and Serpent 2 will be released in 2016.
    • Download the Study Guide at: http://swordandserpent.com
    • Life Prep 2016
    • 2015 Enrollment for New Saint Thomas Institute is now open. If you’d like to enroll with online Catholic classes and earn your Certificate in Catholic Theology, learn more by clicking here: Newsaintthomas.com
    • We have just begun our Catholic Church History curriculum for 2016. Enrollment ends Jan 28, the feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas.
    • Please visit: newsaintthomas.com for more details.
  • Latin Phrase of the Week: Sacerdos

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8 Tips on How to Pray Every Day

In our Catholic New Year’s Goals webinar, we covered many tips on how to elevate your daily spiritual life.

(You can watch the replay here.)

The single best thing that you can do is to commit to a schedule of daily mental prayer. Here are tips in no particular order:

  1. Find a place in your home where you pray. Designate a space.
  2. Find a time in the day when you pray. The prophets and the saints usually got up early to pray. Set your alarm clock earlier (go to bed earlier) and wake up to be with Christ in the morning.
  3. Create a morning ritual that includes prayer. I recommend that it include Scriptural reading, also. The Bible is how God usually talks to you. “God never talks to me,” people often say. My response is, “Are you reading the Bible?” God talks to you in Scripture.
  4. Use a timer on your phone. Start at 5 minutes and work up to 30 minutes daily.
  5. Mental prayer is using your mind (“mental”) to speak to God. Tell him everything. Speak with your heart. Ask Him questions about your life. Ask Him theology questions? Ask Him to do more than you expect. Don’t be afraid to ask for insanely crazy requests. He likes to answer those best because they prove that we didn’t accomplish it.
  6. Keep a New Testament or spiritual reading book nearby. If you’re mind loses track and wanders. Use this book to read a few sentences to focus again on Christ or spiritual thoughts.
  7. Use your daily time to fill yourself with positivity. The people that I know that pray 30-60 minutes every day are very positive thinkers. Why? Because they spend time with God and learn that all things are possible through Christ. Faith and prayer build confidence and a “get it done” attitude. The most pessimistic (and lazy) people are the people who do not pray or do not spend time alone in silence. “Be still and know that I am God.”
  8. Make daily prayer your identity. Repeatedly tell yourself: “I am a person who talks to the Trinity every day. That is who I am and I always do it.” Become what you are.

Question: We can evangelize every soul on earth if we pray and fill ourselves every day with Christ’s resurrected power. How do you best plan your goal of daily mental prayer? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

(You can watch Catholic New Years Goals Webinar replay here.)

The Crucifix and Your Work

Every day we do things that we love and things that we do not love. Place a small, non-ostentatious crucifix near your work. On the kitchen counter. In the laundry room. On your desk at work. If you are on a laptop at a coffeeshop, open tab and Google search one of the famous crucifixion paintings and leave it open in that tab. Here’s mine today:

Peter Gertner Crucifixion

Do your daily tasks under the shadow of the cross. You’ll find happiness and peace there throughout the day.

 

#100: Is Star Wars Christian or Anti-Christian? [Podcast]

My goal this week is to talk about Star Wars as it relates to Star Wars, the Force, and the Image of God as intellegentia:

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#100: Is Star Wars Christian or Anti-Christian? [Podcast]

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  • Proverb of the Week: Prov. 4:19
  • Featured Segment: Is Star War Christian or Anti-Christian?
  • Tip of the Week: Make a list and every 1st day of the month review it. I also want to make a New Year Webinar available to you. You can watch the replay by following this link: New Year’s Webinar with Dr. Marshall.
  • Announcements:
    • The sequel to my novel about Saint George: Sword and Serpent will be released in 2016.
    • Download the Sword and Serpent Study Guide at: http://swordandserpent.com
    • Catholic Life Prep 2016: A new class for high school and college students equipping them to stay Catholic in College.
    • 2015 Enrollment for New Saint Thomas Institute is now open. If you’d like to enroll with online Catholic classes and earn your Certificate in Catholic Theology, learn more by clicking here: Newsaintthomas.com
  • Latin Phrase of the Week: Sit Vis Vobiscum

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Catholic View of the End Times and Tribulation Plus Top 10 Episodes of Taylor Marshall Cast Show

The post popular and most downloaded episode of our weekly podcast for 2015 was: Catholic View of the End Times and Tribulation.

If you are new to the podcast, a podcast is a weekly recording that I send out on a certain topic. Click on one below and listen to it on your computer, tablet, or in your car.

Here are are our Top 10 TMShow Episodes (most downloaded) from 2015:

  1. Catholic View of the End Times and Tribulation
  2. Revelation Ch. 1 Apparition of Fiery Christ (Catholic Apocalypse Part 1)
  3. What is 666 and the Mark of the Beast?
  4. Revelation Chs. 2-3 Seven Churches and Seven Ages of Salvation (Catholic Apocalypse Part 2)
  5. Was Muhammad Evil?
  6. On the Indissolubility of Marriage and the Synod on the Family
  7. Revelation Chs. 4-5 The Lamb and Liturgy of God (Catholic Apocalypse Part 3)
  8. 3 Steps to Overcoming Anxiety and Stress
  9. St Paul on Faith and Works Catholic vs Protestant Debate
  10. Revelation Ch. 12 – Our Lady of the Apocalypse (Catholic Apocalypse Part 7)

Look for our 100th Episode soon! You can subscribe and find more episodes of the Taylor Marshall Catholic Show at iTunes by clicking here.

Question: Which was your favorite episode? What topic do you want me to cover in the 2016 podcasts? You can leave a comment by clicking here.