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The Lord Has a Place for Us

The Lord Has a Place for Us

What do we rejoice about?

Our accomplishments and those of others whom we love.

This week, Jesus gives us a different perspective – God’s perspective:

We should be most joy-filled because our names are written in heaven.

The Lord has a place for us, ready and waiting!

Our work for Him here prepares us to live eternally with Him in heaven.

That’s worth laboring for!

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Dignity and Pride Part 1 – Episode 101

Dignity and Pride Part 1 – Episode 101

As we experience an increase in the LGBTQ+ Pride movement, how do we navigate these choppy waters where human dignity and pride seem to collide?

In this first part of this double episode of On the Road to Perfection, Beth and Kristofer address this question from Betty, a listener, discussing this difficult subject with their trademarked grace and kindness to help us all better journey through the seemingly crumbling world around us.

Living in the modern world can be difficult and often uncomfortable as an authentic, practical Catholic.

It’s supposed to be.

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The Lord Has a Place for Us

The Lord Has a Place for Us

What do we rejoice about?

Our accomplishments and those of others whom we love.

This week, Jesus gives us a different perspective – God’s perspective:

We should be most joy-filled because our names are written in heaven.

The Lord has a place for us, ready and waiting!

Our work for Him here prepares us to live eternally with Him in heaven.

That’s worth laboring for!

Follow Christ!

Follow Christ!

Following Christ can be difficult, but with His help, it becomes easy.

We place many things and people – obstacles – between us and the Lord.

This week we explore how we can remove the obstacles we put up so we can become better disciples and follow Christ to heaven.

Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday gives us a chance to reflect on how we relate with and pray to God.

How do we address Him?

Do we relate better with the Father, or Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit?

When we pray, do we focus on one more than another Person of the Trinity?

This week we explore those questions and pray to the Trinity in a more intentional way.

Pentecost Sunday – Receive the Holy Spirit

Pentecost Sunday – Receive the Holy Spirit

On Pentecost Sunday two thousand years ago, the Apostles received an amazing gift – the Holy Spirit.

Jesus kept His promise and sent the Advocate and amazing works have been done ever since through Him.

How He works in our lives is just as important as how He worked in the lives of the Apostles.

And the gift and work is all connected to the Sacraments.

The Ascension of The Lord – Why Are You Looking at the Sky?

The Ascension of The Lord – Why Are You Looking at the Sky?

The wonder of the Ascension of the Lord is sometimes overlooked. This week we dive into that wonderment.

How did the Apostles feel? How do we feel? And how can we talk to God about those feelings?

Is the wonder of the miracle of the Ascension of the Lord lost on us because of the cynicism of the world?

Let’s remember what it’s like to believe like children and recall the wonder of heaven as we profess our faith this Sunday!

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Dignity and Pride Part 1 – Episode 101

Dignity and Pride Part 1 – Episode 101

As we experience an increase in the LGBTQ+ Pride movement, how do we navigate these choppy waters where human dignity and pride seem to collide?

In this first part of this double episode of On the Road to Perfection, Beth and Kristofer address this question from Betty, a listener, discussing this difficult subject with their trademarked grace and kindness to help us all better journey through the seemingly crumbling world around us.

Living in the modern world can be difficult and often uncomfortable as an authentic, practical Catholic.

It’s supposed to be.

Numbers In The Catholic Faith – Episode 100

Numbers In The Catholic Faith – Episode 100

Happy 100th episode!

To celebrate this important number in our podcast, Mom and Dad decided to talk about important numbers in our Catholic faith.

Learn the meaning behind the numbers like three, twelve, and forty on this fast-paced, lightning round, monumental episode of On the Road to Perfection.

The Holy Trinity – Episode 99

The Holy Trinity – Episode 99

The Holy Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – is one of the most puzzling mysteries of our faith.

Three persons in one God.

In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mom and Dad explore the beauty and theology behind the Mystery of the Holy Trinity.

And Dad gives a good reason for a cough button.

The Hail Mary – Episode 98

The Hail Mary – Episode 98

The Hail Mary is perhaps one of the easiest prayers to memorize.

Children learn it before they go to school.

It is prayed fifty-three times during the rosary, but do we know what we are praying?

Do we understand the words we are saying?

In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mom and Dad explore this simple but powerful prayer.

And Dad puts his foot down.

Subsidiarity – Episode 97

Subsidiarity – Episode 97

What is subsidiarity?

Mom and Dad break this large word down into what exactly it means in this episode on another Catholic teaching on social justice.

Mom and Dad explore ways you can help people and their own experiences with subsidiarity.

The Ascension- Episode 96

The Ascension- Episode 96

The Ascension is one of the important days of the liturgical year, but why is it important? What exactly is it?

In this episode of On the Road to Perfection, Mom and Dad talk about why the Ascension means so much to the Church.

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Fruits of the Spirit: Conclusion

Fruits of the Spirit: Conclusion

Mom and Dad summarize the Fruits of the Holy Spirit in this episode. As well as a paragraph from the catechism. No fruit can be external without being internal. Just like any orchard, or tree, we need to cultivate it. -Nathaniel

Fruits of the Spirit: Chastity

Fruits of the Spirit: Chastity

What is Chastity? Mom and Dad explore this including the fact that it is not only, although it’s a big part of it, keeping our purity outside of marriage. There are so many opportunities for unchaste actions after marriage. Getting married does not automatically mean we are chaste! Chastity is the call to love sacrificially with our bodies.

Chastity is the fruit that is borne from a healthy relationship. We can be unchaste before or after marriage. There is always regret after we have been unchaste. Chastity is a fruit that is simply following natural law. -Nathaniel

Fruits of the Spirit: Gentleness

Fruits of the Spirit: Gentleness

Mom and dad explore the fruit of Gentleness. How is Mary related to Gentleness? Gentleness is probably the easiest Fruit to understand. Gentleness is having a soft touch in our truthfulness. In Gentleness we are called to “speak the Truth in Love”

It is the manifestation of the Golden Rule. We don’t know someone’s story. we don’t know where they came are coming from or where it is going. It’s one of those Fruits that we can “Fake it ’till i make it” -Nathaniel

Fruits of the Spirit: Self Control

Fruits of the Spirit: Self Control

Mom and Dad explore Self Control in this short video. Self Control is much like Temperance. Being Self Controlled is watching what we say, do, and think. When we have true Self Control, we recognize our sins immediately. When we lack self control, we can fall into a state of sin very easily.

It also provides us the grace in apologizing. The more we do it, the more we realize we should be doing it also the more we do it the less we need to do it. The true fruit of Self Control is how we act when we’re alone.

Fruits of the Spirit: Goodness

Fruits of the Spirit: Goodness

Will Goodness always stay? What is it? Mom and Dad talk about how the Goodness that we practice is not done for a motive, but that it is natural for us to do it. They say that if we have God in us, we have Goodness. One of the Transcendentals, or attributes of God, is Goodness. The Fruit of Goodness is us cooperating with the Divine Life in us known as Grace; it is a reflection of God within us.

Remember those bracelets that said “What would Jesus do?” If we were using Goodness, we would not need to have the reminders. So, we should not DO good for the sake of DOING good; we should BE good, and the Doing will soon follow. Goodness comes from God; therefore, if we cooperate with the Big Guy, we will BE good. If we are not being good we soon realize it, and then we would have done good. Focus on BEING good as opposed to DOING good, and we are well on our way. -Nathaniel

Fruits of the Spirit: Modesty

Fruits of the Spirit: Modesty

Mom and Dad explore Modesty in this episode. The thing that probably comes to mind first is CLOTHING! We seem to stretch the meaning of modesty in that regard, thinking that to look beautiful, we need to be immodest.

But, it’s not all about clothing! Remember, Fruits have multiple manifestations. We will automatically find that DOING Modest, or dressing appropriately, will come if we ARE Modest. Modesty has to do with how we think of our own selves.

Modesty is like the opposite of sinful Pride. It means we are selfless. A combination of Humility, selflessness, dignity and Prudence.

Modesty is also in thought, speech, and dress. Also, it is how we treat ourselves when we’re alone. -Nathaniel

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