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Being On The Road To Perfection – Episode 166

Being On The Road To Perfection – Episode 166

We are called to be perfect, as we discussed last week.

So, what does being on the road to perfection look like?

If Jesus was “finished” and his ministry was “completed,” as it means when He said, “It is done,” by saying, “It is perfected” just before He died on the Cross, He must have walked a road to perfection.

And so must we.

In this episode we discuss that concept, in terms of what we are doing and how we respond to the call for our life.

It’s a simple concept, and a difficult task, but we have the example of Our Lord which, from the proper perspective, is not an impossible example to follow and exemplify.

Being Perfect – Episode 165

Being Perfect – Episode 165

Being Perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect is a daunting idea!

Starting from the beginning, when we first launched the podcast, we talk about Jesus’ use of the word “perfect” in Matthew 5:48, its Greek etymology, and His use of the same word only one other place in His ministry – when He is dying on the Cross.

Being Perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect is to be who we are supposed to be, just as God is Who He is supposed to be.

So how do we BE perfect?

Glad you asked.

The answer is here!

God’s Time Is Not Our Time – Episode 164

God’s Time Is Not Our Time – Episode 164

God’s time is not our time.

Well, duh!

In this episode that is short on time – possibly our shortest episode ever – we discuss the intricacies of life complicated by our concept of timing and how our own blindness to the Plan of The Lord makes us impatient as He works for our good with His Goodness, Beauty, and Truth.

When we do not think God is responding to our prayers, it does not mean He isn’t involved and not doing things.

When we are kids, we try to get God to do things, to fit him into our expectations.

Do we still do that as adults?

When we are non-believers, does some of that lack of faith come from not getting, having, or experiencing what we think should be happening?

The Love Of Money – Episode 163

The Love Of Money – Episode 163

1 Timothy 6:10 is our source for this topic (not Proverbs, as we erroneously say!).

We discuss the love of money in the context of the Mass reading recently about the rich young man asking Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life.

We look at the idea of a camel fitting through the eye of a needle more easily than a rich person might enter heaven, and explore what that actually means.

Does God hate rich people? No.

Does the Church tell us not to be rich? No.

What if we are rich – does this story apply to us?

Well, we are, and that depends…

Relics – Episode 162

Relics – Episode 162

Instigated by a question from our oldest son, we dive into the macabre!

Not really, but Kristofer has some issues with the idea of venerating body parts.

Fortunately, Beth has the more reasoned approach that the Church has, and Kristofer winds up understanding, but not on-board.

Relics are hard to understand, and the venerating of them is not a requirement to be Catholic.

It’s a practice that is encouraged if it will help an individual focus on Jesus.

The saints are saints in large part because they point us to The Lord, and those relics are meant to help us do the same.

We define relics and explain what veneration is in this episode.

Because I Said So – Episode 161

Because I Said So – Episode 161

“Because I said so” is never the answer.

We do not typically get into exact parenting practices, but this was an occasion that happened after Mass that Kristofer thought needed addressing.

Raised in an environment where asking “Why” was not allowed when parental direction, guidance, or discipline was being meted out, Kristofer and Beth relate a family story that exemplifies this situation and, in the process, discuss how it has been psychologically shown that Dads have a god-like aura to their children until their late teens.

We dive into taking our cues from our perfect Dad in heaven.

God NEVER says “Because I Said So.”

Neither should we.