I subscribe to a lot of different email lists that I find can be a positive influence in my life. Most of them are faith-based and some are health-based. One of the lists I subscribe to is by a health and fitness guy who is also a Christian, Shaun Hadsall. I read one this morning […]
Faith & Spirituality
Do you ever feel like your faith life is a roller coaster? I have experienced spiritual highs and lows. So what brought me back? Today’s reading.
Jeremiah 31: “I will make a new covenant…”
Psalm 51: “Create a clean heart in me, O God”
Matthew 16: “Who do you say that I am?”
We’re coming back from a long holiday weekend. That usually means a sluggish start to the work week. Too much food, drink, fun, etc. Long interruptions in my daily routine can often lead to a series of slip-ups that very easily turn into a landslide. I doubt I am alone on this one. So how do we stop it?
“Lord God, help us to trust in you more every day and pass that trust to our families. Let us learn from the examples of your blessed disciples Peter and Paul and be the same servants to you as they were. Amen.
Lord God, help us to raise our children the way you intend. Be there for us as we endure the pain of watching our children suffer afflictions to come out stronger followers of Christ. Help us to show our children what surrender is. Going into this Solemnity of Corpus Christi, let us be the father’s that God has designed us to be. Amen.
“The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious God,
slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity.”
Happy Father’s Day!
The Iron Disciples group focuses on our roles as husbands, fathers, and most importantly, disciples of God. We don’t have any strict rules or format. We bring our experiences, troubles, and triumphs to the table, and we talk it out. These aren’t Holy Rollers, they aren’t clergy, they aren’t “Holier than thou”. They are real, everyday men.
Don’t think you need a fellowship group in your life? Can’t bring yourself to break down that wall to your heart? Trust me, I was there. I will tell you exactly why I need this group and you might too.
I was a boy living my own life for a long time. Christ had always been a “part” of my life but for a long time, He was nowhere near the top of my list. That all changed when my daughter was born. While my wife was pregnant, I had flirted with my faith again but I was more or less going through the motions.
Randy Hain has written a new book for Catholic men. I review it here, along with the reasons that you may want to get this one. In a world where it is tough to be a man, and even harder to be an authentic Catholic man, it is important to have resources that help you along the way. This is one of those resources.
Preparation for a sacrament is an opportunity for great joy along intertwined with the potential for great frustration. The sacraments are profound encounters with the grace of God, but our human experience can get in the way. As a father of three boys and three girls, I have been though First Communion preparation seven times (counting my own). It is different every time, but I have found out it is very easy to get focused on the external rather than the internal and miss the whole point.