When it comes to money, planning is the easy part!

May 26, 2017

The core principles of personal financial success are very simple. Keep track of your money. Spend less than you earn. Have an emergency fund. Find ways to economize. Save and invest on a regular basis.

About 76% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, so even though financial success is simple, it’s not easy. It takes discipline, hard work and commitment. It’s fun to dream about being debt free, but what are you doing today to make that dream come true? If you make progress every day, your dreams will soon become reality.

That day to day effort is not how our world tells us to live. In 1 John 2:15, we hear: “Do not love the world or the things of the world.” Too many times we get caught up in how the world tells us to live instead of following our Catholic faith.

To help you manage finances from a faith perspective, you can access the eBook version of Your Money Counts for FREE and it will help you focus on what is truly important. For more information, call us at 844-447-6263 or fill out the contact form on the Compass Catholic website. Also take a look at our small group bible study, Navigating Your Finances God’s Way - http://compasscatholic.org/financial-bible-study/

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What if it IS True? Podcast - Alltech One Conference - Dr. Jud Chalkley

May 24, 2017

St. Joseph Healthcare Dr. Jud Chalkley talks about alternative models to health services that are both affordable and accesible. From Mexico to Kansas Dr. Chalkley has found interesting connections and he now wants to see these widespread. 


What if it IS True? Podcast - Alltech One Conference - Brian Lawless

May 24, 2017

Brian Lawless of Alltech talks about the Lost Art of Eating. Can we learn to see food as the tool to community? 



What if it IS True? Podcast - Catalyst Cincinnati.

May 11, 2017

I get the opportunity to talk with Lindsay van Zyl from Catalyst. 

Lindsay van Zyl is the Director of Marketing for Catalyst, a leadership development organization that exists to unify and equip ministry leaders through resources and experiential events. She leads a talented team of passionate leaders who shape and steward the Catalyst brand and message.

At its core, Catalyst is a community of change makers. Through live events, weekly podcasts, digital resources and a community-building app, the Catalyst team leans into leaders who are seeking to create courageous change in the world. Over 100,000 leaders from around the world connect to Catalyst.



Connecting the Dots w/Mark Shea, Michael Lichens and Special Guest Jason Stellman 03/28/17

March 28, 2017

Special Guest Jason Stellman is joining Mark and Michael today as they discuss his book Misfit Faith. Jason is the author of Misfit Faith along with other works (available on Amazon and bookstores everywhere). You can also check out the podcast Jason co-hosts': Drunken Ex Pastors.


Setting the Record Straight -  Trying to Understand Islam versus Catholicism

March 3, 2017
Why can't we all just get along? Listen to a quick survey of 14 centuries of interaction between the two largest religions. 
There are some valuable lessons to be learned. 

Fearless Audio Book, Intro & Ch 1

January 28, 2017

I am traveling too early to do the show this week, but I didn’t want to leave you hanging. So how about a Fearless freebie: the Intro and Chapter 1, before it’s available on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible!

If you like it, you can get the whole book here, before it’s available anywhere else.

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My Soul Magnifies the Lord

January 23, 2017

Mary “magnified” the Lord, not because of the words she said or sang in praise of Him, but because Mary fulfilled God’s purpose for her to the fullest possible degree. Completely unhindered by sin, Mary evolved completely into the person God created her to be, and in so doing, her whole life magnified the Lord. Mary, herself, is the Magnificat.
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And Mary Said, Verse 46

January 14, 2017

Mary’s name is from the root for myrrh, meaning bitter. The tree sap that produces myrrh gathers in “tears,” when the bark is deeply scored, which are cherished and collected for their extreme value. Myrrh is the balsam of suffering, purification, and death, as it was used as an antiseptic, an opiate to deaden pain, and in the embalming and preparation of bodies for burial.

See how your Mother loves you? She helps ease your suffering, and purify and prepare your soul for eternal life.

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An Introduction to Mary’s Magnificat

January 7, 2017

What happens when a prayerful young peasant receives a whisper so powerful that she dares not tell it? She hugs the secret close. And it is incarnated.

Going over and over the reality in her mind, she touches it timidly and unwraps it with equally unspeakable thrill each time. Looking at its significance from every possible angle, replaying the words repeatedly, jumping up and down and twirling around in her soul until she’s dizzy with the implications, she “ponders it in her heart.”

And when someone else, a cousin, reveals that she too knows and understands and believes what unspeakable thing has happened, the riot of praise and poetry and stupendous irony fizz out of her, spreading out in a pool of song that runs up the sides of the hills of history like a wave.

This is Mary’s Magnificat. This is Mary’s Song. Hers is the song of the Church.
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A Throne for God: The “How” of the OT

December 31, 2016

When my sister was little, she ran to my mother after a nightmare. Attempting to soothe her fears, my mother told her she should pray to Jesus and remember He is always with her. With worry wrinkling her forehead, my sister replied, “But Mama, I need somebody with skin on ‘em!”

The tabernacle and its Ark of the Covenant were the Old Testament expression of God’s desire to be present with His people. Jesus, our new Covenant, and Mary our new Ark, carry this expression forward into the Church, where God is still present on His throne.

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A Woven Veil, The “How” of the OT

December 24, 2016

The stunning vintage samplers crafted by my mother’s respectful fingers might take your breath away.

Hundreds of thousands of colorful hand-stitches and hours of painstaking concentration and deliberation go into these linens of love, such as this Quaker Sampler called Vierlande 1826. Doesn’t it make your soul sigh just to look at the joy that left her hand? Delicate finery is fearfully, wonderfully made.

The Old Testament tabernacle veil teaches that you, Dear One, are also uniquely “stitched” together with a similar unrepeatable purpose, careful respect, and wondrous appreciation. Do not doubt your wonderful nature, for you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).
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Holy Smoke! Why Do We Use Incense?

December 17, 2016

My pastor loves the liturgy; he uses incense like a fumigator when it’s called for. By the end of the weekend’s Masses  you have to part the smoke with your hands to see the altar. The old ladies cough and sneeze and dab their rolling eyes, but I love the way it gets in my clothes and hair. I take it home and inhale the scent of prayer for the rest of the day. Combining incense, liturgy, sacrifice, and prayer was God’s idea!
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Presence Bread, the Pre-Eucharist:Making Sense of the Old Testament

December 10, 2016

The fulfillment and interpretation of all Old Testament things, Jesus is present in the Eucharist. He feeds us; we can live forever with God by becoming one with, eating, this new Bread of the Presence.
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Light of the World, Lampstand and Magisterium: Making Sense of the Old Testament

December 3, 2016

Like Moses, his priesthood and elders, and the Jewish Sanhedrin after them, the Church is “watched over” and illuminated by the ministry of the priestly and apostolic Magisterium. The Deposit of Faith, which includes the Bible and Sacred Tradition, has been guarded and preserved for us for two millennia by the teaching authority of the Church.

As Saint Paul commands, we need both Scripture and Tradition: “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth [tradition] or by letter [scripture]” (2 Tim 2:15). The world needs this light and truth. “There is an organic connection between our spiritual life and the dogmas. Dogmas are lights along the path of faith; they illuminate it and make it secure. Conversely, if our life is upright, our intellect and heart will be open to welcome the light shed by the dogmas of faith” (CCC 89).

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The Laver and Baptism: The “How” of the Old Testament

November 19, 2016

The Old Testament laver teaches us that cleansing and purity is necessary for all those who would approach God. The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus when John baptized Him in the Jordan River. The dove was real, not symbolic; the Holy Spirit was real, not symbolic. John the Baptist was a witness that Jesus’ baptism was literal, physical, and spiritual. I can know with certainty that through baptism in water the Holy Spirit descends upon me, follows me as the water-Rock in the desert, and reconfigures me into a “new creation” of Christ.
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Altar Fire: The “How” of the Old Testament

November 5, 2016
The fire that fell from God’s presence onto the Old Testament altar is the same fire spoken of in the NT as the fire of purgatory which purifies, or sanctifies, us now on earth or after death (in the absence of mortal sin). Popes Gregory and Benedict XVI, along with such mystic Saints as Catherine of Genoa, Faustina, and John Paul II, have said the fire of purgatory and the fire of hell are the same fire: Trials on earth are bitter fire for the sinner, even as they purify the person of God.

Life’s “fiery trials,” then, are the all-consuming, jealous fire of God probing and purifying us deliberately, deeply, and intimately, just as the altar fire once did in the OT sacrifices. If we offer them to God willingly in Communion with Jesus’ Cross, they contribute to our salvation to the degree that we can be wholly holy at death. When our trials are viewed this way, they become our sacred offerings of love, offered in participation with Jesus’ Cross. They “save” us.
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