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 AmericansÂ live paycheck to paycheck, so even though financial success is simple, itâs not easy. It takes discipline, hard work and commitment. Itâs 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: âDo not love the world or the things of the world.â 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 atÂ 844-447-6263Â or fill out the contact form on the Compass Catholic website. Also take a look at our small group bible study, Navigating Your Finances Godâs Way - http://compasscatholic.org/financial-bible-study/
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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.Â
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?Â
May 11, 2017
I get the opportunity to talk with Lindsay van Zyl from Catalyst.Â
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.
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 theÂ podcast Jason co-hosts':Â Drunken Ex Pastors.
March 3, 2017
Why can't we all just get along? Listen to aÂ quick survey of 14 centuries of interaction between the two largest religions.Â
There are some valuable lessons to be learned.Â
January 23, 2017
Mary âmagnifiedâ the Lord, not because of the words she said or sang in praise of Him, but because Mary fulfilled Godâs 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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January 14, 2017
Maryâs name is from the root for myrrh, meaning bitter. The tree sap that produces myrrh gathers in âtears,â 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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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 sheâs dizzy with the implications, she âponders it in her heart.â
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 Maryâs Magnificat. This is Maryâs Song. Hers is the song of the Church.
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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, âBut Mama, I need somebody with skin on âem!â
The tabernacle and its Ark of the Covenant were the Old Testament expression of Godâs 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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December 24, 2016
The stunning vintage samplers crafted by my motherâs respectful fingers might take your breath away.
Hundreds of thousands of colorful hand-stitches and hours of painstaking concentration and deliberation go into these linensÂ of love, such as this Quaker Sampler called Vierlande 1826. Doesnât it make your soul sigh just to look at the joy that left her hand? Delicate finery is fearfully,Â wonderfully made.
The Old Testament tabernacle veil teaches that you, Dear One, are also uniquely âstitchedâ together with a similar unrepeatable purpose, careful respect, and wondrous appreciation. Do not doubt your wonderful nature, for you are âfearfully and wonderfully madeâ (Psalm 139:14).
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December 17, 2016
My pastor loves the liturgy; he uses incense like a fumigator when itâs called for. By the end of the weekendâs MassesÂ 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 Godâs idea!
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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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December 3, 2016
Like Moses, his priesthood and elders, and the Jewish Sanhedrin after them, the Church is âwatched overâ 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: âSo 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]â (2 Tim 2:15). The world needs this light and truth. âThere 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 faithâ (CCC 89).
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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 Jesusâ 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 ânew creationâ of Christ.
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November 5, 2016
The fire that fell from Godâs 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.
Lifeâs âfiery trials,â 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 Jesusâ 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 Jesusâ Cross. They âsaveâ us.
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