Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BEAUTIFUL Words from Pope Benedict - Poet, Doctor of the Church

"We climb up the mountain of time, bearing with us the instruments of our own death. At first the goal is far distant. We do not think of it; the present is enough: the morning on the mountain, the song of the birds, the sun's brightness. We feel we do not need to know about our destination, since the way itself is enough. But the longer it grows, the more unavoidable the question becomes: Where is it going? What does it all mean? We look with apprehension at the signs of death that, up to now, we had not noticed, and the fear rises within us that perhaps the whole of life is only a variation of death; that we have been deceived and that life is actually not a gift but an imposition. 

Then the strange reply, “God will provide”, sounds more like an excuse than an explanation. Where this view predominates, where talk of “God” is no longer believable, humor dies. In such a case man has nothing to laugh about anymore; all that is left is cruel sarcasm or that rage against God and the world with which we are all acquainted. But the person who has seen the Lamb—Christ on the Cross—knows that God has provided... 

All we can see is - like Isaac - the Lamb - the crucified Christ - is in fact our glimpse of Heaven, of what God has eternally provided for us.  In this Lamb we actually do glimpse Heaven, and we see God's gentleness, which is neither indifference nor weakness but power of the highest order.  It is in this way, and only thus, that we see the mysteries of creation and catch a little of the songs of the angels - indeed, we can try to join with them, somewhat, in singing the Alleluia of Easter Day.  Because we see the Lamb, we can laugh and give thanks; from him we also realize what adoration is."

From a homily for Easter, published in "Images of Hope" by Ignatius Press

Protestant Youtuber Converts to Catholicism

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Faith and Science

"Drug companies have a substantial stake in construing psychological problems as discrete illnesses so they can market medications that treat each condition. The emphasis is no longer on the deep healing of pervasive personal struggles, but on the effort to change behaviors that interfere with smooth functioning in work or school"

This is from a wonderful book I've begun reading called "Psychoanalytic Diagnosis 2nd Edition" by Nancy McWilliams

Saturday, February 3, 2018

"Coaching for Christ" Media Appearances

We have been SO blessed to be able to be on lots of shows this week talking about "Coaching for Christ"

The show that gave us the most "love" was Barbara Mcguigan's "The Good Fight" - they gave our project the ENTIRE TWO HOURS of their show!  Listen by clicking HERE

The Indianapolis Star did a great article before the video even came out.  Click HERE to read their write-up.

I also got to speak with the Catholic Man Show podcast last week. Click HERE to listen to that interview

Coach Scifres was blessed to be able to speak with Matt Swaim and the national "Sonrise Morning Show".  Click HERE to listen to that iterview

I was able to speak this week with Teresa Tomeo's national show "Catholic Connection".  Click HERE to listen to that interview

And I was also to speak with the national morning show "Morning Glory".   Click HERE to listen to that interview.  I start around the 45th minute

A nice write-up from "SPES in Christ".  Click HERE to read their thoughts on the project

And again, visit to get all the FREE resources.

And here again is the free video that goes with the project

Monday, January 29, 2018

"Coaching for Christ"

Friends - please please PLEASE share this with everyone you know, PARTICULARLY any coaches you know out there!

There are some GREAT free resources for pastors, athletic directors, principals, etc. to help their coaches GROW as coaches for Christ.

CLICK HERE for lots of FREE resources

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Archbishop Buechlein Funeral Arrangements

TuesdayJanuary 30 - (All times for this location are Eastern Time.)

8:30 a.m. Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral Doors Open
9:00 a.m. Rite of Reception (Open to the Public) 
9:30 to 6:30 p.m. Visitation (Open to the Public) 
7:00 p.m. Solemn Evening Prayer (Open to the Public) 
8:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Visitation (Open to the Public) 
9:00 p.m. Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral Doors Close

Wednesday, January 31

9:00 a.m. Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral Doors Open
9:00 to 10:45 a.m. Visitation (Open to the Public) 
11 a.m. Funeral Mass (Open to the Public)

Immediately following the Funeral Mass, a luncheon will be provided in the Assembly Hall of the Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara Catholic Center, 1400 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

~Transferal of the Body to Saint Meinrad Archabbey~
Location: Saint Meinrad Archabbey, 200 Hill DriveSt. Meinrad, IN 47577
Wednesday, January 31 (cont.) - (All times for this location are Central Time.)
7:00 p.m. Office of the Dead (Open to the Public)
8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visitation (Open to the Public) 

Thursday, February 1

8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Visitation (Open to the Public) 
10:00 a.m. Mass for a Deceased Bishop (Open to the Public)

Immediately following the Mass, the Committal Service will take place at the Archabbey Cemetery. Per the Archbishop’s wishes, he will be buried in the cemetery of the monastic community. A buffet lunch will be provided following the burial.  (Open to the Public)

Archbishop Buechlein, RIP

"You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek" - Psalm 110:4

Requiescat in Pace

Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein, OSB
April 20th, 1938 - January 25th, 2018

STOP chasing conversion experiences

Daily Mass homily for the conversion of St. Paul

I've worked with a lot of people who have had very similar conversion experiences to St. Paul, and still quit

Conversion experiences do not get you into Heaven.  Picking up your cross daily and following Christ, through God's grace, gets you into Heaven.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Family Math

A set of parents who have 2 children who marry and each have 2 children is a nexus of 10 relationships

A set of parents who have 6 children who each marry and have six children is a nexus of 1,225 relationships

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Homily: "The power of your story to fish people out of darkness"

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