TCND #045: Drawing a Line

TCND_045As soon as we finished recording this episode, Jennifer started crying. In some ways, recording this episode reminded us of a podcast episode we recorded in January 2007 after making a huge, life-changing decision. In that episode we shared with you all the backstory that went into our decision for me (Greg) to leave my career in the IT Industry and go full-time working for the Catholic Church through the Rosary Army and SQPN apostolates. It was a terrifying decision to make, but once we made it and shared it with you, we had a great peace.

For several months now (and possibly longer than that), we’ve been struggling with another decision we knew needed to be made. In this episode, we share that decision with you.

Additionally, we talk about our Sam’s first experience seeing Lindsey Sterling at his very first concert, and Greg shares the three things he believes are necessary for success in any endeavor, whether it be work, faith, or family.

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2 comments on TCND #045: Drawing a Line

  1. dchristopher says:

    This was a very interesting podcast. I’ve refrained from following up on my previous note because I felt I had said everything that was on my heart to say. However, because it keeps coming up and seems to have caused quite a bit of frustration, I think I need to clarify my statement that I consider my donation to Rosary Army as my subscription to the show. Perhaps I said it wrong. What I meant was that, when I first started making a monthly donation, I saw the show as the front door or gateway to your Rosary Army apostolate. To me, and I think to a lot of people, the show has been an intrinsic part of the apostolate. You were putting out a lot of effort to get out the word and get us involved in your expanding ministry and my donation was my response. As great as the show is, if you weren’t making the rosaries and giving them away, I would not be giving the amount I do monthly. My wife has, on occasion, questioned me about our donation and my specific defense is that prisoners are getting rosaries because of the money we send. If I said I were spending that amount solely on a podcast, we’d be in couples counseling. It won’t offend me if you find ways of making money through premium content. I may even purchase some of it. But, I think you are definitely shifting your focus from your earlier days. Since I don’t face the challenges you are facing as acutely as you are facing them, I won’t offer any judgment on your new focus. I’m not sure what I would do myself in the same situation. You and your family are in my prayers. God bless.

    1. Greg Willits says:

      Christopher –

      I just now saw the comment you’d left on the website and wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know you did NOT cause frustration. AT ALL! If anything, you just helped bring even more to the surface something that has been growing progressively heavier and heavier on my heart. You are not the first person to make the earlier comment you did, so please don’t feel like we’re singling you out. It’s just your comment echoed the comments of many others over the years and it showed up in my inbox when I was already troubled over the way our lives have become so intricately connected to something that will never adequately support our family for the long term.

      Our focus is definitely shifting from what it was in the earlier days, but I think that’s natural considering the early days of Rosary Army were 11 years ago, and we’ve been podcasting for 9 of those years. We’ve added children to our family since then, gone through career shifts, and moved across the country. It’s necessary to shift our focus or our children (and quite frankly — us) will suffer in the very near future.

      BUT — having said that, Rosary Army and New Evangelizers is going just as strong as it always has been. Rosaries continue to flood in and go right back out. That apostolate has become a well-oiled machine, quite frankly, and the bulk of the work done is simply the financial stuff the IRS requires. That takes up a ridiculous amount of Jennifer’s time. I honestly believe this shift will be of greater benefit both to the apostolates as well as to our family. A year or two from now we may regret it, but we have to believe that after the years of prayer, and especially the prayer of the past eight or so months, that this is the path we’re at least supposed to attempt to take.

      Thanks for all your longtime support of Rosary Army and New Evangelizers. It is very much appreciated and will continue to be so in the future, no matter the avenue we take with our personal podcasting and new media efforts.

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