All Posts by Greg

ADV #265: Circling the Whirlpool

Something about Robin Williams

Greg gets Jamaica and Brazil mixed up in the worst of ways, and the worst of analogies.  It is, of course, quite humorous.

Broken Down

After the whirlwind of moving, we're finally in our new house in Georgia.  Unfortunately, the whirlwind stress is now a Whirlpool.  Well, more precisely, Whirlpool appliances are causing us stress.

Slowing Down

We talk about slowing down to appreciate the small moments and small gifts found in small unexpected things.

Posted by Greg
February 13, 2019

ADV #264: Click Click Click Click

Polar Vortexed

Rest in the midst of chaos was a true gift to us as we were housebound last week during a polar vortex.  This leads to a discussion about the value and necessity of rest.

Click Click Click Click

Our Indiana exodus was unexpectedly stalled on Saturday and we share what happened (and how Greg handled it).  An unexpected song parody burst forth during this conversation.

House Closings Are Purgatory

We finish the show in the last three hours before (God willing) closing on our new house in Georgia, and talk about some of the last vestiges of anxiety that we're experiencing, and how we're dealing with them.

Posted by Greg
February 6, 2019

ADV #263: Goodbye, Indiana

Last Show in an Empty House

Podcasting from an inflatable mattress, we share the unbelievable whirlwind of the last two weeks which has brought us to an empty house as we prepare to move away from Indiana and back to Georgia later this week.  

Apology Proxies

We discuss how often people never receive much needed apologies from people who have wounded us, and how beneficial it can be to receive an apology from a caring person who had nothing to do with the original source of pain, even though that person has nothing for which to apologize.

On the Edge of Answered Prayer

We talk about how incredible it feels to be living on the edge of answered prayer after months (and sometimes years) of patient pleading.

Posted by Greg
January 29, 2019

ADV #262: Don’t Make Me Snap My Fingers!

Rapid House Hunting

We share the excitement of our whirlwind trip to Georgia and our quest to find a new home in record time.  Did we succeed?  Have a listen!

God's Magic Fingers

We talk about God's reactions to Mary's "yes" versus Zechariah's questions and decide we really don't want to doubt what God is doing in our lives right now.

Eldercare Change

We share a fairly significant change in the way we're caring for Jennifer's mother, and what that means for our upcoming move.

Posted by Greg
January 22, 2019

ADV #261: Wait. Wait. Wait. Go! Go! Go!

Huge News

After months and months of prayer, followed by a nine-day novena to Mary Undoer of Knots, some light becomes visible at the end of a long tunnel.

Wait. Wait. Wait.

Like many things in life, we grow in patience by having our patience stretched beyond what we think we can endure.  But when God is ready to act, He expects us to act quickly, as well.

Go! Go! Go!

So with that, we share huge (and almost ridiculous news) about trying to sell our house.  You're never going to believe what happens next (and how fast things are suddenly going to go for the next few weeks!

Posted by Greg
January 15, 2019

ADV #260: Many Much Moosen

Remembering Fr. Leo Stelten

Our dear family friend, Fr. Leo Stelten, died at age 93 on December 30.  He married off 3 of the 6 kids in Greg's family (including Greg and Jennifer) and played a major role in Greg's life.  We share some of the many ways Fr. Leo impacted the Willits family.

Book mentioned: Dictionary of Ecclestiastical Latin by Fr. Leo Stelten

Catching Up With Moose

We have a great time catching up with our dear friend, Moose.  Years ago Moose owned a coffeehouse in Georgia where Greg spent countless hours doing showing prep and other work for Rosary Army and SQPN.  We talk the importance of journaling, our faith, and our longtime friendship.

Product mentioned: Shinola journal (the one Moose uses)

Posted by Greg
January 8, 2019

ADV #259: Puzzled

The Crucible of Proximity

We visit Mac and Katherine from Catholic in a Small Town podcast and talk about the pros and cons of what it would be like if we actually sell our house and move back to Georgia near them

Catching Up With Friends

We give a round up of our visit back to Georgia and catching up with good friends from our past that are not named Mac and Katherine

Does America Embrace Mary?

Katherine wonders if US Catholics are embracing Mary, the Mother of God, and Greg offers a longer than expected response.

Someone Threw Up In a Parking Lot

This actually happened while visiting Mac and Katherine.  We'll let you guess who did it.

Posted by Greg
January 1, 2019

ADV #258: Keeping Kids Catholic

Tackling Stone Mountain

We bring you along with our entire family (minus Ben) as we set out to tackle the one-mile climb up Stone Mountain in Georgia.  

How to Keep Your Kids Catholic (or bring them back)

Half way up the mountain, Greg gets into a conversation with our 21 and 19-year-old sons, Sam and Walter, about ways parents can keep their kids engaged in the Catholic faith, or try to bring them back if they've fallen away.  It's an interesting conversation with a unique point of view from young adults in the midst of transition in life.

Revisiting Georgia and What Makes It Home

Jennifer shares why Georgia will always feel like home, as everyone chimes in on memories and favorite moments of Christmas.

Last Days of Giving Campaign

There are just a few days left to make a donation to the 2019 New Evangelizers Giving Campaign.  Please prayerfully consider supporting this important work by making a donation today.

Posted by Greg
December 27, 2018

ADV #257: Grizzly

A Different Kind of Christmas

We kick off the show talking about our plans for Christmas, and preparing the kids for a slightly different kind of Holiday celebration than what they've experienced in the past.

Just Say No To Grizzly

Despite the fact that Greg has a beard because Jennifer wants him to have a beard, apparently he's let the beard get a wee bit too long and scraggly over the last few months.  So...a change was necessary today.

So Many Opportunities

We dive deeper into the many different avenues we'd like to explore in 2019 for the New Evangelizers family of ministries including new podcasts, websites, and more.  But time is running out on our 2019 Giving Campaign and we'll soon know just how many of these plans can actually come to fruition.  

Posted by Greg
December 18, 2018

ADV #256: Disorder Dilemma

Walter Reacts to That Catholic Show

Our son Walter surprised us with a couple funny video "reactions" of him checking out old episodes of our That Catholic Show video series.  Watch Walter's videos here:

Walter's Patreon Page (Help support a young pup)
Walt's YouTube Channel
Walter Reacts to TCS Episode 1
Walter Reacts to TCS Episode 2

Six Weeks of Giving

We're six weeks into the 2019 New Evangelizers Giving Campaign and last week saw just $325 raised.  Help us raise the remaining $65,000 EMERGENCY funds to continue operating these important 501(c)3 ministries.

Transgenderism and the Meaning of Life

We dive into a deep and controversial topic to discuss the definition of disorders and the role God plays in the lives of people who suffer from various disorders.

Posted by Greg
December 11, 2018

ADV #255: Eggroll

The Eggroll That Destroyed Jennifer

We're a couple days late in recording the show and it is the fault of an eggroll.  We explain.

Learning to Praise

Jennifer got to go on a women's retreat conducted by Dr. Mary Healy and returned with a greater understanding of the charismatic movement, praise, and surrendering to God.

Learning to Trust

We offer a quick recap of where we are with the New Evangelizers Giving Campaign and how the last few months have provided multiple opportunities to learn how to trust. 

Posted by Greg
December 6, 2018

ADV #254: Overcoming Darkness

Prayers for Overcoming Darkness

Our friends Maria and Katherine suggested that we may need exorcisms, or at least some heavier duty help in overcoming the devil.  We talk about the recent Atlantic Magazine article about the increase in Exorcisms and how insidious the devil has become in making people think he doesn't exist - which then leads more people to sin.

Book mentioned - Prayers Against the Powers of Darkness

Look to the Future, Not the Past

We share quotes from Isaiah chapters 12 and 43 including 43:18-19 which reads, "Remember not the events of the past.  The things of long ago consider not.  See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it? In the wilderness I make a way in the wasteland rivers."

Tentative Rosary Army Goals

 Lastly, we share an amazing update from Giving Tuesday and the one-day amount raised on Facebook toward our 2019 Giving Campaign goal for New Evangelizers.  We also talk about the tentative plans for 2019 including a brand new website, new podcasts, more timely resources, more frequent videos, print materials and books, and more.

Posted by Greg
November 28, 2018

ADV #253: Self Care Bear

Jennifer's Sanity

After hearing from many of you after Jennifer's unexpected last-minute meltdown during last week's show, we talk about the need for self care to prevent reaching your breaking point in life.  For Jennifer, it includes both a first time visit to a psychologist as well as a spiritual director.

Writer's Group

We also talk about Greg getting outside of his comfort zone and attending a writer's group meeting for the first time in 18 years.  The website and books we mentioned include:

Luis Escobar's Website
Become a Successful Indie Author by Craig Martelle
Real Artists Don't Starve by Jeff Goins
Sell Your Soul: How to Build Your Creative Career by Russell Nohelty

Giving Campaign Update

As of today, November 20, 2018, YOU have helped us raise $18,127.33 for the Rosary Army and New Evangelizers 2019 Giving Campaign!  We still have $81,872.67 left to go, but we're confident with your help we can do it.

Please visit right now to help New Evangelizers and Rosary Army reach our 2019 operational and growth budget!

Posted by Greg
November 20, 2018
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