After two major hiccups (one technical and one mental), we managed to produce a surprisingly lively podcast (albeit a day late).
Taking requests from our Facebook page, we talk about how to develop patience in light of the Spiritual Works of Mercy, and how having a purpose for patience makes patience more possible.
Lastly, we dive even more deeply into the troublesome nature of 2018 and explore the potential opportunities of midlife, and finding greater purpose for the second half of life.
Though our house isn't selling as fast as we'd like, we talk about why this move is important to our family, and how difficult its been to be untethered for so many years.
Jennifer shares about the flurry of recent activity around our Rosary Army non-profit, which includes inventory of thousands of Rosaries, leading a workshop, and inducting one of our kids as an official Rosary Army soldier.
Greg returned to Pacem in Terris and shares how three days of silence, combined with finishing the book, "The Big Leap" by Gay Hendricks, is leading him down a new pathway of discovery into his zone of genius.
Last week our son, Walter, was on the show one last time before moving out and heading south. We give an update on his whereabouts and doings.
We finally had a chance for a romantic date night and Jennifer literally tried to take the shirt off the waiter's back.
Next, we talk about the delicate balance of work and life, and knowing when to take a break. Which leads to Jennifer kicking Greg out of the house for a few days.
That's what this week's pointless game is about.
In this week's episode:
Our good friend Mac Barron wrote a brand spanking new book called, "Clueless in Galilee," and it's now available for pre-order on Amazon. Go get it!
After recent discussions on the show about fasting and almsgiving being the two wings of prayer, we share a bit of an epiphany of how and why parishes should do away with the annual stewardship clarion call of Time, Talent, and Treasure and replace it with something more useful, practical, and real.
Our 18-year-old Walter joins us one last time from our home in Indiana before he moves out tomorrow to go back to Georgia. We'll miss him tremendously and share one of our last conversations with him with you.
And lastly, we wrap up the show playing another game where Walter and Jennifer go head to head to guess the name of the theme song that goes with various 1980 popular (and not so popular) movies.
We start off this week's show talking about the significance of 244 episodes and how the last time we met this milestone, it was the end of an important era for us.
We then talk about the weirdness of being sandwiched between raising our own children, and having to care for an elderly parent who (in some ways) makes us feel like we're raising a toddler again. Albeit, one who is much, much older than us.
Lastly, in celebration of our 23rd Wedding Anniversary, and in light of our recent revelations about needing more fun in our lives, Greg surprises Jennifer with a game to test her own knowledge of trivia about things that have actually happened to US.
We start this week's show discussing the mysterious way that grace builds upon grace, allowing us to more actively participate in deeper spiritual activities such as fasting, daily Mass, and praying the Rosary. It's not of our own accord that people have done this through generations, but by acting in cooperation with the promptings and strength of the Holy Spirit.
After several weeks on a new supplement regimen, Greg shares not only the state of his health after this year's battles, but also more insight to the benefit of confronting those who have directly hurt us, and the need to constantly strive to forgive.
And lastly, we talk about the latest updates with our plans to relocate back to Georgia. It's amazing how much can happen in a single week!
Immediately after recording last week's show, Greg and Jennifer were taken down by nasty late-summer colds (courtesy of our children going back to school).
We then discuss what to do when your prayers don't seem to be leading where you expect, and how to give extra THRUST to your prayers.
Lastly, we share Walter's big decision to move out and move south, which has propelled us to take enormous risk and do something we've been silently praying about for months. Yes, that's right. We're moving again.
We start off this week's show sharing the incredibly positive response Greg has gotten so far as he begins work on a new huge podcasting project. The more work he does, the more excited we get about this project.
For the last couple weeks we've been praying and discerning the possibility of offering 1-on-1 video-based Spiritual Direction and life coaching. If interested, add your name and email here to be added to the waiting list:
Lastly, we discuss the earthquake-like testimony made public over the weekend by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò with implications that have rattled the Catholic Church right up to Pope Francis.
Additionally, if you've not yet read the full document (or want to read it again), we have recorded and made available a complete and unabridged audio narration of Viganò's testimony.
This is a complete and unabridged audio recording of the Testimony written by His Excellency Carlo Maria Viganò, Titular Archbishop of Ulpiana, Apostolic Nuncio.
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We are VERY excited to share the amazing co-producer news we woke up to this morning. It was a huge blessing for us today, for sure!
In light of last week's Grand Jury report out of Pennsylvania, combined with the ongoing fallout of the McCarrick scandal, we share the pointed response from Bishop Morlino of the Diocese of Madison where he surprisingly calls for more hate in the Church, but not in a way you might think.
Then, in a more lighthearted conversation, we share our daughter Lily's recent attempts at comedy, and wonder if she might genuinely have a talent for this.
We also get quite transparent when we share some of our recent failures, how they've affected our family, and our attempt to pivot in yet another new direction.
Along those lines, if you're interested in launching a podcasting and would like to help Greg as he prepares for a new course, make sure to drop us an email to schedule a 1-on-1 discussion with him.
And lastly, a reminder to make sure you sign up for our FREE Happiness On Demand online course before it's too late!
In case you missed this last week, we had a very emotional few days last week as our family dog, Jody, suddenly got sick and made a turn for the worse.
As we recorded on his feast day, we share how instrumental St. Maximilian Kolbe was in the ongoing success of Rosary Army and SQPN, and how he continues to inspire us to this day by his love of others, Mary, and the use of technology to evangelize in creative ways.
We also discuss the importance of this week's Holy Day of Observation, which coincides with both the first day of school, as well as the third anniversary of Jennifer's dad's passing.
And lastly, a reminder to make sure you sign up for our FREE online course before it's too late!
This week's show kicks off with a conversation about how well we've indoctrinated our children to appreciate classic movies, as well as continually introduce them to highly quotable movies. Speaking of great quotes, we also explain why we were so incredibly proud of our son Walter for the awesome movie quote he chose for his senior yearbook quote.
We were a day late in recording because Greg got a wee bit queasy from the amino acid nutrients he's started taking to build up his neurotransmitters. We discussed the first day of taking TWENTY-FIVE pills (!) and what our hopes are going forward with this new therapy.
And lastly, Jennifer recounts her excellent visit back to Colorado and some much-needed mother/son time with our oldest child, Sam. They hit up a concert (check out the artwork Sam did for the band, Aloris), saw some old friends, hiked so much that Jennifer sprained her ankle, and visited three different churches.
And don't forget to sign up for our brand new FREE video course, Happiness on Demand! Just enter your name and email below to get INSTANT ACCESS!
To start off this week's show, we're super excited to announce that registration for our brand new FREE video course, Happiness On Demand, is now open for a limited time!
In this course we'll challenge you to ask if happiness can be "on demand" or controlled, and show you how greater happiness leads to greater success in your relationships, work, and personal life. Greater happiness makes it possible for us to do things we never knew we were capable of.
We'll show you how to get more happiness in life through simple tools and exercised that result in huge changes.
We kick off the show by sadly saying goodbye to our voicemail line. After many years of service, it just got too pricy and too problematic. Going forward, if you'd like to share your beautiful voice with us, just record a message on your phone or computer and email it to us at email@example.com.
Next, we share the news about Cardinal McCarrick's resignation over the weekend, and what that means for the laity going forward.
In a nutshell, the Church needs cleaning. But as always, we need to start with ourselves. How much do we allow ourselves to be challenged? How much do we question if the "truths" we hold are actually true, or if they're just things we'd like to be true?
We wrap up the show by sharing some of the books that have changed our lives, and the reasons why. Next week we'll continue this discussion by diving into the specific faith-based books that made the biggest impact.
The books we mentioned this week include:
Hemingway: A Life without Consequences by James Mellow
Jeff Herman’s Guide to Publisher’s, Editors, and Literary Agents (2000 edition)
Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
NOVELS (Both Fiction and Historical)
Lay Seige to Heaven by Louis de Wohl
Empire strikes back novelization
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Replay by Ken Grimwood
The World According to Garp by John Irving
Don't forget to sign up right away!