We start the show celebrating our son Sam's 21st birthday (Happy Birthday, Sammy!) with Greg challenging Jennifer with Sam related trivia.
Next we discuss our upcoming monthly video meetup on November 18 for our $5 and above Patreon Co-Producers, and Walter's unexpected encounter with community this weekend. Plus an update on selling our house.
Lastly, we bare our souls (again) with how difficult it can be to discern the will of God and follow it, even if it means not doing anything at all.
We're convinced there are more leaves this year, and a battle of the trees has commenced.
As the weather changes, we share some of the tools that are helping Greg fight the grey weather "blahs" including:
We're so incredibly appreciative of the almost 50 people who have already signed up to help during our first giving campaign in over FIVE YEARS.
We start the show with Greg's disappointment for not creating a proper new exciting intro in celebration of our 250th episode of Adventures in Imperfect Living. But then again, if you combine all of our past productions, it's really like our 611th, so what's the big deal?
We also discussed the importance of a good blurb for a podcast, which lead to Greg mentioning the book Screenwriting Tricks for Authors (or, Stealing Hollywood: Story Structure Secrets for Writing Your BEST Book) by Alexandra Sokoloff (affiliate link).
After watching Steven Spielberg's The Post, we talked about Greg's past experience as a journalist, and the frustration of having to look at multiple media sources and making decisions based on "feelings" more than objective truth. This same principle applies to both conversations about politics and news as well as recent topics from within the Catholic Church and how they're reported on by the often biased Catholic media.
Lastly, we look once again at the power of the Rosary. In light of the parable of the Mustard Seed, we are amazed that the Rosary Army 501(c)3 non-profit apostolate has already been in existence for over 15 years.
After much prayer and discernment, and given that it has now been over 5 years since our last giving campaign for the organization, we announce an ambitious giving campaign to launch on All Saint's Day, November 1, 2018.
Given the many initiatives and opportunities faced by Rosary Army, we need to raise $100,000 by the end of the year to continue operations and make these initiatives a reality. We would very much appreciate your assistance. Please prayerfully consider making a tax deductible donation right now at http://newevangelizers.com/donate.
Walter calls in to share details of an adventure with Greg's brother deep in the heart of South Carolina. Lots of fun with this conversation.
We also give a detailed update on the tribulations of trying to care for an elderly parent. In the case of Jennifer's mom, we've gotten additional diagnoses that have brought up additional questions about how to best take care of her while still taking care of our family.
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.
Click here for the full text of Archbishop Viganò's testimony.
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