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.
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.
Jennifer shares why Georgia will always feel like home, as everyone chimes in on memories and favorite moments of Christmas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
We're a couple days late in recording the show and it is the fault of an eggroll. We explain.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.