Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Maybe all I've ever wanted to share about love

"Jesus wants me to tell you again . . . how much love He has for each one of you ----beyond all you can imagine.  I worry some of you still have not really met Jesus---one to one---you and Jesus alone.  We may spend time in chapel---but have you seen with the eyes of your soul how He looks at you with love?  Do you really know the living Jesus---not from books but from being with Him in your heart?  Have you heard the loving words He speaks to you?  Ask for the grace, He is longing to give it.
. . . Be careful of all that you can block that personal contact with the living Jesus.  The Devil may try to use the hurts of your life, and sometimes our own mistakes---to make you feel it is impossible that Jesus really loves you, is really cleaving to you.  This is a danger for all of us.  And so sad, because it is completely opposite of what Jesus is really wanting, wanting to tell you.  Not only that He loves you, but even more---He longs for you.  He misses you when you don't come close.  He thirst for you.  He loves you always, even when you don't feel worthy.  When not accepted by others, even by yourself sometimes---He is the one who always accepts you.  My children, you don't have to be different for Jesus to love you.  Only believe---you are precious to Him.  Bring all you are suffering to His feet---only open your heart to be loved by Him as you are.  He will do the rest."
-Mother Teresa, from her letter shared on March 25, 1993



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Three Books I’m Currently Reading at the same time (and highly recommend!)

I definitely have attention issues when it comes to reading.  If you walk into Mimi’s and my one bedroom apartment, you will see piles of books on the coffee table or my bedside table or even the bathroom (yes, I like a good story while I, uh, multitask).  I like owning books because I often like scribbling my own notes and underlining when I can.  Looking around you might think, “whoa, this man sure reads a lot”.  Not exactly.  I often start a book, lose my mood for it, then get gifted another one, start that one, then move on to another one I really wanted to read.  Based on my mood of the moment, I’ll go back and forth between three to six books at time.

Currently, I’ve narrowed it down to three sure winners, and I highly recommend them for very different reasons.  

My “man book”
Often in my repertoire of reading lists are books about being a man/father/husband/brother/son.  Great books that have fallen in this list in the past are Gut Check by Tarek Saab, Be a Man by Fr. Larry Richards and of course Wild at Heart by John Eldredge.  All three of these past books were read together by a Catholic brotherhood group I take part in called The Armory.  Every two weeks about five to ten of us Catholic men in our 20s and 30s get together and discuss our current book, the Gospel, and our daily lives, all over a couple beers.  

This time around we’re reading a book called The Spiritual Combat and A Treatise on Peace of Soul by Dom Lorenzo Scupoli.  What I like about the book is that it hits me in the face.  It doesn’t waste any time in telling a man what he needs: God.  Here’s a line I’m still reflecting on:

The man who has a deep distrust of himself and places great confidence in God is not at all surprised if he commits a fault.  He does not abandon himself to confused despair; he correctly attributes what has happened to his own weakness and lack of confidence in God.

Whew!  Like I said, hits you in the face.  The chapters are literally only two pages long in this book, and I think it’s intentional because each one feels like a novel in itself.  I like the small bites to chew on while I’m literally chewing on my oatmeal at breakfast.  It mentally prepares me for the day.



Monday, July 14, 2014

Writing for another blog! The Heart of Manliness

Whoa!  Recently, the awesome blog ibelieveinlove.com has hired me to write for their site!  Check out us out on their Facebook page in the next couple of weeks every Monday with our series titled:

The Heart of Manliness
What does it mean to be a man? This weekly series of posts is written by men, to men, and for men with the goal of answering just that question. We tackle topics like fatherhood, marriage, dating, bachelorhood, sex, and porn, and it's up to us to shape the conversation. Real Men, Real Stories, Real Love. 

As Mother Teresa says, "We're called to be faithful, not successful."  As if my day job at Centro Tepeyac as a Men's counselor and Men's Campus Minister at the Catholic Student Center at UMD isn't already a testament, I'm quite humbled to be recognized for my writing, too!  God is amazing.

The Heart of Manliness...coming soon to you!




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Giving a Talk: How Love Defeats Porn

For at least one part of the week for the past two months of summer I've been out of town.  Crazy busy! 

But a lot has happened.  Included getting invited to give a talk for the Archdiocese of Washington Summer Theology on Tap Series!  If your'e in the D.C. area Tuesday, August 5 , I'll be giving a talk on the rooftop of the Catholic Information Center.  The Ted-themed talk is titled: How Love Defeats Porn

Check it out!

https://www.facebook.com/events/699581213434658/


Amén.




Monday, June 30, 2014

Video: Saving a Stork at Creation

My experience at CreationFest 2014 with Centro Tepeyac and Save the Storks!




Monday, June 16, 2014

Video: What Happens at a Porn Conference

So Matt goes to a porn conference.  And this happened.  Major kudos to Andrew Young at Honor Park TV who shot and edited this.  More to come!