Saturday, June 30, 2018
In this week’s video from Fr. Mike, he discusses why confessing the same sins over and over isn’t entirely a bad thing. He also offers some ways we can make our confessions more effective in helping us avoid those same sins in the future. The practice of naming, confessing, and renouncing our sins in Jesus’ name before, during, or after confession is one suggestion Fr. Mike shares. He also encourages us to move past simply wanting forgiveness and into having true repentance so we can experience deep conversion and freedom.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
It's easy to think of courage as something we only need when facing our greatest fears, but in this video Fr. Mike explains how courage is necessary to live out every virtue. He shows how cowardice can seem harmless in the ways it sneaks into our thoughts, and shares words from great saints who commissioned the faithful to practice fortitude in our everyday lives.
Monday, June 25, 2018
We often consider all stress to be bad for us, but in this video Fr. Mike makes the case for stress—eustress, that is, or the kind that compels us to take action. He illustrates how a life without stress can easily become lethargic, lifeless, and even dangerous to one's health. So hopefully this video will give you the boost you need to tackle that next daunting task by helping you not stress about being stressed.
Friday, June 22, 2018
If we put on a mask when we come to God in prayer, how can he love that fake version of us? In this week’s video from Fr. Mike, he challenges you to come before God as your true and genuine self. The love you will encounter by doing this one simple act, no matter how vulnerable it may make you feel, will be astounding.
Monday, June 18, 2018
One of the most common Bible verses people use to try and debunk Catholic teaching is Matthew 23:9, where Jesus says, “Call no man on earth father.” In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz guides us through the New Testament to give us the context and significance of this teaching. By the end of this video, you will see that Christ’s words here have much deeper meaning than what many people would believe
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Father Mike answers one of the most common questions he receives, pointing out that Catholics marrying non-Catholics is not an issue of sin but an issue of wisdom. Since marriage is naturally so difficult, he argues, the wise decision would be to marry someone who is on the same page with you when it comes to your faith. The reasons for this are endless, and Father Mike is passionate about all of them. The most important thing to remember, though, is that loving Jesus and the Catholic Church is not an imposition, so don't be afraid to make your faith the cornerstone of your marriage.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
The term "discipleship" has been a buzz word for a while (like 2000 years at least!), but especially in recent years. In this video, Fr. Mike gives four basics for being a disciple of Christ. If you're looking for a challenge, try what Fr. Mike suggests here. They're simple tips, but they're not that easy.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Alcohol can certainly help us to live in the moment, grow in friendship, and simply enjoy life more, but when we drink too much we distort the goodness of alcohol. The Bible always condemns drunkenness, and in this video Fr. Mike points out why. In doing so, he also shows how to really enjoy a drink with friends or family, and enjoying a drink the right way is much better than getting drunk.
God never ignores us, but sometimes we simply can’t hear him due to all of the distractions in our life. That’s why Fr. Mike Schmitz feels it’s necessary for people to become more comfortable with silence, because silence is God’s first language, and it is in silence that we will best hear him.