Saturday, September 29, 2012

Support... Matthew Kelly!

Support a Catholic Speaker 2012!!!
In the Catholic blogosphere,  September is "Support a Catholic Speaker" month, and it is time for me to plug my chosen Catholic speaker!
I have mentioned this man several times before, and even reviewed one of his books.  He is a splendid speaker, and has an awesome Australian accent.  He is...

...Matthew Kelly (shown above with his lovely wife and son)!  Matthew Kelly's whole philosophy is that we must strive to find the best-version-of-ourselves, which for Catholics means finding our identity in God and what He wants us to do.  But this goes beyond the spiritual, and touches every aspect of life.  He points out that if people were to ask themselves "will doing this help me become 'the best version of myself'?" before acting, often they would make better decisions, and hence blossom into more wholesome, healthy, and happy people.  Though I thought his book Rediscovering Catholicism was good, I prefer to listen to his talks, as they are educational, engaging, and entertaining.  I've compiled a list of some of my favorite Matthew Kelly quotes below (the ones without quotes are paraphrases).  May his insight into how to live life to the the fullest inspire you to go out and work to become the best-versions-of-yourselves as well!

"The way we see the world determines the way we live our lives"
"We [Catholics] have forgotten our story"
"People were meant to be loved and things were meant to be used," too often it's the other way around.
"Business as usual isn't going to get something done, we need something bold."
"67 million Catholics in America- that's a sleeping giant, and I'd like to wake that giant up!"
"The call of every Christian is to be counter-cultural, and we have forgotten that."
"Jesus was a radical!"
Now that you've been inspired, the two things Matthew Kelly would want you to do are: number one, read Catholic literature, because "1% of American Catholics read a Catholic book this year,"   and to paraphrase, if every American Catholic read two good Catholic books this year, that would be a game-changer; number two, start bringing a notebook to Mass, ask God to show you one way you can work on becoming the best-version-of-yourself this week, listen for what He says, write it down, and come back to it as the days go on.  The books will help you grow in knowledge of the Catholic faith, and the Mass journal will help you learn how to apply that knowledge in a way that benefits  your soul.
Please look him up, buy a couple of his talks, and allow him to light the fire of Christ within you!
Thank you, Mr. Matthew Kelly, for all that you do, and for the wonderful witness you are for the Church!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Always Remember, Never Forget...

...September 11, 2001.
May the souls of those who died, both as victims and as heroes, rest in peace,
and may their families who mourn now, be comforted.
9/11/01, "...the day our country grew weaker, the day that should make us stronger."
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Image from Yahoo.