The Tightrope: Reflections for Busy Catholics

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The Catholic podcast where we take three to five minutes to see and embrace the opportunities embedded in our busy, messy lives that are meant to help us move towards heaven. Together, we walk the tension between living this life fully while being on our way to the next.

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  • The Center Did Not Hold

    June 1st, 2020  |  6 mins 18 secs
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    Racism is present in our nation, and there is tension between races and classes. There is a danger of the center not holding politically. When Walker Percy wrote, "the center did not hold," in Love in the Ruins, he wasn't speaking just politically, but the interior state of the person.

    In today's podcast, Colin gives some pointers on where we can find our center.

  • Offer Good News and Ask Good Questions

    May 25th, 2020  |  5 mins 24 secs
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    Today, Colin shares how the basics of conversation from his son’s perspective, sharing good news and asking good questions, are the basics to evangelization.

  • Identity, Purpose, and Desire: Living as Children of God

    May 18th, 2020  |  11 mins 55 secs
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    This week, we pause to meditate on our identity, purpose, and desires.

  • What Will Happen as Parishes Reopen?

    May 11th, 2020  |  7 mins 9 secs
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    There’s likely going to be two types of people who will need to be reached once the churches reopen. Those who have become used to not going to Mass and won’t come back to church once the doors reopen. Then there’s some who have been doing some soul searching during quarantine.

  • This Is Not the New Normal

    May 4th, 2020  |  9 mins 51 secs
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    If the world is a ship, then right now it’s taking in water. We’re pulled apart right now, keeping in touch through virtual means, but we must acknowledge that we cannot maintain a digital existence in perpetuity. This cannot be the new normal. As a Church, we need to be able to return to the sacraments at some point. It’s wonderful that we’re able to connect online right now, but it’s not something we can continue with forever. This is not where we ought to be, but it’s where we are. Let’s offer up our suffering, and have hope in being reunited.

  • How Can We Rejoice in Our Sufferings? - Colossians 1:24

    April 27th, 2020  |  7 mins 50 secs
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    Jesus forever transformed the meaning of suffering through his passion. No longer is suffering meaningless pain, but it can be offered up and joined to the work of Christ to intercede for the good of others.

  • Pandemic Life and Screens: The Battle Intensifies

    April 20th, 2020  |  13 mins 56 secs
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    As stay-at-home orders extend, we’re relying more and more on screens. They’re one thing that keeps everyone pacified, and it’s especially tempting to keep kids entertained in exchange for a few hours of quiet. There are definitely positive uses for screens, like education, communicating with friends and family, and spiritual devotions, but we have to be careful when it comes to mindless entertainment.

  • Resurrection and Mission

    April 13th, 2020  |  5 mins 55 secs
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    As we enter into this Easter season, we see that the Resurrection is not just a reason for joy and hope, but invites us to go on a mission to spread the good news and make disciples throughout the world.

  • Holy Week - We Can’t Save Ourselves

    April 6th, 2020  |  7 mins 37 secs
    catholic, christ's passion, colin maciver, holy week, hope, jesus, jesus christ, lent, lent 2020, passion, sacrifice, salvation, savior

    If this Lent didn’t go the way you wanted it to, you are not alone. But God can take our disappointments and failures, and use them to do something good in our lives. One good thing is to humble ourselves and realize that we are deeply in need of a savior. We can’t save ourselves, and luckily we don’t have to. Jesus is our hope and our salvation. As we enter into Holy Week, I’m praying for you and your family to experience fully the saving power of Jesus’ sacrifice.

  • Urbi et Orbi: At the Threshold of the World

    March 30th, 2020  |  6 mins 38 secs
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    The extraordinary “moment of prayer,” the Urbi et Orbi blessing of March 27,2020 was the first ever of its kind offered apart from the election of a pope, Christmas, or Easter. On a bleak Friday during Lent and in the midst of worldwide pandemic and upheaval we witnessed the Vicar of Christ express the eloquence of his office. He pleaded, intereceded, and blessed. He taught with authority and spoke to weary hearts words to rouse.

  • A Rule for Your Domestic Monastery

    March 23rd, 2020  |  12 mins 57 secs
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    Catholic parents have become the abbots and abbesses of 1000’s of domestic monasteries. Like all good monasteries yours needs a workable schedule and a focus. Unlike most monasteries, yours may or may not include brooding teenagers, sassy six year olds, or active nine year olds who have just had all of their team sports cancelled.

  • Love and the Little Prince in the Age of Social Distancing

    March 16th, 2020  |  6 mins 16 secs
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    As many of us are practicing social distancing, we’re confronted by the things right in front of us. For me this brings to mind this line from The Little Prince, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” This line shows us that while we’re preoccupied with statistics and never-ending news cycles, what’s most important is what’s right in front of us: Our communities, our families, and our God.

  • The Holy Spirit as the Origin of Lent

    March 9th, 2020  |  7 mins 21 secs
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    “What does Lent mean to you?” This question really made me think about why Lent exists. We know it’s derived from Jesus’ forty days in the desert, but what caused Jesus to go there in the first place?

  • Prefer Nothing to Christ: St. Benedict’s Rule as a Help for Lent

    March 2nd, 2020  |  6 mins 33 secs
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    If you’re struggling with your Lenten commitment already, that may be a good thing because the purpose of Lent isn’t to do it perfectly, it is to reveal the things we’re putting before Christ.
    When we realize that there are things we prefer to Christ, we can go to the root of the problem and ask God to enter into that temptation.
    St. Benedict recognized this when he established his rule for monks. The rule ensured that their ascetic practices pointed to their ultimate goal of preferring nothing to Christ.
    If we employ this balance in our own Lenten fast, we find that by the end of Lent, our hearts will be ordered properly, with Christ first.

  • The Holy Face at the Edge of Lent

    February 24th, 2020  |  5 mins 53 secs
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    A face-to face encounter can be a powerful thing. I experienced this with my own son while praying for someone who was sick and suffering. His sincere prayer for their deliverance brought me to tears. It’s something we can all do. Before Lent, come face-to-face with Jesus, and make a sincere offering.

  • Preparing for Lent

    February 17th, 2020  |  7 mins 15 secs
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    How should we be preparing for Lent? By enjoying the good things God has made (celebrating Carnival/Mardi Gras) and planning out our fasting, almsgiving, and prayer for the forty days of Lent.