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Finding and Forming Your Identity

August 29, 2016 • By

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George MacDonald says, “a man is enslaved to whatever he cannot part with that is less than himself.”

What is our identity? I believe this is a very important question. Unfortunately, I also believe that the answer has been muddied and twisted by our current, over-heated, political climate. Phrased “What is your identity?” who can help but think of the myriad politically-correct, predetermined categories that seek to answer that question for us. White, black, hispanic, middle class, lower class, poor, rich, one-percent, gay, straight, bi, and everyday more are created. But this type of categorization is a distraction, and a lie. Have you ever wondered why the same political ruling class who champions equality-for-all continually separate us into smaller and smaller groups and goad us into feeling shame, guilt or rage for the other groups? This is identity used as a weapon.

But what is our identity?

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WISDOM FROM THE RED BARN

June 13, 2016 • By

The guys over here at Prime-Cuts.org run a biannual men’s faith night called Meat and Greet. We made this video for our most recent event. In it we discuss what it means to be a man of Christ. Each member of the team share’s their opinions on how the world has failed them as men, and how being a follower of Christ has lead them to a greater version of themselves. As Pope Benedict said “This world promises you comfort, but you were not made for comfort you were made for GREATNESS.”

You will also a see a small snap-shot of what our “Catholic Men’s Nights” are all about. Hint: These aren’t your grandma’s bible studies.

For more information on Meat and Greet and getting some of this program into your church, contact Sam Todzia at redbarnministries.org

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[Listen] Heroic Confidence

April 18, 2016 • By

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Fr. Mike Schmitz, chaplain for Newman Catholic Campus Ministries at the University of Minnesota Duluth, is always a great source of spiritual inspiration and direction. His Sunday homilies, which he uploads as podcasts, are easy to digest while being incredibly thoughtful and substantive.

On this most recent Divine Mercy Sunday, Fr. Mike started a series of homilies focusing on what he calls Heroic Confidence. In this series, Fr. Mike puts forth the claim that many of us live and act with a sort of caution or timidity when it comes to the faith – as if we are afraid of living it to the fullest. But that is the opposite to how we should act! If we truly believe that Jesus rose from the dead, what do we have to fear?

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Helping Out: Haiti180

April 5, 2016 • By

Haiti180 is a charitable organization whose goal is to help the needy in Haiti.  Since 2002 they have been working hard to bring much needed support to the villages of Duverger and Danndan which are approximately 80 miles west of Port au Prince. Since their founding, the good people at Haiti180 have built and run an orphanage, a chapel, a school, and a home for the elderly.

The are process of constructing a medical clinic. You can imagine how necessary this must be. Or maybe you can’t. Check out this video from Haiti180 founder, president, and Prime-Cuts buddy Sean Forrest. Afterwards, head over to their Go Fund Me page and show your support.

From the Haiti180 website: James 1:27 reminds us, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” It is in responding to this call that Haiti180 is moving into action.

 

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[Podcast] Raising Rebels in a Pagan World

February 26, 2016 • By

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Steve Ray is a regular contributor on Catholic Answers Radio and Catholic.com. Steve Ray is a convert to the Catholic Church and the author of three best-selling Ignatius Press books (Crossing the Tiber, Upon this Rock, and St. John’s Gospel). He speaks at conferences around the world. He is a regular guest on The Journey Home and has appeared on many other radio and TV programs, including Fox News.

In his latest appearance on Catholic Answers Radio, Steve discusses the importance of raising our children with the necessary skills to remain Catholic in today’s culture. Steve explains that despite the christian roots of our country’s founding our current culture is unarguably pagan. Through a series of personal anecdotes from his own role as a father of four, he shares many tips about raising kids who can withstand the temptations, distortions, and traps of the modern world.

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Into the Lion’s Den: How Dorm Life Promotes a ‘Hook-Up’ Culture at Catholic Colleges

February 23, 2016 • By

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Advancing from high school to college should be a monumental step in a child’s life. It is seen, rightfully so, as another large step forward into maturity, independence and adulthood. But what about your child’s path to sainthood? Is the college they are attending fostering that growth? To young men and women who value their soul, entering college is like stepping into the Lion’s Den.

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Get Lent Delivered Directly to Your Inbox

February 7, 2016 • By

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Like I mentioned before, Lent is more than just giving up chocolate. Two great Catholic websites are have the same message for you. Matthew Kelly from dynamiccatholic.com and the folks over at uCatholic.com want help you grow as much as possible between now and Easter. You can sign up at each website for a special Lenten program sent to you each day via email. And honestly, they both look great. And since they are free you should sign up for both!

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Tackling Lent Like a Champ

February 3, 2016 • By

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Lent is right around the corner, and if you are like me your first reaction is something akin to grumbling. Batten down the hatches, here comes Lent! Immediately my mind regrets the loss of whatever it is I’m going to give up. Chocolate? Dunkin Donuts? Soda? – It’s all too horrible to imagine.

But hold up for a second. Rather than look at Lent as a chore, I encourage you to look at it as a leader. First and foremost, Lent is about reconnecting with our Lord and strengthening our spiritual life with Him. As leaders, don’t get stuck thinking about how Lent is going to be a burden for you. In fact, don’t think about you at all. Ask yourself – how can this time be used to strengthen the spiritual lives of those around me, like my loved-ones?

In “The Way of the Wild at Heart” John Eldredge explained that every man is called by God to be a King like Christ. Our calling is to serve and lead in a way that strengthens, supports, and lifts-up the people around us. They are our kingdom. This task is both a great honor and a great responsibility.

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[Read] Get Inspired with St. Josemaria Escriva’s The Forge.

October 30, 2015 • By

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St. Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975) was a passionate champion of Christ. His work and his writings have brought many souls to Christ. He has an earnest, plain-as-day style that is easy to ready and understand. His life work is very inspiring, and is well worth learning.

Today I would like to draw your attention to one book in particular, The Forge, written by Escriva in order to inspire his fellow priests and lay people to a deeper love of Christ and His mission. Like many of Escriva’s other writings, The Forge is formatted as a list of thoughts. Each chapter organizes the thoughts together under a certain theme. Because of this format, reading the book is like having Escriva himself there in the room giving you really good advice.

The Forge contains 1055 points for meditation, arranged in thirteen chapters. Many of these points, written down for the most part in the 1930’s by the founder of Opus Dei, refer to events in the author’s own life, although they are usually related in the third person.

This weekend, I welcome you to read the first chapter of The Forge. It’s available online here.