It’s a God thing

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Ever have one of those days where your run into the right person at the right time? That happened to me this morning. It’s a God thing.

I ran into one of my Cursillo brothers and we got to talking about so many things. We hadn’t seen each other since my Cursillo so we had some catching up to do. We got into some deep conversation about Christianity, more specifically about male spirituality.

He had a couple of employees with him and we got to talking about how I’ve been involved with the Catholic Men’s Movement in our area but how I’ve gotten to the point of being burnt out! I was curious how they felt about it so I posed the question, “What would you like to see in a Catholic Men’s Group?”

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Their answers blew me away! One of them mentioned that he would like to see more men come together as Christians and set denominations aside. He mentioned how he was involved in a group similar to that but he would like to see Catholic men embrace that and their fellow Christian brothers. The next one told me that he loved the prior man’s idea but he’d like to expand on it by having men go out into the forest for masculine activities out there with a spiritual twist. He also mentioned that one of the things that he found troubling about the Cursillo movement was the fact that it is “Catholic Only.” I told him that I agreed with him. All of us agreed that placing the “Catholics Only” label on groups, organizations, clubs, etc… is actually more detrimental to the faith than it is helpful. It limits your ability to evangelize when you place a label on it. “It’s an amazing experience and it is awesome how you can experience the Holy Spirit but, you can’t do this unless you are Catholic.” Maybe it’s just me but it doesn’t sound very Christian does it?

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It’s a God thing. If you get it….you get it. We all agreed that we’d love to see a Christian Brotherhood emerge out of our meeting this morning and through the grace of God and the Holy Spirit, it will happen. In all that we do, we do for the glory of God 1Cor 10:31. We are brothers and sisters and children of God…isn’t it about time we start acting like it and not like a dysfunctional family. We are called to be like Christ in all that we do. How can we call ourselves “Christians” if we are going throughout our day condemning people for not being Catholic or making radical claims that there is no salvation outside of the Catholic Church. As Catholics we believe that our Church, the Catholic Church is the one true faith and we are to do our best as Christians to evangelize that faith and not twist it to fit what we interpret it as.

Well, that’s all for today folks. It’s been a great Holy Spirit filled day Praise Jesus alleluia!!! May God continue to bless you and all that you do to further His Kingdom.

Viva Cristo Rey!

 

 

Lights, Camera, Action!

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Bear Woznick, John Prejean and Tony Orband

The picture above is how it all started. A chance encounter with Bear and Tony? No. It was the Holy Spirit Action Plan.

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I just got home from spending a week shooting Season 2 of Long Ride Home which by the way, Season 1 will be airing on EWTN June 4th at 6PM.

When Bear asked me, I was ecstatic! I really was looking forward to being able to be a part of a a Catholic Show on EWTN. I thanked God for giving me this opportunity to do so but of course the question that was roaming though my head was “why me?” I didn’t know exactly what I would be doing but Bear told me that it was not going to be all fun and games. He said “this will be work” and he was absolutely right.

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When it’s all said and done, everyone gets to look at the finished product and are “wowed” at what they see. Little do they know how much time, dedication, determination, finances and hard work have gone on behind the scenes. Everyone on set gave all that they had to the shoot and when Season 2 airs, I’m sure you will all be blown away.

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One of the hardest and scariest days of shooting was the “Tail of the Dragon” which started for us in North Carolina and ended in Tennessee. Absolutely some of the most beautiful country you will see but if you are not careful, it can also be some of the most deadliest.

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This is what can happen in the blink of an eye. This driver was waving at the camera and drifted into the lane of the Corvette. These are pictures from killboy.com and not from our drive but I wanted to show you just how quick a nice ride can turn into a scary one.

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Some of the drivers survive and return to place a part of their bike on the “Tree of Shame” or as others call it “The Tree of Woe.”

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We knew that Christ would be watching over us but we still had to do our part and be observant to the dangers of the road. The footage that was shot that day is going to be some of the most amazing riding that you will see from 6 men on cruisers on a road that was built more for touring bikes. We had a mission to bring the word of God to the masses and this was one of the rides that would show it the most.

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I went in with no expectations, not knowing what I would be doing and I came out with so many messages from God, my colors, and a new group of friends. I took a chance and stepped outside of my comfort zone and am glad that I did. How many times have you uttered the words “Jesus I trust you” only to cower away from what it is He is calling you to? As a Catholic Evangelist and God willing a future Deacon, I can’t just talk the talk, I must walk the walk.

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I emptied my cup before leaving on my trip to allow room for the Grace and Mercy of God to fill it up. He pointed out some areas that I still need to work on and there were literally countless times where we all saw the hand of God and the Holy Spirit do Their work on set. I leave you with this my friends, so that you too will have courage and trust in the Lord. May God continue to bless you and all that you do for his Kingdom.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 

 

Courtesy….What Happened To It?

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As a kid, I wouldn’t say that I was a PIA but I did tend to push my limits. However, I still had respect for my elders and for most other people as well…keyword, most lol. I’m not trying to excuse my behavior either but you expect that out of a punk kid, an adolescent. In a couple of days I will be turning 50 and even though that is not old, I’ve seen a lot of changes in this world and from my point of view, they haven’t been for the best, especially here in the United States.

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As you look around our country today, you see this “entitlement” generation, most of them in their late teens up to their late twenties. They all want the “big money” but don’t want to work for it. Once again, I expect that out of young people. I don’t like it or approve of it but it doesn’t surprise me when I see it from this generation. Lately though, it seems to be like a virus that is infecting the older generation, people from the ages of 30 to 70 and it’s actually worse when it comes to them. They tend to have this “I don’t give a ****!” mentality and they don’t care who gets in the way.

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Example: I live in a small town in southwest NM. On a busy day you can still make it from one side of town to the other in about 20 minutes. Yesterday as I was telling my bride how an older man in his brand new truck almost ran me off the road the other day just because he “needed” to be in the right lane, and then bam! It happens right before our eyes again but this person decides to cut across three lanes just to turn off to go to the bowling alley. Then about 5 minutes later, here comes Ricky Bobby cutting off people left and right like if his car was on fire!

Is it any wonder why some people go all William Foster. But I digress.

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Life is short. Even if we live to be 120 years old, our lives are but a micron of what our eternal lives will be. The hard part for a lot of us is praying for that person that cuts us off instead of cussing them. Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. God gave us the gift of free will. We can choose heaven or hell, it’s up to us. I’m not sure about you but, I think I’d rather go to heaven if you know what I mean.

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How about starting today, let’s make that conscious decision to go out and be courteous to one another. Let’s use words like please and thank you. Let’s open doors for each other and let that other person go ahead of you in line at the supermarket. When all else fails, ask yourself this one question, “What would Jesus do?”

May God continue to bless you in all that you do for his Kingdom folks. Viva Cristo Rey!