FGG-119 Wonderfully Flawed

March 22, 2018

A child is born and we look into the bassinet and we say, “she’s perfect!” Ten fingers and ten toes, seven pounds of pure joy, wonderfully made through the miracle of life.  We use the term “perfect” even though we all understand that we are human, we are not perfect, and we all are flawed in some way.  In this podcast, Tony discusses how we are all wonderfully flawed.

Scripture:  But we hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body. –2 Corinthians 4:7-10

I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know. –Psalm 139:1

Reflections:  Do you sometimes feel that you have been dealt a bad hand?  What are your flaws?  Do you ever allow your flaws to define who you are?


FGG-118 Leave it at the Altar

March 22, 2018

Today, as many of us get ready to go off to Easter mass we are heavily burdened. Easter, the most joyous day of the year, seems to be tainted by the burdens we are carrying.  In this podcast, Tony discusses leaving your problems at the altar this Easter Sunday.

Scripture: Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Cast your care upon the LORD, who will give you support. He will never allow the righteous to stumble.” –Psalm 55

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”   2 Timothy 1:7

Reflections:  What burdens are you laying at the altar this Easter Sunday?  Do you place your burdens in God’s loving care?  How can we use Tony’s thoughts to have a happier Easter?


FGG-176 Behold!

March 10, 2018

One of my favorite words from the bible is behold. In some older translations it is use almost 1300 times. Many of the newer translations use the word less. The meaning is never more relevant than in this distracted world we live in today. Everyone is distracted.  Soccer practice, school plays and gymnastics; it is a wonder we can behold anything. In this podcast Tony discusses how we can make some time this Advent season to behold!

Scripture: “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”  –John 1:29

“The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”  — Luke 2:10

“And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”  –Matthew 28:20

Reflections: Are you planning on spending less time on social media this Advent season?  What are a few things that you do to make the season special? As you prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas, what are your favorite family traditions?


FGG-175 Is Mario Andretti My Guardian Angel?

March 10, 2018

I am a big fan of my Guardian Angel, Mario.  I’ve been praying the Guardian Angel prayer since I was a little kid and still do so every day.  It wasn’t until 9 years ago that I discovered my Guardian Angels name. In this podcast, Tony discusses guardian angels.

Prayer: Angel of God, My Guardian Dear
To whom God’s love commits me here.
Ever this day be at my side
To light and guard and rule and guide.

Reflections:  Are you award of your Guardian Angel?  Have you given him/her a name just for fun?  Do you pray the Guardian Angel prayer?


FGG-174 Occupational Hazards

March 10, 2018

I just reviewed a survey taken on a college campus.  As part of the survey college students were asked of their religious affiliation.  Over 40% replied “none.”  We know that many of these young adults were raised as Christians and Catholics.  Now they have either left the faith or are too embarrassed to admit to being Christian.  In this podcast, Tony discusses the occupational hazards of being a Christian.

Scripture: Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.  –Matthew 5:01-12

“Whoever believes themselves just and judges others and scorns them is corrupt and a hypocrite. Arrogance compromises every good action, empties prayer, distances from God and others.” –Pope Francis

Reflections:  Are you reluctant to call yourself a Christian?  Are there people in your life that you avoid sharing your faith?  Are you guilty of the charges that society levels against Christians?


FGG-173 Escape the Noise

March 10, 2018

Distractions, we all have them.  They keep us from thinking about those things that are really important in our lives; God, family, and friends. In this podcast, Tony discusses escaping the noise and avoiding distractions.

Scripture: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.–Philippians 4:8

Reflections: What do you do to avoid the noise on social media?  Are you spending too much time with fake news and politics?  What can you do to keep God from becoming an afterthought?


FGG-172 A Matter of Trust

May 12, 2017

Did I trust him because he was an elderly farmer in a Buick?  Would I have trusted him if he were younger, Hispanic or African-American? Or, did I trust him, because the day before a woman I didn’t know trusted me with a large amount of cash?  In this podcast, Tony discusses trust.

Scripture: So now, my son, find yourself a trustworthy man who will make the journey with you.”  Tobit 5:3

Reflections:  Did I trust him because he was elderly?  Would I have had the same reaction if he were homeless?  What makes us trust some people and not others?

Reflections:  Have you ever been called an angel?  What things have you done that were a miracle?  Was Tony’s experience just a coincidence?


FGG-171 She Called Me an Angel

May 5, 2017

Glancing at my busy schedule today, I noticed that I have a strategic Planning Session coming up for the Community Pregnancy Center.  Several times each year, I get to meet with the board and plan their strategy for running this very worthwhile ministry.  In this podcast, Tony discusses his first experience with a Community Pregnancy Center.

Scripture: Let mutual love continue.  Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.  Hebrews 13:1-2

Reflections:  Have you ever been called an angel?  What things have you done that were a miracle?  Was Tony’s experience just a coincidence?


FGG-170 Bad Company

May 5, 2017

My dad had a simple philosophy; “you are who you hang out with!”  He would argue that if you hung out with complainers, you became a complainer.  If you hung out with drinkers, you would become a drinker.  If your friends did drugs, eventually you would too. In this podcast Tony discusses Bad Company.

Scripture: “Do not be led astray: Bad company corrupts good morals.”  1 Corrinthians 15:33

Reflections: Do you agree with my dad’s philosophy?  Having good positive friends gives you the best chance to succeed? Do you agree?


FGG-169 Growing Older is a Blessing

April 18, 2017

A few week ago at our Wednesday night men’s prayer group, I made the comment that every year, as I grown a little older, my resolutions have less to do with job and money and more to do with being a better person. In this podcast Tony discusses how growing older is a blessing.

Scripture: The just shall flourish like the palm tree, shall grow like a cedar of Lebanon.  Planted in the house of the LORD, they shall flourish in the courts of our God.  They shall bear fruit even in old age, always vigorous and sturdy, as they proclaim: “The LORD is just; our rock, in whom there is no wrong.” Psalms 92:13-16

Should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth. Therefore, putting away falsehood, speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Ephesians 4:22-25

First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone.  1 Timothy 2:1

Quotes: “The elderly have a rich storehouse of memories, and inner landscape to explore: times lost in idleness, opportunities well used, a fulfilling career, children grown up and suffering gone through with dignity and courage.”St. Augustine Confessions Book X

“There is no reason to pity old people. Instead, young people should envy them. They have realities in the past – the potentialities they have actualized, the meanings they have fulfilled, the values they have realized – and nothing and nobody can ever remove these assets from the past.” –Viktor Frankl

Reflections: What are some of the things you do now that you couldn’t when you were younger?  Do you agree that as our physical being diminishes, our spiritual health increases?  How has that changed the way you look at being older?