Dr. Tom Curran references three prayers and three insights from the Catechism of the Catholic Church as tools to fighting against spiritual warfare. Tom talks about a Father-daughters dance, two missed field goal kicks and Our Blessed Mother.
Dr. Tom Curran explores five reasons people struggle to pray well and how to overcome them. Tom shares insights from the message he spoke to men at the recent men's retreat and talks about how prayer relates to a cup of coffee!
Does your Prayer Life Suffer from One of These Factors?
1.) Busyness: Good intentions but lack of follow through
2.) Fear of Renovation: Are you ready to have your life changed by our living God?
3.) Trampoline Effect Vs. Popeye Effect
4.) Failure to Cross the Bridge
5.) Resistance to Vulnerability: Digging up the Dirt
Dr. Tom Curran begins the program by welcoming Fr. Ed White, Pastor of St. Stephen the Martyr Church in Renton, to discuss the Masaka Children's Fund. Tom encourages listeners to discern and respond to the challenges facing our world today. Tom references 'Great Popes' and shares stories from a recent Men's Retreat, Jason Evert's chastity talk and last night's NFL tie.
Dr. Tom and Kari Curran discuss parenthood as God-given responsibility, authority and accountability. The Currans share stories of putting R-A-A into practice in everyday family situations and testify to the fruits that come from intentional parenting.
Dr. Tom Curran talks about the message that revealed a 'blind spot' in his life. First, Tom talks about ways to build character in kids, as the solution to shaping strong Catholic leaders of the future. Later in the program, Tom explores the theme of leadership and vision, as found in Scripture.
"Let those, then, who are singularly active, who think they can win the world with their preaching and exterior works, observe here that they would profit the Church and please God much more, not to mention the good example they would give, were they to spend at least half of this time with God in prayer, even though they might not have reached a prayer as sublime as this. They would then certainly accomplish more, and with less labor, by one work than they otherwise would by a thousand. For through their prayer they would merit this result, and themselves be spiritually strengthened. Without prayer they would do a great deal of hammering but accomplish little, and sometimes nothing, and even at times cause harm. God forbid that the salt should begin to lose its savor [Mt. 5:13]. However much they may appear to achieve externally, they will in substance be accomplishing nothing; it is beyond doubt that good works can be performed only by the power of God."