Are you a Grumpy Farmer or a Cheerful Farmer?
A simple secret to find some peace in a stressful day. "One secret to a sweet and happy life, is learning to live by the day. It is the long stretches that tire us. We think of life as a hole, running on for us. We can not carry this load. We can not fight this battle continuously for a half a century. But really, there are no long stretches. Life does not come at us all at one time; it comes only a day at a time. Even tomorrow is never ours until it becomes today. It is a blessed secret this, living by the day. Any one can carry his burden, however heavy, till nightfall. Any one can do her work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, until the sun goes down. And this is all life ever means to us - just one little day. “Do ... not weaken or distract yourself by looking forward to things you can not see, and can not understand”. God gives us night, to shut down our little days. We can not see beyond." -Fr. Lasance, My Prayer Book, p.51. Much more at www.imbeggar.com
What's the best thing we could want? Seriously.
How would all the money, pleasure, success, fame, shiny stuff, security, and good things in all the world compare to... Eternal life... if there is, eternal life. Would you trade one for the other? Forget about if you believe heaven and the afterlife exist or not, just think about the question. Wouldn't it change everything? Much more at.. https://www.imbeggar.com
Religion is just something for the weak... yeah, so what.
Is religion, Christianity, just something for the weak minded to cope with their lives, deal with their problems and make them feel better about themselves? Marx and Freud described religion as social-construct, a crutch for the week, the opiate for the masses: TRUE or FALSE? CURIOS GO TO CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGSmy2st0rb63fAkoO1aGyw?view_as=subscriber See much more at... https://www.imbeggar.com Yeah, so Im weak, who isn't. What are you doing about it? video transcript: a lot of us will say, I don’t believe in God because I think it’s just something for the weak. So they can cope with their lives, deal with their problems and makes them feel better about themselves…. to which I say - Yeah. Whats wrong with that. I’ll be the first to admit - I am weak. i’m lazy, unmotivated and indifferent, and most of the time, I really just don’t care Im either vain, self-centered - or a narcissist - i don’t know the difference - with a mountain of insecurities, an army of demons, and enough inner knots and confusion to keep me pre-occupied and mildly depressed for the rest of my life… The past hurts, the future scares me, and the present… well I kinda just try to keep the days passing by, remaining as - NUMB and DISTRACTED as possible Discipline - weak. Im pretty sure my emotions, my desires and my lusts have way more control over me than I do of them. I struggle to do what I know I should do, I do very easily what I know I probably shouldn’t - and everything else, I’m kinda just… (“meh”) My love? WEAK doesn’t matter what the relationship is, for me it always comes down to one thing - what am I getting out of it. could I be a better brother, better sister, better parent, better spouse, better friend, better human being… of course I could but I don’t bc its too hard. and Integrity, dignity, morality, virtue?… well I know OF those things. but it doesn't matter anyway because I'm usually too WEAK to do the right thing… instead, I just do what I think will get the most people to like me - Sure - I wish everything was perfect, I wish I were perfect, I wish these things didn’t BOTHER ME, and I was immune to it all, but then I suppose that would make me a ROBOT or DEAD - My ego tells me, I don’t want any help, I don’t need any help, i’ll figure it out on my own, I certainly don’t need any comfort or consolation - pause - Well that’s just a load of BULLSHIT. And problems, yeah, I got problems - who doesn't. money problems, relationship problems, work problems, future problems, past problems, social problems, family problems, marriage problems, addiction problems, parent problems, kid problems, life problems, and those hidden problems that only I know about… and thats just the small stuff - what about the really big ones, that come out of no where, that make no sense at all… the ones we fear are gonna bury us… [suicide, depression, addiction, disease, loss] I act like i’m strong, I look like i’m strong, I’ll pretend i’m stronger than you - but thats not strength - and besides, i’m getting so sick of the act! So yeah - I admit I am weak, - and I have problems - and I don’t have all the answers, its actually very liberating - And I’d bet that if your honest and not perfect, that you have weaknesses and problems too… and that’s one of the few things we can all say we have in common So the question is, what do we do about it? well there’s this type of coping… the kind where you just grind your teeth and take it. absorbing it all into that, little dark spot (grrrr…). ok - thats the worst kind of coping and only leads to - [SNAP] then theres this type of coping… (Drinking, eating, shopping, sex, porn, tech addiction, Binge tv, drugs) These help for a few minutes or a few hours… but just leads to more problems and more coping. and then there’s this type of coping, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, or this, (philosophy/self-help/Oprah/ psychology/astronomy/new age) - the kind where we are searching - for answers, for TRUTH, for something to make sense of it all, for a way out, a way through… for relief, for some kind of peace.
A Jesus Christmas card.
Remember Jesus Christ this Christmas. Wishing you, and all those you love, a very warm, peaceful and merry Christmas. More at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGSmy2st0rb63fAkoO1aGyw?view_as=subscriber From https://www.imbeggar.com Image Credit: The Annunciation, Henry Ossawa Tanner, American (active France), 1859 - 1937
What is, love? (and how do i know)
What is God's love? What is my love? And what's the difference? Inspired by the many implications of Jesus' commandment to love one another. What is love? And how do I know. Much more at https://www.imbeggar.com Is there one place I can look to know what it is. Watch the playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNaLtnrqq9t72JmbINA1DS0QmPecgUpXn Video Transcript: I love I you. now before you laugh or make fun of me, or just think I'm weird, let me tell you what I mean by that first. I don’t mean it in some fake, warm and fuzzy, sentimental kind of way. And I’m not saying it just to be nice, or to look good, or to get you to like me. What I mean is, at the very least, I only want what is good for you. At the very most, I mean, i'll give myself, my life, in any way I can, for your good. And I don’t care how I feel, or how I look, or what Im getting out of it, or if I feel like it or not. Love doesn't go this way. Only this way. And who are you? Well you could be anyone. my friend, my family, my spouse, person I like. well thats easy, anyone can love the people they like. What about the person I don't like, the person who doesn't like me, the person nobody likes, what about the person I totally disagree with, the person who's completely different from me, there person I want to hate, the person everyone hates, the person who repulses me. DOESN'T matter. Love doesn't pick and choose who to love, just like the sun doesn’t pick and choose who to shine on, it just shines. And what is your good? Well it's all those little things that are gonna help us find the one thing that we all want, that we’re all searching for, happiness. as much as we can find here in this life, but more importantly, the full happiness that we can only find in the next life. and I'll love you no matter what you do, but that doesn't mean I’m going to love everything you do. Love has to be tough, sometimes even fierce. If you do anything that's gonna harm, impede, poison, delay or divert your good, or the good of anyone else's, I have to stand against it, not you. Even if it's awkward, even if it's unpopular, even if it's gonna turn you against me, for a little while. But even when love is tough, Love is always patient. That's why we have a whole lifetime. love is always gentle, kind, tender, loving, never pushy, preachy, pointing fingers, rigid or mean. and I don’t care what you’ve done, or how big you've screwed up, or how vast our differences are, or if your life is a giant, global sized disaster. love is bigger than all these things. And I don't care how worthless, or flawed, or unlovable, or insignificant, you think you may be. love breaks through all these. and if you get hurt, which we do, or get into trouble, which we do, or get beat up by the world, which we will. and you're tired, and angry, and bitter, and miserable, and scared, LIKE THE REST OF US, and feel like you’re, drifting all alone in a sea of, suffering… ill suffer with you. and if we disagree and get into those epic fights, which we will, and even if you betray me, and laugh at me, and make me look stupid, and walk away a thousand times, Ill forgive you, a million times, because nothing that could ever happen in this tiny little universe, could ever be more important to me than you. Not even myself. This is what I mean when I say I love you… but this is not my love… my love is weak, and self-centered at best. this is his love. and he said, he commanded, go out there and love one another as I loved you. so I'll say it say again even though I know i'm gonna fail at it a million times today. [I love you]
Who is Jesus: Madman, Conman or God.
Who do you think Jesus is? A philosopher, a spiritual sage, an all around good guy, a great moral teacher? According to C.S. Lewis, there are only three options, and we have to make our choice: Madman, Conman or God. A beggar's take on Lewis' trilemma argument.
Why is sin bad?
Before we ask, what is sin, and without talking about heaven and hell, we need to ask, why is sin bad, for me and my life, right now. Or in other words: what does sin do to me, my psychology, the way I think, my heart, my relationships, those around me, and my relationship with God. Then we can begin to understand why sin is God’s greatest heartache. CURIOS, go to channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGSmy2st0rb63fAkoO1aGyw?view_as=subscriber Now you may be thinking... Sin is just some tool used by some groups to control people out of fear. Yeah, maybe at some point, 600 years ago. But sin is sin, and the consequences of sin are real, and damaging... God simply wants to protect us from these consequences.
Who am I... In the mind of the artist.
We all will wonder at some point... who am I? Whether you believe in God or not, just imagine that you were and idea in the mind of God long before the universe ever existed, before time and space, before anything. How would this change how I look at myself. How would this change how I look at others. Curios, go to channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGSmy2st0rb63fAkoO1aGyw?view_as=subscriber See much more at... https://www.imbeggar.com
God and... or... vs... Science
Do God and science contradict one another? What about evolution, DNA, the big bang theory? For some reason, we have the idea that it has to be either God - OR - science, as if one contradicts the other, as if one disproves the other, as if they are two opposing forces at battle, and only one can win. But if there is a God, and God is truth, then truth could never contradict science, and if anything, science should lead us to God, and never away. https://www.imbeggar.com/videos/2019/4/16/god-and-or-vs-science
Is religion (Christianity) just another myth, fairytale, or legend?
Is God real? Or a myth, fairytale or legend invented for control, money, and power? Was the God of Christianity copied from other ancient mythical gods such as Mithras, Horus, and Dionysus? Is there any historical support to this claim? What do the scholars say? When asked, why do you think Christianity was made up? The most common answer given is: for power, control and money. But this cannot be the answer simply because: It’s impossible. Historically, the church had no control, no power, and certainly no money until, at the very earliest, the mid 5th century. That’s four hundred years (or more) after the death of Christ. That’s like saying that the United States was "made-up" for the purposes of something that will not occur until another two hundred years, or more, from now. Without a doubt, there were times throughout history where those in the church did abuse her power, (and unfortunately still do) for control and money. And this is gravely wrong. But to say that Christianity itself was invented for this purpose… is not only impossible, but disregards history. Much more at.. https://www.imbeggar.com
Why do I feel so empty, bored, unfulfilled, like something is missing...
Why do I feel so Empty, bored and unfulfilled like something is missing, like I want something more like there's this giant hole inside me. Want to fill the hole? CURIOS? GO TO CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGSmy2st0rb63fAkoO1aGyw/videos?view_as=subscriber Much more at: https://www.imbeggar.com video transcript: Why do I feel so empty? bored, unfulfilled, like something is missing, like I want something more Like theres this giant, bottomless, infinite hole inside me. So I try to fill it with all kinds of JUNK, to make it go away. but these don't work, they give me a quick high, but it doesn’t last, leaving me frustrated, addicted, and wanting more So I think, maybe its me - maybe i'm the problem. I need to be bigger, better, smarter, funnier, better looking. So I build myself up, on the outside, into some PERSON that I don’t even know, that don’t even like, and on the inside, I beat myself down, sometimes severely, and I feel more empty. Then I think: Maybe If I get my shit together and have the perfect job, with the perfect life, and the perfect money, and all the perfect shiny things I've ever wanted, that will fill the hole. So I work, and I work, and I work, and I work, But these things never work out the way we want, and now I got to deal with dead dreams and feeling like a failure. And even if they do work out, and I make it to the top and get all the things I always thought would make me happy, when I get there, I look around and I say, now what? Something's still missing. Time passes, the emptiness has been sitting, festering, fermenting, farting, becoming toxic, and it changes me, making me, bitter, critical, and self-centered, and i blame everyone and everything around me for not fulfilling me. and I go from job to job, relationship to relationship, place to place, leaving a real path of, cheeriness along the way. Ultimately, Im tired, I'm done searching, I just don’t care, and I give up trying to solve the mystery of the hole, and just deal with it. I'm perfectly fine going back to stringing together enough distractions and stimulations to get me through, keeping me MODERATELY SATISFIED, until the day I die. Of course, on the outside, no one would ever know, everything appears to be going exactly how I wanted it to go, exactly how I planned it to go. A big success, the perfect facade. But on the inside, I'm all alone, and I groan. Quietly. The truth is, I can have all the pleasure, wealth, success, admiration, and all the good things in all the world, but they're not gonna fill the hole because, they're just not big enough. The hole is bottomless, endless, infinite, these are all limited, ending, finite, and only the infinite can fill the infinite. So what is it? What's big enough? What's bottomless, endless, unlimited, infinite? Why do I feel so empty? because we're made for fullness, and only God is fullness.
What are we searching for?
Who is God and What have we been searching for? From the voice of the great orator Fulton Sheen, ("Life is Worth Living"), comes this excerpt about what we are made for, what we are searching for, and the definition of God. This audio is owned by the Fulton Sheen Company. Video by IMbeggar. Full audio at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdewNKSwvkA&t=1340s Curios, check out Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGSmy2st0rb63fAkoO1aGyw?view_as=subscriber
Why doesn't God just show Himself?
If there is a God, and God can do anything, then why doesn't He just show Himself, then it would be a whole lot easier to believe... We all might ask this at some point in our lives whether we believe in God or not, so the question is: what would be the best way for God to reveal Himself? ... well, how would you do it? See much more at: https://www.imbeggar.com
The Divine Builder
How do I look at self improvement, and how does God? Where do I set the bar on becoming a better person and where does He? How much do I really want to change about myself, and how much does God really want to change in me? Inspired by C.S. Lewis, The Divine Builder is a 5 minute animated meditation on rebuilding.
How to find purpose, meaning and yourself (if you get lost)... in 2 steps.
All of us at some point will suffer from the want of meaning or purpose in our lives. Without it, we drift away from ourselves and everyone else, living in a state of anxiety. How do we break out of this anxiety of life? Two steps. Inspired by Bl. Fulton Sheen (The Philosophy of Life). Curious, go to channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGSmy2st0rb63fAkoO1aGyw?view_as=subscriber
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Fr. Don Calloway, MIC: The Rosary: Spiritual Sword of Our Lady
Order the video here: https://www.fathercalloway.com/books-and-gifts/rosary-spiritual-sword-our-lady-dvd What is the most powerful weapon on earth? In this talk based on his recent book, "Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon," Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC argues that the rosary is a spiritual sword that has won decisive battles. And he has the stories to prove it. Fr. Don Calloway, MIC, is Vocation Director for the Marians of the Immaculate Conception and author of several books about Mary. Fr. Calloway's talk was sponsored by the Chapel Ministries Dept. at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Will God Make All My Problems Go Away?
I have all these problems, I'm miserable, and I tried God, and I prayed and prayed, but I just get nothing, and it makes me angry, and the little faith I may have had, is gone. Will God make my problems go away?... and what does Jesus have to say about this. Please share with anyone you see fit. And please visit IMbeggar for much more on this, and many other things.
Fr. Mike Schmitz: "Pray The Mass Like Never Before" | SEEK2019
While many people go to Mass every week, few people know what it is to worship. We show up and do our best to “pay attention," but for too many of us, this just means we watch closely. You have been given a gift that you have most likely left unused. This gift is unused because it is largely unknown. This presentation will uncover this unknown and unused gift so that you can stop watching the Mass and start worshipping at Mass. Fr. Michael Schmitz is the director of youth and young adult ministry for the Diocese of Duluth and chaplain for the Newman Center at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He provides podcasts of his weekly homilies on iTunes and BulldogCatholic.org. To learn more about FOCUS visit: https://www.focus.org/ To find a FOCUS campus visit: https://focusoncampus.org/find-my-campus Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/focuscatholic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/focuscatholic/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FOCUScatholic
Fr. Mike Schmitz: "The Hour That Will Change Your Life" | SEEK2015
Fr. Mike Schmitz shares his experiences and the true intimacy that the Lord offers us in the Eucharist. To learn more about FOCUS visit: https://www.focus.org/ To find a FOCUS campus visit: https://focusoncampus.org/find-my-campus Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/focuscatholic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/focuscatholic/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/FOCUScatholic
From Agnosticism to Catholicism: My Conversion Story (Part One)
It was a suicidal friend who inadvertently initiated Matt Fradd’s spiritual journey when he was twelve years old. In this video, Matt shares the first part of that story, and relates many experiences you may have been through as well while trying to figure out the universe. Big questions, unresolved conundrums, and the search for something more than this life all lead up to Matt’s most compelling cliffhanger on his Ascension Presents channel to date. Stay tuned for the second part next week. For more from Matt Fradd, visit mattfradd.com (https://mattfradd.com). Matt's podcasts can be found here: Pints with Aquinas: https://pintswithaquinas.libsyn.com Love People Use Things: https://lovepeopleusethings.fm MORE FROM ASCENSION: Ascension’s main website: http://ascensionpress.com Ascension Presents: https://blog.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-presents/ Ascension Blog: https://blog.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-blog/ Ascension Podcasts: https://blog.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-podcasts/ SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AscensionPress/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/AscensionPress LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ascension-press Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/ascensionpress/ Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/c/ascensionpresents
Why Be Catholic and Not Just Christian?
There are many similarities and differences between the Catholic Church and the Protestant denominations. In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz narrows the differences down to one thing that really sets Catholicism apart from other Christian Churches: authoritative teaching. If you like this video, you may also like Sonja Corbitt's book "Fulfilled: The Biblical Foundations of Catholicism" (https://www.amazon.com/Fulfilled-Uncovering-Biblical-Foundations-Catholicism/dp/1945179287).