The Catholic Midlife Podcast

with Curtis and Karen Herbert

The Catholic Midlife Podcast

with Curtis and Karen Herbert

The Catholic Midlife Podcast

with Curtis and Karen Herbert

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Listening to Karen and Curtis speak about the messy middle with its accompanying insecurity. I think of Proverbs 31 and the call to "laugh at the days to come." Finding hope in the unknown future and realizing we are always going to be in an insecure place to some extent until we find our home in Heaven. Thanks for a great podcast!

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I am enjoying the kick-off of this podcast and look forward to more. Thank you Karen and Curtis for your wisdom and humor!

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30 | Self-Compassion: How to take a self compassion break

Do those around you deserve to be treated with compassion?  With compassionate speech, which is kind and sensitive to speak in a manner that is helpful?  With an act of compassion, such as a hug, a hand on the shoulder, or a smile at the right time?  Do they deserve to be encouraged when life is offering them difficulty?  What does it say about you, when you are able to act compassionately?  What about you?  Do you deserve to be treated with compassion?  Do you really deserve to be treated with compassion?  By others?  What about you - do you...
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29 | Self-Compassion: Using the Skill of Awarenesss

When am I supposed to practice the skill of self-compassion? There are lots of chances every day!  If you hate being late and you're being late to someplace -  maybe your automatic reaction is I should have done “this” or “that” and why didn’t I and why am I so dumb?  That's an opportunity to stop and use some self-compassion. Maybe you need to make a difficult phone call and fear of looking dumb or creating conflict is holding you back. Self-compassion can help you embrace these fears and accept them so you can make the call.  Maybe you make...
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28 | Self-Compassion: Why You Want this Discipline

“I realized I had been engaging in a lot of self-criticisms because I saw it as part of being virtuous. I thought being a big self-critic helped me serve others better and not be selfish. After practicing self-compassion, I began to realize that my self-criticism was actually keeping my focus on myself. It was a self-oriented and self-absorbed habit. Self-compassion helps me move my focus away from me, to be more available and more engaged with others.”  That’s some feedback from a lady who leaned into the discipline of self-compassion.  We have the mistaken idea that speaking harshly to ourselves...
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27 | The number one enemy of spiritual life

HOPE is a theme of our podcast. HOPE. We keep coming back to it. Because we need a LOT of it. We need a lot of it because life is either challenging us, or even kicking us when we are down, and because we are leaning into new challenges that S-T-R-E-T-C-H us. Life is short and needs lots of hope if we want to accept it and embrace it.  Supernatural hope does not disappoint. It certainly does CHALLENGE. The world seems a tad crazy, bad, and sad. Cultivating and receiving hope is not so easy.  I lift up my eyes...
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26 | Finding Meaning and Purpose: Eight Ways to Check if You Have It

How do you KNOW you are living with meaning and purpose? We are wrapping up this season on meaning and purpose: shoot us an email if you want our list of eight items to ponder if you are living with meaning and purpose.  How do you know? If you are ABSOLUTELY MISSING it, you likely know it. And if you are ABSOLUTING SMASHING IT, you likely know that. The interesting bit is the in-between.  I'm really struck by how purpose is such a powerful organizing principle for our lives. It really shows us where our treasure is. It’s a compass....
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25 | INTERVIEW: Your Most Powerful Question, Dr. John Olesnavage

In life, we often don’t make progress until we ask the RIGHT question.  That’s why we are so impressed with Dr. John Olesnavage’s approach: finding Your Most Powerful Question. He has written the book Your Most Powerful Question; Finding purpose and meaning in God’s plan.  It’s the fruit of years of professional work as a Doctor of Psychology, many years’ experience with his own most powerful question, and working with many, many people to help them find their most powerful question.  If you read the lives of saints, you will see that their lives are driven by powerful questions. Thomas Aquinas...

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