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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24 | Finding Meaning and Purpose: UNpacking and REpacking your pack

If you were heading out to canoe for two weeks in the Boundary Waters, a series of pristine lakes up around Ely, Minnesota, you would be unpacking your gear and selecting what you need to go into the canoe with you. You would not want what you don’t need. You would wish for what you need and no more.  It would be REALLY hard to decide what to take OUT of your bag and what to put INTO your bag if you did not have a strong sense of WHERE you were going.  Beach? Flip-flops. Mountains? Parka. Sabaton Concert? High-fidelity...
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23 | Finding Meaning and Purpose: Retirement and Midlife

Meaning and purpose are big themes in transition.  Transitions like RETIREMENT, EMPTY NEST, or other WAKE-UP call you might have.  Where’s the excitement, meaning, purpose, discomfort, and discernment kicking in?  Where’s the expediency, fear, super cautious, or momentum kicking in?  We had a season on TRANSITIONS, starting at episode 2. John Paul II, in Christifideles Laici, at 58, wrote “The fundamental objective of the formation of the lay faithful is an ever-clearer discovery of one's vocation and the ever-greater willingness to live it so as to fulfill one's mission… God calls me and sends me forth as a laborer in...
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22 | Finding Meaning and Purpose: Values Impact

Indeed as a person with a truly unique lifestory, each is called by name, to make a special contribution to the coming of the Kingdom of God. No talent, no matter how small, is to be hidden or left unused (cf. Mt 25:24-27) . . . . In this regard the apostle Peter gives us a stern warning: "As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace" (1 Pt 4:10).John Paul II in Christifideles Laici, at 56 Making our unique contribution. It’s a powerful catalyst to effective action when understood in...
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21 | Finding Meaning and Purpose: Having a profound sense of who you are

We hit on several high-level concepts that are helpful to get your hands on meaning and purpose.  We will explore at least some of these in this season.  Definition for purpose Having a profound sense of who you are is an asset when seeking purpose and meaning.  Here’s the definition of purpose that we are working with, from Richard Leider:  Purpose is that deepest belief within us, where we have a profound sense of who we are, where we came from, what we're here to do, and where we are going. It's a source of deep vitality and vision.Richard Leider...
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20 | Finding Meaning and Purpose: Definition, JP2, and General Vocation

This is a big topic! We Need Purpose and Meaning Think about times when you’ve felt that your actions had no meaning or purpose.  It was a pretty bad feeling! To say the least! Yikes. Well-being requires a sense of purpose and meaning.  Fortunately, as Christians, we have strong spiritual resources that help us find that.  The SPIRITUAL realm of our being does not always percolate down into our day-to-day moments, however.  We also have MENTAL and EMOTIONAL realms of life and are PHYSICAL beings connected to others SOCIALLY in an ENVIRONMENT.  All of those realities impact us in a...
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19 | Book of Romans: The “glory of God”: what is that, anyway?

Here’s one more take on Romans 8!  In this episode, we are focusing on the glory of God:  what is it? What does it mean?  And whatever is Paul talking about when he says God’s children will be ‘glorified with him’? Can Christians really partake of the glory of God? Paul starts by encouraging us to “celebrate the hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5: 2) and continues to help us understand what that all means in chapter 8.  And here’s the thing:  it might not be what you imagine it to be.  To understand Paul, we need to...

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