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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18 | Book of Romans: There is no condemnation for those in the Messiah Jesus

St Paul’s letters are hard to understand. It’s important to read scripture and understand what it meant to the person that wrote it, and the persons for whom it was written. In the case of St. Paul, both the writer and the audience were first-century Jewish persons.   When we don’t make the effort to read Romans from the perspective of first-century Jewish persons, we will inevitably read our own preconceived notions into it.  We attended N.T. Wright’s four-day seminar on chapter 8 of the Book of Romans. Four days about one chapter. Paul writes densely and fills his writings with...

17 | Your Young Adult: The Critical Art of Validating

Do you want her to hear you? You must hear her first. Do you want him to see your perspective? You must see his perspective first.  Being SEEN and HEARD is important to any relationship that has depth and vitality. The person in front of you has DIGNITY.  God made him or her.  Recognizing the dignity of the other person is your job. It’s up to you.  When you are speaking with your young adults, and pretty much anyone, DO THIS: be on the lookout for how you validate them. When they know YOU understand their perspective, and it’s a...

16 | Relating to Your Young Adult: Collaborating

Our children, at any age, are always hoping to feel loved by us.  Receiving love from your mom and dad is a primary psychological drive. It’s a reason why psychologists are always trying to get you to straighten out your relationships with your parents.  As parents, let’s make sure we fulfill our role. It’s our unique opportunity.  Collaborate as they transition to independence COLLABORATING will help you stay in that role.  Thinking in terms of COLLABORATING with your young adults during their transition to independence helps shift the relationship to a life-long, loving, adult, relationship.  Because collaboration means both parties...

15 | Relating to Your Young Adult: Do’s and Don’ts

Asking Permission Advice. We love to dish it out.  We hate unsolicited advice. It feels like we are being judged.  So often, unsolicited advice is not on point. It doesn’t take into account what we’ve tried to do already. Or our circumstances, values, perspectives, strengths, and limitations.  Our young adult kids hate it, too.  Thing is, they need it, right? We have lots of good advice to give our kids.  In fact, we often actually have good advice for our kids.   There is little point, however, in dishing out advice when it’s not asked for. It’s going to put a...

14 | Relating to Your Young Adult: The Big Goal to Never Lose Sight Of

Always a Parent My Uber driver was having a mildly heated cell phone conversation. He hung up and apologized to me with a super-charming Middle Eastern accent, “Sorry, I had to take that call from my kid. He’s 35 years old. Oh my Godt, the parenting, it never ends! Never! “  He was frustrated but laughing.  We are always parents.  The fact of being a parent never “ends” but the relationship will certainly SHIFT.  The big question becomes: WHAT will it shift to?  Do you want to be one of those moms whose daughter can talk to her about “anything”? ...

13 | INTERVIEW: Noreen McInnes shares wisdom on accompanying parents through sickness and death

We enjoyed our conversation with the lovely Noreen Mcinnes.  Her book, Keep at it, Riley! is a memoir of her accompaniment of her parents through aging, sickness, and death.  She shared some touching stories and insights from her experiences.  Raised as an Irish Catholic, they had a kind of family motto “Keep at it, Riley!” A motto of persistence and reliance on God’s grace to see them through everything.  It was great to listen to Noreen’s experiences. I'm at a point where I'm kind waiting for that phone call from my own parents. A call about something happening that's going...

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