Author Archives: Michael Walsh

Hungry For God!

Last week I went without any food!

Was I starving myself?
Was I trying to loose weight, I mean, I lost 6 pounds?
Was I trying to save money?
Was I trying to be tough or show off?
Was I getting ready for surgery?

No, none of the above are reasons that I did not eat for one week. I was on a fast! This is the only reason that I did not eat any solid foods for five days then only one meal a day for two days. The reason I am telling you all this is because I feel more people need to fast.

I started reading about fasting in the scriptures more and more and I realized how many things the disciples in the early church fasted for. Then I start to read the lives of the Saints and I was able to see so much good and so many graces come from fasting. I started to yearn for those graces, my soul wanted more. It needed a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. Yes, I have a relationship with Him, but even in my great relationship with my wife or kids, I still want more time, love, understanding and knowledge of who they are. It was just the same with my God, I wanted more in my relationship with Christ, so I decided to give something up for Him and started fasting.

Sure I could give up TV or the computer, two things that probably would not be to bad to give up. But no, I know and you know that we can live perfectly fine without TV, computers, ipods and even cell phones. I am not saying it is not good to give up TV or even video games, but it was not enough. Plus, you don’t see the prophets of the Old Testament giving up their Dradle! No, they fasted from food. I wanted to fast from food because we all seem to think we cannot live without it, but Christ said, “It is written: ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.'”-Matthew 4:4. He said this in his battle against Satan, during his 40 day fast before He started His ministry.

The reason I point this out is because so many of us have things we are going through whether it be a rough spot in our marriage, an indifference in our families, a porn addiction or some other type of addiction, job trouble or maybe no job at all, someone sick in our family or group of friends or maybe even death. We are all suffering, some great and some small, but we are all inflicted with evil. This is why we need to fast to deepen our relationship with Christ, to receive and understand the graces we have received from God, to discern, and to become holy.

I was fasting for direction and understanding, so that I may be a better husband, a better father and a better son of God. Not that I was a bad husband, father or son of God. It is just that I think you would all agree we could all do a little better, or sometimes a lot better. So I encourage you to join with me in some type of food fast. There are many types and you do not give up all solids in all of them, I am just an extreme person so sometimes I need to be extreme for God. For instance my wife gave up meat and cut back on snacks. Pray about it and then join me and millions of others who fast for whatever the may need to fast about.

To lean more about fasting, “Why and How?” you are welcome to join me tonight, Wednesday, at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center where I will be doing a talk on “Fasting and Prayer – God’s Plan for You” The information is below. Remember fasting can help you with whatever you are going through, it can even cure diseases and help you when you are lost or need the help that no one else can give.

Faith Unplugged Speakers Series
Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center
5440 Moeller Ave
Norwood, Ohio
513.351.9800
http://www.olhsc.org

February 11, 2009 7:00pm
Topic is Fasting and Prayer God’s Plan for You

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“Fireproof” September 26

Is your marriage prepared for a fire? Have you taken the necessary course of action to prepare your marriage for a fire? Is your marriage fireproof? About a month ago, Amy and I were invited by Provident Films to prescreen their new move, Fireproof. It was one of the best movies I have seen in a long time. It did a wonderful job of showing the different struggles that a marriage can go through without being negative. In fact, the movie was full of comedy, drama and action all rolled together and will keep you on the edge of your seat. By the way, this is not just some chick flick. This is a movie that men and women will enjoy and gain something from. Be sure to check out the trailer and head out to the theater on opening weekend, September 26, 2008. This will be a movie you will not soon forget! Also, check out this link that can help you to fireproof your marriage www.fireproofmymarriage.com/.

 

 

 

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Home with Da Da!

A few weeks ago my family and I went on a great vacation to Florida. We went deep sea fishing, snorkeling, hung out at the beach, and watched the water shows at the aquarium. Wow, what a vacation. I even saw a shark when I was snorkeling! I was a man on top of the world! I have a wonderful wife and two great sons. But as all good times must come to an end, so must this one. My son, Blaise, and I started on our journey home while Amy and Dominic stayed behind to spend a few extra days with her dad and grandma.

                It is never easy leaving the people you love, but when you do, you many times rediscover how much they mean to you. I also knew that this one-on-one time with my 8 month old son, Blaise, would be unforgettable. And it was that. On the way home he was all smiles riding in the stroller smiling at all the people in the airport, taking off and landing in the airplane, and flinging his dinner of squash all over concourse B3. After arriving home and getting settled in, Blaise and I set out for a run. I strapped him in the jogger and off we went for one mile, then two, and then three! I knew he was going to sleep well (and me too!). And he did sleep great, until about 3:00am when it was time for a little snack. As I lifted him out of his crib, all I heard was, “da da da da da da.” What father couldn’t love this moment no matter how tired he was; those big blue eyes looking at you and him wining, “da da da da.” So we headed into my room and as he lay next to me drinking his bottle, I did not want this moment to end. So I let him sleep in my arms as I watched him for the next three hours. The next few days were filled with games, laughter and great conversations. Yes, you can talk with an 8 month old, they love the attention.

                The reason I write this is in light of today’s special meaning to me and my family – it is Amy’s and my anniversary! You see, work, school, sports and other things can pull our attention away from what matters in life – good quality time with our family and close friends. So many times I meet people who are down and depressed about life, and then I look at them and think, what more could you ask for? You have a wonderful family and/or friends, who love you and not only that, but you have a God that is not only our God, but is our Father who wants to travel with us through our ups and downs. He wants to run with us and be there when we wake up at 3:00am, then He wants to hold us in His arms and just watch us sleep. “God loves you” is such a generic saying, but it is a true one! Sometimes we need to soak in what that truly means for God to love us. As a father, it is my goal for my family to see God through me. I am a father who has been blessed to learn from a long line of fathers who always did their best to reflect our true Father in heaven. So whether it is an anniversary, a birthday, or just a “moment,” with our Lord or family and friends, cherish it all. One day, it will be those memories, our family and friends, and our heavenly Father who will help us see the light and joy in the great moments of life. Happy Anniversary, Honey, it has been worth every moment!

-Michael Walsh

Fish Service

The other day while at the local grocer, I went up to the seafood counter to see if they ever stock bass or trout. I asked the seafood specialist and he gave me a blank stare and replied, “I don’t know,” and then continued to stare at me. No, “I’ll go check, just one moment,” or, “You know, I’m not sure, let me find out.” Just the final answer of, “I don’t know.”

Whatever happened to good customer service? Sure, the store and the specialist were offering me so called “assistance” by being there, but assistance with what, giving me an answer I could have figured out on my own. The reason I write this is not to complain about how customer service in many corporations has gone out the window, but to point out a duty all of us have as Catholic Christians.

When someone walks into your parish or approaches you about your faith, what type of Christian “customer service” are they getting? Are their questions answered correctly? Do they feel like they are getting good solid answers? Do they feel invited and welcomed? Are they getting the good old service with a smile? The way we talk about our faith and “market it” to others is key to the salvation of souls. Are you inviting them to meet Jesus and the Church that He founded?

Prologue I in the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that as Catholic Christians we are called to know and love God. If we truly love God, then we are going to desire knowing everything about Him.

In order to help our Church grow by bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to others, it is key that we know our faith, love our faith and offer good “customer service” to others who are interested in our faith and parish. So if you struggle with understanding your Catholic Christian faith, then don’t be afraid to pick up some books, listen to Catholic radio and/or ask some questions so that we can continue to offer good quality service to others just as we have done for over 2000 years.

“Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.”— St. Augustine

-Michael Walsh