Fr. Richard Sutter – A Catholic Priest and A Cause to Inspire Kona!

Fr Richard racing for Military Chaplains

Fr. Richard Sutter, Catholic Priest and U.S. Army Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer Veteran, with the help of Kona Inspired, will race October 12, 2013 to gain support and raise awareness for the tireless service of Military Chaplains who, throughout the world, minister daily to our service members, wounded veterans, and their families. Fr. Richard will carry on the race course 140 prayer intentions for Military Chaplains. One intention for each mile of the race. Please support Fr. Richard by voting for him (click “vote for this” at the bottom of the video) by June 3, 2013! Just click on the link below watch the video and click on the vote for this button.

Kona Inspire grants participation waivers to 7 people who would like to support a cause by competing in the Ironman triathlon. Fr. Richard wants to be one of those 7 people!

1,000 votes by June 3rd! Video of Fr. Richard Sutter – A Catholic Priest racing for Military Chaplains.

Feel free to repost this to any of your own blogs. Thanks for your support!


The Charity of Pope Francis in Pictures

The Charity of Pope Francis in Pictures

Pope Francis and Pope Benedict

Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen once wrote:

Charity is a habit, not a gush or sentiment; it is a virtue, not an ephemeral thing of moods and impulses; it is a quality of the soul, rather than an isolated good deed.

So long as there are poor;

I am poor;

So long as there are prisons,

I am a prisoner;

So long as there are sick,

I am weak;

So long as there is ignorance,

I must learn the truth;

So long as there is hate,

I must love;

So long as there is hunger,

I am famished.

Such is the identification Our Divine Lord would have us make with all whom He made in love and for love.

The following pictures remind me of how Pope Francis lives this authentic love, this Christ-like charity. Enjoy!

May God bless each and every one of you. And may the Good Shepherd, Our Lord Jesus Christ, continue to bless and guide our beloved Pope Francis.


Self-Knowledge: What We Should Know

Hello everyone! I sincerely apologize for my absence. I’ve had an extremely hectic past year. I was engaged in a book project with a good friend and mentor of mine through the end of last year. I also took a new job working in a completely new industry. So there has been a lot of adjusting.

Anyways, I just wanted to share with all of you an exert from the book project. Currently, the title of book is Catholic You! Where Self-Knowledge and Fellowship Meet. The following is taken from the Introduction. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Enjoy!

The Art of Self-KnowledgeSELF-KNOWLEDGE: WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW

“To know the truth of what I am – the truth of why my body and soul are in conflict – the truth of how they can be reconciled – the truth of how to find Divine Strength to overcome sorrow and sin and Divine Knowledge to overcome my mistakes – would mean I could be free to live.”  – Venerable Fulton Sheen

Who are we? Self-knowledge involves taking an honest look at ourselves – our worldview, our temperament, our predominate sin, our inclinations to the Seven Deadly Sins – and how we relate to reality.

We are in the fight of our lives. Seriously. Not only are we in a fight, with unimaginable happiness or misery at stake, but we are also being soundly thrashed. Believe it or not, we are. We willingly side with our enemy every day. Don’t think so?

    Sin is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods. It wounds the nature of man and injures human solidarity (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1849).

How could an enemy be so powerful and clever as to dupe us into siding against ourselves? Pretty easy really; he seduced our first parents into committing that Original Sin.

Because our first parents failed to live the deeper love of obedience, our human capacity to love has been genetically changed. We became users instead of lovers. We inherited selfishness and self-centeredness, much like we inherited our genetic characteristics, from our parents, grandparents…first parents.

Original Sin explains why we do what we do.

Our bodies, despite their continual demands and desire for fleshy satisfaction, are really the more inferior side of who we are. Through Original Sin the body suffers and dies. Yet the deeper wound caused by Original Sin is to the soul (the more God-like side of us). Our intellects and wills have been seriously damaged. The truth is that without God’s help we would have been hopeless.

Yet we have this great hope – God loves us and sent His only Son to save us from our sins. He offers us His grace, that “free and undeserved gift that God gives us to respond to our vocation to become his adopted children” (ibid. pg 881).

Catholic You! Where Self-Knowledge & Fellowship Meet, through 7 steps, leads us deeper into ourselves and prepares us to become better channels of God’s grace.

I’ll be posting more exerts over the next couple months. I’m also working on making the book available in a downloadable format soon.

May God bless and keep each and every one of you.


2012: Happy New Year, Everybody!

Christ, the Judge - The Last Judgment

Happy New Year, Everybody! Well we made it…another chapter closed, 2011. What a year!

I’m wishing all of you a happy, healthy, spirit-filled 2012. Regardless of what is happening in our temporal lives it is important to remember that we are only here to get out of here. So we must keep striving to live in the present moment, trusting in our Loving Lord Jesus to guide us safely home.

Things are starting to settle down for me, so hopefully I can get back on a regular writing schedule.

Anyways, you all remain in my prayers.

May God bless you and keep you in 2012 and beyond. May our Blessed Mother surround you and your family with her mantle. Amen.


St. Jude Novena @ PrayMoreNovenas.com

Pray the St. Jude NovenaJoin me and over 5,000 other Catholics in praying the St. Jude Novena beginning on October 19th. Sign up at PrayMoreNovenas.com – St. Jude Novena.

Saint Jude is the patron of Hopeless Causes and Desperate Situations.

“Pray these novena prayers to Saint Jude with confidence. Catholics have relied on his intercession in times of extreme need for centuries.

This Apostle and Martyr has helped countless souls through his epistle in the New Testament and his intercessions on behalf of those who seek his aid in times of trial.

Pray this novena for your intentions asking St. Jude to intercede to God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit on your behalf.”

PrayMoreNovenas.com is worth checking out. I think this is a fantastic way to bring Catholics together in prayer.

St. Jude pray for us!


Fatherhood 101: Raising Catholic Kids @ LovingTheChurch.com

A Father's Guide to Keeping Your Children CatholicThis week at LovingTheChurch.com, I share some of the ground rules Krista and I have focused on in raising our kids Catholic – Fatherhood 101: Raising Catholic Kids

Fatherhood can be very challenging but raising Catholic kids is the primary responsibility of every Catholic father. I can’t give what I don’t have. Living the Catholic Faith is extremely important and takes a “daily” effort. Here are a few simple ways that Krista and I do that.

May God bless you and keep you.

*The photo this week is of my sister, Maria, and her family.


Progress Not Perfection: Striving To Be The Husband I Should Be @ LovingTheChurch.com

Practical Tools for getting through Marriage ProblemsThis week at LovingTheChurch.com, Progress Not Perfection: Striving To Be The Husband I Should Be.

I’m a sinner and that effects my relationship with my wife. Like most married couples, we have our disagreements and problems. We can get on one anothers’ nerves. In Progress Not Perfection: Striving To Be The Husband I Should Be, I discuss several practical tools I try to use to work through those difficult, challenging times in marriage.

Married life is my vocation, so while generally a blast, it will always entail the Cross as well. The way of Marital Bliss is also the way of the Cross.

May God bless you and keep you.


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