The Catholic Midlife

The Catholic Midlife

Join Curtis and Karen Herbert of The Catholic Midlife as they address the challenges and joys of midlife from a uniquely Catholic perspective. Grow deeper into this season of life with wisdom from theology, scripture, positive psychology and neuroscience, and proven coaching and leadership skills. Let’s spark a midlife renewal and create a firm foundation for the second half of life!

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May 25, 2022 31 min
Noreen helps us find wisdom and receive grace as we accompany our aging parents as caregivers, children, and companions as they age and need our help. We talked about what she learned, how God showed up for her, and how she managed her parents’ aging and deaths. Join us as Noreen, a lovely lady of humor and persistence shares some of her touching stories and inspires us. Her book, Keep at it, Riley! is the memoir of her experiences...

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Happiness, striving for happiness, is important in everything you do. 

Happiness sets us up for success - in Work, Love, and Play. In spiritual life. In doing the right things. In all of the above. 

Create an ethic to strive for happiness. 

Martin Seligman, the positive psychologist was out in his yard doing yard work. His daughter was maybe five or six. She said, “Daddy, do you remember when I was four? And I had to learn to stop ...

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We’ve been discussing happiness. 

Aquinas views the desire for happiness as ingrained in and being inseparable from, our humanity. We want to be with God because we desire happiness. We are made for Him. 

There are some schools of thought based on an idea that we should be disinterested in happiness and entirely focused on serving God and others. That’s not how human nature works. 

Happiness is sometimes used to refer to just feeli...

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It is important as spiritual beings, as Christians, and Catholics to strive for happiness. And we can make a lot of choices for it that are perfectly in alignment with our highest values and everything we believe. 

Happiness helps us be what God intends. We use the word “happiness” to refer to thriving, flourishing, and cooperating with grace. Purpose has an important role to play in happiness. 

You have spiritual, mental, and emot...

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Saint Augustine was asked a difficult question: what to ask of God? He said Ora beatam vitam: meaning “Ask for the happy life.” What?? It’s good to be happy. It’s important as spiritual beings, as Christians, as Catholics, to strive for happiness. Humans desire happiness as an inseparable aspect of their nature. There are quite a few misconceptions about happiness. Find out if it’s really OK to pursue happiness. 

 

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We have a role to play in the Kingdom of God, now. With His Easter resurrection, Jesus inaugurated His new Kingdom. We each have a role and identity in this Kingdom. Listen to Karen explaining how this Kingdom is part of a two-stage process of God unfolding His purpose and, by implication, our roles. Then listen while Curtis uses analogies to the Lord of the Rings to grapple with what it’s all about. Trigger warning: Karen uses the...

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Knowing about the hopes of the Jews as seen through the Old Testament helps us better appreciate what the kingdom of God in the New Testament is, and what that might mean to us.  We share how this shifts our perspectives: From pursuing to having; From chasing to possessing; From me acting as an individual to being invited to participate in God’s cosmic project of salvation and transformation, a project that is rooted in Heaven and ...
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Rites of passage in traditional societies show a firm grasp of the phases of transition. Catholics know a thing or two about tradition! We have rites of passage, for sure. Also, liturgical cycles are tied to the seasons. There’s no single modern rite of passage for midlife. But midlife transitions can bring a transformation in outlooks: we discuss a few of them. 
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Description:  Transitions have an ending; it’s called the New Beginning. When the New Beginning starts to show up, you are starting on the end phase! This phase can be fuzzy, so having a mastery focus is very helpful. Christian spiritual masters talk of living in the present as a spiritual discipline; a mastery focus helps us with that, too. The New Beginning may not be what we expect!
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There's a lot of uncertainty and insecurity in transitions.  Let's decide to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, to practice hope, and to get the most out of our transition process!
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Grit and Grace in Midlife Transitions is the topic of Season One. Understanding a few basic things about transitions is super helpful for personal and spiritual growth. Transitions include letting go and receiving. If we want to be filled with new things, it’s hard to receive them if we are full of other stuff. It’s like the old wineskins that can’t receive the new wine. Listen and get the low-down on transitions. 
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March 23, 2022 23 min
In this episode, Karen and Curtis dive into the phases of transition and the power of endings, letting go, and choosing to own your transition. There is new wine available to us, so why do we say, "Nope! I'm good with the old!"
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We decided it would be fun to ask each other questions by way of introducing ourselves and what’s behind the podcast. Listen to Karen try to keep Curtis from digressing in this fast-paced mutual interview. Backgrounds, books, blue-collar, when we hear the F-bomb, Hope, and other essential info is all right here!  We also invite you to start sharing your insights with us around the show; we decided to open up a Facebook group: The C...
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We (Karen and Curtis) introduce The Catholic Midlife podcast. We cover topics such as: Why midlife should be intentionally treated as a transition - an important one! Why we started a podcast for Catholic midlifers. And a key Spiritual theme that shows up over and over in midlife and in our coaching practice.
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