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LifeSmything with Cynthia Burley
2 minutes | 9 months ago
42: Late Have I Loved You by St. Augustine - God Doesn't Give Up On Us!
"Late Have I Loved You," is a poetic excerpt from St Augustine's "Confessions." It's a beautiful story of how St Augustine was so enthralled with the world, that he resisted God's calling. In the end, he could not resist God and he finally left worldly things behind and reached for God's peace. How many of us can echo Augustine's sentiment, "Late have I loved you?" I know I can. Even though I was raised to love God as an evangelical, I abandoned God, for paganism and new-ageism. I covered my ears so that I could not hear God. I wanted to live my life on my terms. I didn't understand that I was hungering for God. As St Augustine says, "Our hearts are restless until they rest in you." Boy, was I restless. However, even in the midst of my flirtations with the world, God continued to call me. And finally I listened. This website is called "BeautySoAncient.com"in gratitude and acknowledgement that, like St Augustine, I resisted God, but He never gave up on me. He continued to shout, flare and blaze, until I was able to see. He did not allow me to die in my sins, but he called me to his Holy Catholic Church. Late, have I loved you, Dear Lord. Thank you for saving me and calling you to your Holy Catholic Church. Episode notes
15 minutes | a year ago
41 - 5 Ways to Combat Loneliness on Valentines Day
Because of all the Valentine's Day media hype, so many of us end up feeling lonely on Valentine's day. However, what actually happens is that we allow ourselves to get manipulated into experiencing deep longing for a mate on this Valentine's day. IN THIS PODCAST Remember that Valentine's Day is just another day. Be thankful for your past failed relationships Celebrate your growth in your understanding and knowledge of courtship. Make contact with one person of the opposite sex. Spend some time with the God of love.
11 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 40 - Are You Seeking God Through These 3 Wrong Ways (Mother Angelica)?
As some of you know, I am extremely attached to Amazon. Whenever I see a new book, I want it. Well, last week, I received, Mother Angelica's Guide to Practical Holiness. It's a wonderful, practical book that I highly recommend. In a chapter titled, "Three Keys to the Kingdom", she lists three types of people who seek God in the wrong ways. Through emotions (feelings). Through intellectual pride. Through a domineering will. Are You Seeking God Through One of These Three Wrong Ways? EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything is a podcast of beautysoancient.com
16 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 39 - 5 Penances Catholics Can Do Instead of Self-Flagellation
Sometimes when we want to suffer for our Lord, we are drawn to external mortifications and penances like self-flagellation (whipping), wearing hairshirts and cilices. Why is that? Two reasons - first, we want to go hardcore and in our minds, whipping yourself is EXTREMELY hardcore. The second reason, is one we might not like admitting. Maybe we find it easier to self-flagellate than to restrain ourselves from answering an insult? Dom Scupoli, in his book, the Spiritual Combat, suggests some other penances that we might do instead of, or in addition to, any external mortification. In this podcast, IN THIS EPISODE: 5 Penances Catholics Can Do Instead of Self-Flagellation Silence & retirement; Humility & charity; Patient endurance of the greatest injuries; Render good for the evil of your enemies; Take care to avoid the smallest faults; EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything is a podcast of beautysoancient.com
11 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 38 - 8 Ways to Build Intimacy in Your Marriage
T Humans are driven to get married, first of all to procreate, but secondly to build a bond with another human being that you can trust with your life. You want to be with someone who understands you and will help you to get to heaven. Life is not easy and we are often so distracted by the cares and worries of life that we forget about our spouses. And so, the relationship grows cold. However, there are things that can be done to build intimacy in your marriage. IN THIS EPISODE: 5 FREELANCE JOBS THAT ARE PERFECT FOR STAY-AT-HOME-MOMS Physical intimacy Cook together. Having regular meal times. Playing board or card games. Date night! Give each other space. Communicate throughout the day Pillow talk EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything is a podcast of beautysoancient.com
19 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 37 - 5 Freelance Jobs That Are Perfect for Stay-at-home Moms
Teen vogue posted a guide to anal sex on Christmas Day. This is not the first time they posted this. It's almost like they do it to rile up Christians. This had me thinking about how important it is to either homeschool or put your kids in good Catholic schools, rather than risk the secular culture influencing them to abandon their beliefs. Some couples think their finances won't allow them to homeschool, although with budgeting, it is often possible. However, there is nothing wrong with a stay-at-home mom and being a Proverbs 21 woman and bringing in a little income, if she so desires. IN THIS EPISODE: 5 FREELANCE JOBS THAT ARE PERFECT FOR STAY-AT-HOME-MOMS Bookkeeping/Account Internet Marketer Writer Graphic Designer Seamstress EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything is a podcast of beautysoancient.com
13 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 36 – How To Dissolve Your Anger & Hate Through Prayer
Sometimes anger and hate for someone is so intense that it makes us sick, but we keep being angry. Is there no way of dissolving the anger? Luckily there is a way and both religion and psychology confirm it. Now how would you like to get rid of your strong feelings of anger that both shame you and control you? Listen to the podcast to see how praying can help. IN THIS EPISODE Praying for someone decreases aggression. How praying causes cognitive "re-appraisal. How increases charity. Anger poisons us, not the person you're angry at. EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything is a podcast of beautysoancient.com ?
13 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 35 – Should Christian Women Take Boudoir (Sensual) Photo Shoots For Their Husbands?
Apparently, it has become a "thing" for Christian women to take "boudoir" photos. Boudoir photography is a "photographic style featuring intimate, sensual, romantic, and sometimes erotic images of its subjects in a photographic studio, bedroom or private dressing room environment, primarily intended for the private enjoyment of the subject and his or her romantic partners." This doesn't sound like something a Catholic would be interested in, but there are tons of articles which aim to convince women that boudoir photos are a legitimate gift for one's husband. What is this world coming to? IN THIS EPISODE Why do women do boudoir photo shoots? Should Christian women take Boudoir photos? The link between low self-esteem (lack of confidence) and boudoir photos. The risk of lust. Why you should not give your husband sensual pictures of you while he is travelling for work? Does posing for sexy pictures make you strong? How sensual pictures can affect your marriage. EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything is a podcast of beautysoancient.com
6 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 34 – Climate Change Letter Signed by Scientists is Good News for Christians
On Tuesday, November 5th, 11, Washington D.C., Nov 5, 2019, more than 11,000 "scientists" signed a "climate change emergency" letter. This letter calls for a "gradual reduction" in the world's population. This warning was was published in BioScience journal and was signed by 11,258 scientists from 153 countries. I know that a lot of you are sick of the climate change agenda. However, if the climate change cult is urging people to not have children, I think this is good news for us, no? IN THIS EPISODE The climate change letter signed by over 11,000 Scientists. How the climate change apocalypse predictions have always been wrong. Why this news should make us happy. What is the ONE thing we Christians need to do to counter climate change? EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything is a podcast of beautysoancient.com
25 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 33 – What's Up With the Pachamama Idols & Have You Thrown Your Pachamama in the Tiber Yet?
Recently during the Amazonian Synod, 5 statues of the the Pachamama idol, the earth mother goddess, revered by the Amazonian people, were placed in a Chapel of the Carmelite Church of Santa Maria in Transportina, Rome. On October 21, these statues were taken and thrown into the Tiber River. This action was received with great joy by many Catholics, and statements of condemnation from the Vatican and Pope Francis. What are we to make of this event? How about us? Do we have any Pachamamas in our lives? IN THIS EPISODE What is a Pachamama? Was it wrong for the men to take the Pachamama and throw them in the Tiber river? The danger of mixing indigenous religions with Catholicism. A case study of "mixing it up" in Haiti. What are the Pachamamas in our lives? EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything is a podcast of beautysoancient.com
22 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 32 – How to be a Straight Shooter, Charitably
I am convinced that the Rosary is the secret to having a strong marriage. It certainly is one of the reasons why we have a strong marriage. If you're having a lot of marital conflict, try praying the rosary daily -- even when you don't feel like it -- even when you are angry at each other. It's so easy to take pride in being a "straight shooter". A straight shooter is someone who is honest and forthright. You see, straight shooters don't sugarcoat. They "keep it real". However, there's that pesky little thing called charity isn't there? Even straight shooters have to be charitable, or else all effort is for naught. IN THIS EPISODE How to tell if you're a straight shooter or if you're not. The pros and cons of being a straight shooter. What do the Saints say about being charitable? How to be charitable during debates by being curious. The "Feel, Felt, Found" technique. Never call an idea or the person "stupid". How to use stories to tell the truth, charitably. EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything is a podcast of beautysoancient.com
8 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 31 – The Rosary: Secret to Having a Strong Marriage
I am convinced that the Rosary is the secret to having a strong marriage. It certainly is one of the reasons why we have a strong marriage. If you're having a lot of marital conflict, try praying the rosary daily -- even when you don't feel like it -- even when you are angry at each other. You'd be surprised at how praying the rosary can melt away the anger. Is one of you dealing with sins of impurity, jealousy, or a wandering eye? Pray the rosary, daily. IN THIS EPISODE The Seven Blessings of the Rosary. Why my husband and I have a strong marriage. How the Rosary can dissolve any anger between you and your spouse. Pray the rosary with your children, no matter how young, how old. The rosary purifies our soul. The rosary helps us to practice virtue. The rosary enriches us with graces and merits. EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything is a podcast of beautysoancient.com.
21 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 30 – Suffering is Not Negotiable, Sweetheart
"Suffering is not negotiable, sweetheart," is a paraphrase of something Mother Angelica said. She stated, " Holiness is not for wimps and the cross is not negotiable, sweetheart, it's a requirement." And yet, we hate to suffer. I know I do. However, suffering will come and when it does come, God will give us the grace to handle it. IN THIS EPISODE We all will suffer. To get to heaven, we must suffer. Even if you feel weak, God will give you the grace and strength to handle your suffering. God sends us suffering because he loves us. Suffering unites us with Christ and his goals. What my experience with the events of 9/11 says about my desire to suffer. What being robbed at gunpoint tells me about my desire to suffer. EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything is a podcast of beautysoancient.com.
32 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 29 –Why Do Some Catholics Hate Catholic Entrepreneurs?
This podcast was partly inspired by the hate that I saw directed at Catholic author, podcaster and course creator, Taylor Marshall when he released his latest book, "Infiltration", along with some other Catholics entrepreneurs I have seen attacked, especially if their offering is a digital offering. Why do some Catholics hate Catholic Entrepreneurs? IN THIS EPISODE The Four Reasons Why I think some Catholics can't stand to see or support Catholic entrepreneurs. Is there a difference between making money in the digital space and selling a physical product? Do you need a degree in a topic to be an expert on it? Is it a sin to be rich or to make money? Is blocking people from making a living online considered "defrauding a worker of its wages"? The Proverbs 31 woman and online businesses. The role of envy in people's responses to Catholic entrepreneurs. EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything is a podcast of beautysoancient.com.
14 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 28 – Am I Being Selfish For Wanting to Marry a Virgin?
Virginity is a wonderful thing and ideally every spouse should be a virgin before marriage. Alas, we live in a fallen world, full of sin. As a result, there are a lot of sinners with past sexual history, who are trying hard to live chaste lives, but can do nothing about their history. If you really desire to marry a virgin, you might ask yourself, "Am I being selfish for wanting to marry a virgin"? IN THIS EPISODE Should you break up with someone who reveals his or her past sexual history to you during courtship? How to deal with disappointment at not being able to give each other the gift of celibacy. Does sexual history affect marital happiness? How do you deal with insecurity that arises from your experienced spouse possibly comparing you to others? What to do if your spouse lied to you about previous relationships? EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything is a podcast of beautysoancient.com.
21 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 27 – Four Reasons Why I Only Wear Skirts and Dresses- Lifechanging!
Soon after my conversion to Catholicism, I decided to only wear skirts and dresses. It made such a difference in my life from the way I looked, to my sense of modesty and my feelings of responsibility when it came to others. IN THIS EPISODE The history of women wearing pants in the U.S. How wearing dresses and skirts affect your femininity. How women's practice of wearing pants blur the line between masculine and feminine. Modesty and pants. How pants can cause you to be an occasion of sin. EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything is a podcast of beautysoancient.com.
17 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 26 – The Truth About Husbandly Authority & Wifely Submission
When single or engaged couples think of the authority of the husband and the submission of the wife, what enters their heads? I'm pretty sure there are lots of fantasies of deep-voiced men giving orders, and delicate wives acquiescing with lowered eyes. Alas, anyone who's been married for 5 minutes knows the truth about husbandly authority and wifely submission. IN THIS EPISODE The reality of submission-authority vs the fantasy. What could make your husband say to you, "I'm the boss How husbands should exercise their authority. Why it's hard for some men to exercise their God-given authority? How men and women are portrayed in this culture. What does "happy wife, happy life" mean? How is the husband suppose to exercise his authority? Under what circumstances should a wife be submissive? What do you do if you have a husband who is not kind? EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything is a podcast of beautysoancient.com.
16 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 25 – Fake Fighting on the Internet - Does Not a Soldier of Christ Make
A lot of people don't understand that what they call "fighting for the faith" on the internet, is actually fake fighting. What do I mean by that? Does anyone really believe that ranting or cutting and pasting, is fighting for the faith? Whoever does is sorely mistaken. IN THIS EPISODE Why ranting on the internet is not real fighting, but fake fighting. What does it mean to be a soldier of Christ? Why not everyone is meant to be Michael Voris or Michael Hichborn. The various roles that need to be filled in a war. Why the battle for your soul is the greatest battle you'll ever fight. What are some real "fights" you can undertake offline? When you need to pull back from the fight for a bit. How the idea of "fighting" can be a temptation. Which is your greatest weapon in a fight? EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything is a podcast of beautysoancient.com.
11 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 24 – On Fleeing Temptation – Yes, It Will Come
When I woke up today, I didn't know I would be podcasting about fleeing temptation. But then this happened. When I first woke up, I glanced at my phone. I know, I know. Bad habit. Well, what a surprise I received! I was greeted with the image of an almost completely nude FB friend! How did that affect me in terms of temptation? Listen to the podcast to find out. IN THIS EPISODE What made me decide to do a podcast on fleeing temptation. The first thing you should do when faced with sexual temptation? How meditation can help. The worst topic you should focus on when meditating. Why we shouldn't be secure in our own strength. EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything is a podcast of beautysoancient.com.
18 minutes | 2 years ago
Ep. 23 - 20 Signs That He's Wasting Your Time
Do you know how to discern if the man you're with is just wasting your time? I know a lot of women who have hung around, and hung around a man, without realizing that the relationship was was going nowhere. Courtship is an art and one of the basic skills that women must know is how to properly discern and properly dispose of any man that is wasting her time. After all, there is a godly man out there waiting for her. IN THIS EPISODE Why a woman cannot afford to waste time. How to recognize signs that he's not that interested in you. EPISODE NOTES Lifesmything.com is a podcast of beautysoancient.com
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