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To be an apprentice of Jesus means to order your life around three goals: Be with Jesus, Become like Jesus, and Do what Jesus did. Fr. Ryan Ford, the pastor of St. John and St. Joseph Parishes in Ishpeming, MI, brings you up-to-date with the content of his weekend homily, where he teaches the why and how of one of the practices of the way of Jesus. Fr. Ryan and the Parish staff also keep you in the loop with what's going on in the Parishes and how you can plug in as a member of the Ishpeming Catholic Parishes.

To be an apprentice of Jesus means to order your life around three goals: Be with Jesus, Become like Jesus, and Do what Jesus did. Fr. Ryan Ford, the pastor of St. John and St. Joseph Parishes in Ishpeming, MI, brings you up-to-date with the content of his weekend homily, where he teaches the why and how of one of the practices of the way of Jesus. Fr. Ryan and the Parish staff also keep you in the loop with what's going on in the Parishes and how you can plug in as a member of the Ishpeming Catholic Parishes.
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To be an apprentice of Jesus means to order your life around three goals: Be with Jesus, Become like Jesus, and Do what Jesus did. Fr. Ryan Ford, the pastor of St. John and St. Joseph Parishes in Ishpeming, MI, brings you up-to-date with the content of his weekend homily, where he teaches the why and how of one of the practices of the way of Jesus. Fr. Ryan and the Parish staff also keep you in the loop with what's going on in the Parishes and how you can plug in as a member of the Ishpeming Catholic Parishes.

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Episodes

Virtues of Family Life Week 4 - Responsibility

1/19/2020
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A common complaint from spouses is that they feel distant from each other and lonely. The virtue of responsibility is the habit of thinking, speaking, and acting not only for my own happiness, but also the happiness of the other. In this episode, Fr. Ryan explains the three phases of love and how we can take responsibility for all three phases in marriage.

Duration:00:08:26

Virtues of Family Life Week 3 - Fatherhood

1/15/2020
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At his baptism, Jesus revealed the meaning of Christian baptism. We are brought into the same intimacy, love, closeness, and relationship with God the Father that Jesus shared from all eternity. As a man, Jesus learned of the Father's love from St. Joseph as he entrusted himself to St. Joseph's care. The more we learn about St. Joseph, the more our images of fatherhood will be purified, healed, redeemed, and perfected. St. Joseph prepares us to receive a deeper encounter of the Father's...

Duration:00:12:05

Virtues of Family Life Week 2 - Generosity

1/6/2020
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Because of the damage caused by original sin, there's a powerful pull within us toward selfishness. We're tempted to turn in on ourselves and fulfill every desire for comfort, leisure, and pleasure. The good news is with God's grace and our effort, selfishness can be overcome through practicing the virtue of generosity. In this episode, Fr. Ryan explores how we can grow in generosity in our thoughts, attitudes, and actions.

Duration:00:11:06

Virtues of Family Life Week 1 - Respect

12/29/2019
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Family life is hard work and can seem dull and dreary a lot of the time, but it truly is the place where the virtues and habits of love and life are learned and formed. In this series, Fr. Ryan will look at the virtues of family life and how we can practice them to counter the common weaknesses that cause conflicts in relationships. This episode looks at the virtue of respect and how to show respect in thinking, speaking, and acting.

Duration:00:10:58

Story of God Week 7 - St. Joseph

12/22/2019
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St. Joseph was the first to make immediate preparations for Christmas. He teaches us how to prepare to receive Jesus not just at Christmas, but every day as he comes to us, and to be prepared for His second coming at the end of our earthly lives. In this episode, Fr. Ryan reflects on how Joseph made himself ready to receive Jesus and how we can imitate him.

Duration:00:11:53

Story of God Week 6 - The Prophets

12/16/2019
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The prophets lived in dark and fearful times for God's people, but looked forward with hope to the time when God would send a king to restore their fortunes. Yet all of them died without seeing the fulfillment of their hope in their lifetimes. In this episode, Fr. Ryan explains how we can have joy in the midst of tribulation as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and his second glorious coming at the end of history.

Duration:00:10:10

Story of God Week 5 - Abraham

12/8/2019
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The story of Abraham is one of great faith, trust, and total surrender to God and His ways. Jesus tells us anyone can become a child of Abraham through baptism, but we must also bear good fruits of repentance, loving God with our whole heart, mind, soul, and strength. In this episode, Fr. Ryan looks at the life of Abraham and how we can walk as Abraham's children.

Duration:00:10:44

Story of God Week 4 - Noah

12/1/2019
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What does Noah's ark have to do with us today? In this episode, Fr. Ryan explores the Biblical background to Jesus' words about the final separation that will take place at His second coming. The Bible begins by tracing the family lines of two families, who are separated by the Flood. The question is, which family will we belong to by our choices?

Duration:00:08:59

Story of God Week 3 - King David

11/27/2019
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Isn't it strange that Jesus is proclaimed a king while being mocked, reviled, humiliated, tortured, and killed? Yet on the cross, Jesus reveals what true kingship is. In this episode, Fr. Ryan looks at King David and how he prefigures what kind of king Jesus will be. We too are called to reign with Christ from the cross, laying down our lives in sacrificial love for God and neighbor.

Duration:00:10:53

Story of God Week 2 - Moses

11/18/2019
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The Exodus from Egypt wasn't just an escape from slavery - it was a 'battle of the gods' between the false idols and the one true God who revealed himself to Moses. In this episode, Fr. Ryan explains how Moses prefigures Jesus and His mission to lead us out of captivity to the false gods of this world and into the family of the one true God.

Duration:00:11:07

Story of God week 1 - Adam and Eve

11/14/2019
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In order to understand the Gospels, we have to know what came before. With seven weeks left until Christmas, we'll look at seven key people and storylines that prefigure Jesus and help us understand who Jesus is, and God's plan for us. The Gospel about marriage in heaven is a great place to start, because it brings us back to Adam, the first key person in the Bible, and his call to be priest, prophet, king, and bridegroom.

Duration:00:10:40

Powerful Ways to Pray Week 9

11/4/2019
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It's sometimes hard to understand why the dead need our prayers. In this episode, Fr. Ryan explains why we should pray for the dead using the Gospel of Zacchaeus from Luke 19. Sin and salvation are not private things. Salvation is a communal reality - debts must be paid, wrongs must be set right, justice must be restored. We can help one another restore the order of love and justice, and death does not destroy our bonds with each other. Prayers and works of charity for the dead help them on...

Duration:00:09:54

All Saints Day 2019

11/1/2019
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In this episode on All Saints Day 2019, Fr. Ryan reflects on two of his favorite saints, one from 400 years ago and the other from just 29 years ago. The lessons learned from these saints inspire us still today to love Jesus as much as we can and to take the first step in reaching out to people with the love and truth of Jesus.

Duration:00:07:59

Powerful Ways to Pray Week 8

10/28/2019
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Jesus' parable of the two men who come to the Temple to pray (Luke 18) illustrates the beautiful prayer of contrition, which is the foundation for coming into right relationship with God. The Pharisee of the parable judges other people to be wicked, turns to himself, and proclaims his own goodness. The tax collector judges himself to be wicked, turns to God, and proclaims his guilt and need for mercy. And he goes home justified. In this episode, Fr. Ryan shares how we can pray this prayer of...

Duration:00:11:11

Powerful Ways to Pray Week 7

10/21/2019
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Jesus exhorts us to 'pray always without becoming weary.' As Jesus moved closer to his ultimate confrontation with evil, injustice, lies, and the full power of Satan against him in his Passion and Crucifixion, he taught more and more about the important of prayer. Prayer obtains for us the strength and help we need from God to win the victory over temptations. We cannot win this victory on our own! In this episode, Fr. Ryan teaches about praying always in our daily struggle against evil.

Duration:00:12:10

Powerful Ways to Pray Week 6

10/14/2019
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It's easy to take the many things we have for granted. Prayers of thanksgiving are expressions of faith that keep us alive to God's active presence and love in every moment. In this episode, Fr. Ryan discusses how to grow in relationship with Jesus through prayers of thanksgiving.

Duration:00:11:12

Powerful Ways to Pray Week 5

10/6/2019
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It may surprise us to learn how many prayers in the Bible are filled with complaints and protest, cries of despair and doubt, questioning and even anger toward God. Some of us might read these prayers and wonder if it's OK to pray like that. In this episode, Fr. Ryan explains the prayer of lament, using the prophet Habakkuk as an example. God wants to meet us in our pain and walk with us through it to renewed faith and confidence.

Duration:00:08:50

Powerful Ways to Pray Week 4

9/30/2019
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God's presence is easily missed in the moment, especially when we have bad experiences. But God is always laboring to love us and communicate to us. We need to stop and take time to engage our memories and ask God to shine his light through our daily experiences, circumstances, and interactions with people, to receive His presence and hear His call. In this episode, Fr. Ryan explains listening prayer and the practice of the daily examen, as a way to pray at the end of every day. The more we...

Duration:00:10:24

Powerful Ways to Pray Week 3

9/24/2019
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Many people reduce intercessory prayer to asking stuff from God, but in reality it's so much more. In this episode, Fr. Ryan Ford unpacks the why and how of intercessory prayer, as part of our inheritance as the managers of God's business on earth, cooperating with God in the salvation of his people. Intercession draws near to God to allow God's heart to flow through us to bend the affairs of the world in the right direction.

Duration:00:10:42

Powerful Ways to Pray Week 2

9/24/2019
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Imagination is a word many people associate with make-believe, fantasy, and Disney world. But can imagination be used in prayer? In fact, imagination is a powerful means by which God encounters us through the incarnate vividness and concreteness of Jesus. In this episode, Fr. Ryan discusses the imagination and its place in our Christian prayer life, and how to go about engaging our imagination when we spend time with God.

Duration:00:12:02