Projects

This page lists all my efforts on this blog to “Optimize Your Life Around the Catholic Faith”. My overall life goal is to transform the reader and myself from a casual Catholic believer to a living Catholic saint. This goal will pretty much be impossible to complete, but we should at least try. Nearly everything on this blog has to do with this overarching goal.

Index

Catholic Insights

Insights aren’t really new information, just a different view of the same thing. Since everyone learns differently, some people will find one explanation easier to understand than another. Many times insights come to me while studying the faith that help me gain new understanding. Then I write them down in case they can benefit anyone else. Sometimes these will be a different way of looking at some aspect of the faith, which can change how a person sees it going forward. Other times these will be short guides with the idea to help both readers and myself become better at practicing the faith.

Catholic Analysis

There is a wealth of knowledge out there from the Popes, the Church, the saints, and other religious people. Real growth in the faith can happen while reading these, so I try to find interesting content in these sources and write about it here. While I primarily study Catholic writings, I leave the option open to study other works like movies. It is easiest to study writing as the author has the time to really dig deep into theology. Whereas my Catholic Thoughts (see Entertainment Thoughts below) are based on my personal opinions, I try to be more objective with Catholic Analysis.

Personal Thoughts

Not everything I post is directly about optimizing. Sometimes I write about more personal things to give readers a fuller picture of who I am and how that influences my efforts to optimize the reader and myself around the Catholic faith. Personal Thoughts is mostly a catch-all for any post that doesn’t fit in the above Projects. This blog will never become a journal, but I do want people to have some idea who I am.

Entertainment Thoughts

A big part of optimizing my life is reducing my attachments to material goods. I realized early on a key part of this was not holding on to all the entertainment I had at home. Once I saw a movie, I didn’t really need to keep it around. I could give it away or sell it and donate the money to charity. So I wrote thoughts on all the movies, music, books, and video games I had. Going forward, when I write my thoughts on something I experience, I am free to give it away and never think about it again.

  • Entertainment Thoughts – The main archive of all my thoughts on entertainment.
    • Catholic Thoughts – A subcategory containing my thoughts on Catholic entertainment, mostly books.
  • The Star Wars Novel Project – I got the idea to read all the Star Wars books and write my thoughts on them. I don’t know if I will ever finish because most of my reading time is spent with Catholic writings. Maybe some day. This link goes to the main index, listing all books with links to my thoughts on them.

Personal Catechism

This project was the original reason I created this blog but is now discontinued. As I started to think about how I needed to change, I came up with several things I wanted to be doing on a regular basis. I decided to put them on a website for convenience. Then I could easily give people I met the link to explain why I acted the way I did. The initial result of the work I did was this “book”, listing out all my ideals. It was a great first effort, but over a few years I found God calling me towards different ideals. I like many of the ideals here and still follow them, but my focus is now writing down a new set of ideals that will help all people, not just myself, become holy.

Personal Catechism Book:

Yearly Examinations of Ideals:

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