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A Year of Faith Special for A Minute in the Church

Pope Benedict XVI has declared a Year of Faith, which begins on October 11, 2012. As part of the Year of Faith, the Holy Father has called on education and catechesis to be important components of the celebration. The Pope is encouraging all Catholics to learn their faith! To help facilitate this, we are starting a special project for A Minute in the Church.

First, a bit of background story. When he heard about the Year of Faith, Fr. Ryan Moravitz, the pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Crosslake, MN, called to inquire about getting 1000 copies of A Minute in the Church. Fr. Moravitz plans to keep copies of the book in the pews. When asked why, Fr. Moravitz quipped, “If someone is going to be reading something during my homily, I would rather it be this than the bulletin!” He is excited about his parishioners growing in faith and knowledge.

Our goal is to distribute at least 100,000 copies of this handy educational booklet around the country. Imagine the resurgence in the Church if hundreds of thousands of Catholics become more knowledgeable about their faith. We are encouraging parishes, pastors or individuals to order copies of the book for the entire parish.

From August 12 – September 30, 2012, we will be accepting orders for bulk copies of A Minute in the Church. The book is available in both English and Spanish. We are pleased to announce that we have reached the point where we can offer the book for just $1 per copy, with a minimum order of 250 copies. (The book normally sells for $5 each.)

For this special promotion, we have set aside 500 copies of A Minute in the Church that we will give to pastors at no charge. (One free copy per pastor.) If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity to help the faithful at your parish learn more about why we believe what we believe, simply have your pastor email me at GusLloyd@verizon.net and request a copy of A Minute in the Church for review. We will send him one right away with no obligation. But hurry! The advance order period for free copies to priests and pastors ends September 23, 2012.

Here are some details about the program:

1)      A free copy of A Minute in the Church will be sent to any pastor requesting one between August 12 – September 23, 2012. We will give one free copy to any priest or pastor that requests one.

2)      Pastor, priest or individual may order bulk copies for the Year of Faith. Minimum order is 250 copies.

3)      The price per copy is just $1. This price does not include final shipping charges.

4)     After the complimentary copy has been sent, we will contact each parish/individual. At this point a commitment must be made to purchase books and payment will be made. Buyer must specify number of copies in English and Spanish. Payment must be received by Oct. 1, 2012.

5)      The total number of books will be printed and shipped to your parish for the Year of Faith.

6)      This offer is not available to retailers or resellers. This program is reserved for parishes or groups. Books may not be resold.

Thomas Merton Prayer

I am a regular reader and pray-er of the following prayer by Thomas Merton. Whenever I read it on the air, people ask for a copy. Feel free to to cut and paste and pray it yourself!

Thomas Merton’s Prayer
MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
– Thomas Merton, “Thoughts in Solitude”

Messages from Priests About HHS Mandate

Below are three videos that I played on Seize the Day. They are from priests with powerful messages on the Obama administration’s HHS mandate requiring Catholic institutions to purchase contraception, abortifacient drugs and sterilizations for all women for whom they provide health insurance. As I have stated numerous times, this is an affront on the Catholic Church and on the First Amendment of the Constitution. Preach on, Fathers!

Religious Liberty

On February 5, 2012 Father Sammie Maletta delivered a Homily at St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, Indiana. This Homily addressed how President Obama is threatening our Religious Freedom and declaring war with the Catholic Church. Please take a few moments to listen. No one sums it up quite like Father Maletta. Go to http://bit.ly/zPdgpw to fight the HHS Mandate.

I have a say!

My parents chose life over selfishness, and therefore….I have a say!!!
The song at the end is Matt Maher’s “Isaiah 61”

We Hold These Truths

“We Hold These Truths” is a video that we felt needed to be produced in order to clearly state the main issue in regards to the (HHS) Health and Human Services Mandate. The main issue is Religious Liberty. The mandate, as it stands right now, violates the Constitution and specifically the 1st Amendment. We have a right to the free exercise of our religion without violating our consciences. Every American should see this as an important issue. It is not a Catholic issue. It is an American issue. Join the movement at http://phatmass.com/action

The Reviews are Coming In!

As more and more people read Magnetic Christianity, they’re letting me know what they think. Here are some of the early reviews. I would love to know what you think! Email me your review at GusLloyd@verizon.net and please post it on Amazon.com’ s Magnetic Christianity Page.

The Best Book I Have Read in Years
Your book arrived last Thursday, and I have already finished it.I must say in all honesty that it is the best book I have read in years. I was sincerely compelled and touched by it. You have truly created a wonderful gift for the Church. It is concise and easy to read, yet incredibly powerful.
Your 11 attributes are right on. My daughter is only 4 years old, so she is not ready for this book yet, but when she is old enough, I want to make sure she reads it.
Your messages are so very important. I am deeply grateful for what you have done.

Thank you and bravo!
Dave in MA

Move over Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy and Zig Ziglar!
Gus Lloyd has hit a Grand Slam Home run with his latest book, Magnetic Christianity.
If you are a fan of motivational messages from the all time great speakers of the last 30 years then you are going to love this book. Gus’s ability to meld all the positive messages you are familiar with in a spiritual context is just fantastic.

This is not just another “feel good about yourself” book that has initial impact but no staying power. The straight forward insight into the deeper meaning of having a positive attitude toward everyday life is refreshing and contagious.
In a world that is so obsessed with getting more stuff and a media that only reports and focuses on all the negative in our world, you can’t help but be uplifted and re energized after reading Magnetic Christianity.

I am a business owner and plan on sharing this treasure with my staff especially the sales people who need to be proud of their profession that has been bashed for years.

Congratulations Gus for having the guts and faith to write such a book in a time when most people are viewing the glass of life half empty.

Glenn in Florida

I just finished reading your new book and wanted to send you some feedback. In one word: AWESOME!
What I liked most about this book:
  • Reading it was like listening to you. You write just like you talk on the radio. This is so cool. So down-to-earth. So people-to-people oriented. So sincere.
  • Everything you wrote is so applicable but I have to say the chapters on Approachability and Encouragement spoke to me most loudly. When you share your own personal stories, it encourages me, proving your point about the best way to evangelize is by sharing your story.
  • I really like having the book mark with the attributes listed on them. It served while reading this book and will serve as a reminder when reading other books.
  • I really appreciated the questions for reflection at the end of each chapter. They hit home!

Thanks, Gus, for writing such a meaningfull book! The Lord was truly with you in this writing. I pray for you and your ministry every day and I will add a request that this book be widely spread. I know that I am doing some advertising! This is definitely a book that I will re-read often. You are right up there with my favorite authors: Matthew Kelly, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, and of course, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen (these are in no special order of preference).

Doris in Michigan

Magnetic Christianity Passes the Debbie Test!

What is the Debbie Test? Find out by reading this article that appeared in the Tampa Tribune on Sunday, April 1. My thanks to Michelle Bearden of the Tribune, and to Debbie! I hope you’ll share this article with your friends!

‘Magnetic’ book draws you in

By Michelle Bearden

Gus Lloyd’s newest book passed the Debbie Test.

It works like this: Occasionally, I pass on books to the woman I hired a year ago to get my house (and, by extension, my life) cleaned and organized. Debbie is my personal miracle maker. If she comes back with a thumbs-up on the book, I know it’s worth investing my time.

Debbie is a voracious reader. Since I’ve known her, she’s read more than 100 books, mainly sticking with nonfiction that centers on spiritual life, personal motivation and biographies. I’m not sure where she finds the time, given her work schedule and a son at home, but organized people have a knack for knowing how to make the most of a 24-hour day.

I figured she was the perfect person to assess Lloyd’s latest book, “Magnetic Christianity: Using Your God-Given Gifts to Build the Kingdom” ($11.99 in paperback, $9.50 for the Kindle edition.)

Lloyd was the longtime familiar voice on the local Spirit FM, WBVM, where he hosted a morning show for nearly 12 years. Five years ago, he made the jump to The Catholic Channel on satellite radio to host “Seize the Day,” heard on Sirius XM weekday mornings from 7 to 11 a.m. He does the national broadcast right from his home in Carrollwood.

Nice guy, but I wasn’t too excited about the book. The label “Christian” has been abused, misused and overused (especially by vote-seeking politicians). Many who claim to be followers of Christ don’t follow through with their actions. I’ve covered too many religious scandals regarding greed and lies and seen too much bigotry not to be a bit skeptical.

Don’t tell me, don’t preach to me. Show me. If you’re going to be a light in the world, let that speak for you. Like Debbie. She’s very committed to working daily on her faith walk — and that starts by being kind, thankful and putting others first.

So I gave the book to her. I knew if it was a stinker, she’d tell me.

A week later, she came back all giddy and excited.

“This book gave me goose bumps!” she gushed. “Everyone I love is going to get a copy of it. It gives you a guideline on how to be a better person. Isn’t that something we’re all trying to do?”

Well, if that’s not a ringing endorsement …

Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of the holiest week for Christians. The Lenten season — the 40 days leading up to Easter — is supposed to be a period of spiritual reflection, prayer and sacrifice. Ultimately, it’s a time of cleansing and renewal. If you messed up on your New Year’s resolutions, like I do each year, Lent is a chance to regroup and start over.

“Magnetic Christianity,” it turns out, is a wonderful little guidebook to help you do that, to get back on course.

In a straightforward and easy-to-read narrative, Lloyd identifies 11 attributes to make you a better person and to enhance those qualities in your life. Most of them are already there within you, but he shows you how to illuminate those characteristics. It may sound a little oversimplified, but that’s exactly why Debbie liked it.

“He gets right to the point and gives great examples on how to make it happen on a daily basis,” she says. “It’s like he’s right there with you, talking you through it.”

Here are the attributes that Lloyd believes will attract others to you, allowing you to share your faith on a personal level: positivity, enthusiasm, friendliness, confidence, humility, honesty, kindness, compassion, approachability, generosity and encouragement. He pairs each one with Scriptures, a “magnetic insight” (personal commentary from Lloyd) and questions to reflect on.

What are Lloyd’s strongest attributes? “Probably enthusiasm and positivity,” he says. “I love motivating people. It’s what I build my radio show around and the purpose of this book.”

He admits that living one’s faith is not an easy thing to do. He has shortcomings like anyone else. All the work he still needs to do in his own life is “enough to keep God very busy.”

But what he tries to remember every day is that the best way to introduce Christ to others is to be an example, so that others can see Christ in you.

If we really want this world to be a better place, he says, it has to start first by looking in a mirror. Each one of us can be a game-changer in this very complicated, distracted and divisive world we’re living in. Is this really so hard to do?

See the article at http://www2.tbo.com/news/faith/2012/apr/01/banewso1-magnetic-book-draws-you-in-ar-386897/

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty

O God our Creator,

Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;

give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome— for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us—this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

If you would like more resources and information, please go to www.Fortnight4Freedom.org.

A Minute in the Church Gets Bishop’s Approval

After the first printing of A Minute in the Church, I sent a copy of the book off to my bishop, Bishop Robert N. Lynch of St. Petersburg, FL, asking if he would grant an Imprimatur for the book.  Here is the text of the letter I received from Bishop Lynch:

Dear Gus,

Thank you for your letter of January 3, 2011 and for the accompanying monograph entitled A Minute in the Church: One-Minute Catholic Apologetics. Somewhere in the back of my mind I remembered that during my tour of duty at the episcopal conference the bishops defined that only catechetical texts or textbooks for seminarians needed an official Imprimatur which often takes some time to obtain.

I believe the best route to allow you to proceed is to permit you to place in the beginning of the book this phrase: Published with the permission of Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg. Please feel free to proceed.

It is a nice aid, Gus.

With every best wish, I remain Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of St. Petersburg

So…we have just ordered the third printing of the book. You will see the note at the beginning of subsequent copies of A Minute in the Church. Praise God!