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Tony Agnesi – Five Minutes 2018-12-24T13:55:46-04:00

Hall of Fame broadcaster, award winning author and blogger, Tony Agnesi is a master storyteller. Following his book, A Storyteller’s Guide to a Grace-Filled Life, Tony shares a new collection of stories that celebrate turning life’s misery into ministry. Tony’s award-winning blog was named one of the top 100 Catholic blogs and was a finalist in the 15th annual International weblog awards. A frequent guest on Catholic radio Tony is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild and is a frequent contributor to Christian publications. Tony and Diane, his wife of 46 years, live in Wadsworth, Ohio. They have two adult sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and two grandsons, Nico and Luca. They are the love of their lives. Visit his website at https://tonyagnesi.com.

Add some joy to your life!  Be inspired. Catholic Storyteller Tony Agnesi shares inspirational stories in five minutes or less in these snackable podcasts. A great way to start your day on a positive note.

Friendship Deficiency

One Thursday morning, waiting for 8AM mass to begin, I realized that I was surrounded by eight male friends. Thursday’s are special because after mass we all go to breakfast together. It’s a time to share stories and tell jokes, but it’s also a time for prayer and concern for others. In this podcast Tony discusses friendships.

Scripture: This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another. John 15:12-17


“There are friends who bring ruin, but there are true friends more loyal than a brother.” –Proverbs 18:24


Reflections: Do you work at making new friends? Do you feel “Friendship Deficient?” What about accountability, do you like it when a friend holds you accountable?

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Five Minutes with Tony Agnesi, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Open the Door to Your Heart

One of my fellow jail ministers, George, likes to use the painting “The Light of the World” by William Holman Hunt to make the point of inviting Jesus into our hearts and lives. It’s a wonderful way to illustrate that WE must ask Jesus into our lives. Our Lord never forces himself on us, but is always waiting for an invitation to open the door to our heart. In this podcast, Tony talks about opening that door.


Scripture: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, [then] I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me.” — Revelation 3:20


Reflection: Are you opening the door to your heart? Have you made the first move to meet Jesus waiting at the door of your heart? Do you see the symbolism in the painting?

*The Light of the World (1853–54) is an allegorical painting by William Holman Hunt.

By | May 15th, 2019|Categories: Five Minutes with Tony Agnesi, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thank God for Crying Babies

I’ve learned to love it whenever I hear babies crying at church. I like it when a toddler asks his mom a question with a voice to loud to be church worthy. And, my heart is warmed when I hear the cooing, giggling, and silly baby laughter especially during the quiet time following communion. To me, it’s like the angels speaking from heaven. In this podcast, Tony discusses babies crying at church.


Scripture: “Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” –Matthew 19:13-14


“Taking a child he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it he said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the one who sent me.” –Mark 9:36-37


Reflections: Are you willing to hear some crying to know the church has a future? Do you ever thank a parent for bringing their kids to mass? As a young parent, do you ever feel unwelcome at mass?

By | May 8th, 2019|Categories: Five Minutes with Tony Agnesi, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Doing vs. Being

Doing is easier that being. Doing is quantifiable. We can measure our productivity in a big promotion, a cleaner house, a better report card or a bigger paycheck. Doing is what we are taught to do from the time we are old enough to understand. But where is the balance in our lives? After all, we are Human Beings, not Human Doings! In this podcast, Tony discusses the difference between doing and being.

Scripture: But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil. Matthew 6:33-34

Quote: “We are warned not to waste time, but we are brought up to waste our lives.” –Eric Hoffer
Reflections: Are you doing or being? What do you do to be a more being person? Do you agree that “Americans tend to worship their work, to work at their play, and to play at their worship?”

By | May 1st, 2019|Categories: Five Minutes with Tony Agnesi, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Married and Lonely

Why is it that so many married people feel alone and lonely? They feel like they are living together separately. No love, no kisses, no sex, no communication. Rather than oneness, they feel like ships crossing in the night. In this podcast, Tony discusses what has happened?


Scripture: He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” Matthew 19:4-6


Quote: “When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you’re sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.” Joseph Campbell


Reflections: What measures have you taken to keep the fires of unity in your marriage burning? Is Christ at the center of your marriage? Do you pray together?

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: Five Minutes with Tony Agnesi, Uncategorized|0 Comments