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

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.

The Devil on My Shoulder

I remembered as a kid the cartoon that depicted the devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. The devil is whispering in one ear and the angel in the other. The devil is suggesting sin and the angel suggesting goodness.  In this podcast, Tony discusses good and evil.

Scripture: Consequently, brothers, we are not debtors to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  Romans 8:12-13

Quote:  An Old Cherokee told his grandson, “My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside us all.”

One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility kindness, empathy and truth.

The boy thought about it and asked, “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”

The old man quietly replied, “The one you feed.”

Reflection: Do you feel this struggle with the wolves within you?  Is there one person, place or thing that you

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30 Days to Live

What if you only had one month to live? What would you do if the doctor said to get your affairs in order in the next 30 days? How would you live your life if you knew with certainty that your days on earth were numbered? In this podcast, Tony discusses the most authentic you.

Scripture: “Make us know the shortness of our life that we may gain wisdom of heart.” Psalm 90:12 (Grail)

Quotes: “Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.” – Alan Sachs

Reflections: Have you ever had a life changing experience that changed the way you think about death?  What would you do differently if you only had one month to live?  Are you living as the most authentic version of yourself?

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Too Busy to Pray

We all wish we had more time to pray. Ask 100 Christians if they would like more prayer time and most would answer yes. But, most would say that a robust prayer life is difficult.  In this podcast, Tony talks about being too busy to pray and how we can find the time for a better prayer life.

Scripture: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.   Matthew 7:7-8

“Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.” Matthew 21:22

Quotes: “Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.” -St. Padre Pio

The fruit of prayer is a deepening of faith. And the fruit of faith is love. And the fruit of love is service.” –Mother Teresa

“If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy!” –Mother Teresa

Reflections: What can you do to find more time to pray?  How important is prayer time to your well-being?  How do you find some extra time to pray?

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We Never Forget Kindness

There is something wonderful about kindness. We remember for years kindnesses that we received, many unexpectedly, some a needed blessing, others true miracles. Kindness is not easily forgotten.  In this podcast, Tony discusses random acts of kindness.

Scripture: “Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” –Luke 6:38

I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.  –John 13:15

Quote: “You don’t pay love back, you pay it forward.” –Lily Hardy Hammond

Reflections:  Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness? Does it make you feel like “paying it forward?”  Can you remember someone in your past because of their kindness?

By | February 27th, 2019|Categories: Five Minutes with Tony Agnesi, Uncategorized|0 Comments

That Your Joy May Be Complete

Joy, the second fruit of the spirit from Galatians 5:22, a word used over 100 times in the old and new testaments, but what is it? What is joy?  Ask most people and they will say that it is happiness; but a true Christian understanding of joy goes beyond happiness.  In this Five Minutes with Tony podcast, Tony discusses joy.

Scripture: “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” John 15:9-11

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:11

Reflections:  What makes happiness different than joy?  Have you ever felt true joy?  What was the occasion and how did it make you feel?  What can we do to have more joy in our lives?

By | February 20th, 2019|Categories: Five Minutes with Tony Agnesi, Uncategorized|0 Comments