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Tony Agnesi – Five Minutes2018-12-24T13:55:46-04:00

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.

Persistence in Prayer

Do you ever feel like your prayers are never answered? Do you wonder if God actually hears your prayers? If God knows my needs, then why do I need to pray more than once or at all for that matter? Wouldn’t He just know and answer them? In this podcast, Tony discusses persistence in prayer.

Scripture: “Then, he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. He said, “There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say, ‘Render a just decision Persistence in Prayer for me against my adversary.’ For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, ‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.’” The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” –Luke 18:1-8
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. –1Corinthians 15:58
Reflections: Do you feel your prayers go unanswered? Does God really hear my prayers? What can I do to be more persistent in my prayer life?

By |July 10th, 2019|Categories: Five Minutes with Tony Agnesi, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Walk the Talk

“Put feet under your faith.” I hadn’t heard that phrase since the late 1970’s. It’s a phrase that we used when we discussed putting our faith in action, to reach out to those less fortunate and offer a helping hand. In this podcast Tony asks, “You can talk the talk, can you walk the talk?”

Scripture: For, I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me. Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ —Matthew 25:35-40


“For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” — Mark 10:45


“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. –1 Peter 4:10


Quote: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” –Mahatma Gandhi


Reflection: How are you walking your talk? Are you putting you faith into action? What can you do to put your talents to work for the betterment of others?

By |July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Five Minutes with Tony Agnesi, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Who Are You?

Have you ever asked yourself the question, “Who am I?” What are the things that most define my personal identity? What are my talents, passions, and strengths? In this podcast, Tony discusses who you really are.

Scripture: But you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. –1 Peter 2:9

For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them. –Ephesians 2:10


Exercise: Here is an exercise to try.

1. Make a list of all the things that define you both externally and internally.

2. Eliminate anything that is negative from your list.

3. Scratch off the list those external things that might change in the future.

4. Look at what is left and ask the question, “What remains on my list that really defines me?”


Reflection: Have you tried Tony’s idea on discovering the real you? Do you like hat person better than the one you portray? What can you do to live the person you really are?

By |June 26th, 2019|Categories: Five Minutes with Tony Agnesi, Uncategorized|0 Comments

On Father’s Day

Father’s Day; it is the one day each year that we honor fathers, a day to tell dad just how much he means to us. But, it is a shame that over 24 million kids, one in three children, growing up in the United States today, have no father present in the household to honor. In this podcast, Tony discusses the Father crisis in America.

Quote: People “look at a child in need, in poverty or failing in school, and ask, ‘What can we do to help?’ But what we do is ask, ‘Why does that child need help in the first place?’ And the answer is often it’s because [the child lacks] a responsible and involved father.” –Vincent DeCaro

Tony’s Prayer: Heavenly Father,

…Help me to become a better father.

…Make the way I treat their mother be a model for their future relationships.

…May I find quality time to spend with my children and understand that “any time” is better than waiting for the “right time.”

…May I nurture and guide my children, passing along my faith by making God, church, and service to others, a priority.

…Lord, give me the ability to provide for my wife and children and protect them for any harm.

…And, may my kids look at me as a shining example of God’s love, that one day they will say, “I want to be just like dad!”


Amen.

Reflections: How do your kids view your relationship with their mother? What do you think of Tony’s comment that kids spell father T-I-M-E? Do you view yourself as a role model?

By |June 19th, 2019|Categories: Five Minutes with Tony Agnesi, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Defines Character

The dictionary defines character as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. It’s our defining presence, honed by our actions, integrity, honesty, and the choices we make. Our character is one of the few things in life that can’t be taken away from us. In this podcast Tony discusses Character.

Scripture: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. –Matthew 5:13-16

Be diligent in these matters, be absorbed in them, so that your progress may be evident to everyone. –1 Timothy 4:15

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

By |June 12th, 2019|Categories: Five Minutes with Tony Agnesi, Uncategorized|0 Comments