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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.

Your Presence is Your Present

Having Presents at Christmas isn’t quite as important as the people we have around us.  Family and friends become very important at Christmas time.  There is not a parent alive that wouldn’t trade even the biggest present for having their family together at the holidays.  Sons and daughters, grand kids, and friends, who are  living far away are the best Christmas gifts.  In this podcast Tony discusses how their presence in your holiday is the best Christmas present you could receive.

Scripture: And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

Quote: Lord, make me more attentive to the presence of the people around me this Christmas, my wife, children, and friends. Let me not be distracted by the hurried pace of the things of the secular world that are not important.  Help me, Lord, to be more attentive to you as well, in my prayer life and in helping those less fortunate around me.  Help me to spend this Christmas, attentive to the presence of the Holy Family, and my own family, this day.  Their presence will be the best present I receive this Christmas. –Tony Agnesi

Reflection:  Do you agree that receiving a present at Christmas isn’t as important as the people around us?  What can we do to shut out the secular pressure to buy more presents?  Which is most important, the gift, the giver, or the receiver?  How do you relate to Jesus as God’s gift to use at Christmas?  What can you do to keep Christ in Christmas?

By | December 19th, 2018|Categories: Five Minutes with Tony Agnesi, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Forgiveness! The Greatest Gift

In just a few weeks we will celebrate Christmas, and as we do we begin to experience the anticipation of the holiday. We look forward to being united with family and friends. Could we be forgetting someone that we once loved, someone that hurt us, someone that we may have hurt? Is there someone that you haven’t forgiven or asked to forgive you? In this podcast, Tony discusses Forgiveness during Advent and Christmas.

Scripture: If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” — Matthew 6:14-15

“In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.” –John 1 4:9-10

“Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus. –Philippians 3:13-14

Reflections:  Is there someone missing from your holiday because of a fight or misunderstanding years ago?  Do you have a family member that has been hurtful that needs your forgiveness this Christmas?  Do you see Tony’s point about forgiveness being a gift?

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Five Minutes with Tony Agnesi, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Where is the Baby?

There is a story of two young women having an elaborate lunch together in an upscale downtown restaurant. As they are enjoying their food and conversation, the invited guest asks her friend the reason for the occasion.

She replies, “We are celebrating the baby’s birthday!”

“But, where is the baby?” said her bewildered friend.

“Oh,” said the mother, “You didn’t think I would bring him, did you?” Why he doesn’t know anything about it.”

In this podcast, Tony discusses the birth of Jesus.

Scripture: “Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” –Luke 2:8-11

“You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift.” –John R. Rice

Reflections:  What are you doing to bring Jesus to your holiday celebration?  Do you discuss the birth of our Lord with your young children?  Do you have a nativity scene in your home, and how do you use it as a teaching aid?

By | December 5th, 2018|Categories: Five Minutes with Tony Agnesi, Uncategorized|0 Comments