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The 2022 World Cup is in full swing and Team USA has, so far, stepped up to the challenge exciting the American fan base. We all know the ups and downs of being a fan. As a life-long Mets fan, I can only say that its not always easy being a true fan.

Most of us have heard of “The Bible in a Year” podcast, as well as the face (or voice) of the podcast, Fr. Mike Schmidtz. As dynamic as that series is, it was an interview with the podcast’s lesser-known contributor, Jeff Cavins that had one of the most significant impacts on my life.

Jeff Cavins proposed a very simple question: Are you a fan of Jesus or are you a follower?

I’m not sure whether I heard Jeff Cavins say it during his interview on Pints with Aquinas or someplace else. All I know is that it affected me profoundly.

First, I am definitely a fan of Jesus — or, at least, the Theology on Jesus Christ. In my late teens, I was oddly drawn to the Christian Theology section in bookstores. When many of my high school peers were reading Christian allegory through the works of J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis, I was delving into hermeneutics and the first three books of Jaroslaw Pelikan’s “The Christian Tradition.”

I just couldn’t get enough!

I couldn’t get enough until Jeff Cavins asked, “Are you a fan or a follower of Jesus?” Something like this once happened before. It was the time described in my book, Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, when the mysterious man in the King Kullen parking lot “set his words and propelled at me with precision and grace … [and] pierce my heart with pointed love.”

Back then, I wasn’t sure if it was my imagination playing tricks on me. This time, however, I was certain. Like before, my life changed after hearing Jeff Cavins asked “Are you a fan of Jesus or a follower?”

Before hearing those words, I would gravitate to book racks and old bookstores searching for hardcovers to offer me the perfect words. Since I just spend most of my time in prayer and quiet contemplation.

I’m still a fan of Our Lord. I think in all relationships, there first has to be a sense of admiration of some kind. And, I can’t say I’m always a good follower of Christ. Some days are better than others.

In the meantime, I’ll just keep trying — and I’ll also keep praying for miracles as a fan of my beloved Amazing Mets.


James is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, The Christmas Save, and two children’s books: The Second Prince and Klaus: The Gift-giver to ALL 

As a writer, James has been featured on The Inside Success Show, Bob Salter (CBS Radio),  Mike Siegel, Mancow, and more.  

Beyond writing, James worked with At-Risk youth in Southern California for over six years.  His contributions to the classroom — featured on local television and in the LA Daily News and the Los Angeles Times’ Burbank Leader — earned him the honors of “Teacher of the Year”.    James was also twice honored by a CASDA Scholar as the teacher who had the greatest influence on that student.   As an educator, James also appeared twice on America Live with Megyn Kelly. 

Today, James lives in New York where he continues to teach — and write.   Besides his books, you can follow his musing on this blog Corporation You.

To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988or Mark@goldma

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Eucharist Priest

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Full disclosure: If I was as handsome as Fr. Mike Schmitz (and I’m not) I don’t think I would have ever thought about becoming a priest (and I did).   Let’s face it, he’s the Brad Pitt of Catholicism.

He’s so good-looking, my wife recently admitted to me that she can only listen to his podcasts because his good looks are too distracting.

For Catholic answers, my go-to-guys were always Patrick Madrid, Scott Hahn, Brant Pitre and alike.   Because of this, Fr. Mike’s face kept on popping up in my queue.

I kept ignoring them because, well, he was just too handsome.  

Because of his looks, I just thought that he was just a silly front man for some kind of watered-down ecumenical theological program.  So, for the longest time, I simply ignored him.

One day, I was scrolling through a series of YouTube videos from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, I came across a panel discussion for the “Defending the Faith Conference” with Patrick Madrid — and Fr. Mike Schmitz.


So, I listened — and discovered that I was dead wrong about the handsome dude in the Roman collar.  The next time he appeared in my queue, I took the bait. Eventually, I began regularly watching his short vlogs for Ascension Presents.  

Not only did I find Fr. Mike Schmitz entertaining, I also found his vlogs informative, spiritually enlightening and, above all, in line with Church teachings.

A few weeks ago, while going forth from Mass, my boys and I stopped to preview the Catholic Lighthouse Media display at the back of our church for something new.  On the rack, I spotted Fr. Mike Schmitz’s Jesus is… CD.

“I think you might enjoy this one,” I told my boys.

My five-year-old protested when I put it in the CD player in our car as we drove home.  (Yes, our car still has a CD player.)   Fr. Mike, however, immediately grabbed my five-year-old jokester’s attention.

“Let’s start off with a prayer, Amen?”

The crowd replies, “Amen!”

“Alright, that was it.”

That’s all it took! 

Since we’ve listened to that CD so many times that my boys cannot only tell you that a lack of Caribou Coffee causes a headache, they also know the difference between an Objective argument and a Subjective one.

Above all, no pun intended, they can not just tell you who Jesus [truly] is…, they can also tell you who He truly is not!

Once my boys discovered Fr. Mike Schmitz was a YouTuber, his status catapulted him into a totally new sphere of awesomeness. He’s now up there with Zach King, EvanTube HD, Dude Perfect, and Halfway Memes.

Listening to theological podcasts went from something I do to something we do together!  To be more precise, its something my boys want to do together with me.  For that, I am forever grateful. That is why I say …

“Thank you, Fr. Mike Schmitz!”

James Henry is also the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, James DobkowskiTwasHail Mary series, and two children’s books: The Second Prince and Klaus: The Gift-giver to ALL!  To contact James or book an interview, please contact Mark of Goldman/McCormick PR at (516) 639-0988 or Mark@goldmanmccormick.com.

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