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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.

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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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It’s difficult being a parent today.

No, let me restate that: It’s difficult being a protective parent today. Even when you try to watch something child-friendly, it often backfires. For example, over Christmas Break, we turned to the ABC app to watch Prep and Landing.

The content was family-friendly and quite entertaining, but many of the commercials were unwatchable. One commercial that popped up was for an R-rated horror pix that gave my oldest son nightmares. (Well, almost.) During the sequel, my wife and I had to mute the iPad during the commercial breaks and have the kids turn away until they were over.

Like I said, even when you try to watch something child-friendly … it’s difficult!  Enter EvanTube HD.

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If you’re looking for fun family-friendly content, you’ve come to the right place!

That’s how the channel describes itself – and that couldn’t be MORE accurate.

It goes on to say:

Our channel is all about KID FUN! Toys, Challenges, Animals, Video Games, Science Experiments, Special Effects, Animation and Attractions!

Again, CHECK on accuracy!

If it’s fun for kids, it continues, you’ll find it here!

ANOTHER CHECK!

The star of the show is a highly articulate kid named Evan. He’s slightly older than my oldest, who has seemingly grown up with Evan – and is one of his biggest fans.

His sister, Jillian, soon started making cameo appearances and now has a channel of her own, appropriately named Jillian Tube HD. His mom and dad are now also regulars as well.

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This show is simply good, clean fun!

It’s the Ozzie and Harriett of our day – and a welcomed return of true family entertainment!

 

 

James DobkowskiJames Henry is the author of Corporation YOU: A Business Plan for the Soul, ‘Twas, and the new book series Hail Mary. 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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