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Podcast: Building Healthy Habits and Spiritual Practices In Quarantine

QT with JC or Quarantine With Jesus Christ, is a podcast born out of the need to continue serving and ministering to the University of St. Thomas - Houston community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. A collaboration between Campus Ministry and Catholic Outreach, the podcast seeks to offer structure and balance along with a bit of hope to these unprecedented times.

#Socialdistancing is a time of habit building, but what habits are you building? They could be positive habits, like establishing a regular prayer life and exercise regimen. Or they could be negative habits like stress eating and mindless internet surfing. Hosts Nicole Labadie, Max Linnville and Darnell Miller share how they are attempting to build good habits in their respective homes during the coronavirus quarantine and share some of their success and challenges in doing so.


00:30 - Introducing the new podcast and the hosts

05:10 - Focusing on prayer and structure in quarantine

07:00 - Gospel reading reflection “Know yourself to know Me”

08:24 - Max’s reflection and knowing himself

12:15 - Darnell reflects on Christ’s presence through family

14:10 - Nicole reflects on when her faith came alive

19:37 - The idea of conversion, not always one big moment

21:10 - Where is God in the midst of this pandemic

22:20 - What do we do with this largely unstructured time

27:00 - How Darnell is attempting to schedule his day / pursuing hobbies

30:10 - How Max has managed to recenter his day

35:50 - We are called to priestly work

36:45 - Nicole shares scheduling their day, setting work hours

41:00 - Darnell talks maintaining a sense of normalcy

42:25 - Challenge - What are the important things in your day/create a schedule.

48:25 - Ending prayer

In his reflection, Max recalled the words of St. Oscar Romero:

“How beautiful will be the day when all the baptized understand that their work, their job, is priestly work, that just as I celebrate Mass at this altar, so each carpenter celebrates Mass at his workbench, and each metalworker, each professional, each doctor with the scalpel, the market woman at her stand, is performing a priestly office!How many cab drivers, I know, listen to this message in their cabs? You are a priest at the wheel, my friend, if you work with honesty, consecrating that taxi of yours to God, bearing a message of peace and love to the passengers who ride in your cab.”

What can you do with the work you're doing now that you can turn into priestly work?

The hosts pose a call to action:

Think about the things that you need to do in your day to be productive, to be happy, to take care of yourself. When will you do these things or what will it take to get these things done? Share those things with us on social! Writing it down helps to make it a reality.

Put together a schedule where you lay out your day. Include time to pray, workout, do work, take check in with family, and accomplish the things listed above.

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