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This episode is recorded right after the government shutdown of 2019 ended. The shutdown lasted 35 days, the longest in history. Most of the government workers who were furloughed had to borrow money to survive. That’s simply inexcusable, not because of the hardships brought on by the shutdown, but because these people should have been financially prepared. Catholics should learn how to use biblical principles to protect themselves from such unforeseen hardships.

The seventh commandment says, “You shall not steal.” One of the many things this commandment forbids is living beyond your means. Living beyond your means is a form of theft, because it’s an injustice to yourself, your family and your creditors. And with very rare exception in America, most people live beyond their means, as the shutdown so vividly demonstrated.

In this episode, Joe Sixpack—The Every Catholic Guy shows you how to live a less stressful, debt free life using basic biblical principles.

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Catholic Contributions

This episode’s Catholic contributor is the Marian Catechist Apostolate.

Catholic Stories

This episode features an anecdote from my life with one of my sons, and the lesson he learned about the justice required for our bad acts.


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The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

I recommended some specific Bible reading in this episode. When it comes to reading the Bible, I believe we should read the absolute most accurate translation we can find. The most accurate Bible on the market is the Revised Standard Version (RSV), and the best Catholic edition is the Ignatius Bible. I have two of them!

Divine Love Made Flesh: The Holy Eucharist as the Sacrament of Charity by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

Hope for the World: To Unite All Things in Christ by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

Eucharist and Covenant in John’s Last Supper Account by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke and Msgr. Anthony La Femina

Marian Catechist Apostolate

Secrets of the Catholic Faith by Joe Sixpack—The Every Catholic Guy

The Lay Evangelist’s Handbook by Joe Sixpack—The Every Catholic Guy

The Best of What We Believe… Why We Believe It—Volume One

The Best of What We Believe… Why We Believe It—Volume Two

The Best of What We Believe… Why We Believe It—Volume Three

Catechism Of The Catholic Church


“The greatest tragedy in the Catholic Church is the ignorance of the laity.”—Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman


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About the author, Joe Sixpack

I'm Joe Sixpack—The Every Catholic Guy, and I'm your go-to guy for all things Catholic! I'm a convert of thirty years, and the Holy Spirit has used me to make hundreds of converts in one-on-one and small group venues. I'm also a consecrated member of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, under the direction of Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. I hope we can be friends!

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