Don Matis Bringing HOPE

by Monica on November 13, 2017

It was a beautiful October afternoon in Hudson, Ohio. Two very Catholic Church Militant professionals, Monica and Ryan, came down from Detroit, Michigan to discuss with Don his life, conversion, 30+ years of sobriety and being clean from drugs, his unique recovery paintings, why he’s dressed like a Jester for Jesus, his bar ministry, and his vision of how the Catholic church and Catholics need to get involved to be “Charity in Action” and Live the Gospel message to those in recovery and others in our own parish pews.

Come watch this beautifully filmed interview from Church Militant and learn some lessons on how to listen, to bring hope, healing and love to your neighbor.

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I Confess

by Monica on March 5, 2017

Photo from Monica Baird

We’ve been blessed with the devotion of going to confession once a week for the past 25 years. What do I mean – have a great devotion? I mean that I want to have a better and more loving relationship with Jesus. I want to love Him more. I want to do His will. How can I do that? By making an examination of conscience, through the Ten Commandments, admit my wrong doing, be forgiven, make reparation, and ask God for the grace not to sin again.

In the secular world, we can find pieces of this devotion. If you have ever been involved in the twelve step world, you’ll know that step four is to make an examination of conscience (Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves) and step five is the confession (Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.)

Here’s an excerpt from the devotional we read before Confession:

After our Examination of conscience:

1. Here reflect on the consequences of sin, and especially of mortal sin, which deprives the soul of the life of grace, despoils it of God’s friendship, and transforms it into an object of horror in His sight. The soul that is guilty of mortal sin has lost thereby all rights to heaven, and would be presently in hell, if God had not treated it with extreme mercy.

  1. Recall to mind all God’s favors, Our Savior’s sufferings. His readiness to forgive you! And finally your own past selfishness and ingratitude.
  2. Imagine that you are at the point of death, when the world and its vanities are vanishing from you, and your just and terrible Judge is fast approaching. Your sins will then appear in their true light.

Sobering words to meditate on. Ask Jesus for the grace of Confession.

Thankfully, if you live in the Cleveland Diocese, there’s going to be Confession available Weds. March 15th at your nearest Catholic church. Come join us. Be set free from sin, make reparation, and live in harmony once again with God and the community.

Final words of St. Padre Pio, “Any mental picture of your life that focuses on past sins is a lie and thus comes from the devil. Jesus loves you and has forgiven you your sins, so there is no room for having a downcast spirit. Whatever persuades you otherwise is truly a waste of time. “

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Purple Beard for America?!

by Monica on February 5, 2017

Photo by Monica Baird

“Cool beard, dude!” “Purple is my favorite color!” “Is that beard real?” Just a few comments I hear on a daily basis when I hang out with Don. (Followed by smiles and laughter) If someone sticks around long enough then they might ask “Why do you have a purple beard?”

From the Jester for Jesus, “Purple is a symbol for prayer, penance, and fasting for America. We need to pray for our country.”

What does that mean? Well, from this Crazy Catholic Evangelist own words, “It’s in reparation for sin; to do penance for myself and America. I’m an apostle of joy; trying to bring unity, happiness, community and to rebuild America. It’s also for the heroin epidemic and drug and alcohol addiction. Really, for every form of sin. We need to pray for America.”

“Penance is self-sacrifice for the Glory of God.” How can you sacrifice?  “Say you are texting 30 minutes a day, cut it down to 25 minutes a day. Make it a simple penance to start. Then offer it up for love of thy neighbor.”

How is that going to help America? Don continues, “Because of God’s grace. Read Scripture. God honors sacrifice. God honors the sacrifice of His Son who died on the cross, a wicked death. That opened the gates of heaven. To make reparation for our sins.”

Let’s talk about how to love thy neighbor as thy self? “You can only love according to what you have. And do the best you can. Put prayer into action. Get out of yourself and smile at someone. Open the door for someone. Do random acts of kindness. Leave a dollar for the next person in line. Whatever small gesture you can afford-put charity in action. But most of all pray for people.”

“Praying for our enemies is the highest form of charity as a Catholic Christian. Pray for our enemies, those in prison, the outcast, our own family and friends, the prostitute, the pimps, the gang bangers, we need to pray for these people. Most of all we need to pray for our own self. How can we love people as our self if you can’t love yourself?” More on this subject in the next blog post.

Have you watched our family friendly video of Don painting with his beard?!  The video “Human Paintbrush” has been seen in 143+ countries. You can explore more videos we are involved in at our video tab or see his paintings in our store.

Or Listen to Don’s first pod cast on an EWTN radio station describing his major conversion and why he’s clean and sober.

Did you see him in the Cleveland Magazine yet? Do you also wonder why Don is a Jester for Jesus? Don’t forget tell others!

 

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Why Does Don Paint with His Beard?

by Monica on January 9, 2017

Don gets asked so often, “Why do you paint with your beard?” The date was March 19, 2002, the feast of St Joseph the Worker, and Don was praying and meditating on the Rosary. After 16 years of sobriety, and after his beard turned four years old, Don had an inspiration to utilize his beard as a living paintbrush. He says, ” Painting is my way to help me on my journey of sobriety and holiness. My paintings began in trusting in God. Every painting you view is a recovery painting.”

Why does he do it? He says, “It’s freedom, healing, emotional, and its great exercise!” He continues, ” I like to put a smile on someone’s face. I enjoy bringing laughter and joy to others. It’s a great sense of satisfaction when I can use my God-given talents to give honor and glory to Jesus.”

Did you ever look at a painting of Don’s? Really looked down deep into the layers of paint? What did you see? “That’s it! I want people to wonder, use their imaginations, give the opportunity for people to see beauty,” Don states. Don expresses his deepest emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual insights of the world around him as he sees it.  He finally relates, “In a mysterious way, it’s an expression of contemplating God and His beauty in everything. My mission is “May His will be done.”  Giving HOPE to those who have none. Giving support to those who have lost. Loving Thy Neighbor!”

Haven’t you heard the whole story before? Then go here and catch the details.

Have you watched our family friendly video of Don painting with his beard?!  The video “Human Paintbrush” has been seen in 143+ countries. You can explore more videos we are involved in at our video tab

Or Listen to Don’s first pod cast on an EWTN radio station describing his major conversion and why he’s clean and sober.

Do you also wonder why Don is a Jester for Jesus? Don’t forget tell others!

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Why Did Don Grow His Beard?

by Monica on January 8, 2017

Warning: Due to the graphic nature of this subject, please don’t let children read  or hear this article.

You’ve seen Don with his long purple, almost ZZ Top length, beard. He’s told you stories and you know he paints with it, but do you know the devastating story on why he grew it to this length?

Don started to grow his beard out of a tragic event in his life. His ex-wife, Crystal, was brutally murdered on December 10, 1998. She was found on an Indian reservation outside of Tucson, Arizona, on a water treatment plant. Approximately ten hours after she was brutally murdered by a blunt force trauma, a security guard found her body among abandoned stripped cars. After three days, dental records were used to identify the body.  She was 41 years old.

Don was notified by his friend, Big Bill, that Crystal had died. It was God’s Providence that Don found out. He found out on a Thursday, and went to the memorial service on Saturday. At the time, he didn’t have any means so he promised God that he would grow his beard in solidarity. He would continue to grow his beard until the murderer was captured and brought to justice. The murderer is still at large.

May perpetual light shine upon her soul. May the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace. Amen!

Tune in tomorrow to find out why he paints with his beard.

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Cleveland Magazine- Most Interesting People 2017

by Monica on December 28, 2016

Don is honored to be chosen as “One of the Most Interesting People” in the  Cleveland Magazine, January 2017 issue.  Here’s some of the pictures from the Party for the “Most Interesting People of Cleveland”. We brought just one example of Don’s huge collection of 400+ paintings. The party was such an unforgettable gift and we at Stoned on Happiness LLC are so excited to be part of this bit of 2017 history. If you’d like to get your copy of Cleveland Magazine’s January 2017 edition call them at 800-210-7293.  Or go to Cleveland Magazine’s online article with Don, now posted January 16th. If you’d like to see more of Don’s paintings go to our store.

Have you watched our family friendly video of Don painting with his beard?!  The video “Human Paintbrush” has been seen in 143+ countries. You can explore more videos we are involved in at our video tab

Or Listen to Don’s first pod cast on an EWTN radio station describing his major conversion and why he’s clean and sober.

Do you also wonder why Don is a Jester for Jesus? Don’t forget tell others!

 

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Celebrating Don’s 30 Years of Being Clean & Sober

All Prints are now on sale 3 for $30.00 until November 25th, 2016!

Visit our store, pick out 3 prints, order, and we ship for free!

Order your 3 prints for $30 today!

 

Have you watched our family friendly video of me painting with my beard?! You can explore more videos we are involved in at our video tab  Or Listen to my pod cast on why I’m clean and sober. Don’t forget tell others!

 

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Freedom From Drugs and Alcohol for 30 Years

June 29, 2016

Dear Alcoholic, Drug Addict, Sex addict, Sinner, Why did I drink, use drugs, use sex, for 17 years? That is a deep, profound, complex question??? I drank,  got high , had sex to escape…to feel emotionally numb. Where are all my memories, feelings, emotions? They’re dead…in a coffin. Living a secret- a deep trauma of guilt, […]

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Come Celebrate Don Matis Jr’s 30 Year Anniversary of Being Clean and Sober!

May 8, 2016

Come Celebrate Don Matis Jr. Milestone 30 Year Anniversary of Being Clean & Sober! Saturday, May 21 at 12PM-8PM Smokers ETC Cigar Shop: 4216 Allen Rd, Stow 44224 If Don has ever helped you in your life in the past, or is currently helping you with struggles today-Come to the Party and Contribute to His Happiness! […]

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Calling All Apostles, Rejoice and Be Happy! 1st Podcast Ever!

February 2, 2016

Read Philippians 4:4-7. (See below) In our Traditional Latin Mass reflection for this Scripture reading it says: I will be an apostle of joy. I will radiate that joy “which surpasseth all understanding”. For our Catholic religion is a religion of peace and joy, not of fretting and worrying. I will seek joy in the love […]

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