Jesus Take the Wheel (Peter’s Got the Keys)

August 28, 2017

In Sunday’s Gospel Jesus’ asks some important questions about the local gossip and his own identity—which brings up a number of important questions we should be reflecting upon: who do people say Jesus is? Who do I say Jesus is? Who am I to Jesus? And what exactly did we make Taylor Swift do? #LWYMMD But the question we’re reflecting on today is “What’s with the keys?” Jesus gives Peter…

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Ancient Wisdom for Trusting the Father

July 10, 2017

“Trust. Trust. Trust…” the priest says to me through the grill of the confessional. Why is trust so hard for us? And where do we turn to grow in trust? A new place that I have been looking is not new at all, but rather OLD… quite literally. We all love stories… otherwise binge-watching would not be the new national pastime. We get caught up in the stories—we want to…

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Fake News + Real Presence

June 19, 2017

Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore  Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,  See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart  Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art. Seeing, touching, tasting are in thee deceived;  How says trusty hearing? that shall be believed;  What God’s Son has told me, take for truth I do;  Truth himself speaks truly or there’s nothing…

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Some Tips on Reading the Bible, From Augustine

June 8, 2017

This summer, I’m doing some heavy-duty reading.  That’s right, it’s time for comprehensive exams, PhD-style.  So over the next couple of months I’ve got a steady diet of around 1,000 to 1,200 pages a week to keep me on track.  This week, I have been reading mostly about St. Augustine and I thought I might share a few points he makes in his classic treatise, On Christian Doctrine. If you…

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Stirring Things Up, Part Deux

June 5, 2017

Pentecost was always a feast day that made a lot of sense to me. Growing up in southern Louisiana it would not be surprising at all to see 12 guys and their mama stumbling out of an attic appearing a little drunk even though it’s only 9 in the morning. After spending this week reflecting on Steven, I mean–the Holy Spirit (see Stirring Things Up, Part I), I stumbled upon…

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A Meditation on Holy Thursday’s Readings

April 13, 2017

New Liturgical SeasonToday, the season of Lent ends and a new season, the Triduum begins.  Catholics who attend all of our services during these three days can really get an amazing lesson if they pay close attention to the readings the Church has selected for this holiest of weeks.  So, with this in mind, let’s examine today’s readings a bit. By paying attention to the entire Liturgy of the Word (all of the readings,…

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Review: GARDEN, An Original Love Story

March 20, 2017

Taking a break from what had been a 60+ hour work week, I headed south to my second favorite city in the world, New Orleans, LA, for some much needed entertainment and inspiration. Little did I know that sitting down to enjoy an original musical production from my friends at Dumb Ox Ministries would rock my world (literally) and move my heart so deeply. Inspired by the writings of St….

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Recommended Reading for Lent and Holy Week

March 9, 2017

Over the years, one of the authors I find myself going back to again and again is the now Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.  For Catholics of my generation (born in the 1980s), Sheen isn’t as well-known as he ought to be.  I say that because if you grew any time between the 1930s and the 1960s, Fulton Sheen was the most well-recognized Catholic in America.  In fact, even Billy…

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#goals #2017 #hashtag

January 2, 2017

New Year, New You, right? January tends to bring out both the Type A and the idealist in most of us… creating goals on goals on goals, imagining a new life where all of our dreams come true, or idealizing this image of who we think we should be or could be if we just finally tried. For most of us 2017 is already beginning on a complicated note… the…

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St. Stephen’s Elevator Pitch

December 26, 2016

‘Tis the day after Christmas and all through each home, celebrations continue because St. Stephen was stoned! … i.e. martyred, not on drugs.   On December 26th, the day after Christmas, we would almost expect the Church to give us a liturgical day off or an uplifting story like St. Hallmark, Patron of Wrapping Paper Clean Up and Sentimentality. Rather, we honor St. Stephen, the Proto-Martyr, and the bloody tale…

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