Sunday Says – June 21, 2015 Mass Readings and Reflection

Sunday Says Podcast

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 95 (NAB Translation)(Jerusalem Bible Translation) Reading 1 Job 38:1, 8-11 This week’s first reading from the prophet Job is a dramatic reminder of our place as creatures. We are all created beings, products and children of the creator that willed us into existence. Like Job, we feel the urge […]

Encouraging Latin in the Mass

Encouraging Latin in the Holy Mass

Latin is no longer a well-known language, even in the Church, few people know it. It’s not quite dead, but it’s far from common. After Vatican II, even many of the priest never went through any formation in Latin. In the US, it has become more important to learn other heavily used languages like Spanish […]

Sunday Says – June 7, 2015 Mass Readings and Reflection

Sunday Says Podcast

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) Lectionary: 168 (NAB Translation) (Jerusalem Bible Translation) This is the great Corpus Christi Sunday where we take a Sunday to focus on the gift of the Eucharist. Reading 1 Exodus 24:3-8 This week’s first reading from Exodus takes us back to Moses […]

Drink like a Catholic (at a Bar)

Drink like a Catholic at a Bar

Catholics sometimes have a bad reputation about drinking. Austin is a fun-loving city that enjoys listening to live music and drinking delicious local beers and liquors. In the professional world, drinking cocktails is often a part of doing business and working as a team. In the church world, several ministries for Catholics in their 20s […]

Sunday Says – May 31, 2015 Mass Readings and Reflection

Sunday Says Podcast

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Lectionary: 165 (NAB Translation) The Sunday after Pentecost is celebrated in honor of our God as the Most Holy Trinity. This week and the next week help us to focus on the realities we experience in the Lord.   Reading 1 Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40 The first reading from […]

Sunday Says – May 24, 2015 Mass Readings and Reflection

Sunday Says Podcast

Pentecost Sunday – May 24, 2015 Lectionary: 6 (NAB Translation) This is the great celebration of Pentecost, the joyful end to the season of Easter. Reading 1 ACTS 2:1-11 This week’s first reading is the central story of the Pentecost event in the book of Acts. We hear how the Holy Spirit was poured out […]

Advice for Graduating High School Students

Advice for Graduating High School Students

One of the missions God is currently calling me to serve is working with graduating high school youths, and it has been an incredible blessing for me to closely journey with inspiring teens. A couple of years ago, I wrote an open letter to my graduating students, and I still stand behind it. Now, I […]

Sunday Says – May 17,2015 Mass Readings and Reflection

Sunday Says Podcast

Solemnity Of The Ascension Of The Lord May 17, 2015 Lectionary: 58 (NAB Translation)   Traditionally the Ascension is celebrated exactly 40 days into Easter on a Thursday, which is also 9 days before Pentecost. The United States bishops decided to most this solemnity to the 7th Sunday of Easter to ensure that more people […]

No One is Rich with Time

No One Is Rich With Time

There are some mornings that I find it incredibly difficult to get out a bed.  In the fogginess of one early morning, lyrics from Bono singing Beautiful Day on the alarm clock unexpectedly struck my heart. “It’s a beautiful day, don’t let it get away.” – U2 I instantly thought of the countless moments I […]

Sunday Says – May 3, 2015 Mass Readings and Reflection

Sunday Says Podcast

Fifth Sunday of Easter Lectionary: 53 (NAB Translation) Sunday, May 3, 2015   Reading 1 Acts 9:26-31 This week’s first reading continues in the Acts of the Apostles during this season of Easter. Last week we heard about how Jesus met Paul on the road to Damascus. Saul had been known for His persecution of […]