Sunday Says – August 30, 2015 Mass Readings and Reflection

Sunday Says Podcast

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 125 Reading 1 Deuteronomy  4:1-2, 6-8 In the first reading from Deuteronomy, we hear a distinct joy and pride that the Lord has chosen the Hebrews to receive the word of God in His law. He expresses the centrality of obedience to the law to their identity as the… [Read More]

Metanoia Explained by Cats

Metanoia

Catholics have a whole vocabulary that is unfamiliar to most people. Most of it is words that have stuck from the original greek or latin and are usually needed because there really is no other way to say it (e.g. Transubstantiation). In many recent conversations with other millennials, I have found that seeking purpose and… [Read More]

Sunday Says – August 23, 2015 Mass Readings and Reflection

Sunday Says Podcast

August 23, 2015 Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 122 (NAB Translation) Reading 1 Joshua 24:1-2A, 15-17, 18B This week’s first reading from the Prophet Joshua is an idealized telling of the story of the people choosing to follow the Lord. In all likelihood, it wasn’t as organized as it sounds in this reading, but… [Read More]

Binge Watching is Holding You Back

Bing Watching is Holding You Back

We need to have a talk about viewing habits. Netflix and other streaming services have become the new staple in media consumption because of it’s low prices and on-demand access to massive collections of media. For just a few dollars a month, we have access to more media than we could actually consume in a… [Read More]

Sunday Says – August 9, 2015 Mass Readings and Reflection

Sunday Says Podcast

Sunday, August 9, 2014 Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 116 (NAB Translation) Reading 1 1 Kings 19:4-8 In this week’s first reading from the book of Kings, we return to Elijah in a dramatic scene where he has just about given up on life. He even calls out to the Lord to come and… [Read More]

Spiritual Implications of Wasting Food

Spiritual Implications of Wasting Food

Growing up in the rural plains of the Texas panhandle, I was familiar with many farm animals. There were several times when I knew or had at least seen the animal that became our meal. Some people don’t like that, but it gave me a great appreciation for food. Knowing that the animal gave its life… [Read More]

Sunday Says – July 26, 2015 Mass Readings and Reflection

Sunday Says Podcast

Sunday, July 26, 2015 Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 110 (NAB Translation) Reading 1 2 Kings 4:42-44 This week’s first reading is a little-known story from the book of Kings. Elisha is a faithful prophet of God that has worked many miracles to give him the credibility he needs before the people to call… [Read More]

Sunday Says – July 19, 2015 Mass Readings and Reflection

Sunday Says Podcast

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 107 (NAB Translation) Reading 1 Jeremiah 23:1-6 This week’s first reading from the prophet Jeremiah is a call out of leaders in the church. God has given us many different forms of leadership in the Church. Any form of shepherding requires a closeness with the Lord that helps to… [Read More]

Dynamic Marriage Conference – July 17-18, 2015

The Marriage at Cana - Decani

We are all in need of healing in some form from many of the past hurts and pains we have inevitably experienced in our life. One of the main missions of the public ministry of Jesus was to heal those that came to Him, and He still does it today. Marriage is an incredibly wonderful… [Read More]

Sunday Says – July 12, 2015 Mass Readings and Reflection

Sunday Says Podcast

Sunday, July 12, 2015 Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 104 (NAB Translation)(Jerusalem Bible Translation) Reading 1 Amos 7:12-15 This week’s first reading comes from Amos, a prophet we don’t hear much from at Sunday Masses. In this short except, we hear the priest Amaziah, trying to banish Amos from Bethel to the southern kingdom… [Read More]

7th Annual Men’s Fellowship Mass – July 18th

St Mary's Cathedral Austin

Masculinity is increasingly confused and misunderstood in society today. In a world that seeks to blur the lines of gender, we men seek to discover the wonderful gift and identity of our masculinity. God has blessed us with a unique and intentional role as men in world and Church. The struggles of this life can… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]

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… [Read More]