23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A) — For much of the middle ages there was a very interesting tradition in the Papal Household. A single monk, known for his humble disposition, was chosen to stand silently in the presence of the Pope in the midst of all his activities for a year-in his meetings, […]
— 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A — It is naturally impossible for us, as people who live in time and space, to transcend our particular culture and worldview in hopes of getting a more objective perspective on this short window in which we live. Whenever some scholar or journalist calls to mind a […]
— 20th Sunday OT_Cycle A Matthew 15:21-28 — How often have we prayed to God for the healing of a friend or family member, and a few days later, when nothing miraculous has happened, we raise our eyes to heaven and say- “Thanks for nothing, God!” or possibly we look at ourselves and say, “I […]
Spiritual Warfare: do our efforts matter in the Spiritual Life? I had the honor of being the chaplain at Legendary Lodge this past week for the 5th-6th grade girls camp, and it was an absolute blast. These girls had endless energy, they hiked up the mountain with ease for a mountain top mass, played dodge […]
15th Sunday – Cycle A Gospel: Mt. 13:1-23 I had the honor of con-celebrating a wedding for some of my good friends Friday. They are an amazing couple; they are talented, good together, and so excited about their faith. The whole evening was full of stories about the providential work of God in bringing the […]
I am a recent convert to the world of the smart-phone. Well, I guess I had more of a re-conversion. I had dabbled in smart phones previously, but I never really embraced it so I found myself only using the technology to watch the Cleveland Indians and play stupid games- which I wasn’t even good […]
Unfortunately, my time here in Boulder has come to an end. I find the gospel of the Good Shepherd a fitting one to conclude my ministry at St. Toms, because it gives me an opportunity to meditate on what I am about to receive this summer in my priestly ordination, and what I have received […]
I was reading The Lord by Romano Guardini at 1 a.m., as I am wont to do when I’ve sufficiently freaked myself out by watching Criminal Minds while home alone, and I was struck with the realization of something I had never seen before. So how many times have I read or heard the various Mary moments […]
Because we’ve been lame and haven’t podcasted in forever, here’s a talk Matt S. gave at the Eastern Washington University Newman Center a few weeks back on faith and our dependence on media. New podcasts coming soon! LINKS MENTIONED IN THE TALK: Louis C.K. (Warning: Language) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HbYScltf1c Vikings scene – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAh-TAoTDCw
Check out the latest homily from Fr. Garrett Nelson, from Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent.
Even the casual baseball fan has felt the deep sadness surrounding the recent death of Jose Fernandez, a 24-year-old superstar pitcher for the Miami Marlins. Universally recognized for a broad grin, charismatic personality, and devotion to those around him, Fernandez seemed to have exuded zeal, humility, and hopefulness almost constantly. Love something in your life the way […]
What a loaded question to ask Jesus: “Lord will only a few people be saved?” And typical of the Master, He doesn’t answer the question directly. This is a question that evokes extremes. If you asked Catholics before Vatican II, the question of hell and mortal sin preoccupied their souls. If you ask Catholics today, very […]
After opening up Facebook the other day, one of the site’s ever-so-regulated trending stories caught my eye. The headline had to do with Donald Trump’s running mate, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, specifically an op-ed he supposedly wrote in 1999 about Disney’s Mulan being a piece of liberal propaganda in favor of allowing women into […]
Not exactly a question you hear Catholics ask often.
If our modern society had a list of banned words (heck, we might be close), at the top of the list would probably be obedience. In our world of self-assured decision making and an “I can do what I want” attitude, suggesting the idea that human beings must submit to an authority is basically an equivalent of […]
Q. What is the Rosary? How do you pray it? When do you pray it? Are there different kinds? A. The Rosary is perhaps the most commonly known and most popular form of devotion practiced by Catholics and, believe it or not, even many non-Catholics. In short, the Rosary is a series of prayers is dedicated […]