22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time
In Scripture, God gives and changes names for a reason. From Abraham, to Peter, to you, our name matters.
Mass Readings from August 30, 2020:
Check out our first LIVE What the Catholic episode! We talk about our confirmation saints, why God allows suffering, different types of sins, and the importance of confession! Send us your questions - we would love to talk about them!
What was Jesus doing on the last week of his life? Today he is hanging out with his best friend... Lazarus! This homily is all about FRIENDSHIP and how important it is for each of us to have a "Lazarus" or a "SAM" in your life!
The readings this week open up for us the mystery of temptation and how it works in our lives. What does the devil do? If we can know how he tempts and tricks us, we can know how to fight back, keeping ourselves in communion with the Father.
What does it mean to be perfect? Can we even be perfect? The Lord invites us to just that - to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is perfect! How can he do that?! Listen to find out what true perfection looks like and how we can allow the season of Lent to bring us to that sanctity that Jesus calls us to.
Jesus today invites us to be like salt and light. Salt and light can be good - but they can also be bad. Too much of a good thing is not a good thing! It's important to recognize how our lives impact both ourselves and others, and listen for the invitation of Jesus to be salt and light. How is the Lord inviting you, in your life, today, to be salt and light?
What do school uniforms or medical uniforms have in common with circumcisions? And why does Jesus get circumcised? What was the purpose and how does this affect us? .... I promise this is a Rated PG homily :-)
It's so important to pray with Scripture! In this homily, Fr Mitch shares his own experiences of how the Scriptures have spoken to him at different points in his life. He ends with a challenge - when you wake up in the morning, make you bed (because momma told you to!) and read Psalm 1. Note what stands out to you. Put the Bible on your bed, and go about your day. When you come to go to bed, take the Bible and read it again to see how God spoke to you throughout the day. Do that every day - God will speak!!
Today is Word of God Sunday! The purpose is to emphasize just how important it is to read Scripture in our daily prayer lives. That's how God speaks to us! Don't know how or what to do? Listen here to learn how!
"Behold the Lamb of God!" In the midst of life's struggles, anxieties, doubts, fears - that is our cry. Behold the Lamb of God who came to take all that away, who came to be with us in the midst of that. Every single one of us, without fail and without exception. How blessed are we who are called to that relationship!
Why did Jesus get baptized? We are baptized for the forgiveness of sins - but He didn’t have any! He was baptized for our sake, to open up the path of salvation to us and to show us our true identity as beloved sons and daughters of the Father!
We all have desires of our hearts - desires to be seen, known, and loved. The Lord desires to fulfill these desires and calls us to that relationship by seeking him, journeying to Him like the Magi. Only in that encounter do we find the fulfillment of all our desires!
Why did Jesus come? Why did Christmas have to happen? Jesus didn’t come to preach mercy, to heal, to tell stories. He came to fight, to battle, to rescue us from the worst tyranny imaginable. Christmas is an invasion of God into our darkness to bring us to true peace. Our response? Everything.
The Scriptures today present us with the stories of two kings – one who trusted and one who didn’t. As Christmas approaches, the Lord invites us to trust that His coming will truly fulfill and satisfy us.
Does John doubt who Jesus is? Why does Jesus answer questions in a strange way? And why doesn’t John just tell his disciples who Jesus is? Why the game? And who is the blind? The deaf? The mute? And the leper’s?
John the Baptist, imprisoned, suffering, trapped, sends his disciples to Jesus to ask him - are you really the one? Or did I make a mistake? John shows us what to do when we have these doubts, discouragements, questions. We ask, we ask Jesus, and we let Him speak to us through the Scriptures. Persevere in that, and the Lord will never lead us astray!
Advent is all about preparation, right? What are we preparing for? Are we even preparing? And how do we do that? Our Advent preparations aren't about making us "good enough" - it helps us to see that above all else, we need the Savior to come. We prepare to be broken so that Jesus can be born into our hearts anew.
Advent is a time of joyful expectation, excitement, and emotion. We see Jesus running to meet us, and we drop everything and take off as fast as we can to meet Him. Like that moment when you see a parent or friend after a long time, that excitement is what the Church wants to foster in us each Advent. What do I need to let go of so that I can run as fast as I can to meet Jesus?
Today we celebrate Christ the King, where we acknowledge Christ as the King of the universe, of all of creation, and also of our own lives. Christ desires to rule over every aspect of our life as king. But what is a king? What kind of king is Jesus? If we don't know what kind of king He is, we will never really be able to entrust ourselves to Him.
Sloth can creep in and sneakily take us off the path of the Lord. We just get a little lazy, drift off a little at a time, and before we know it, we've opened ourselves to something worse. How can we guard against it? Listen to find out!
The First Reading from Mass speaks of the heroic example of seven brothers and their mother standing up for the faith in the face of persecution. When we hear stories like that or of the great martyrs, we can ask ourselves, "would I be willing to die for the faith like that?" Perhaps a better question would be, "Am I willing to live for the faith right now?" We all have decision point moments where we have to decide - are we in, or are we out? What will our answer be?
Have you ever had a FRIED HONEYBUN?? What's a Vocation? And do YOU have a Vocation? As we prepare for Vocations Awareness Week, this homily will give a clear understanding of what a Vocation is and why we have them.
Drinking and drugs are common experiences and temptations of college life. In this episode, we take a step back and talk about morality, what makes things good and evil, and why we ought to act a certain way. We then move into the topics of drunkenness, underage drinking, drugs, and the virtue of sobriety as a whole. Special thanks to Luke Robicheaux, a graduate of Notre Dame Seminary with a concentration in moral theology, for joining us in the discussion! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to message us or reach out!
The Gospel today invites us to approach the Father with empty hands, with absolutely nothing. Relying not on ourselves, our own powers, or anything we do, but truly abandoning ourselves into the hands of God. It's a scary thing! But only by being broken down like the tax collector can we truly allow God to work through us in our own lives.
At our Homecoming Mass, we talk about St. John Paul II and the invitation he has for each one of us - Be not afraid! Open wide the doors of your heart to Jesus. He alone gives us true meaning, and he alone offers us the fulfillment our hearts long for. He is the redeemer of mankind!
Everyone has to make a BIG YES to something in their life... and that BIG YES will lead to a life time of little yesses. These little yesses are what brings life to our stories and allows us to face the various battles that we go through in life! To help us with those little yesses, we need friends and loved ones to help us hold our arms out, like Moses, in todays First Reading! We can't fight our battles alone... Who is on your left and your right helping you to hold up your arms in your daily battles?
The Lord invites us to persist in our faith, to be faithful to the daily "yes's" trusting that He will respond in His time and in His way. Only by persevering in that battle can we open ourselves to receive the gift that the Lord desires to offer each one of us.
Listen to all of the fascinating history and symbolism regarding the paintings, statues, etc of everything that is inside our beautiful Two Hearts Perpetual Adoration Chapel! You will hear about the incredible gift that we have been given!!
What do a ditch and a pile of dirt have in common? Both actually speak of how the Lord desires to come into our lives to cleanse us and to remain with us! Naaman shows us how we can seek the Lord - in humility, in obedience, and in openness. May we be a little bit more like Naaman!
Where did the Bible come from? Why do we have different versions? Why is it even important anyway? How do we read it and pray with it? We talk about all these questions and more with special guest Fr. Brice Higginbotham!
The apostles in the Gospel ask the Lord for more faith - "Increase our faith!" Jesus gives us the source of all faith in the gift of Himself in the Eucharist. In the Eucharist, the Lord is waiting for us, longing to be with us, because He is truly present there. If we want faith, if we want to know that God is present and acting in our lives, we have to be a people devoted to the Eucharist!
In this episode, Fr Mitch, Maegan, and Garrett talk about chastity, virtuous dating, and all kinds of topics related to that. We hope that this episode sheds some light on how you can pursue holiness in your relationships!
Recent study shows that almost 70% of PRACTICING Catholics do not believe that Jesus is truly present in the Holy Eucharist... they think it is only a symbol. This is a passionate homily about men and women who are WITNESSES of the reality of the Eucharist. Pope Paul VI says, "Modern man will listen to witnesses before he will listen to teachers."
This homily is all about Gettin' Ready for St. Thomas to open our Perpetual Adoration Chapel!! We are just a few weeks out and there is a lot to take care of... specifically getting people to sign up for Holy Hours... which would be the best part of their week as they get to spend an hour with Jesus!
In this episode of What the Catholic, we talk with special guest Elaine Beyer about all things apologetics - what it is, how to do it, is it worth doing? We also talk a bit about the Blessed Mother as an example of how to do apologetics well. We had a blast recording this and hope you enjoy listening! Leave us feedback, comments, or further questions on our social media pages or at email@example.com. God bless and Geaux Colonels!
The Father doesn't just take his time walking out to meet us. He RUNS out and TACKLES us with everything He has! That's how badly He desires to be with us and for us to return to Him. Let the Father tackle you!
On this episode of What the Catholic, we talk all about prayer. What is prayer? How do we do it? What do we do if we never feel like we are praying "well?" How long should I pray? Where? We tackle all these questions and more on this episode! Feel free to message us on social media or via email if you have other questions. Thanks for listening!!
The parables in the Gospel today reveal to us who God is and how He reacts to our sin. The Lord is tirelessly seeking after us, waiting to show us unmatched mercy, if only we repent and return to Him. "I will rise and go to my Father." How do we do that? What does that look like? Listen to find out!
What does Jesus mean when He says that if we want to be His disciples, then we have to HATE our father and mother and brother and sister and children and wife? This is very confusing.... I thought we had to honor our parent? And by the way, it's His Momma's birthday today.... why should we honor Mary?
The question Jesus proposes to us is simple - are we willing to let Him interrupt our life? Are we willing to renounce our own plans and designs to allow Him to lead us where He desires? If we can do that - we will be saints. But if we don't, then we never will be. Let Jesus interrupt you so that He can reveal Himself to you more fully!
To get to the narrow gate, we have to be strong enough to get there. That means we have to train ourselves, to discipline ourselves to make it. Yet more than that, it has to be directed toward knowing Jesus concretely on our lives. He desires to know us more than anything. How is he inviting you to respond to that?
In the Gospel we see a very different Jesus... He is talking about His desire to cast a fire on the earth and dividing families!! What's the deal? What are supposed to think about "this" kind of Jesus?
Today is the Feast of the Assumption, when Mary is taken up to heaven, body and soul. If you could create your own momma... what would she be like? Jesus had the chance to do this, and He didn't hold back!!
Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything. Jesus extends the invitation to answer that question. Where are my deepest loves? Let our love for Jesus be the thing that decides everything.
Jesus offers us a challenge when it comes to prayer today. Why do I even need to pray? How am I supposed to do it? What about when God doesn't seem to answer? Today Jesus invites us to authentic prayer that focuses not on getting things but on getting to know Someone. Now the question remains - what am I going to do about it?