Theological Anthropology, Part 4: Does God Want me to be Happy? (LGBTQ)

March 13, 2019

This, the final part of my four-part formation for the CYC board in the Diocese of Helena, addresses the moral life. The main question is: Does God want us to be happy? We need to ask this because what the Church demands often seems to go against our interests, against our happiness. 

But is it worth it? If I'm gay or transgender, can I be happy in the Catholic Church? Listen in!

March 10th, 2019 - Get in my Belly… Fasting is worth it.

March 13, 2019

When we come to an impasse, when life presses in on us and we face some impossible trial or suffering that will surely overwhelm us, we frantically look around, and seeing nothing that will heal us or satisfy us, we begin to reach for things that can never satisfy. Our desperate imagination tells us this artificial thing can bring satisfaction, that some shadow is, in fact, real sustenance.

March 3rd, 2019 - Judging! Judging! Judging…

March 13, 2019

The beam here is sin, the only one who can remove it is Christ. So, before we judge our brothers and sisters, we turn to Christ and recognize our sins, our shortfalls, our total incapacity to live the charity he calls us to. When we do, we are forgiven, we are healed, and our sight is restored.

It is then that we begin to judge rightly and confidently because we judge with the judgment by which we are judged; we judge with forgiving hearts. As Christians we do not name the evil of the world for what it is out of superiority but to warn those around us it will never bring joy. We don’t judge the actions of others in condescension, but in hopes they will turn to to God for the same joyful forgiveness we have received.

February 24th, 2019 - I don’t Know What to Do with My Body…

March 1, 2019

Today western culture seems to have settled on an odd and contradictory mixture of ideas simultaneously. Our culture has embraced the sexual revolution of the 60’s which basically says- do what you want with your body, it’s yours and it’s just a body. While believing this, we also totally reject the body as a means of communicating any truth about our identity. So it seems our culture is saying that our body and its desires are the best guide to happiness while also saying it means nothing, it tells you nothing about who you are, feel free to reject it for another identity of your own choosing.

February 17th, 2019 - The Beatitudes vs A Meaningful Life

February 20, 2019

The beatitudes aren’t even commands. Look at the commandments, you will notice eight “shall not” commands and two positive commands. The Beatitudes, in contrast, are statements of fact: “Blessed are those.” They are not commands forbidding sinful activity, but invitations into deification, invitations to “become partakers in the divine nature.”

True Unity- Not Loose Affiliation (From City Wide Ecumenical Worship Night)

February 11, 2019

So as our culture slowly rejects Christian morality- as we see in the supreme court’s redefinition of marriage or the recent New York Abortion Laws, or in the growing indifference to the gospel and the Church amongst the general population- we cannot be surprised.

Why?

Because we are to blame. It’s our fault.

What is Jesus’ prayer more than any other?  “Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one.”

We are called to be one and we are divided. How can we preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel which at its very core calls us to unite ourselves to God so intimately that we become partakers in trinitarian life if we are divided amongst ourselves. It’s a scandal to the world and it shackles us in preaching the gospel.

February 10th, 2019 - Obedience: Virtue or Voluntary Oppression?

February 11, 2019

God calls us to obedience and abandonment to him. For some, this call may include the call to absolute poverty and chastity, and obedience. For all of us it must involve abandonment to divine providence. This idea of abandonment and obedience to God’s will is so foreign to us today that it may seem slavish and ridiculous.

Is it a virtue? or the attitude of a slave?

February 3rd, 2019 - Faith: Evidence of Things Not Seen

February 8, 2019

I want to give you two definitions of Faith, but I promise I’ll explain them. First, let’s look at the scriptures for a definition. In Hebrews, we are told, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” This might not clarify things all to well, but let’s get one more working definition then begin our journey- though this might temporarily muddy the waters even more. Thomas Aquinas tells us faith is The habit of the mind (Intellect) whereby eternal life is begun in us making the intellect assent to what is not evident.

If you still need the explaination, listen in!

January 13th, 2019 - The World Has Questions. Do We Have Answers?

February 8, 2019

Do we believe the Church was founded by Jesus Christ? Do we believe that her demands- though heroic- will actually bring us joy? That’s a question we need to ask ourselves, because the world is certainly asking it of us. Not only are they asking, they have already condemned us hateful bigots.

Wedding Homily: Garrett and Kylee Conners

January 21, 2019

I had the honor of presiding over the wedding of Garrett and Kylee Conners this weekend, a great Montana couple who who witnessed well to the power of this sacrament and are more than ready for this wonderful adventure together. Enjoy the homily!