A podcast about Catholic culture and the life of our parish.
December 12th, 2018 | 25 mins 43 secs
December 12th is a big day at St. Louis parish not just because it marks the end of theater season for Alissa's kids, but because it's the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! This is a feast day in the Church, but it leads us to ask a lot of questions about Mary and this specific apparition. Tom and Alissa discuss. Turn it up!
December 5th, 2018 | 27 mins 46 secs
It's almost Christmas, are you ready? Tom and Alissa aren't. Thankfully the Church gives us four weeks of Advent to help us prepare our hearts. How do we keep this sacred time sacred? By the way, we kinda lose it at the end so listen all the way through.
November 29th, 2018 | 29 mins 46 secs
We've all had moments of deep restlessness. Thoughts that keep us up at night, worries that prevent us from living full lives, deep concerns about big questions like who we are and where we're going with our lives. What's the deal with all this and why are we so restless? Alissa, Will, and Tom spend some time discussing why we can't be satisfied with what we've got and why that should give us a glimpse of hope.
November 21st, 2018 | 21 mins 29 secs
Happy Thanksgiving! This week, Alissa and Tom talk about gratitude and its relation to humility. When we try to see all things as a gift, we are overwhelmed by the truth that we are not self-sufficient beings. And that's a good thing.
November 14th, 2018 | 25 mins 48 secs
We talk about holiness a lot. But it's so often an esoteric discussion; we don't give concrete approaches to being holy people. We try to give a bit more substance to the holiness discussion in this episode. How do we actually become holy? What does it mean to be a priest by our baptism? And what does one have to do with the other? God has called us first, but how do we respond?
November 8th, 2018 | 32 mins 35 secs
Catholics LOVE the word "vocation" and this week the Church worldwide is asking all the faithful to consider their vocations--what they're called to do to serve God in the world. How do we begin to hear what God wants from us? Alissa, Will, and Tom say it starts in the family, and break that down a bit in this episode.
November 1st, 2018 | 13 mins 43 secs
Seminarian Will shares his reflections on this Solemnity of All Saints in this BONUS EPISODE of the Being Church Podcast.
October 31st, 2018 | 30 mins 29 secs
Last week our nation endured three violent situations that gained national news attention. We know, however, that violence happens every day, all over the world. So what is a Catholic Christian to do in a culture of violence? What should our attitude be in times of despair? Tom and Alissa take a stab at what it means to make peace happen as Christ commanded.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God."
October 23rd, 2018 | 25 mins
People know that Catholics go to Mass, and some Catholics even know good theology for why they should go to Mass. But when we get beyond the obligation, what's our real reason for going every week or more? Tom and Alissa try to put some everyday words to explain the depth and necessity of their weekly ritual.
October 17th, 2018 | 32 mins 23 secs
If you could invite any three Catholics (alive or dead) to dinner, who would they be? Tom and Alissa discuss the motivation behind their top three choices in this episode. It was really interesting that we invited people whose gifts are not our own, and they challenge our lived faith. The Church is full of holy people, and we don't all look the same!
October 10th, 2018 | 25 mins 48 secs
God has given us all unique gifts that He wants us to use to build one another up. In this episode, Seminarian Will, Alissa, and Tom talk about how we can identify unique gifts in ourselves and one another and how we can put them to use. Because the world and the Church need you to be you for the glory of God.
October 3rd, 2018 | 23 mins 50 secs
The Catholic Church professes that it is a Church united in Christ, but its members are so often divided. We expect division in our political landscape and in our secular social lives, but no one wants a divided Church because it hinders our mission and harms the Body of Christ. Tom and Alissa discuss the toxic effects of division in the Church in this episode and discuss what it means to be united in the face of differing opinions and ideas.
September 26th, 2018 | 22 mins 57 secs
Tom's been thinking about the interplay of consuming and creating for a while. In this episode, he and Alissa discuss how we spend most of our lives consuming: books, Netflix, podcasts, documents, articles, fake news, real news... But how much of our lives do we spend creating? Creating is a spiritual experience, a gift from God. But do we ignore this great gift to satisfy our base, consumerist desires?
September 19th, 2018 | 23 mins 26 secs
Fr. James joins Tom and Alissa to explain what he means when he says "We aren't called to play Church. We're called to be Church." What's Being Church all about and why did we name the podcast after it? Hear what our awesome pastor has to say about it all.
September 11th, 2018 | 35 mins 48 secs
Being a Catholic young adult in a modern city like Austin is TOUGH. Trying to be a faithful person in a career-driven, socially confusing culture means that young adults need their Church to be holy, transparent, and authentic. Alissa and Tom chat with Erica and Megan to discuss the current state of ministry to young adults both at St. Louis and the Church at large.
September 4th, 2018 | 32 mins 26 secs
After being drawn into the beauty of the Catholic faith by way of his wife and the baptism of his children, Shannon Swenson really put down roots in this St. Louis community. In this episode, he shares about the power of a loving and faithful community, the importance of sharing our gifts with our parish, and the reason he tells couples in marriage prep to "go make babies".
A humble man of action. A man of his word. Turn it up for Shannon Swenson.