A podcast about Catholic culture and the life of our parish.
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.
August 28th, 2018 | 26 mins 14 secs
Deacon Henry was gracious enough to spend some of his final day on campus with Alissa and Tom to talk about the formation he has received as a seminarian. It's great to hear that our Austin seminarians receive a well-rounded, spiritually and intellectually stimulating education as they prepare to serve the People of God as priests of Jesus Christ.
August 22nd, 2018 | 25 mins 1 sec
If you've been present to the news this last week you know that a grand jury investigated 6 of the 8 dioceses in Pennsylvania, finding allegations and evidence of abuse from 300 priests between the 1940s and early 2000s. Even though the Church has taken steps to prevent abuse, this report rocked the faithful, leaving us angry and sad and motivated to do something about the injustice. But what can we do? Tom and Alissa are trying to figure it out just like you.
August 14th, 2018 | 26 mins 15 secs
For some reason, Alissa comes to Tom with some big questions this episode, and their answers go to the heart about our true human identities. Who are we really? And how can we know who we really are?
August 8th, 2018 | 46 mins 4 secs
Will's back! Just for a day.
The seminarian we all know and love has returned from his summer of travel and he's got so many stories for us. In particular, Will, Alissa, and Tom talk about poverty, solidarity, and the true meaning of charity. This episode also has one of the greatest openers ever...
August 1st, 2018 | 29 mins 53 secs
Our prayer lives are essential to being our best Catholic selves. So why is it so hard for the average person to have a consistent prayer life? Tom and Alissa share some frustrations about personal prayer in this episode and lament the fact that, although they're loved by God, they struggle to return to God in prayer every day.
To you spiritual masters out there, pray for us!
July 25th, 2018 | 37 mins 52 secs
It's Natural Family Planning Awareness Week for the Church in the United States and to celebrate we're diving into honest discussion about fertility, cooperation in marriage, and the intersection of science and faith. Tom sits back and lets the experts (Alissa and Elizabeth) take charge of this episode. By the way, this episode might provoke some mature questions from kiddos. We suggest listening away from young ears!
July 18th, 2018 | 23 mins 56 secs
When we read St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians we see a paradox in one of his passages. St. Paul says that God's power is made perfect in weakness, but what does this mean? Tom and Alissa try to apply this to their lives by giving a brief, imperfect reflection on this passage. Turn it up!
July 11th, 2018 | 27 mins 21 secs
Yeah, we thought that would get your attention.
In this episode, Alissa commemorates 15 years of marriage and shares best practices from her life experiences, Tom gets a bit dramatic when it comes to the term "soulmates" and probably overshares a little bit, and both of us talk about finding "the one" and what the search for love is really all about.
July 4th, 2018 | 31 mins 49 secs
Between a vibrant Catholic school, a very active altar server ministry, and a growing youth ministry, St. Louis is actively forming the young church to be disciples who love others with Christ's love. Two of our graduating seniors, Michael Dolezal and Micaela Ramacciotti, share the impact that a life lived at St. Louis Parish and School has had upon their faith. These young people are the Church of today who have something to show the rest of us, and they're a pretty big deal.
June 27th, 2018 | 31 mins 42 secs
The Catholic Church is the world's biggest charitable organization. She runs thousands of schools, hospitals, shelters, and health clinics around the world, and the rubber hits the road right here at St. Louis. In this episode, Tom and Elizabeth sit down with the Director of St. Louis Social Ministries, Bea de la Rosa. Bea tells her story, explains all the work that social ministries does for our community, and shares some of the tender moments she's had with her clients. Thanks for all you do Bea!
June 20th, 2018 | 32 mins 9 secs
Alissa and Tom get to know Deacon Henry a bit better in this episode. We're so excited that the good Deacon is spending some time at St. Louis in preparation for his priesthood because he brings both a unique perspective and set of gifts to our parish. Just a heads up, the basic vocation question is at minute-marker 21:00 :). But if you skip ahead to that point, you'll miss Deacon Henry's really cool hobby...
If you see Deacon Henry around, make sure to say hi!