AE 24: Male Passivity and Relationships

A talk to men about Male Passivity and Relationships, using the work of Clay Christensen, a Harvard Business School professor and author of the book, "How Will You Measure Your Life". It's powerful and uses business theory to explain male passivity.

Have you ever noticed that many men sacrifice their families for the sake of their career? As a man, do you come home with nothing but fumes to offer your family, because you've given the best of yourself to your job? 

This talk goes into that, asking you one question, How will you measure your life?

AE 23: Mary Our Solitary Boast

Mary. The first and best disciple. The closest person in human history to Jesus Christ. This talk offers some reasons why you should love her, be devoted to her, in order to truly love Jesus Christ and follow Him closer.

Everything we affirm about Mary safeguards what we believe about Jesus. Mary is not the light, but is the perfect mirror to reflect that light without stain or blemish. She is "our tainted nature's solitary boast."


AE 22: Against Self-Justification

A talk given to Franciscan University of Steubenville students about the games we play (Traddies, Charismaniacs, etc) to showcase our own righteousness and how it mocks Christ's death and resurrection.

We compare ourselves to others in an effort to make ourselves look better in our own eyes and in the eyes of God. These games are lies and they do not, and cannot, save us. 

The talk was inspired by a conversation the ministry team had over lunch. The problem was a spirit of active exclusivity on the part of one spirituality to dominate and shame another, even though both are totally legit in the eyes of the Church. A band member, a non-Catholic Christian who is involved in the New Monasticism movement, spoke about the contrast of Jesus' table fellowship and that of the Pharisees. Jesus is always out at other people's houses, and those people are typically outcasts (sinners, tax collectors and prostitutes), while the Pharisees are always at their houses with their own invited guests. The band member suggested that we confront this mentality.

So I did.


AE: Question Everything

Part Two: Question Everything

A lot of people will give you advice based on their own life experience. Sometimes that’s great. Sometimes it just doesn’t fit. You have your own past. You have your own goals for the future. And honestly, sometimes other people just cannot understand your present situation.

Part of this question of knowing and living our vocation involves the need fordiscernment, for making wise decisions big and small, from “Should I go out tonight?” to “How are we going to raise our kids?”

It all centers on your own answer to this one question.

Given live at St Anthony of Padua Parent Life program on March 02, 2014.

Parent Life, Season 02, Episode 02: Question Everything


AE: Eucharistic Kerygma - First Communion Prep for Parents

This was a talk that I gave to about 160 parents of kids preparing for First Holy Communion. Our parish has a three hour retreat where they do a mix of kids-only, parents-only, and kids/parents together. I talked to the parents for 35 minutes about the Eucharist.

You can tell that this talk is not catechesis, per se, but more Kerygmatic proclamation. I use the Eucharist to focus on a basic proclamamtion of the gospel. 

It's short and punchy.


Eucharistic Kerygma


AE: What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Part One: What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

Your vocation is more than your job or career. Your vocation is the way you findmeaning for your life and a mission with your life. It is unique to you. No one else in human history will live your story.

 Your life, your marriage, your parenthood- these are meant to give you meaning and mission, but why do so many people find them exhausting instead of life-giving?

Given live on February 16, 2014 at St. Anthony of Padua Parent Life program

Parent Life, Season 02, Episode 01: What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up

AE: Unleash Your Vocation

Change the climate of your marriage. Don't let bitter storms crush your hope and rob your joy in relationships. Following Christ as a parent, as a spouse, may be more complicated than going it alone, but you can unleash the sacramental power of your vocation. (Hint: contraception destroys that power.)

Unleash Your Vocation


AE: The Price of Restoration

Our culture has done an excellent job to market sexual myths to us our entire lives. Buying into these myths can spell disaster for our marriages, our parenthood, and our faith. The most powerful remedy we have is to find and speak the truth to these myths, even if that means shouting at the mirror.

10, 12, maybe even 20 years ago you said "I do". You made a promise that lasts a lifetime, but when you were in your twenties, could you even imagine what life and marriage would be like at 30, 40, or 50 years old?

We return to the wisdom of the Gospels and the Theology of the Body to embrace Christ's grace of redemption and restoration.

After all, you are not your own. You were bought with a price.

The Price of Restoration


AE:16 Body of Truth

Parent Life is a joint program between Life Teen and Adult Faith Formation. We serve the parents of kids in the high school youth ministry program and try to connect the parents to the content of the Life Night semester. In building this connect we can enable parents to continue the conversation at home with their teenagers.

This first session introduces the parents to the Theology of the Body, especially the central themes that drive Pope John Paul's project.

  • Jesus fully reveals man to himself
  • Man can only find himself through a sincere gift of himself
  • The Sanjuanist Love Triangle: Love is self-gift, Spousal love is the model, Trinitarian Love is the Exemplar


Parent Life 01 - Body of Truth


AE:14 "The Beatitudes"

Here is a talk I gave at the good ol' Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Austin, Texas. This was the first part of a two part series on Catholic Morality foundations. This talk focuses on the refounding of Catholic morality upon the New Testament and breaks with the distorted custome of teaching the Ten Commandments and that's it.

We look with the eyes of Christ on the situation of man and ask, "How do You want Your creatures to be happy?" The Beatitudes are the 8 blessed ways to happiness. I hope you enjoy!

The Beatitudes


AE:13 "Authentic Catechesis"

Recorded live at St. Athony of Padua Catechist Training Day conference.

This was the second of two keynote talks given at a Catechist Training Day for catechists working with children and youth. The focus is on the relationship between the importance of relevance in our communication of the Gospel while maintaining the orthodoxy of the message itself. This is the heart of the new evangelization: changing the means but never the message. How do we adapt the Gospel to our hearer's capacities without diluting or polluting the Gospel itself? This is our mission.

Authentic Catechesis


AE:12 "Evangelization and Catechesis"

Recorded live on August 27, 2011 at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church Catechist Training Day.

This was one of two talks given at a Catechist Training Day conference for people who work with teens and children. Confirmation, Elementary CCE, and youth ministry were all represented this Saturday. The purpose for me giving the talks, and not someone who knows what they are doing, is because of my fun quality to excite the people towards evangelization. We explore the teachings of the recent popes as tools to know what role catechesis has in the process of evangelization.

Evangelization and Catechesis


AE:11 "The Going Forth Talk"

Recorded live on June 11, 2011.

This was the final talk that I did at Life Teen's Camp Covecrest in June of 2011. This is the model talk for my "going forth" talks. This species of talk is crucial for the retreatants who are leaving the retreat and heading home to the real world.

What I basically do is teach them how to pray, how to search, and how to build community in order to sustain one's conversion. Whatever happened on retreat needs to leave the retreat with them and change their lives. Without God's grace and intentional actions, that just isn't going to happen.

The Going Forth Talk


AE:10 "Gomer on Prayer"

Recorded live on Thursday, June 9, 2011.

This was the fourth talk in a series that I gave at Life Teen's Camp Covecrest in June of 2011. The week was dedicated to the Holy Spirit, so each daily theme developed that topic. The fourth day was on prayer, which is what this talk is all about.

Start with John 4, "The Woman at the Well", and encounter the thirst of Christ. Using the fourth part of the Catechism, written principally by Metropolitan Jean Corbon, we walk through the nature, meaning, and structure of prayer. We tackle several biblical texts on prayer and draw on the wisdom of the saints on how to pray.

"For me, prayer is a surge of the heart..." - St. Therese

Gomer On Prayer


AE:09 "Come, Holy Spirit"

Recorded live on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.

This talk is on the power and movement of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians today and in the life Christ and His first Apostles. It is about becoming a son or daughter of God the Father, recognizing our dignity in Jesus, and living from the strength of the Spirit.

The audio is a little bit low on this one. There is nothing more I can do about it. I hope you enjoy the festive Islander music.


Come Holy Spirit


AE:08 Love's Other Name

Recorded live on Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

This is the talk that bridges Genesis 1-3, the story of the Fall, with the redemptive work of Jesus Christ in the Garden and on the Cross tied to the Sacrament of Reconciliation mixed in. 

About 75% of the content is pure Dr. Scott Hahn's book, A Father Who Keeps His Promises. The rest is comprised of Bl. Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body and a little Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen thrown in for good measure. Anything left may be considered original material from me, but its probably just the mistakes.

Enjoy the smooth jazz of Redemption!

Mercy is Love's Other Name


AE:07 God is Love

This was my talk, given at the start of a week long Catholic Summer Camp for high school students - Life Teen's Covecrest. It has some introductory remarks, followed by a brief theological comments on the Holy Spirit, as well as creating an invitational environment for people not wanting that whole Jesus thing.

Originally Recorded: June 6, 2011 at Covecrest Summer Camp, Tiger, GA

The only portion that I edited was the prayer at the end. Originally it went on for a few minutes and involved a lot of silence and me speaking quietly and not into the microphone. I just chopped it up and added the funky Scottish music in the background.

Also, the intro music does indeed drown me out in the first 20 seconds. Oh well. My recording studio is a desk in my daughter's bedroom. I'm limited, what can I say?

God love you. Enjoy!

Ep 07 God is Love


AE:06 "The Struggle of Apathy"

Recorded Thursday April 7, 2011
Description: I talk about apathy, the sources of it and some solutions against it, even including near death experiences. This talk takes the narrative theology spoken of by Fr. Dave Pivonka in Ep. 05 as a key tool to crack the wall of apathy. Also, I give some examples of approaches that I have used, and one that I would not recommend. Remember, you can always donate on the website if you like what you hear in the podcast. Keep it alive and growing!


When Jesus came to Golgatha,
They hanged Him on a tree,
They drove great nails through hands and feet,
And made a Calvary.

They crowned Him with a crown of thorns,
Red were His wounds and deep,
For those were crude and cruel days,
And human flesh was cheap.

When Jesus came to Birmingham
They simply passed Him by,
They never hurt a hair of Him,
They only let Him die;

For men have grown more tender,
And they would not give Him pain,
They only just passed down the street,
And left Him in the rain.

Still Jesus cried, 'Forgive them,
For they know not what they do!
And still it rained the winter rain
That drenched Him through and through;

The crowd went home and left the streets
Without a soul to see,
And Jesus crouched against a wall
And cried for Calvary.

-"Indifference" G.A. Studdart-Kennedy

"To the angel of the church in Laodicea, write this: " 'The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the source of God's creation, says this: "I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because y ou are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

For you say, 'I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,' and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white garments to put on so that your shameful nakedness may not be exposed, and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise. Be earnest, therefore, and repent.

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, (then) I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me. I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne, as I myself first won the victory and sit with my Father on his throne.
Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
-Revelation 3:14-22

The Struggle of Apathy MP3