I have a love/hate relationship with the media. I am Catholic and I am committed to my faith, but I work with many non-Catholics and with Catholics who are seeking direction. Being a good evangelist means I have to keep track of what’s going on outside the Catholic bubble, to follow the Bible’s advice to be in the world but not of it. Over the last year at Austin Catholic New Media, I have tried not just to declare whether something is too worldly, but to teach you all how to decide whether something is good for you (or your children) or not. As a summary of my first year, I’d like to lay out my strategies for you.
Read the rest at Austin Catholic New Media to hear my thoughts on Grey’s Anatomy and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Two old college buddies of mine entered the Dominican Order (O.P.) during my last year of college. They became Br. Peter Martyr and Br. Leo. Br. Peter Martyr in particular was one of my biggest spiritual role models. He was part of the group that taught me how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. He co-founded the Missionaries of the Eucharist. I prayed my first ever 54-day rosary novena for Brs. Peter Martyr and Leo leading up to their entrance in the Dominicans. They were the first people I knew personally to enter religious life, and I was and am so happy for them.
Imagine my joy to get another email update from Br. Peter Martyr a few weeks ago with the news that he (and Br. Leo) made his solemn profession, making him a Dominican until death. He still has about a year and a half to go until he’s ordained a priest, but I’m so proud already! The photos are copyrighted, but they’re posted in this album over on Flickr. They’re in the middle of this photo, both wearing glasses; Br. Peter Martyr is on the left. I hope the grace of their influence keeps rubbing off on me!
P.S. This is my 900th post! Hooray! It took more than three months, but I’ve enjoyed the ride, and I hope you have, too.