When Too Much Introspection is a Bad Thing

I’ve always had a certain ability to be very introspective, which has been tremendously beneficial, but occasionally I find it is also perhaps one of my biggest pitfalls too.  In seminary as we went through formation to be ordained priests, being introspective was part of the process; we had to look at ourselves and discern … More When Too Much Introspection is a Bad Thing

#Vancouver2017

Vacation…what an multi-faceted word.  In one sense it means a break from the daily grind of life for a time and enter another world, in search of rest and rejuvenation.  In another sense it means adventure, where we go out from our homes to a new place and explore the amazing things God created on … More #Vancouver2017

What a Sleigh Ride Taught Me About the Beauty of Reality

On Christmas Eve I did something I had never done before, I went on a sleigh ride.  It wasn’t just one of those sleigh rides you pay for as a tourist attraction in a quaint little Christmas-looking mountain village, but I went on an authentic Wyoming ride, with a sleigh, restored by Deacon Bryce and myself (with a little … More What a Sleigh Ride Taught Me About the Beauty of Reality

Jesus’ Gift of Transforming the Messiness of Humanity into Beauty – My Homily for Christmas Mass during the Night (2015)

Recently TripAdvisor released the top 25 destination spots in the United States for 2015. Among the list are New York City, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Las Vegas, Seattle, among others. Sadly Gillette, WY did not make the list of vacation spots in America. 6 years ago I traveled to one of these places, Orlando, Florida to … More Jesus’ Gift of Transforming the Messiness of Humanity into Beauty – My Homily for Christmas Mass during the Night (2015)

Coffee at Jacob’s Well

Everyone loves coffee…well, almost everyone loves coffee…and if you don’t love coffee, you probably love the idea of coffee.  The aroma of freshly brewing coffee, the earthy, crisp taste of the coffee itself, the hot cup that warms your hands in contrast to the cold weather outside, the deep conversations that spark between friends over … More Coffee at Jacob’s Well

Aftermath

Yesterday was a surprisingly tension ridden day for me.  I woke up to the election results and, as expected, many people rejoiced and many people lamented the outcome.  This came as no surprise for me.  We, as a country, were heavily divided on our presidential candidates.  Even I, personally, had done my best to prepare myself … More Aftermath

Episode #2 – The Catholic Approach to the Election

Join Fr. Andrew and Dcn. Mike Leman as they discuss the USCCB’s document: “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” and how to approach the election this November.   The following are links to what some of the Bishops in the USA have said about the upcoming election: Archbishop Aquila: http://denvercatholic.org/voting-catholic-2016/ Bishop Olmsted: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/a-phoenix-bishops-plea-to-voters-and-politicians-no-votes-for-abortion-90918/ Bishop Conley: http://www.lincolndiocese.org/op-ed/bishop-s-column/6841-voting-and-living-as-good-citizens#.V_u6v8ukMik.facebook Kansas Bishops: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/kansas-bishops-unite-to-urge-catholic-voters-to-be-guided-by-church-teachin … More Episode #2 – The Catholic Approach to the Election

The Problem with LGBTQ Language in Regards to a Proposed Resolution in the City of Cheyenne

Every single human being was created in order to live and, not just to live, but to thrive and flourish.  The story of creation tells us, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  And God blessed them, and God said … More The Problem with LGBTQ Language in Regards to a Proposed Resolution in the City of Cheyenne

Trust and Follow

In my limited experience of priestly life these past five months, I would say priestly life is like being handed the keys to a 1953 Chevy pickup truck with manual transmission and no power steering and being told by God the Father, “You’re driving.  Let’s go!”  God sits shotgun and places an indescribable amount of confidence … More Trust and Follow

The Joy of Running … and Swimming

This past week I rediscovered something crucial to any life well-lived, exercise.  Before priestly ordination, seminary life provided a mostly structured scheduled environment in which it was fairly easy to work in running to my weekly routine.  During my time in seminary I ran 3 half-marathons and many other 5Ks, 10Ks, and 15Ks.  Since priestly … More The Joy of Running … and Swimming

World Youth Day Kraków 2016 – An Unexpected Experience of Fatherhood

Having never gone to World Youth Day before and being a newly ordained Catholic priest (May 20, 2016), I have to admit, I was a bit nervous going into this World Youth Day pilgrimage in Kraków, Poland.  I wasn’t entirely sure what my role would be, what my purpose would be, on this pilgrimage.  I have … More World Youth Day Kraków 2016 – An Unexpected Experience of Fatherhood

The Ascension of the Lord, Not Jesus’ Farewell – My Homily notes for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

This is not the Solemnity of Jesus’ farewell, this is the Ascension of the Lord! Jesus ascended so that he can be always present to all of mankind in his divinity and place at the right hand of the Father, the kingly position of Jesus as King of the entire Universe.  When Jesus was on … More The Ascension of the Lord, Not Jesus’ Farewell – My Homily notes for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

The Man Born Blind as an Image of the Christian Life – My Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent

If you look at a picture of an iceberg, you will see a small part of the iceberg above the water with the rest of the iceberg beneath the surface of the water, unseen. Today’s Gospel that I just proclaimed can be seen just like that iceberg. We see the surface of the story, Jesus … More The Man Born Blind as an Image of the Christian Life – My Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent

Our Christian Identity and Mission – My Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time Year C

Anyone who knows me knows that I love the Advent and the Christmas seasons as my favorite part of the liturgical year. As such, it pleases me to tell you that even though the Christmas season officially ended last weekend and Ordinary Time officially began, Christmas isn’t quite over just yet! Christmas themes are still … More Our Christian Identity and Mission – My Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time Year C