June 25th, 2019
By Clint Carton
america, apollos, baptized, body of christ, categories, catholic, cephas, charismatic, children, christ, christian, church, coach, college, corinthians, dave silk, divide, division, family, herb brooks, hockey, hometown, humiliate, identity, jack o'callahan, jesus, kurt russell, mark johnson, michael mantenuto, mike eruzione, mike ramsey, miracle, movie, nathan west, noah emmerich, olympics, patrick o'brien demsey, paul, peter, rad trad, ralph cox, rob mcclanahan, russia, skating, social justice, soviet, suffer, support, team, together, trad, twitter, underdog, united states, unity, universal, ussr, victory, winter olympics
In February of 2004, I went with two of my brothers and my uncle to the Castle Theater in Manchester, IA. I knew nothing about the movie that we were going to see, but I loved movies so any trip to the movie theater was always exciting.
March 23rd, 2019
blessings, blog, books, bookshelf, bouquet, carnation, catholic, children, christ, christian, clovers, commentary, confirmation, endurance, eucharist, faith, family, father, fidelity, flowers, garden, generosity, gift, girl, god, grace, grandparents, holy spirit, hug, irises, jesus, lavender, lesson, life, liturgy, love, matriarch, pansies, parables, peonies, prayer, priest, professor, receive, relationship, seminary, stories, strength, tabernacle, teaching, vase, violets, witness, works
Recently in a class at the Seminary we were asked to write a parable about something important in our relationship with Christ. Our professor, a wise and experienced priest, believes that all good preaching comes from being able to transform our witness of Christ into a story that can be shared with others. That story should inspire them to share their own. Fundamentally that's what we believe here. The reason that we love stories soo much is because they bring out our own story. Its when we begin to see that our story is interwoven into the life, death, and resurrection of Christ that we begin to see Him in the stories that we are told.
March 19th, 2019
By Gordon Moore
adventure, agent coulson, benedict, bible, bible study, body, brie larson, brokenness, captain marvel, carol danvers, catholic, christ, christian, comic, community, cree, darkness, depression, disney, earth, evil, fall, fury, gift, god, good, greatness, hero, holy, holy spirit, identity, idols, jesus, joy, jude law, label, lee pace, light, love, marvel, mercy, military, movie, nick fury, pain, pilot, planet, pope benedict xvi, powers, prayer, religion, ronan, s.h.i.e.l.d., samuel l. jackson, scripture, self-esteem, sin, skrull, sonic, sorry, soul, space, suffer, superhero, talents, truth, universe, vers, vulnerability, welcome to the adventure, worship
Last week I went and saw the newly anticipated Captain Marvel with a few of my teens during their spring break. The next day we met at Sonic Drive-In to have a bible study which we said we would focus around themes in Captain Marvel. One of my teens asked me,
March 7th, 2019
By Clint Carton
8 second ride, adventure, apostles, arena, ash wednesday, bareback, blog, boots, bronco, buck, bull, catholic, chaos, christian, clown, community, cowboy, disciple, edgewood rodeo, gospel, horse, houston rodeo, lent, love, mission, pick up men, rescue, ride, rodeo, rough stock, scripture, serve, support, welcome to the adventure
I can still hear the announcer’s voice …”Welcome to Edgewood” he would say with the purest southern accent I had ever heard. It was rodeo season and I was dressed up in my white cowboy hat and snake skin cowboy boots. I used to love the rodeo. My favorite event was of course the bull riding. I would always try to get as close to the chute as I could so I could get a close up of those massive animals and the brave (if not a little crazy) men who rode them.
January 25th, 2019
antoine saint-exupery, authenticity, banker, beauty, blog, catholic, child, christian, commitment, die, drunk, fable, flower, forgiveness, fox, french, john paul ii, jpii, king, love, movie, movies, netlfix, nurture, petit, pilot, planet, pope john paul ii, prince, radiance, responsibility, rose, surrender, vanity
One of my all-time favorite stories ever told is Le Petit Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery. I read it for the first time in my high school French class, and even as cough cough mature cough cough I was then, I instantly fell in love with this childhood fable. The genius of this story is that it can touch the hearts
January 21st, 2019
By Clint Carton
adventure, aragorn, blog, catholic, christ, christian, creation, elves, eucharist, evangelization, frodo, gandalf, god, gollum, hobbit, holy spirit, illuvatar, jesus, jrr tolkien, lembas, lord of the rings, lotr, missionary, one ring, silmarillion, sin, smeagol, tolkien, welcome to the adventure
It’s hard to believe that there was once a time when “The Lord of the Rings” held no more significance to me than any other fantasy movie. Don’t get me wrong, it was an unbelievable movie and it clearly set new standards in film and CGI but it meant nothing to me other than the fact that it was enjoyable to watch. It wasn’t until college when I lived in a household of Catholic men that I finally fell in love with the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. If I’m honest, I have to admit that I don’t remember a specific moment of revelation leading to my conversion from average geek to Tolkien fanatic.