Talking Genie and God with the Morning Air Show

This morning I spoke with the Morning Air Show on Relevant Radio to discuss the first installment of “Brick by Brick with Fr. Brooke” on Peanut Butter & Grace.

We had a great discussion teasing out some the points I originally made about believing in a “Genie” God and it’s relation to “Genie parenting.” in the “Brick by Brick” episode.

To listen to our discussion, go to the 24:00 minute mark of the audio file from the Morning Air Show program.

[Source: Relevant Radio]


On Confession with the Morning Air Show

Yesterday I was interviewed on the Morning Air Show on Relevant Radio to discuss the Sacrament of Penance, or confession, or reconciliation. It was a follow up of sorts to my recent column with Catholic News Service, “Regular trips to the confessional wash away the build-up of sin.”

Here’s the link to the radio program. You have to go to the 24:30 mark of the audio player for my interview.


Interview with the Sedalia Democrat

During the Pope’s visit to the United States, I was interviewed by many different newspapers, radio and television stations.

One of these was a sit down interview with a reporter from my new local newspaper, The Sedalia Democrat.

It was a great opportunity to get to know a local reporter and share some of my thoughts and experiences of Pope Francis.

Here’s a link to the article.

Another article in The Catholic Missourian

Last month I linked to a story in the Jefferson City News Tribune, telling the story of a young couple from Jeff City that I met here in Rome. Now the local Catholic newspaper, the Catholic Missourian, has also run a story on their encounter with Pope Francis. That story can be read by clicking here. It retells the couple’s experience in even greater detail.

Sorry for the lack of posts, I hope to get some updates up soon. I’ve been deaconing a lot, but without giving any homilies.

News Tribune article

In the last few days I have received a few messages about an article that was published in the Jefferson City News Tribune.

I am mentioned in the article for having helped a young couple from the diocese to get tickets to attend a papal audience with Pope Francis as newlyweds and thus meet the Holy Father. Thankfully it was a successful venture and seemed to have a great impact on the faith of the couple.

What a joy it was for me to get to meet them, take them on a tour of St. Peter’s and to help them have a wonderful experience in Rome.

Here’s a link to the article:

Local newlyweds get blessing from the pope

Catholic Missourian Profile

In anticipation of ordination our diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Missourian, publishes a profile piece on every ordinand to the diaconate and priesthood.

Given that this week is the week I will be ordained to the diaconate, they ran a profile on me in their most recent issue.

For those that don’t live in the diocese and get the paper edition, I thought I’d pass on the link to the story on the diocesan website. 

Look for more posts later in the week as the big day approaches.

Appearance on “The Catholic Guy” with Lino Rulli

Last Tuesday I sat down for a half-hour interview with Lino Rulli of “The Catholic Guy” radio show on SiriusXM’s Catholic Channel 129. All week-long Rulli stayed at the NAC while interviewing seminarians about our lives. In the pre-interivew meeting he said he didn’t want to necessarily sit around and talk about theology and Church issues, but rather about us and our lives as seminarians and our lives before entering seminary to show that we are in many respects just regular guys trying to live out our vocation, which just might be the priesthood.

My interview touched on quite a few topics from my life. As in the past, it was a little different being the one being questioned as opposed to the one asking questions. My experience in journalism was one of the things we discussed, in addition to Albania, seminary life, and of course, BBQ!

Since SiriusXM is a subscription service it is hard to find the interview, if you’re already a subscriber you can go to the SiriusXM web site and go through the on-line player to find the show from May 8, 2014. It is also possible to sign up for a free trial in order to hear the piece as well, at least, that’s what I had to do.

For more on some of the topics discussed in the interview see the following posts. If you can’t listen, reading these posts will in some instances give much more detail than in the half-hour interview.