Hello. I apologize for inexplicable silence on my blog and podcast.
I ended my Japan assignment at the beginning of October 2017, and then I took some time to readjust to living in Texas again.
Then I started another grad school class. With grad school, it’s really tough to do extra things like blogging and podcasting. And I may have taken some other trips too. :-X
Since then, I’ve been really reflecting on the direction or directions I want to go with a blog and podcast presence. As of now, I’m still in the brainstorming mode trying to nail down a new concept and even a new project.
So, again, I apologize. Thanks for following!
In this podcast episode, Tony and I talk about the struggles of how we use social media. It seems like we use social media as a comfortable means of shallow encounters with others, but we’re made for a deeper sense of community. At the end, we discuss some practical tips to help with these struggles.
- Curious Cat
- Feeling comfortable vs. uncomfortable
- Is there fear in encountering others?
- Made for community
- “What do you think of me?”
- Our worth isn’t based on these things
- Made for authentic relationships
- Tangents with pilgrimages
- Practical tips
- Where to follow and conclusion
In this week’s episode, I chat with my friend Callie about her conversion story. I’m fascinated by adult converts since I’m a cradle Catholic. She shares her story from Baptist to Catholic, including how primary sources helped along her way back home to the Church.
- How we know each other
- What was her upbringing like
- How she dealt with difficulties
- Four words that summarizes it all
- What attracted her to Catholicism
- How has being Catholic helped her relationship with Christ
- How is she pursuing Christ these days
- Social media/where to follow
Since I didn’t have a guest for this episode, I decided to recount some of my experiences going on a pilgrimage to Nagasaki, Japan. I wanted to learn more about St. Paul Miki and his Companions since they were martyred in Nagasaki.
- Re-intro to my podcast and what “En Fuego” means
- Why Nagasaki
- How I traveled to Nagasaki
- What I did in Nagasaki
- 26 Martyr’s Hill (monument, museum, and church)
- Nakaramachi Church
- St. Max Kolbe’s friary/Hongochi Church/Marian grotto
- Atomic Bomb Museum
- Memorial Peace Park
- Urakami Cathedral
- Oura Church
- Glover Garden
- Reflections on this pilgrimage
Allie Moroney and I talk about how she implemented her faith with the game she loved to play: soccer. The discussion also goes into how she lived out her faith during college where she highlighted three things she tried to maintain. There’s one Fr. Mike Schmitz reference, so that’s cool. And quotes of Scripture and saints, but we didn’t exactly from where. Oh and some praise and worship music.
Towards the later half of our discussion, she talks about three tips to share with the rest of us.
- Graduation and Euro-summer
- How we know each other
- Origin story and call to mission
- 3 Things in college
- No hiding from self
- Prayer and the Sacraments
- Where to follow
You can follow Allie on her blog: alliemoroney.wordpress.com
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