Get Out of the Boat

Get Out of the Boat

One of my favorite Gospel stories is Matthew 14:22-33, the story of Jesus walking on water.  In fact, I like this story so much, there’s a large painting of this scene in my office. We’ve all heard this reading at least once in our lives… How the disciples were in a...
The Case for (OnGoing) Marriage Formation

The Case for (OnGoing) Marriage Formation

One year ago, Bishop Strickland signed the decree that established the new marriage formation norms for engaged couples in the Diocese of Tyler. The time of formation before the wedding was expanded from 6 months to a 9- to 12-month formation period. During that time,...
Real Talk on Natural Family Planning

Real Talk on Natural Family Planning

I became aware of Natural Family Planning (NFP) when I was young; in fact, NFP was an integral part of my family’s return to the Catholic Church. As a child, I remember seeing charts with the baby stickers and the colors. I attended a mother-daughter program once in...