Sunday, June 24, 2007

Houston, We Don't Have A Problem

I just got back from an incredible conference this weekend. Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. Brant Pitre, Jeff Cavins and myself had the honor of speaking to a crowd of about 1,500 people who had come together to study God's Word. It was a blast.

I couldn't possibly mention all of the highlights, but I will name a few...

--Getting to spend time with Scott, Brant, Jeff Cavins and Rob Corzine, the Director of the St. Paul Center. What incredible friendships!

--Hearing the speakers, especially Scott Hahn--he is the master.

--Bishop Dinardo's homily. Probably the best I've ever heard at a conference, and I've heard some amazing ones! Brant turned to me at one point and said, sarcastically, "I'm just so tired of hearing homilies which discuss Septuagintal Greek in the New Testament." (Yeah, it was that good!)

--Meeting several prospective JP Catholic students. I only wish I had more time to spend with them. In fact, a number of people came up to me and had encouraging words for the school. Thanks to all of you!

--Getting time in with old friends from Steubenville, including Carson Weber

--Meeting the fine people at the Fullness of Truth Organization, such as Mary Williams and Robin Lennon. They are absolutely incredible people and their dedication is truly an inspiration. The conference went off without a hitch--they even had the photocopies of the handouts Brant and I prepared well-distributed.

--Meeting a man who recently received his Ph.D. in Old Testament Studies from CU. Amazingly, he explained that he was doing work in the final chapters of Sirach--which Brant and I had just had a great discussion about over lunch!

--Having a couple of stimulating conversations with Mark Baker, an extremely bright Catholic who is well-versed in biblical studies

--Talking with a young man named Josh who is extremely well-read!

--The music of Eric Genuis

--Speaking with countless other people about commentaries, theological works and other issues relating to biblical studies

--The dinner on Saturday night--what amazing people!

--Giving a presentation in which I could say, "Building on what Dr. Hahn just said..." and, "As Brant Pitre explained in the last session..." I love it when you have a conference where all the presentations work together and build on one another!

--Similarly to the one above, being part of a panel Q & A session where, upon hearing the question posed by a participant, all three panel members reach simultaneously for their copies of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and turn to the very same page at the very same moment. It was like synchronized Catechism reading. I thought it was great.

--Getting to the airport on time!

--Having my Uncle Terry and my cousin Monika around. Monica, I owe you huge for all your help!

--Supplying to and receiving from Brant some great reading material for the plane trip back. I was actually disappointed the flight ended when it did--I was having such a blast reading.

We'd love to hear from any of you who attended--feel free to post in the combox!


Anonymous said...


I truly enjoyed the Fullness of Truth conf in Houston. This weekend brought some hope, joy and a kick in the pants for me. Its easy to feel hopeless in this culture of death, but its men like you and the rest of the speaker, especially Dr. Hahn that really sound the horn to wake us up and see what is surrounding us. Thank you for your energy and your zeal that you have for our faith.

Your Brother in Christ

Cole Aaron

Anonymous said...

I was there!!! You and Brant were great!!! Most people had not heard of you two but I have been reading your blog for a while. Everyone I knew was there to see Scott Hahn but left wanting more of you and Brant.

Keep blogging and keep speaking! But most of all..Keep the Faith!

God Bless

Anna Belasquez
Houston, TX

Anonymous said...


I want to thank you and Brant for speaking at the Fullness of Truth conference. It is easy to feel alone being the only Catholic at work or at home. This conference has opened my eyes to see that I am not alone and there are many out there who want to change the world like I do. I can't wait to read, listen to and meditate on all of the amazing resources provided at the conference.

God bless you and your ministry.

Paul Ryza
Spring, TX

UP said...

I wasn't there. I was in Long Beach wishing I could be there. On a positive note, I was with your family on Saturday evening and we had a great time; your absence was duly noted, however.

Long Beach, CA

Christopher said...

i have a question that maybe you can use as the topic for the next blog of yours.

Can you elaborate on what you see as the similarities and differences between the fall of Lucifer and Adam and the concequences of each? I had a great conversation with a friend of mine about it and would like to hear what you and Dr. Pitre have to say on the topic.

oh and i was at the confrence in Houston. It was great.