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The Lent That Changed my Life

My senior year of college, I wanted to do something for Lent that would make a difference in my life. I had reached a low point and needed a spiritual lifeline. Through a miraculous turn of events, I stumbled upon a Buzzfeed quiz on Facebook titled “What to Give up for Lent.” Now for those…

Holiness is Unique

Holiness is defined beautifully by St. Therese of Lisieux, an amazing Saint and Doctor of the Church, as “[consisting] simply in doing God’s will, and being just what God wants us to be.” Holiness is not achieved by grand acts of life changing service (unless that’s what God wants of you, then please do that)…

Jesus’s Gift: The Poor

In May I accompanied 15 members of the McNeese Newman Club on a mission trip to Kingston, Jamaica, where we stayed with the Missionaries of the Poor. One day as a few of us gathered around to lead praise and worship with the residents, one of the brothers of the Missionaries of the Poor said…

More About that “Resurrection” Thing

It’s still Easter! Such an earth-shattering, universe-changing event deserves lots of attention. Especially since many people, including Catholics, misunderstand what we mean by “resurrection.” It is much more than the living-on of Jesus’ soul after death, and much more than a spirit that moves in our midst even today. The Scriptures witness to Jesus’ BODY…

Body Image and the Pain of the Dressing Room

I was in the dressing room at my local Target, when I heard the voice of a young girl, no older than 10-12 years old, telling her grandmother that she didn’t like the how the clothes she was trying on fit her. In her opinion, her legs were too long, her thighs weren’t the right…

A Meditation on Holy Week

I am in the crowd. Pilot is condemning You to death, Jesus. He asks the crowd “do you want to release this man although he has done no wrong?” The crowd yells “Crucify Him.” I also scream along with the crowd. Again, “Crucify Him.” Pilot washes his hands. I realize now what I have done….

Free to Love

What is the secret to an authentic, Christ centered relationship? Freedom As a newly married couple, Stephen and I have both been unraveling the mysteries of the grace that flows from entering the covenant of marriage. We’ve been experiencing the many fruits and blessings that have come from the years of striving to have our…

The Message

Sunday Message on the Gospel – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Be encouraged by Fr. Long’s reflection on this Sunday’s Gospel. To follow along open your Bibles to John 14:1-12 Our Lady of Good Counsel and Cowboy Catholics remain dedicated to the mission to form lifelong disciples. We are working on ways to aid in spiritual growth digitally, offer support to you and your families, and…

“These Three Remain”Series: Mercy is a Gift

Sunday Message on the Gospel- Fifth Sunday in Lent

While we are unable to meet for Sunday liturgies, Fr. Long will share a reflection on the Gospel each week. Please know of our prayers and support going forward. Our Lady of Good Counsel and Cowboy Catholics remain dedicated to the mission to form lifelong disciples. We are working on ways to aid in spiritual…

Bible Translations: What you don’t know might hurt you