The Tightrope: Reflections for Busy Catholics

The Tightrope: Reflections for Busy Catholics
The Catholic podcast where we take three to five minutes to see and embrace the opportunities embedded in our busy, messy lives that are meant to help us move towards heaven. Together, we walk the tension between living this life fully while being on our way to the next.
Instagram, St. Ignatius, and Spiritual Exercises
Feb 18 • 5 min
When we see something beautiful, are we concerned with the encounter with God, or with taking a picture to post online? When we put more emphasis on the means the the end, we’re missing out on something great. St. Ignatius talks about this. He says, “The…
God’s Love Letter Specifically for You
Feb 11 • 5 min
Scripture is God’s love letter specifically for you. Have you ever encountered a verse from the Bible that seems to follow you around? This happened to Colin with the verse from 1 Corinthians 13:13, “So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the…
Be the Real Deal: Venerable Carlo Acutis
Feb 4 • 4 min
“All people are born as originals but many die as photocopies.” - Venerable Carlo Acutis Colin unpacks this quote from Carlo Acutis, a fifteen-year-old boy who died from leukemia in 2006. Carlo was normal kid who loved computers, film, and comics. He also…
Charity Begins at Home: A Cliche Because it’s True
Jan 28 • 4 min
It’s easy to be charitable to people we don’t see very often, but if we really want to grow in this virtue, we have to make sure that charity begins at home. Home is the place where you want to let your guard down and relax, so it’s easy to get annoyed…
Look, Love, and Challenge
Jan 21 • 3 min
We all want to speak the truth with love and walk the line between being a habitual enabler and a judging Pharisee. In the Gospels, Jesus carried out this task of admonishing the sinner with three steps: looking, loving, and challenging. Look - see the…
Episode 39: Joan of Arc’s 607th Birthday Party
Jan 14 • 4 min
Colin’s family celebrated the 607th birthday of St. Joan of Arc—New Orleans style. To kick off the carnival season, New Orleans celebrates the birthday of this great saint with a big parade, songs, good food, and fellowship. The parade even featured…
Episode 38: Carnival Celebration
Jan 7 • 5 min
The day of Christmas has passed, but the Carnival celebration has just begun. Colin talks about the Carnival season in Louisiana that starts on Epiphany and lasts until Mardi Gras. This season is often associated with excess and vice, but there are all…
Episode 37: The Key to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution
Dec 31, 2018 • 3 min
Colin doesn’t have a lot of hope in New Year’s resolutions…but he does have a lot of hope in God’s grace. Our resolutions have a higher likelihood of sticking when we don’t have to do it entirely on our own willpower. Grace is the gift from God that gives…
Episode 36: Candy Corn and Gift of Self: A Christmas Special
Dec 21, 2018 • 5 min
One of the best gifts you can give at Christmas is a gift of self. Colin was touched by this kind of gift when he encountered a man who had little to give, but did so anyway. His involvement with homeless ministry led Colin to develop a friendship with a…
Episode 35: An Assault of Beauty Can Be an Encounter with Christ
Dec 17, 2018 • 4 min
Colin talks about a time he had an encounter with Christ while listening to beautiful music that brought him to tears. As he was irresistibly drawn in, he realized that art, music, culture, and beauty can be opportunities for evangelization. Colin calls…
Can God be Found in Entertainment Culture?
Dec 10, 2018 • 4 min
Entertainment culture has a pretty bad reputation in Christian communities, but is there a way for us to find God when we go to the movies? Even though there is a lot of brokenness in entertainment culture, we can’t help but point to something greater…
The Immaculate Conception and Real Freedom
Dec 3, 2018 • 4 min
The feast of the Immaculate Conception, the day that Mary was conceived, turns our thoughts toward Mary as we begin Advent. Mary, the New Eve, is not a holy robot. She isn’t boring or predicable. Sometimes our narrow vision of what it is to be without sin…
Episode 32: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like … Advent
Nov 26, 2018 • 4 min
Christmas has been unleashed, but it’s not even Advent yet. How can we give Advent it’s due without belittling any early Christmas celebrations? Colin’s family has come up with a few ideas: Light candles on an Advent wreath Add straw to a Nativity scene…
Episode 31: Should Sisyphus have been Grateful for his Suffering?
Nov 19, 2018 • 2 min
Life without God can feel like pushing a boulder uphill all day and seeing it back at the bottom every morning, which was the punishment of Sisyphus. But life in Christ offers so much more. With God, we have a destination, and every stress, struggle, and…
Episode 30: The Feminine Genius of St. Scholastica
Nov 12, 2018 • 4 min
We’ve all heard of St. Benedict, but people often neglect to mention Benedict’s twin sister, St. Scholastica. Colin talks about what we know about St. Scholastica (suffice to say, she made it rain) and how she is a fantastic example of what St. John Paul…
Episode 29: Lay Down Your Burdens
Nov 5, 2018 • 4 min
We hear this all the time—just lay down your burdens at God feet and he’ll take care of it—but it takes on new meaning when you hear it sung by your little daughter. _I cast all my cares upon You I lay all of my burdens Down at Your feet And any time I…
Episode 28: Remind Halloween of its Baptismal Promises
Oct 29, 2018 • 4 min
Catholics have the ability to celebrate Halloween better. Halloween can be reduced to a glorification of gore, terror, fear, and even the demonic, but it really points to something much greater. When Christians think of death, we recall that Jesus…
Episode 27: St. John Paul II and Who You Really Are
Oct 22, 2018 • 3 min
“You are not who they say you are. Let me remind you of who you really are.” St. John Paul II reminds us that our identity does not lie in fear, anxiety, or any extrinsic force. This quote is an echo of what Christ teaches us, reminding us of our real…
Episode 26: 3 Life-Changing Catholic Ideas
Oct 15, 2018 • 4 min
Here are three big ideas central to St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body that can keep us balanced in everything we do—from our work to the way we love. _Snippet from the Show: Life is an epic love story The meaning of life is found in self-gift Every…
Your Guardian Angel Wants to Help You
Oct 8, 2018 • 5 min
Angels are an important part of…well…reality! There are, God knows how many, creatures out there lighting, guarding, ruling and guiding. (There are others, fallen angels, seeking the ruin of souls.) Don’t forget that when you are seeking daily balance and…
God is Good, Not Just Fine
Oct 1, 2018 • 5 min
The difference between “good” and “fine” can have a big impact on how we view God. When someone says, “it’s fine” they often mean, “I will grit my teeth and accept this, but below the surface I’m harboring a lot of resentment.” God is good, but we often…
Pray With Someone
Sep 24, 2018 • 5 min
Colin talks about the time he was stuck in traffic and called Brian Butler to talk business, but instead, he was invited to say a Rosary, and had a beautiful moment of peace with God in the middle of a stressful situation. Check out Colin’s brand new…
How St. Thérèse Can Lead You to Heaven
Sep 17, 2018 • 4 min
As we approach St. Therese's feast day, learn how her "Little Way" can help lead you to heaven.
St. Therese - Malaise, Hurricanes, and the Little Way
Sep 10, 2018 • 6 min
How exactly can you live out St. Therese’s Little Way in your daily life? Snippet from the Show: The most important thing I can do is find ways to be present in the moment and offer small sacrifices of love every day.
The 3 Basics of Christian Life
Sep 3, 2018 • 4 min
Colin lays out these three basics from his son’s second grade religion class that every Catholic needs to actually do to live faithful, holy lives. Daily prayer - We really need prayer, now and always. Let’s talk and listen to God everyday. Receive the…
You Don’t Have to Get Married to Make a Gift of Self
Aug 27, 2018 • 5 min
5 Virtues of St. Joseph to Imitate
Aug 20, 2018 • 5 min
Stop, Connect, and Ask God What to do Next
Aug 13, 2018 • 5 min
The Dog that Doesn’t Do Anything
Aug 6, 2018 • 4 min
Shark Week and Fear of the Lord
Jul 30, 2018 • 5 min
Moana and Finding Who You Are
Jul 23, 2018 • 4 min
The Incredibles and C.S. Lewis
Jul 16, 2018 • 4 min
Home with the Kids
Jul 9, 2018 • 3 min
Independence Day, Freedom, and the Catholic Faith
Jul 2, 2018 • 4 min
Blood Transfusion
Jun 25, 2018 • 5 min
Two Hands
Jun 18, 2018 • 4 min
Ricky the Dragon
Jun 11, 2018 • 5 min
Jun 4, 2018 • 5 min
May 29, 2018 • 3 min
Yanny or Laurel?
May 18, 2018 • 3 min
May 14, 2018 • 4 min
Intro: Balance, Tension, and the Tightrope
May 14, 2018 • 4 min
Colin explains the two major themes—tension and balance—that will show up in each episode of the Tightrope. He points out that tension isn't always a bad thing, and that balance isn't something we ever achieve once and for all.
Tacos for Breakfast
May 14, 2018 • 5 min
Episode 1: Stay Tuned for The Tightrope- Coming May 14!
May 2, 2018 • 1 min