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The Miraculous Vaccine

''The Rundown''

Conversations having to do with the vaccine can feel tense and like a non-starter. With a lack of trust and tons of misinformation, how can people be sure about the vaccine? We decided to look to the experts - in science and faith. First, we talked with Dr. Carl Vartian, Infectious Disease Specialist at HCA Houston Healthcare and we included a PSA from Pope Francis and other Catholic leaders from around the world encouraging people to get vaccinated. We also share what University of St. Thomas-Houston is doing to encourage vaccinations on campus.

As many return to the office, tensions flare between the ‘vaxxed and unvaxxed’

Expect more business mandates, lots of them: Harvard's Neeley on Biden vaccine mandate

What's behind COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Texas | KVUE

Students sue Creighton University over COVID vaccine mandate

Vaccine mandates are coming. Catholics have no moral reason to oppose them.

Urban Dictionary: I’m right, you’re wrong, shut up.

Luke Chapter 6

Pope Francis said he doesn’t understand why people refuse to take Covid-19 vaccines

Afghanistan: Then, Now & Next

''The Rundown''

In this episode, Bridget talks with Dr. Yao-Yuan Yeh, chair of the University of St. Thomas (UST) Department of International Studies & Modern Languages, and Dr. Richard Sindelar, director of the UST Center for International Studies, to better understand the situation in Afghanistan. They discuss the situation in three stages: what happened and why, what will be the perception of the U.S. moving forward and the relationship with China, and the influx of refugees coming to Houston. The guests encourage us to welcome the refugees with openness and love.

Dr. Yao-Yuan Yeh
Chair, Department of International Studies & Modern Languages

Dr. Richard Sindelar
Director, Center for International Studies

Chaos, desperation at Kabul airport as Biden defends withdrawal from Afghanistan

Hurricane Ida brought death, destruction, power outages and floods to Louisiana | USA TODAY

Video shows aftermath of 7.2-magnitude Haiti earthquake | CNN

Afghan evacuations gather pace, but crowds remain| Reuters

A Cinematic Afghanistan - DJI Movic Air - Full HD Video

Biden orders release of 9/11 documents

President Xi Jinping talks up plans for a 'green economy' in China | Business News

Houston prepares to welcome Afghan refugees

Catholic Charities - Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

U.S. faith groups unite to help Afghanistan refugees after war | America Magazine

Justice for Immigrants | United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


The Parable of the Good Samaritan | Luke 10:29-37

Episode 6: Romantic Comedies

''Agape & Eros''

Romantic comedies are the best and we were so intrigued if others felt the same way. This year, we sponsored Café Catholica in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and asked young adults about their favorite Rom-Coms.

We’ll also get some insight into why we love romantic comedies from Counselor Larry Freeney with Rejoice Counseling Apostolate. If you love a good Rom-Com, check out this episode of Agape & Eros.

Café Catholica – Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Café Catholica – July 12, 2021

Definition of Romantic Comedy

Fratelli Tutti - Pope Francis

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate

Rejoice Counseling: Meet Larry

Karol Wojtyła - Love and Responsibility 

“The Four Loves” by C.S. Lewis

Transformative Self-Awareness

''Protagonists of Change''

Today we are talking about self awareness and how that is the first step in our growth, in life and in faith.

In part 1, Darnell shares how his wife helps him to live out Proverbs 27, you know the verse, as iron sharpens iron.

In part 2, we have a special interview: Bridget Richardson, a producer at MAX Studios has a follow up conversation with Leah Darrow, former supermodel turned catholic speaker, who was a guest on another of our podcasts, Agape and Eros, if you haven’t heard it check it out. They dive in deep and discuss the importance of self awareness in dating, life and faith.

Check out the episode of Agape and Eros featuring Leah Darrow here.

Inspired Influence w/ Haley Stewart

''The Rundown''

In this episode, Bridget talked with Haley Stewart, @haleycarrots. Haley has a large, dedicated following on social media and is considered a part of the new wave of Catholic social media influencers. She’s witty, an avid reader, a podcaster, a mom of four, a writer, a whiskey distillers' wife and a fellow with the Word on Fire Institute.

Her message of authenticity resonates with her audience as she illustrates how she and her family are trying to live out a faithful life. In this conversation, she shares openly about how seeing how other Catholics live out their faith can help us all think more creatively about our family life and our place in this world.

MAX Studios invited Haley to be a guest speaker for the OSV Innovation Challenge that University of St. Thomas-Houston helped facilitate. See details about that partnership here.

Haley Stewart, @haleycarrots

Carrots for Michaelmas

Haley Stewart: Word on Fire Fellow

UST Named Educational Partner in Our Sunday Visitor Institute’s 2021 Catholic Innovation Challenge

Social Media Influencers Are Changing The Way Companies Market Their Products | TODAY

Lily s Theater Play

The Rundown | Social Media and Authentic Connection w/ Katie Villarreal

Climate Change: From Oregon to Texas

''The Rundown''

The whole world is experiencing extreme weather-related disasters. In this episode of The Rundown, Bridget Richardson focuses in on Oregon's most recent heat wave and the freeze that hit Texas in February 2021 through the eyes of Catholic Charities. She talks with Jennifer Masotja, Director of Disaster Services with Catholic Charities Oregon, and Cynthia Colbert, President, CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

They discuss the major population shifts that climate change causes, how it affects the most vulnerable among us and how we're all called to respond. They also take a look at "Laudato Si," Pope Francis' encyclical letter on care for our common home.

Catholic Charities Oregon

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Pope Francis: Laudato Si

News Clips:

Portland Heat Wave

Bootleg Fire in Oregon

The Oregon Eagle Creek Fire | Topic

After the Fire: Part 1 — Eagle Creek Fire Explainer

Scenes From the Deep Freeze in Texas

No surprise: Nuns are taking the lead in putting ‘Laudato Si’’ into action

Dorothy Photo: Insomnia Cured Here - The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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Episode 5: Self-Awareness w/ Leah Darrow

''Agape & Eros''

In this episode, host Bridget Richardson takes us through the ups and downs of being self-aware in our relationships. Catholic Speaker and Author Leah Darrow stops by to explain the nugget of wisdom about self-awareness that was given to her when she was single and dating. She explains how it has carried her through her life and how it calls us to mission in bringing forth the kingdom of God. We also hear from Larry Freeney with the Rejoice Counseling Apostolate who helps us understand why it's important to love who we are and what we have to offer others.

Leah Darrow

Leah Darrow on Instagram

Catechism of the Catholic Church - 2441

Ecclesiam Suam - Encyclical of Pope Paul VI on the Church

Romans 12:2

Psalm 25

Clueless Clip

Carl Jung

Rejoice Counseling Apostolate

Rejoice Counseling: Meet Larry

“The Four Loves” by C.S. Lewis

Self Encounter & Self Love | Nesti Center for Faith and Culture

In this special, Leah Darrow shares her thoughts about self-awareness and how it impacts our view of ourselves and, more importantly, the Church in the world. She discusses her own journey and lessons she has learned through her work of self-awareness.

About Leah (from her website):
A former model on reality TV, I experienced a life-changing conversion back to the Catholic faith. I have a driving passion to lead and inspire women to embrace the mercy of Christ in their lives. Through speaking engagements, my book, the Lux App & Lux University, I have created a beautiful sisterhood of incredible women who are striving to be a light in this world.

E4 Short: Awkward Small Talk

''Agape & Eros''

In this Agape & Eros Short, we hear directly from Rejoice Counseling Apostolate Counselor Larry Freeney about awkward small talk. He gives us some tips about how to make small talk less awkward and dive into more rich conversation.

Helpful Links:

Rejoice Counseling

Rejoice Counseling: Meet Larry

Amoris Laetitia: Pope Francis 

Why is small talk so excruciating? 

“The Four Loves” by C.S. Lewis

Not Born to Hate – Part 2

''The Rundown''

A continuation of our Not Born to Hate series, Brianna Amaya, a middle school religion teacher and graduate student, sits down to talk with a her former professor and dear friend, Fr. Dempsey Rosales Acosta, a Theology professor at the University of St. Thomas.

Together they share their experiences of faith, education and discrimination and articulate why it is hope - trust in God's divine will - that will allow us to grow and become the people God is calling us to be. Not Born to Hate is video series that seeks to examine race, racism and culture in America, provide an understanding of how we arrived at our present situation as a society and offer a sense of hope for our collective future.

Watch part 1 of Not Born to Hate here: Ep. 1 Not Born to Hate - Student Panel

E3 Short: First Impressions

''Agape & Eros''

In this Agape & Eros Short, we hear directly from Rejoice Counseling Apostolate Counselor Larry Freeney about first impressions. He shows us how we can interpret first impressions and how we evaluate them cognitively later.


Helpful Links:

Rejoice Counseling

Rejoice Counseling: Meet Larry

“The Four Loves” by C.S. Lewis

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