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Abandonment to Divine Will, or Learning How to Trust, or Jesus, I Trust in You

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Today we’re talking about trust - trusting your gut, trusting your call, and most importantly trusting in Christ.

Darnell begins with a story of frustration and resentment that is slowly transforming into a greater trust of God's will.

Then, we hear from Fr. Dat Hoang, a Vietnamese immigrant, priest of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, and founding administrator of St. Faustina Catholic Church in Fulshear, TX. He shares the story of his lifelong desire to become a priest, his journey from Vietnam to the United States and the time he almost decided to leave his dream of being a priest.

Then in Who's that Saint, we explore the life of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, a nun and mystic whose visions of Christ, and journaling habit, has brought forward a powerful devotion in the divine mercy.

Links:

St. Faustina Catholic Church

Fr. Dat Hoang

Learn More about St. Faustina Kowalska 

 

Protagonists of Change is a podcast that tells real stories from everyday people working to become Saints. Using music and sound effects to create vibrant soundscapes, this podcast is an immersive experience that draws the listener deeply into stories of joy, mercy and hope. 

What We Tell Ourselves When No One Else is Listening

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This is an episode about internal dialogue, limiting beliefs and how Christ's love can set us free!

In our opening, Darnell Miller tells a story about juggling that isn't really a story about "juggling."

Then we sit down with Leah Darrow, a mother, speaker, author, coach and entrepreneur whose reversion to the Catholic faith has afforded her the opportunity to share Christ's love and mercy with others. This is not a story of her reversion though, this is a story about the internal work, the human development that she needed to challenge the limiting beliefs she held about herself. She also shares how doing the internal work led to her human development course, Power Made Perfect.

Finally, in Who's that Saint, we explore the life of Blessed Solanus Casey, a Capuchin priest who lived a life of heroic virtue serving the poor and the sick, and whose legacy still touches lives in Detroit today.

Links:

Leah Darrow Website

Leah Darrow Instagram, @leah.darrow

Power Made Perfect

Learn More about Blessed Solanus Casey

 

Protagonists of Change is a podcast that tells real stories from everyday people working to become Saints. Using music and sound effects to create vibrant soundscapes, this podcast is an immersive experience that draws the listener deeply into stories of joy, mercy and hope. 

Around the Halo – Ep. 1 (Live) – Season 2 Begins!

It's Season 2 Baby! And we're doing it live ... again! Episode 1 of Around the Halo is live in MAX Studios in Houston, TX to kick off our second season. With a new look and the same treasured guests, you're in for some fun.

Inspired by the popular show on ESPN, Around the Horn, Around the Halo features four guests who weigh in on topics about sports, pop culture and the news.

In this episode, producing the show (off camera) is Little Flower Media COO Matt McClure. Hosting the show is Jonathan "Bearded Blevins," CEO of Little Flower Media. Guests include Darnell Miller, Creative Director of MAX Studios at University of St. Thomas-Houston, Matthew Marcolini, CFO of Little Flower Media, and Bobby Angel, Catholic writer, speaker and podcaster.

Here are the chapters:
9:51 Start the Show
11:26 Rules of Around the Halo
13:11 Introductions
15:30 Summer Glory Stories
23:50 Pumpkin Spiced Everything
29:48 Celebrity Conversions
40:26 Should Popes Retire
50:55 A.I. Content Creator
1:01:45 Rapid Fire Begins
1:02:14 Rings of Power
1:04:40 Football is Back
1:07:16 Delta Tweets
1:10:03 Pet a Lion
1:13:47 A Winner is Named

Activating the Laity for God’s Mission w/ Fr. Eric Cadin | Napa Institute Conference Series

Fr. Eric Cadin, who spent a year living in a tent in Oahu to surf before joining seminary, is now activating the laity to inspire college students and vocations in the Archdiocese of Boston.

Fr. Eric is the Director of the Office of Vocations and Director of the Office of University Missions for the Archdiocese of Boston. He sat down with MAX Studios Creative Director Darnell Miller for a conversation at the 12th Annual Napa Institute Conference in Napa Valley, California. With a fervor for life and ministry, Fr. Eric shares how he engages lay leaders as examples for young professionals, his vocation story and why it is so special to connect Christians for the mission of Jesus Christ.

Helpful Links:

Fr. Eric Cadin | Vocations Boston (bottom of page)

Fr. Eric Cadin | Witness to Love

The Napa Institute

What we should all know about the Growing Catholic Majority

As the demographic makeup of the country shifts, so too will that of the Catholic Church. Darnell speaks to Deacon Charlie Echeverry, a deacon of the Diocese of Los Angeles and founder of Black//Brown, a strategic advisory purpose-built program to help business leaders turn diversity into revenue. It teaches how the church can understand and respond to these shifts to maintain and grow the Church.

They discuss the challenges and opportunities within the Latino Community in the Church and talk about how we can invite and challenge young Latinos to take on leadership roles within the Church. We were able to connect with Deacon Charlie at the SENT Ventures Conference.

 

Helpful Links:

Deacon Charlie Echeverry on Instagram

Black//Brown 

Around the Halo: Ep 10

It's episode 10 of Around the Halo! Topics for this episode are below.

Hosted by Little Flower Media COO Matt McClure, this episode features Jonathan "Bearded Blevins," CEO of Little Flower Media; Matt Marcolini, CFO of Little Flower Media; Joel Stepanek, Vice President of Parish Services for Life Teen International, author and speaker; and Darnell Miller, Producer at MAX Studios at University of St. Thomas-Houston.

Topics
1:05 Introductions
4:39 Interest rates increase
10:56 Cancer Cures...I Am Legend?
21:27 iMessage allows edits/unsend options
29:26 Twitter Bots: Real or Fake News?
44:58 NFL Action against Deshaun Watson
1:01:24 Amber Heard: Cancel Culture Victim?
1:12:22 A Winner is Named

Inspired by the popular show on ESPN, Around the Horn, Around the Halo features four guests who weigh in on topics about sports, pop culture and the news.

You Can Have It All!

If you have ever struggled with balancing work life and family life, or you have struggled with the guilt of not being able to do it all, this conversation is for you! Darnell Miller, Producer with MAX Studios, sits down with Lisa Canning, The Possibility Mom, to talk about her story navigating pursuing a career while balancing family life. They talk about the struggles and guilt, developing support systems, rewriting internal scripts and designing a life that works for you and your family.

Lisa Canning is an author, speaker, mindset coach, and mother of nine who helps moms be great moms while pursuing their dreams at the same time. She was also a designer on HGTV's "The Property Brothers." We were able to connect with her at the SENT Ventures Conference.

Learn more about Lisa on her website.

Around the Halo: Ep 7

We're on to episode 7 of Around the Halo! Inspired by the popular show on ESPN, Around the Horn, Around the Halo features four guests who weigh in on topics about sports, pop culture and the news.

Topics for this episode are below!

Hosted by Little Flower Media COO Matt McClure, this episode features Jonathan "Bearded Blevins," CEO of Little Flower Media; Darnell Miller, Producer with MAX Studios at University of St. Thomas-Houston; Joel Stephanek, Vice President of Parish Services for Life Teen International, author and speaker; and Jared Zimmerer, Senior Director of Bishop Barron's Word on Fire Institute and father of six.

Topics
1:35 Introductions
5:06 The Masters
10:04 Easter Crowds
17:34 Buy or Sell: Coffee Snobbery
22:53 Buy or Sell: Phone Does All
30:44 How should we handle celebrity death?
41:32 Buy or Sell: Peeps
44:38 Favorite Part of Triduum
52:18 Tiebreaker!
53:23 A Winner is Named
55:03 Special Sneak Peek

Around the Halo: Ep 3

It's our third episode of Around the Halo! Inspired by the popular show on ESPN, Around the Horn, Around the Halo features four guests who weigh in on topics about sports, pop culture and the news.

Topics for this episode are below!

Hosted by Little Flower Media COO Matt McClure, this episode features Matthew Marcolini of Little Flower Media; Darnell Miller, Producer with MAX Studios at University of St. Thomas-Houston; Joel Stepanek, Vice President of Parish Services for Life Teen International, author and speaker; and Bobby Angel, Pope St. Paul VI Fellow of Marriage and Family Life at the Word on Fire Institute, a speaker, author, father of four.

Topics
10:45 Introductions
14:09 Super Bowl Halftime Show
18:53 The Metaverse: Why should we care
29:49 We don't talk about Bruno
39:01 Indian court bans religious clothing
50:10 Game or sport with the greatest world impact
56:35 Does Apple promote discrimination
01:07:45 Is reality TV redeemable
01:22:04 A Winner is Named

Life Lessons From Trappists Monks

Today we are talking about the religious, brothers and sisters who have devoted their life to the service of God, and how our relationships with them - understanding their unique, intimate relationship with Christ - can help us lay people better invite Christ into our own lives.

First, Darnell shares a story about Sr. Maura, a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist, who's super power lies in a wink. He tells us how she fundamentally changed his relationship with God.

Then August Turak, author of "Business Secrets of the Trappists Monks," tells us about his own experience as a frequent monastic guest at Mepkin Abbey. He explains how the lessons he learned through their simple lifestyle have helped him become a successful entrepreneur and leader.

Learn more about August Turak

Learn more about Mepkin Abbey

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