Last Saturday in his keynote address at the Diocesan Liturgical Conference, Bishop Strickland warned about the danger of arrogance — certainly arrogance in regard to Church teachings and documents on the liturgy, but really any form of arrogance. The Bishop said that arrogance, that is, thinking I know best (and no one is going to tell me otherwise) is at the root of every sin. He emphasized that joy and humility go hand-in-hand. The readings for this 26th Sunday complement appropriately our shepherd’s message: Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus (Phil 2:5). St. Paul in the second reading is encouraging us to have the humility of Jesus Christ — not regarding ourselves as equal to God, but emptying ourselves (and our egos) for the sake of others. While the virtue of selflessness is generally admired by society, the humility to which we are being called is far greater than the worldly trait of unpretentiousness. We are being called to practice the humility of our Lord Jesus Christ Himself. This is something that the chief priests and elders could not understand in the gospel reading (Mt 21:28-32). In “The Parable of the Two Sons,” Jesus shows how tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the Kingdom of God before the religious leaders. And why? Because the sinners of Jesus’ day had true repentance for their sins and a willingness to ask for God’s mercy, which are signs of genuine humility before God.

Audio from selected presentations at the 2014 Diocese of Tyler Liturgical conference is now available on the diocesan web site and via the Diocese of Tyler iTunes Podcast feed.

The presentations can be heard below on this page, or listeners may subscribe to “Diocese of Tyler” in the Podcast App on iPhones.

Additional presentations will be made available in October.

For to me life is Christ, and death is gain (Phil 1:21). With St. Paul, there is no sense of comfortable Christianity, no “Health & Wealth Gospel” or “Prosperity Gospel.” For St. Paul, the Christian faith — the living of the “good news” — is not a Sunday religion or something that is merely social like getting together for a community meal. Faith in Jesus Christ changes everything — so much so that St. Paul writes, I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me (Gal 2:20). Being a Christian entails a radical transformation, out of my comfort zone and out of doing just what I want so that I can transform the world through my belief, my hope, and my life in Jesus Christ.

The Diocese of Tyler will hold its annual Marian Conference on Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bishop Gorman Regional Catholic School in Tyler.

The Family Under the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the theme for this year’s conference according to organizers Fr. John-Mary Bowlin and Fr. Raymundo Garcia.

Calling the Eucharistic liturgy the “pearl of great price” and the treasure from which our joy as Christians flows, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland opened the Diocese of Tyler’s first liturgical conference on Saturday at Bishop Gorman Schools in Tyler.

Over 500 people attended the all-day event which was also held in Spanish at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tyler. Participants included clergy, liturgical coordinators, choirs and music leaders, and others interested in liturgical practices, including guests from non-Catholic communities.