Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Happy Ash Wednesday! Lenten Recipes

Happy Lent, y'all!

Last year, BTS released a series of videos called "From Thy Bounty" that featured meatless recipes for your days of fasting and abstinence during Lent. So, today, on Ash Wednesday 2016, we provide those videos up front here for you, so you can incorporate them into your Lenten practice. Enjoy:

Check back throughout Lent for some other Lenten features and reflections.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

UCCC - Be there!

The folks here at Be The Straw have had the great honor and blessing to have been involved with UCCC since its inception - we're official friends of UCCC, doncha know? This year, we're coming back and joining in the festivities yet again with all of you lovely college and university students - and any older/wiser young adult friends who might be participating.

If you are going, come stop by our booth during the Sunday lunchtime exhibition - check out some of our new products, grab some free stickers, network with us for some collaboration opportunities.

If you aren't going, why not? Register here:

Also, check out our workshop Sunday afternoon:
The Instagramming of the Loaves and FishesCollege students have a fascinating relationship with food. Sometimes we're surviving on instant ramen and free pizza, while on the other hand many of our young people are immersed in the foodie culture. So what better way to evangelize others but through food. I mean, Jesus did it. Why not us? In this talk we will explore the intersection between Faith and Food - we'll be discussing everything from Yelp!, to instagramming your food, to the psychology of fast food, and most especially, the source and summit of the faith, the Eucharist.  We can't offer you free pizza for coming to this session, but we will have some food for you to taste.
Did I mention there will be free food to taste??

For more details regarding UCCC check out

Monday, September 28, 2015

Happy Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz and Companions!

Happy Feast day to all my Filipino brethren out there.

If you are interested in a short reflection about San Lorenzo Ruiz and my own
Filipino American-ness, check it out here: My Filipino Identity

Monday, September 14, 2015

Nunc Cœpi

Yesterday, Philip Rivers threw two interceptions. His team was down 21 to 3. By most accounts he and the Chargers were down and out.

As a fan of both the San Diego Super Chargers and the faith of Philip Rivers, I firmly believe I know what he was thinking: Nunc Cœpi.

The latin phrase Nunc Cœpi means "Now I begin." It was a favorite phrase of the founder of Opus Dei, St. Josemaria Escriva, and it seems that Philip has adopted it as a personal motto:
I felt so strongly about this phrase, we adopted it as a team, and had it on t-shirts and on the walls throughout our practice facility.
How did I find out about Rivers' fascination with this phrase? Well, last year, Rivers was invited to give the Commencement address at the Catholic University of America, and he shared with all present his thoughts about this phrase.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A message from Sister Angela

About a year ago we asked you for your prayers for Sister Angela who was joining the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. She was in the Bay Area recently for a brief visit, and she had this message to share with everyone: Be Brave!

Again, we ask for your prayers for Sister Angela - on July 30th she will receive her new name and her habit. For more information about Sister Angela's community please visit

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Livestream: Installation of Bishop McElroy

Mass of Installation: Bishop McElroy

Location: St Thérèse of Carmel, San Diego

Time: 1:00pm

In case anyone wanted to see what an installation of a Bishop as the ordinary of a Diocese looks like, you can check out the livestream of the Mass of Installation of Bishop McElroy for the Diocese of San Diego. Maybe you'll even see some of the folks you met at UCCC San Diego. 

Many of us in the Bay Area have met or served with Bishop McElroy because he has served as an auxiliary bishop of San Francisco since 2010. He succeeds the late Bishop Cirilo Flores, who died September 6, 2014. 

Hit the jump for more info.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Video: He's Alive

It's still Easter, everyone!
Keep Celebrating =)