Praying the RosaryPraying the Rosary

What’s Holding You Back from a Deepening Faith?

Looking back at my childhood, I am thankful for the many gifts the good God sent my way in the form of people who knew and loved Him and chose to share that knowledge and love with me. There are so many examples from the good Catholic sisters and priests who taught me to my Presbyterian friend, James, who announced [...]


My NBA D-League Elevator Pitch — New Evangelization in Action!

“Now who is going to harm you if you are enthusiastic for what is good? But even if you should suffer because of righteousness, blessed are you. Do not be afraid or terrified with fear of them, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your [...]


The New Evangelization: Not a Strategy or Program, but a Person – Part 2

In the mystery of his death and resurrection, God has revealed in its fullness the Love that saves and calls us to conversion of life through the forgiveness of sins (cf. Acts 5:31). For Saint Paul, this Love ushers us into a new life: “We were buried … with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised [...]


The New Evangelization: Not a Strategy or Program, but a Person – Part 1

“God is opening before the Church the horizons of a humanity more fully prepared for the sowing of the Gospel. I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the Church’s energies to a new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes. No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim [...]


Joyful at Work

How often do we do something beautiful for God at work?  I mean, not the ordinary things we do at work, but the times when we think of God, and move forward with joy, and intentionally do our work with the idea that our work is something beautiful for God. Consider the plethora of opportunities you have during the day [...]

"Appearance of Christ to Mary Magdalene" by Alexander Ivanov"Appearance of Christ to Mary Magdalene" by Alexander Ivanov

Run and Tell That – All Part of the New Evangelization

One of the things I like most in the Bible is that there are so many Mary’s, and it seems as if Christ was close to them all.  It makes me wonder about my grandmother, Edna Mary.  Was she close to Him as well?  I mean, was her heart connected to His Sacred Heart?  She is certainly the person in [...]

"Christ's Charge to Peter" by Raphael"Christ's Charge to Peter" by Raphael

“Do You Love Me? Feed My Sheep.”

In the twenty-first chapter of St. John’s Gospel, we find a gut-wrenching encounter between Jesus and Peter that defines the essence of Peter’s mission. To make this encounter unforgettable, Jesus takes Peter to the point of deep distress as he asks him not once, but three times, “Do you love me?” It is hard to imagine what this must have [...]

Night image of St. Peter's Basilica, Ponte Sant’Angelo and Tiber River in Rome, Italy.Night image of St. Peter's Basilica, Ponte Sant’Angelo and Tiber River in Rome, Italy.

Why Scandal Can’t “Bring Down” the Catholic Church

There are perhaps few critical emails I field more frequently in my work with Catholics Come Home than those which reference abuse or scandal as one’s reason for not coming home to the Catholic Church. “I would never come ‘home’ to the catholic church. I have seen too many pedophiles, which seem to be epidemic in the Church,” they say. [...]

Matt Weber - Author of 
Fearing the StigmatMatt Weber - Author of Fearing the Stigmat

Fearing the Stigmata

When it comes to religion, humor must be applied with caution. It’s a fine line between corny – i.e., Moses was a basket case – and irreverent. Matt Weber walks the line deftly in his book Fearing the Stigmata: Humorously Holy Stories of a Young Catholic’s Search for a Culturally Relevant Faith.  His humor is subtle, humble, and has a [...]


Support an Evangelist – Shop Catholic

When Pope John Paul encouraged us to become part of the New Evangelization, Catholic bookstore owners were ready.  They had already been evangelizing.  After all, no one gets into such a business for the money. They do it for treasures not of this world. “I need an ordination card,” a female customer told Phyllis Nentwich, owner of Generations Religious Gifts [...]