Catechesis

The Number One Way to Fight Catholic Stereotypes

“We need Catholics, living as Catholics, who know their faith. Who know what they profess and why they profess it.” I know we’ve all run across them, whether in person or in the media, from friends and family members or from strangers on social media. How often have you heard those tired but sometimes convincing Catholic stereotypes?  They are almost […]

Mysterious Treasures Buried in Mystagogical Catechesis

"Supper at Emmaus" (detail) by Caravaggio

The Three Ages of History centered on Christ Incarnate Jesus Christ our Savior is the Lord of all creation! We in the Catholic Church “believe that the key, the center and the purpose of the whole of man’s history is to be found in its Lord and Master.”1 The incarnation of the second person of the Trinity signals the greatest […]

The Best Way to Combat Catholic Stereotypes

I know we’ve all run across them, whether in person or in the media, from friends and family members or from strangers on social media. How often have you heard those tired but sometimes convincing Catholic stereotypes?  Whether it’s about our ignorance of Scripture on one side or our anti-science beliefs on the other, they are almost too numerous to […]

Go Out and Teach all Nations — Three Lessons from Acts

"Conversion of Saint Paul" (detail) by Caravaggio

In Mathew’s Gospel 28:16:20, we learn of Jesus’ Great Commission. It is the very last thing He said to the Apostles: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe […]

Finding Mary in the Confirmandi

This week, I’m doing one of my favorite things: teaching and supporting our parish’s Confirmation Boot Camp. Over the years that I’ve been involved with this, I’ve found my own faith deepening. In the time that I’ve studied and prepared, in the time that I’ve taught and interacted, in the time that I’ve given and received, I’ve found myself inspired. […]

The Divine Roots of Human Learning

"Sermon on the Mount" St. Matthew's Church altarpiece by Henrik Olrik

“If we return to the educational pedagogy grounded on the Christian anthropology embodying the Imago Dei we will much better serve our children as we fulfill our Christian duty to educate them.” The finest education known to man springs from the heart of Holy Mother Church. Catholic education by way of the medieval university beckoned its students forward by examining […]

Why I’m Glad We Started Interviewing Our Confirmation Candidates

I’ve been involved with our Confirmation program for a number of years and it’s been one of the most rewarding and unbelievable experiences I continue to have as a Catholic. In fact, it’s right up there with motherhood. Last year, we started interviewing our candidates before the program started. I had no idea what a difference it would make. We’re […]

Revitalizing the Faith of Our Teens

For decades, the stage has been set by voices in the Church for a more profound understanding of the urgent need to turn focus and evangelizing and catechizing efforts toward young people, who are exhibiting unique generational trends in this modern cultural climate. Grasping the significance of these generational traits (and simply knowing of their existence to begin with) is […]

Zero Population Growth

When my grandfather died in May of 2008, the possessions that meant the most to his adult children – almost all of them grandparents themselves – were things like the embroidered tablecloth filled with family member’s names or the crucifix that hung above his bed.  His wife, my beloved grandmother, preceded him in death by ten years and yet at […]