Evangelization

"Legend of St. Francis [15] Sermon to the Birds" (detail) by Giotto"Legend of St. Francis [15] Sermon to the Birds" (detail) by Giotto

Misquoting St. Francis

  In a few weeks, I get to go back to one of my favorite places in the world: Assisi. The medieval hillside town is like no other place in this world, and there’s something about walking those streets that has a way of re-calibrating your life.  Many people try to go to Assisi as a day trip, but I’m […]

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Encountering the Word — Matthew 28:18b-20

“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 all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” […]

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Five Lessons about Evangelizing I Learned from Whiskey

St. Paul is the master at drawing examples from the everyday life of his audience to use when preaching the Gospel and exhorting his listeners towards virtue. Some of his most famous passages refer to the Greek games his audience would have known (1 Cor 9:24-27; 2 Tim 2:5), while others use images from agrarian practices (2 Tim 2:6; Rom […]

"The Sermon on the Mount" (detail)
Carl Bloch, 1890"The Sermon on the Mount" (detail) Carl Bloch, 1890

To Hear and Receive the Word Proclaimed

In paragraphs 135 – 144 of Evangelii Gaudium, the Holy Father speaks about the importance of the homily within the liturgical celebration. Right off the bat, Pope Francis describes what the homily can and should be, “an intense and happy experience of the Spirit, a consoling encounter with God’s word, a constant source of renewal and growth” (¶ 135). In […]

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God in the dugout…

Two eleven-year-old kids on the baseball team are sitting in the dugout while their team is up to bat. Charlie, the first shortstop, turns to William, the catcher. “Does your school say anything about your purple hair?” curious about William’s hair which was purple that day—and green previously. “My school doesn’t care, my teachers don’t say anything.” William answered, “I […]

"La Pentecôte" (The Pentecost) by Jean II Restout"La Pentecôte" (The Pentecost) by Jean II Restout

Why is the world not on fire?

A few years ago, I was faced with the task of teaching about the sacrament of Confirmation and the Holy Spirit to a large group of catechists.  It was daunting task.  My own Confirmation had been fifteen years earlier, and I honestly didn’t remember much of the preparation, although I know it was probably better than most.  I don’t remember […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

“This is the witness—not only with words but also with everyday life—the testimony that every Sunday should go out of our churches in order to enter throughout the whole week into our homes, our offices, our schools, our gathering places and entertainment venues, our hospitals, prisons, and homes for the elderly, into places crowded with immigrants, on the outskirts of the […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

“Christianity is not a highly complicated collection of so many dogmas that it is impossible for anyone to know them all; it is not something exclusively for academicians who can study these things, but it is something simple: God exists and God is close in Jesus Christ.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Questions and Answers, OSV 2008) Print this entry

"Christ's Charge to Peter" (detail) by Raphael"Christ's Charge to Peter" (detail) 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 […]