Evangelization

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Daily Catholic Quote — from Pope Francis

“Today, as the Church seeks to experience a profound missionary renewal, there is a kind of preaching which falls to each of us as a daily responsibility. It has to do with bringing the Gospel to the people we meet, whether they be our neighbours or complete strangers. This is the informal preaching which takes place in the middle of […]

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Encountering the Word — Philippians 2:14-15

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world…” (Philippians 2:14-15) Print this entry

"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.” […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]