witness

Casting Fire Ablaze

"Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem" (detail) by Rembrandt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Luke 12:49).   The Growth and Spread of the Christian Faith At a time when God’s Chosen People had been living under an oppressive spiritual darkness for well over five-hundred years, He sent His divine light – the light of men and women […]

Seven Essential Lessons for Dads

"The Holy Family (detail)" by Murillo

Our state in life is where we live out our vocation; it is the path by which we journey to Heaven. God has called each of us by name to Himself. In baptism we each received a share in the divine mission and a responsibility to be faithful to that mission. When a man and a woman answer God’s call to […]

Daily Catholic Quote — St. Anthony of Padua

St. Anthony of Padua

“The man who is filled with the Holy Spirit speaks in different languages. These different languages are different ways of witnessing to Christ, such as humility, poverty, patience and obedience; we speak in those languages when we reveal in ourselves these virtues to others. Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.” (St. Anthony of […]

Pentecost—God’s Love Ablaze

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

“Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3). “Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor […]

The Ascension of the Lord and Our Mission

"Ascension of Christ" (detail) by Garofalo

Years before that first Ascension Thursday, God entered into His own creation as the God-man, Jesus. He came as a humble babe, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. His birth took place in a stable that housed livestock. Little is recorded of His early years; He was a thirty-year-old when He began His public ministry. During […]

What does it mean if Jesus is “the” Way?

"Sacred Heart of Jesus" (detail) by Chambers

“There was a man on this earth 2000 years ago named Jesus.  And that man made some pretty bold statements.” Today’s Gospel has challenging words for our relativistic culture. It begins with a very comforting message from Christ: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there […]

The Resurrection: A Demand to Witness

The Incredulity of St Thomas (detail) by Rembrandt

“Once death is proved futile, life can never be the same.”  My spiritual reading during this Easter season gave me a good reminder last week: “The Resurrection of our Lord constitutes a call to apostolate until the end of time. Every one of his appearances ends with an apostolic command” (Father Francis Fernandez, In Conversation with God). Too often, we […]

Do We Make Christ and His Church Look Attractive to Others?

Mission Dolores Altar (San Francisco) Photograph © by Andy Coan

When I give talks around the country or sometimes in correspondence with readers of my books or blog posts on Integrated Catholic Life, I am often asked what I mean when I encourage others to “be joyful” and share the “light of Christ” with others.  I am referring to the response I typically give when asked for effective ways to […]

Five Ways to Escape from Apathy-ville

St. Michael the Archangel

Do you ever feel numb or helpless because of all the problems the world faces each day? One only has to watch the news or follow the events of the day online to feel completely overwhelmed. Some of the challenges facing the world include ever-increasing threats to our Catholic faith. The Church is being accosted on all sides and the culture […]

The Invitation

Photograph © by Andy Coan

“Here we go again,” Steve thought to himself as Brian walked across the parking lot towards his car. “Hey Steve, looks like we’re both running a little late today!  How was your weekend?” “It was ok.  Before you say anything Brian, I will go ahead and tell you I didn’t make it to Mass yesterday.  I meant to, but I […]