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The Church needs Tentmakers

“As a tentmaker, you have a unique role to play in the Church – that of evangelist, of disciple, in the nitty gritty of life, in the ‘temporal order.’” In his memoir, A Severe Mercy, Sheldon Vanauken details his conversion to Christianity, a journey in which the writings of C.S. Lewis played a part. After readings the works of Lewis, […]

Preaching: A Woman’s Perspective

“As laity, we have an active duty to work for the Church, in the Church, in a specific way.” For those of you who read these Friday posts frequently, you know that I often reflect on the upcoming Sunday Mass readings. Scripture is inexhaustible, and we can go back again and again to the same passages to pull out additional […]

After the Convocation

I had the honor last weekend to attend the National Convocation of Catholic Leaders, an unprecedented gathering of diocesan, parish, apostolate, and institutional leaders from around the United States. The Bishops had been planning the convocation for years. Frankly, anticipation would have been high for me… if I had known what to expect. But I’m not sure anyone knew what […]

Four Starting Points for a Well-Formed Laity

In my last post, I was little strong about the need for a well-formed laity. It’s no secret that we have suffered for years from a lack of solid catechesis in most communities and the effects only increase – exponentially—as the years pass. Much ink has been spilled on what we can do as a Church to remedy the problem. We […]

What the Church (and world) needs from you

Graduation season is upon us, when everyone from Ph.D. candidates to preschoolers don gowns and caps to accept accolades and degrees for their hard work.  For some of these graduates, their work as students is finished. As humans, the quest for knowledge must never have a conclusion. Sadly, for many Catholics, their completion of Catholic high school or their reception […]

The Most Important Thing You Can Do On Election Day

Man at Prayer

Many of us feel helpless right now, as Election Day approaches.  Perhaps you’ve felt this way before, each time you’re given the responsibility of choosing the man or woman that will lead your school board, city, state, or even country.  Maybe you’ve never felt as helpless as you do in this election. Perhaps you’ve read all you want to read, […]

We Need More Tentmakers

I love C. S. Lewis. So it’s perhaps not a surprise that my favorite part of my book club’s pick this month was the letters from Lewis to the author.  In his memoir, A Severe Mercy, Sheldon Vanauken detailed the conversion of he and his wife to Christianity, a journey in which the writings of Lewis played a part. After […]

Experiencing “the Church in miniature”

  It’s rare that I look forward to meetings, much less meetings that require sitting inside a conference room for days, that include more that forty people who probably test as “leaders” rather than followers, and that likely involve some sort of drawn-out discussion or even disagreement. Yet for the last four years, I’ve attended nine meetings that fit that bill […]

The Art of Catholic Charity

"Supper at Emmaus" (detail) by Caravaggio

The Gospel in the Secular Culture I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like art, and really, what’s not to like? Art, in all of its forms, inspires us and expresses who we are as a society, as a culture. Recently, a priest friend of ours shared some of his artwork with us. They were extraordinarily beautiful depictions of saints who […]