New Evangelization

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope St. John Paul II

“We need a new apologetic, geared to the needs of today, which keeps in mind that our task is not to win arguments but to win souls, to engage not in ideological bickering but a kind of spiritual warfare, concerned not to vindicate or promote ourselves but to vindicate and promote the Gospel.” (Pope St. John Paul II, May 7, […]

How Do I Evangelize My Atheist Friends?

A university student recently asked me, “How do I evangelize my atheist friends?” Here’s my angle based on experience. When I was a non-religious scientist working in lab, I sensed that science pointed to a greater truth. The order, symmetry, and predictability in this Book of Nature was not lost on me. I worked on artificial photosynthesis and nanotechnology and often stared […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Pope Francis

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

“The primary reason for a evangelizing is the love of Jesus which we have received, the experience of salvation which urges us to ever greater love of him. What kind of love would not feel the need to speak of the beloved, to point him out, to make them known?” (Pope Francis; The Joy of the Gospel, Evangelii Gaudium, # […]

An Invitation to Come Home

"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch

“Thanks for taking care of Duke, we came back from spring break early for Palm Sunday,” Paul said to Susan while picking up his dog. “Happy Easter to you and your family” Susan answered.  She then added a bit defiantly, “But for me, I haven’t been back to Mass in 40 years.” “Why have you been away?”  Paul asked, caught […]

No New Evangelization without a New Pentecost

Holy Spirit Detail of Chair of St. Peter

From my position of working in the Church, I’d say the question of the year has been “What exactly is the New Evangelization?” Everyone is asking it. Conferences are popping up like spring flowers spotting the landscape, with the customary “expert” itinerant speaker. Most people, I think, are finding their way to the right answer. We have begun to recognize […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Father Robert Barron

Father Robert Barron

“Begin with the beautiful, which leads you to the good, which leads you to the truth. Once you are captivated by the winsomeness of the beautiful, you are drawn to the good. You wonder, ‘How do I participate in the life that made this beauty possible?’ Once we live that life of goodness, we realize the truth of it.” (Father […]

Daily Catholic Quote from Pope Francis

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

“The primary reason for a evangelizing is the love of Jesus which we have received, the experience of salvation which urges us to ever greater love of him. What kind of love would not feel the need to speak of the beloved, to point him out, to make them known?” (Pope Francis; The Joy of the Gospel, Evangelii Gaudium, # […]

My NBA D-League Elevator Pitch — New Evangelization in Action!

“Now who is going to harm you if you are enthusiastic for what is good? But even if you should suffer because of righteousness, blessed are you. Do not be afraid or terrified with fear of them, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your […]

Pope Francis (and Jesus) Wants us to “Shake things up!”

One of the themes of Pope Francis at World Youth Day 2013 was to “shake things up.” This is quite different from the advice I was given as a child: “In polite conversation, never bring up politics or religion.”  This is quite good advice, if your aim is to be well-liked.  Politics and religion are risky because they involve deeply […]

The Invitation

Photography © 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 […]