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Tag: New Evangelization

Starting Conversations to Start Evangelization

March 6, AD2017 5 Comments
Starting Conversations to Start Evangelization

I was working in a Youth Summer Conference job (they were very similar to Steubenville conferences) when I had the most uncomfortable experience in my life. The summer staff, ten of us split into two groups of five, were blindfolded and put in a car by our bosses. We drove for what felt like three […]

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Our Lady of Guadalupe and the New Evangelization

June 30, AD2016 4 Comments
Our Lady of Guadalupe and the New Evangelization

According to Internet lore, Hillary Clinton once visited Mexico City and the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. During her visit, as she examined the image, she asked, “Who painted this?” The priest with her said, “God, of course.” It’s impossible to know how much further that conversation went, or if the priest explained some […]

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Five Tips for Catholic Blogging and Social Media

January 12, AD2016 7 Comments
Five Tips for Catholic Blogging and Social Media

So, you’re excited about your faith and want to share it. You want to evangelize! You realize that much of the world has moved online and fear that will be a great place to share it. But how? I’ve seen everything. I saw a Twitter account with fewer than 100 followers claiming to be at […]

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Evangelization’s Golden Key: Humility in Christ

November 13, AD2015 2 Comments
Evangelization’s Golden Key:  Humility in Christ

Keys are an important image used in the Bible.  Keys, such as those given by Jesus to Peter, on the Old Testament occasion of Yom Kippur for his role in the New Covenant binding and loosing sins, are important symbols.  Even Peter’s name (Kephas), is an alliteration of the Kiphas, the stone box in which the Keys […]

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The New Evangelization Is Missing Men

September 18, AD2015 4 Comments
The New Evangelization Is Missing Men

It has been almost 50 years since the New Evangelization was launched at Vatican II. Despite a growing enthusiasm for evangelization, there is a serious and growing Catholic “man-crisis” in the United States. So far, the New Evangelization is missing men. The Catholic “Man Crisis” There is a serious Catholic “man crisis”. One in three […]

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The Synod’s Shocking Omissions

December 15, AD2014 4 Comments
The Synod’s Shocking Omissions

The Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops met for several weeks in October 2014 and issued the document, “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” There has been much commentary about the ill-conceived preliminary Relatio Synodi, which implied that homosexuality had inherent positive gifts, and that divorced and remarried […]

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The Catholic Man Crisis and Why It Matters

September 24, AD2014 53 Comments
The Catholic Man Crisis and Why It Matters

With its roots in Vatican II, the New Evangelization is a recognition that a crisis exists in the Church because large numbers of baptized Catholics have not been evangelized. But perhaps the most critical driver or the crisis has been largely ignored: the Catholic “man crisis.” Without coming to grips with why large numbers of […]

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The Lay Faithful\’s Call to Kerygma

January 9, AD2014 3 Comments
The Lay Faithful\’s Call to Kerygma

I have been slow in reading Pope Francis\’ Letter Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) on the New Evangelization. Thankfully, there are movements in the Catholic Church who are not. And this warms my priestly and fatherly heart to hear and see the Church\’s teachings in action. Since December, two movements of the lay faithful have […]

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A Stay-At-Home-Mom’s Lament: Who’s Evangelized?

January 6, AD2014 8 Comments
A Stay-At-Home-Mom’s Lament:  Who’s Evangelized?

On November 26, 2013, I uttered words that still echo in my mind, words which felt true even if everything that followed refuted that feeling. I said, “I don’t want to be a stay at home mom anymore.” I teared up, and then apologized to my friend for expressing the sentiment. It had been a […]

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Like a Rock: Pope Francis Takes the ‘Kepha’ Approach

October 3, AD2013 2 Comments
Like a Rock: Pope Francis Takes the ‘Kepha’ Approach

With a second mega-interview with Pope Francis now appearing in La Repubblica and with a wide-ranging interview published September 19, our Holy Father Pope Francis has begun to lay out a significant pastoral perspective that has left at least a few Catholics trying diligently to see the Pope’s words in their proper light, while those same […]

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