evangelization

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My Interview on Southern Catholic Living Radio Episode

Evening, my Friends! Have some news to share. First, my apologies for my absence in the last week as I have been dealing with managing the care for my mom in the aftermath of her having a stroke last Sunday. Praise be to God that she is recovering and is now doing acute rehab–3 hours a day of Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapy–so I would ask that you please keep her in your prayers in the weeks and months ahead as she works to recover. Second, I am pleased to be able to share the link to the episode of […]

GUEST POST: Hear His Voice And “Re-Turn” To The Lord

As we celebrate the Easter Octave, I wanted to share a reflection written by Eileen Keller, a friend from the Diocese of Charleston, SC, who has some beautiful advice about how we can continue to live out the joy, hope and peace of Easter. Enjoy! The Gospel of John 20:11-18 tells the account from Resurrection morning, where Mary Magdalene sits at the empty tomb, weeping in her grief.  John tells us Jesus spoke and twice she turned.  You could say she turned and re-turned.  She didn’t recognize him.  It was only when the second time he spoke to her that she heard him say her name, “Mary”, that she […]

Only 15 Days Left For Joan of Arc Comic Book Kickstarter Campaign!

Hey, Everyone! In case you were not aware, I am a HUGE fan of the work being done over at Voyage Comics. I made mention of one of their previous projects, The Monks of Skellig Michael, in a post a few weeks ago. (You can click here to see that post–Star Wars, Hope and Holy Week) Therefore, I wanted to share this message I received from Philip Kosloski about their latest project–a Joan of Arc comic book! If you are like me, you know how vitally important it is to support authentically Catholic projects that can inspire the hearts and […]

Happy Easter! Our Lord IS Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Happy Easter! The day is here! Our Lord IS Risen today! As you celebrate this great day, hopefully with your family and friends, I invite you to spend the less than 15 minutes it will take for you to listen to this MAGNIFICENT Easter message from Bishop Robert Barron. Bishop Barron nails it (pun intended!), and gives us three beautiful lessons for why this day should be the foundation of everything we do each and every day. https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/homily/three-easter-lessons/5116/ Enjoy this joyous day, and know of my prayers for you as I look forward to seeing you along the Way soon! […]

We Are All Missionary Disciples

For those who may be unfamiliar, missionary discipleship is a term made popular by Pope Francis, especially in his encyclical, Evangelium Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). In paragraph 120 of his encyclical, Pope Francis writes: “In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary  disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). All the baptized, whatever their position in the Church, or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of evangelization.” What this means is that each and every one of us—EVERY baptized man and woman, regardless of whether you have any position in the Church, and regardless […]

Proclaim A Year Acceptable To The Lord

Today, the Gospel is the story of Jesus in His hometown of Nazareth, reading from the prophet, Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” And then Jesus responds by proclaiming “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”    For me, this passage is almost a no-brainer. Like, duh, of course this passage is being fulfilled. This is Jesus! By this time in […]

“Open the Windows and Let in Some Fresh Air”

Before the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII said that it was time to “open the windows [of the Church] and let in some fresh air.” In the last 55 years since Vatican II, there have been many theories proposed about what the now Saint Pope John XXIII meant by his comment, but as the Catholic Church continues to struggle to to effectively evangelize people, especially young adults, in this post modern world, one thing is abundantly clear, some more “fresh air” is desperately needed if people are to come to know and experience what it means to belong and […]

“The Smoke of Satan”

This last weekend, a new book, The Smoke of Satan: How Corrupt and Cowardly Bishops Betrayed Christ, His Church, and the Faithful…And What Can Be Done About It by Philip Lawler, was released that I wanted to highlight for everyone, but especially for Roman Catholics. This book is an excellent and thought provoking assessment of the current state of affairs within the Catholic Church hierarchy For those who are not Catholic, I invite you to read it so you can be well-informed as to the issues within the Church rather than relying upon secular journalists and media outlets. I can attest […]

A Time of Joy and Hope

Am currently traveling back from the V National Encuentro (which is taking far longer than I expected since my flight got cancelled and I was rerouted!), but it’s given me the opportunity to reflect and process on these last 4 days in which I was privileged to accompany 3,000 others from across the United States. For those of you who might be unaware, the Encuentro “process” was initiated more than 2 years ago by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops when they requested that the Hispano/Latino Catholic communities gather together to reflect, discuss, compile and then present the needs […]

“Never Underestimate What One Saint Can Do To Change The World”

Today is the conclusion of my series inspired by a conversation with Everett Fritz, author of the recently released book, The Art of Forming Young Disciples: Why Youth Ministries Aren’t Working And What To Do About It. Everett had just shared with me the methodology of “think small, to grow big” and although I understood why, I was wondering whether this process has proven to be effective. Instead of responding with a yes or no, Everett shared with me the story of Jan Tyranowski. Jan was a tailor in Poland in the beginning of the twentieth century. As a young […]