Archive for the ‘Evangelization’ category

Evangelizing youth

September 26, 2013

Tremendous talk by Mark Hart.  What an awesome speaker!  Great blend of humor with sobriety.  Authentically passionate at times.  Presents some really important points to keep in mind when presenting the faith to the younger segment of our culture.  Money quote from near the end:

Our salvation cost us nothing.
True discipleship will cost us everything.

From the “Defending the Faith” conference this past July at Franciscan University of Steubenville.


Abp Chaput’s latest for Independence Day

July 4, 2013

Everything — absolutely everythingthat Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput writes is worth reading.  Go here to read his message to Catholic Americans for this year’s Independence Day.

But boldly and faithfully living our Baptism is the single greatest contribution we can make to the Church and our nation……The moral renewal of our nation begins with the moral renewal we allow God to work in each of our own hearts.



Remember to evangelize!

December 23, 2012

At our All Saints (Plymouth) CMF meeting yesterday morning, Christian and Jeff encouraged all of us to strive to invite other men to attend our meetings.  With that thought in the forefront of my mind, here are a couple brief articles on evangelization that caught my eye recently:

In this OSV interview, Fr Barron summarizes his seven qualities “of someone living out the New Evangelization.”

On the FOCUS blog, missionary Lauren Garcia explains “barehanded” evangelization.

In this year’s annual address to the Roman Curia, Pope Benedict XVI said something that, while not directly related to evangelization (he was speaking more about ‘the family’ at this point), can certainly be considered to be an underlying concept, because, as Lauren indicated, we often need to leave our comfort zone to evangelize, and that involves a bit of self-giving and suffering on our part:

…only in self-giving does man find himself, and only by opening himself to the other, to others, to children, to the family, only by letting himself be changed through suffering, does he discover the breadth of his humanity.

“Life in the Spirit” at St Monica’s parish

March 30, 2012

Seeking to spiritually enhance your Easter season?

St Monica’s Parish, 363 West 8th St in West Wyoming, invites you to attend their “Life in the Spirit” program which will be held every Thursday from April 12 through May 24.  Each of those evenings will begin with Mass at 7pm, followed by a teaching on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.  This 7-week program will lead each participant to a deeper encounter with the person of Jesus Christ, and a living sense of God’s presence in our life through the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit.  Register by calling the parish office at 693-1991 or emailing monicaww [at] verizon [dot] net.

Evangelization training

January 14, 2012

In February, ChristLife will have their National Training Conference on evangelization.  Highly recommended, especially for anyone involved in parish evangelization efforts.

Jesus was no ‘Girlie Man’

September 2, 2011

Monsignor Pope over at the Diocese of Washington’s blog laments the exclusively kind and gentle image of Jesus he grew up with in the 1970’s catechesis.  Anyone remember that — I certainly do.  I was presented with a sacharriny sweet portrayal of Christ that was much less about challenging me to sin no more, but more about loving me where I was at.


From his post:

The “Jesus” I was presented with seemed soft and unimpressive compared to them and, teenager that I was, I was unmoved. Who will follow an uncertain trumpet? The basic message of Jesus 1970 was “be nice” but 1970s Catholicism (which Fr. Robert Barron calls “beige Catholicism”) stripped away the clarion call of repentance and trumpet-like command that we take up our cross, that we lose our life in order to save it.

Imagine my pleasant surprise when I actually began to study the real Jesus, the one in Scriptures. He was nothing like the thin little williow-wisp of a man I had been taught. He was a vigorous leader, a man among men. Someone who was formidable and commanding of respect. Someone I could look up to.

What follows is a portrait of Jesus Christ that I culled from a few sources and adapted.

Check out what he found


In honor of today’s Solemnity of Corpus Christi (USA)

June 26, 2011

Thanks to Fr Michael Salvagna CP for the link.