Posts Tagged ‘Evangelization’

The Parish Fish Fry: an Old Tool for the New Evangelization

“Lenten Fish Fries are as much a part of our culture as losing sports teams,” said the CEO of the Cleveland-area Cleats Restaurants Corporation, Tim Higdon. On non-Lenten Fridays, Higdon reports that his restaurants sell an average of 20 fish fries, but during Lent, the average soars to 250. Lenten fish fries are on the rise in both restaurants and non-profit venues, and are a still valued and entrenched aspect of the local culture. This...

The Heart and the Home of the New Evangelization

In the Christmas Season, the Church celebrates the Epiphany of the Lord when the three wise men followed a star from the East. According to Sacred Scripture, “When [the wise men] saw the star which they had seen in the East went before them, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him” (Mt 2:10-11). Meeting...

Impending Canonization Invites JPII Generation to Strengthen Faith

Who could forget the thrill of being one of thousands, even millions, of young Catholics awaiting the arrival of Pope John Paul II to one of the many World Youth Days he attended? It was, as the media portrayed it, like waiting for a rock star. This pope had been pontiff for most of our young lives, he had contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union, and when he spoke to multitudes it felt...

The Month of Mary

While there do seem to be some devotions to Mary in the month of May which began in the Middle Ages, it was not until the Jesuits started promoting and popularizing the Marian devotion in the 19th century that May became Mary’s month. This was done in part because of the solemn definition of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, whereby she was given the freedom from original sin by the Holy Spirit.

It is possible...

Why Did Christ Come?

Years ago, when my children were both young and endearing (they are still endearing but not so young), they would often ask me when I thought God would open the clouds and come down.

“How should I know?” I would invariably reply. “I’m only a theologian. Go ask your mother!”

It must have worked, too, because I am no longer asked that particular question. Other questions have come to visit and vex me: “Can...

Christian Evangelization is Not Mere Dialogue, It is a Debate

Recently, there was a great brouhaha over an Army Equal Opportunity training briefing on extremism that was presented to Army reservists. Slide twenty-four identified Catholics, Evangelical Christians, and Orthodox Jews as religious extremists on par with Al-Qaeda and Hamas.

The Catholic Archdiocese for Military Services lodged a formal complaint with the Department of Defense and the offending slide was removed. The Army stated this was an isolated incident and in...