Making the Gospel Sticky - New Evangelizers

Making the Gospel Sticky

He [Jesus] spoke to them another parable. “The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flouruntil the whole batch was leavened.” (Mt 13:33)  Just a single verse from the Gospel of…

The Old vs. the New - New Evangelizers

The Old vs. the New

Readings for July 27, 2014: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time “Liberal” and “conservative.”  The definitions of these terms are seldom stated.  Usually they are just presumed.  Often people call “conservative” those who like old-fashioned things and “liberal” those who favor…

St. Paul’s Conversion and My Own Conversion Story

St. Paul’s Conversion and My Own Conversion Story

St. Paul’s Conversion Paul was the most ferocious enemy of the Church, who as a zealous Jew and Pharisee was persecuting Christians during the first century. He rooted out Christians in the synagogues, taking them into Jerusalem in chains to have…

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Anatomy of a Liturgically-Centered Evangelizing Ministry

Last month I wrote in broad terms about how scheduling decisions affect our ability to evangelize. This month I’d like to look at a case study to show how these principles can be applied in real life. Background: The Apostolate …

Jesus The Word of God

Jesus: The Word of God

John’s Gospel begins: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. It is perhaps one of the most profound openings to any story ever written.  When I teach this Gospel in…

Knowing the Person of Jesus

Chosen, Schmozen

Sometimes I think we hear bible and religious terms to the tune of: “That again, what’s the big deal?” Terms like:  holy, sanctified, sacred, ancient, established, marked, set apart, covenant, chosen. As we rush through life and religion, we sometimes make…

the Wheat and the Tares

The Wheat and the Tares

Readings for July 20, 2014: 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time At one time or another, we’ve all dreamed of a perfect world.  Imagine a company where everyone is productive, a government full of honest politicians, a church where all are…

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Purity Is Not a Dirty Word

My recent pilgrimage to Rome and Medjugorje was filled with many trials and graces. Our band of 36, experienced long flight delays, luggage loss, nearly 24-hour flight delay, extreme heat and money loss.  However, I am sure it was just…

How Can I Forgive When I Can’t Forget

How Can I Forgive When I Can’t Forget?

While many people believe forgetting an injury is part of forgiveness, Fr. Justin Waltz of St. Leo’s Church in Minot suggested just the opposite. In fact, he stated that forgetting is not even possible. “The only type of forgetting I…

The God Particles Part Three

The God Particles: Part Three

“The Spirit comes to enlighten the mind first of the one who receives him, and then, through him, the minds of others as well. As light strikes the eyes of a man who comes out of darkness into the sunshine…