Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Will all men be saved?

I recently was in a discussion with a dear friend regarding whether I believed all men could go to Heaven. My short answer to his inquiry was “Yes.” But I think this is something that requires a great deal of…

Chinese soup by Nathalie Dulex (FreeImages.com)

Tonic Soup and Spiritual Warfare

In the classic struggle between good and evil, the Genesis account of Joseph and his brothers shows how God’s power far surpasses Satan’s. Joseph’s jealous brothers sold him into slavery, yet that’s how their tribe was able to survive the…


Is Tradition a Four Letter Word?

Readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 30 One of the great battle cries of the Protestant Reformation was “sola scriptura!”  Many thought that the Catholic Church had cluttered up the simple Christian faith by adding all sorts of practices,…

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Psalm 1

Editor’s note:  Today we welcome Barbara Hosbach to the New Evangelizer’s  blogging team! Happy are those who reject the advice of evil people, who do not follow the example of sinners or join those who have no use for God….


How Sad are You?

Fear, anger, frustration, failure, longing, wishing, helplessness, hopelessness, loneliness, rage, indignation, and embarrassment: in my spiritual walk, I have genuinely experienced each of these emotions more than a time or two. Sometimes God and I are not on speaking terms….

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Find and Tell

Evangelization is simple, yet mysterious. Today’s Gospel (John 1:45-51) for the Feast of Saint Bartholomew (aka Nathanael) captures this dynamic in a nutshell. Often we can overthink evangelization. Don’t understand the word. Worry about “doing it wrong” or perceptions about…



Readings for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, August 23 Belief in God is rather widespread, at least in America.  Various surveys show that over 90% of Americans “believe in God.”  But belief and faith are not quite the same…


Cottage Life and the Spiritual Life

 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your…

Faith Can Move Mountains

Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1, NAB)   Faith the size of a mustard seed can move a mountain. This seems a little hard to wrap my mind around….

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Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

About a month ago a friend emailed me with an invitation to join a book club at our usual coffee spot with a group of women.  I said yes before I even knew the book!  I can’t help it, it…