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Does the New Evangelization Trump Ecumenism?

The New Evangelization seems new and exciting here in the United States. People talk about it a lot. We plan lots of events and programs to support the New Evangelization. And sometimes, we even overuse the phrase. But, ecumenism? Now…

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Detachment from the World

Readings for January 25, 2015: Third Sunday of Ordinary Time Peter and Andrew were businessmen.  So were their neighbors, James and John.  They tried to wring a living out of the Sea of Galilee, and it probably took nearly all…

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The Chapel Veil and Humble Submission to God

This Sunday when you are at Mass, take a moment to look around you. Observe how many women are wearing a chapel veil. Chances are that with great difficulty you may find several, if any. There was a time once,…

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A New Catholic Radio PRACTICE

“No believer in Christ can be separate from the supreme beauty; of proclaiming Christ to all the people’.” — Pope John Paul II, Vatican City, Sept. 19, 2003 What is the role of Catholic radio in evangelization? For many years,…

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The Can’t-Be-Bothered Method of Anti-Evangelization

So you’re standing around before Mass and the priest says to you, “Listen, I’m busy. So I’ve decided to draw a line.  I know you’re properly prepared to receive Holy Communion, and there’s absolutely nothing in Church teaching or discipline…

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Philanthropy vs. Sainthood

What does it mean to be a saint? In ancient times, this could mean anyone who is a part of the Christian community.  Today when we speak of saints, we are talking about those people of heroic grace and virtue…

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It’s Ordinary

Ordinary Time, the color green, this year we are listening to Mark tell us about Jesus’ ministry and maybe, just maybe it seems a bit – well, ordinary.  And it is.  And it should be. But let us not be…

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Called and Consecrated

Readings for January 18, 2015: Second Sunday of Ordinary Time When I was growing up, we were urged to pray for vocations.  That meant to pray for more priests and nuns.  After all, they were the ones especially called by…

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You Are Precious in My Eyes

Who can put a value on human life? Who can decide this one lives and that one does not? How is it determined whose life has more merit?  We are like grains of sand – one among a multitude of…

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Let Your Prayer Life Explode with Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

I know I should carve out more time for family and sleep. And prayer. Especially prayer.  If only I prayed more, then everything else would go smoother.  So I make the effort.  And then my phone rings. Or the dogs…