Genuine Places for Seekers in Your Parish

Where can a Seeker find belonging in typical American parish life? In Seeker Small Groups: Engaging Spiritual Seekers in Life Changing Discussions (2003) Garry Poole proposes small groups led by ordinary Christians as the best way to engage and evangelize seekers….

Create A Clean Heart In Me, O God

This year I celebrate the beginning of Lent, and I do mean celebrate. Yes, it is a time to turn back to God, to repent and atone and grow in virtue, and repentance does entail sorrow and contrition. But I…

Pitfalls for Modern Evangelizers

I happened upon a discussion of The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. For those who haven’t read this comically disturbing book, do so as soon as possible. It’s an instruction manual in spiritual warfare told from the enemy’s point-of-view as…

I Thought I Was a Bad Sinner Until I Really Examined My Conscience

This article is perhaps a little too revealing, but I hope it can help you assess your own sinful nature. I’ve been on a major journey of faith the last several years and I have been trying to do everything…

Just One Thing

So, I was thinking about Lent 2017 and all sorts of choices, proposed actions and guilts are swirling around in my head.  You know:  how Lent should make me better, amp up my spiritual life, change my prayer life and…

Jane Roe on the Damascus Road

In 1973, Norma McCorvey sued District Attorney of Dallas County Henry Wade over her desire to abort her unborn child.  Given the pseudonym “Jane Roe,” the case went all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.  The…

Random Thoughts

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned…

Interruptions

The apostles came back and told Jesus everything they had done. He took them with him, and they went off by themselves to a town named Bethsaida. When the crowds heard about it, they followed him. He welcomed them, spoke…

Walk On Water

Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind against it. During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea,…

Paul in Athens: Pre-Evangelization Primer

I love the account of Paul speaking at Mars Hill in Athens in Acts 17. While pre-evangelization includes witness without words, we’re often called to converse or speak in the midst of pre-evangelization, and Paul’s speech is verbal pre-evangelization at…