Here Comes the Bride

Here Comes the Bride

Eleven years ago, I married my wonderful wife, Michelle.  I have it on good authority that her dress shopping some months before our wedding was an overall positive experience.  Emotional, yes, but positive. It seems, though, that plenty of similar…

The Need for More Creed

The Need for More Creed

“They will know we are Christians by our love,” as the song goes.  Or as Jesus put it, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (Jn 13:35 RSV)  The…

Apologetic Evangelization

Apologetic Evangelization

Recently, I’ve been overviewing the USCCB’s “Disciples Called to Witness.” In one post at my blog I diagrammed where evangelization and catechesis come into play. Those who have never heard the Gospel or have fallen away from it need evangelization….

Behold Your Mother

Behold Your Mother

Earlier this month, we celebrated the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. It is a great feast day of Mary’s maternity, of her motherhood of Christ. What kind of mother is she?  She is, like any mother, the kind that…

Dogmas - Road Signs of Our Faith

Dogmas: Road Signs of Our Faith

Lots of people can’t spell dogma because they think it’s a four-letter word. When the word is mentioned, conversation stops.  Tempers flare.  Moods become icy. Why do words like “dogma” and “dogmatic” carry such a negative connotation?  And, more importantly,…

Language Barriers in Evangelization

Archbishop Fulton Sheen famously said: “There are not even 100 people in this country who hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they think the Catholic Church to be.” Where do they come from, these things…

The Analogy of Fatherhood

The Analogy of Fatherhood

Editor’s note: Today we welcome Joe Wetterling to the New Evangelizers blogging team! I love analogies. If you aren’t familiar with them (or have blocked them out of your memory ever since the SATs), here is the idea: an analogy compares…