Thanksgiving and Eucharist

Thanksgiving and Eucharist

Readings for November 22, 2012: Thanksgiving Day Mass For Americans, the term “Thanksgiving” conjures up images of turkey and cranberry sauce, parades and bowl games.  These “traditions” have come to mark an event made a perpetual institution of American life…

Knowing the Person of Jesus

Knowing the Person of Jesus

Being that the World Synod of Bishops recently covered the theme of the New Evangelization, I had been mining for quotes, ideas, and themes to engage here. This quote, however, stopped me: The Gospel that Jesus Christ came to reveal…

Two Callings: One God

Two Callings: One God

Consider your own calling, brothers. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the…

So, You Wanna Evangelize?

So, You Wanna Evangelize?

I have to be honest: I’m a reluctant evangelist at best. I don’t want to go face-to-face with anyone about religion or, really, anything. I don’t want to pretend to discuss something that’s going to turn into a defense or…

RCIA - First Steps to the Catholic Church

RCIA – First Steps in the Catholic Church

The goal of the New Evangelization is to spread the Gospel message – bringing fallen away Catholics back to the faith and introducing new Catholics to the faith for the first time. But what’s next?  For adults, it’s RCIA, of…

Hasten the End

Readings for November 18, 2012: Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Whenever I lead a trip to the Holy Land, the question inevitably comes, “Will we visit Armageddon?’  This refers to the battlefield surrounding the ancient city of Megiddo where some…

Praying for the Holy Souls

Praying for the Holy Souls

It’s November and Catholics are reminded to pray for the release of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. While growing up, I was taught to pray and attend Mass on All Souls Day, November 2, for the souls. It wasn’t until…

What Jesus Did

What Jesus Did

As Catholics and Christians, we study the life of Jesus in the Gospels and strive to emulate His example. For us, WWJD becomes What Jesus Did (WJD). Jesus had presence in His public ministry. He didn’t rant or rave and…

Clean Your Heart, Simplify Your Life!

Clean Your Heart, Simplify Your Life!

There’s always been something about a clean space that has made me think, work, and create better. Perhaps that’s one way I am made in the Image and Likeness of God; for, He too began with a clean slate… actually,…

C.S. Lewis and the New Evangelization

C.S. Lewis and the New Evangelization

If you’ve read any of my earlier articles, you may have noticed that I quote heavily from C.S. Lewis. I first encountered Mr. Lewis as a child.  I was very young and I caught the tail end of a cartoon…