Seeing God in My Mom

Not long ago, I was talking with a fellow parishioner after Mass about care for her elderly mother. With a completely straight face, this nice lady told me, “We had to put Mother in a nursing home, you know, because…

Why We Venerate a Symbol of Torture

Why We Venerate a Symbol of Torture

Readings for September 14, 2012: Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Terrorism is nothing new.  It’s probably as old as the human race. In fact, the cradle of civilization, now Iraq, was the home of the most infamous…

4 Tools for Women to Be New Evangelizers

4 Tools for Women to Be New Evangelizers

Suppose we have a woman on fire with the Gospel message, ready to evangelize the culture.  Besides materials from this website, what should she tuck into her New Evangelizer Supply Kit? Does she need a bus ticket to the public…

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…

The Power of Face-to-Face

The Power of Face-to-Face: Catholics in Dallas

At the end of August, I did a rare thing: I boarded a plane and flew across the country, sans kids, to the glory of an in-person meet-up of immense Catholic proportions. It was the Catholic Marketing Network trade show AND the Catholic Writers…

All Those Immoral People

All Those Immoral People

How to best defend traditional marriage is a hot topic among Catholics. Perhaps it’s due to President Barack Obama’s May 2012 announcement that, although he had at one time opposed same-sex marriages as a matter of faith, he had “evolved”…

Faith and Football

Faith and Football

Conversion can happen at any place, at any time, and generally happens when we reach an intersection in our lives.  For me, it happened at the corner of Faith and Football. Growing up, watching football was a large part of…

Deaf Hear and Mute Speak: The Meaning of Miracles

Editor’s note: Today we welcome Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio to the New Evangelizers blogging team! His reflections on Sunday’s readings will appear here each Sunday. Many thanks to Dr. D’Ambrosio for his generosity in sharing these with all of us! Readings for…

Evangelizing on Facebook

Evangelizing on Facebook

I don’t know about you, but I love Facebook. I have had many people who are not huge fans of technology tell me that they don’t “get” Facebook. At first, I didn’t either. I just added some friends and each…

how to succeed

How to Succeed

Editor’s note: Today we welcome Michael Lindner to the New Evangelizers blogging team! Many years ago, when I was in my mid-thirties, my employer sent me to one of those “effective leadership” courses. Over the course of three days, I spent…