Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

Readings for November 9, 2012: Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome As a rebellious teenager, I thought that Catholics should stop wasting their money on expensive churches.  We ought to sell them all and buy food…

New Evangelization 1999

New Evangelization 1999

Today, we welcome Christian LeBlanc to the New Evangelizers blogging team! I’m about two-thirds of the way through an interesting book, Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell. It’s a blueprint for kick-starting the New Evangelization at the parish level. When…

Science and the Church

Bill Nye the Science Guy recently made news when he said that not teaching kids evolution is “harming” them. His exact words: “And I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, in…

Participating in the Paschal Mystery

In this Year of Faith, as we work on our own faith, we’re being told to read the Catechism. I read the whole thing when I started college. Perhaps it was simply a grace that I never asked for, but…

A Chalice Full of Talents

Recently our deacon gave his homily on Matthew 24:14-30, the parable of the talents. He presented the talents as the presence and grace of God, given to us in different amounts. At the sign of peace I realized there weren’t…

An App for the Year of Faith

The Year of Faith is, without a doubt, an exciting opportunity. It is, without fail, a chance to great things. It is, I must admit, completely overwhelming to me right now. Imagine my relief, then, to find that the Diocese…

Faith Like a Child

What does the phrase “we must have faith like a child” really mean?  How can we mature in faith yet act like a child? The phrase came from one of Christ’s own teachings.  Jesus told His disciples, “Amen, I say to you,…

Hear, O Israel

Readings for November 4, 2012: Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time A nice hotel in Jerusalem looks much like a nice hotel in just about any other city in the world but for one thing.  At the entrance of each room…

Finding God on YouTube Some More

I hope that at least some of you have gone over to YouTube and had some fun watching and praying with the super abundance of Catholic videos to be found there.  I know I am continually discovering new hymns and…

Advice for When You’re in a Rut

This article is a very personal one for me. The Holy Spirit placed it upon my heart to write a letter to a young friend of mine named Kristin who is somewhere on the seas defending our country for the…