Proclaim through Witness and Words

Here are some thoughts from Scott Hahn’s book titled “Evangelizing Catholics”  that you might find helpful in becoming a more effective evangelist. St. Francis advice to”Preach the Gospel always,when necessary use words.”is often the guide people use to be a witness to their faith today. This is how they believe they are evangelizing those around them. But words matter too.  The reason they are essential … Continue reading Proclaim through Witness and Words

The Benedict Option

In our last posting Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia saw two choices for Catholics living in a post Christian America. One was to retreat and the other to lead a vigorous faith filled life. An article in the the WSJ dated Sunday ,February 18/19 ,2017 presented the retreat choice. In 1999 a few monks arrived in Hulbert, Oklahoma and proceeded to build a Benedictine Monastery in … Continue reading The Benedict Option

Strangers in a Strange Land

Recently, Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia appeared on EWTN. He is the author of the book “Strangers in a Strange Land” in which he shares his concern for how Catholics can live their faith vigorously in a post Christian public square. He commented that attendance in his diocese is down 80%….only 20% of his flock attend mass. He recalled the Church he grew up in during … Continue reading Strangers in a Strange Land

Spiritual “To Do List”

Most of us put order and purpose into our lives by writing out a daily”to do list”. It captures what we believe to be the most important stuff we need to get done deadlines at work, family responsibilities, Dr. appointments etc. Look at your list again. Is there something missing? Shift gears for a moment and consider what a daily “spiritual to do list” might … Continue reading Spiritual “To Do List”

The Flowers of Tomorrow

Did you ever wonder what Christ was thinking when he chose the 12 apostles? In the gospel reading of the calling of the twelve names are rather matter of factly read off. Let’s start with James and John or as Jesus called them “The Sons of Thunder”. Today we could call them hotheads…troublemakers. Then there was Matthew who was a tax collector..The most hated of … Continue reading The Flowers of Tomorrow

“Come and See”

Welcoming Catholics Home (WCH) is our parish invitation to fallen away Catholics to “come and see”. It is a 6 week support program helping fallen away Catholics return to the active practice of their faith. During the 6 weeks, they share their stories in a relaxed non judgmental atmosphere. Many have been away for a long time and are confused about Catholic beliefs. The information is … Continue reading “Come and See”