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Evangelization

Recovering the Gospel from the Notion of Merely “Happy” or “Good” News

August 28, 2017 6 Comments
Recovering the Gospel from the Notion of Merely “Happy” or “Good” News

Luke gives a summation of the preaching of St. John the Baptist with a rather surprising and funny conclusion. Then John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Therefore, produce fruit worthy of repentance. And do not begin […]

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Training for Testimony is Missing in Many Parishes

August 2, 2017 4 Comments
Training for Testimony is Missing in Many Parishes

Catholicism has glorious liturgical and intellectual traditions, but because we have not excelled in training Catholics to give joyful witness to wonder of the Lord and our faith, they are among the best kept secrets around. In certain denominations, giving witness is a major focus, and congregants are well-trained for it both through personal testimony […]

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Don’t Forget the Old Evangelization

July 10, 2017 12 Comments
Don’t Forget the Old Evangelization

The term “New Evangelization” was originally used by Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI to refer to the unique situation of the West, wherein we were not preaching the Gospel to a people who had not heard it, but were instead “re-presenting” the Gospel to a culture that had once embraced the […]

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Are We Modern Clergy Even Remotely Close to St. Paul’s Description of the Earliest Preachers?

July 5, 2017 21 Comments
Are We Modern Clergy Even Remotely Close to St. Paul’s Description of the Earliest Preachers?

It is amazing to think that 30 of the first 33 Popes died as martyrs. Of the other three, two died in exile and only one died in his bed. It’s hard to imagine such suffering today among the lowliest of priests let alone Church prelates. On the Feast of St. Thomas Apostle (July 3rd) […]

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The Stages of Evangelization, According to Pope St. Gregory the Great

July 4, 2017 6 Comments
The Stages of Evangelization, According to Pope St. Gregory the Great

In evangelizing souls (including our own), there are usually stages that precede conversion. In the past I have written on these stages and referred to them as “Mad … Sad … Glad.” 1.  Mad – In this stage, one may present as angry, resistant, or averse to the message of the Gospel or to some […]

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The Paradoxes of Evangelization: Why Simply Imitating the Worldly Marketing Schemes May Not Be the Answer

June 26, 2017 10 Comments
The Paradoxes of Evangelization: Why Simply Imitating the Worldly Marketing Schemes May Not Be the Answer

In the Church throughout the world today, we are more focused on evangelization — and rightly so. A huge conference is planned next week in Orlando on the topic. Yes, it is “job one,” and Jesus could not have been clearer: Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of […]

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Picture this! A Reminder about Evangelization in a Commercial

June 9, 2017 1 Comment
Picture this! A Reminder about Evangelization in a Commercial

The commercial below reminds us of an important insight for evangelization. It features a barber shop where business is slow. Things pick up quickly, however, when they begin to post photos of recent customers sporting their new haircuts. The pictures showcase the good results of a haircut and bring “getting a haircut” from the world […]

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Six Cultural Trends that Challenge the Modern Evangelizer

October 17, 2016 11 Comments
Six Cultural Trends that Challenge the Modern Evangelizer

It is critical for us who would preach the Gospel to ponder what sorts of presuppositions our listeners bring to the conversation. Today, sadly, there are many trends that have poisoned the culture and thus make our task much more difficult. But difficult does not mean impossible. It helps to describe modern mindsets, not to despair […]

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