Monthly Archives: December 2013

Only 34% of Catholics believed that they had personal responsibility to share their faith

In an interesting study of the theory and practice of evangelization by the Barna Group has reported that although 73% of born again Christians believe they have personal responsibility for their faith only 52% said they actually did share the Gospel at least once this past year to someone with different beliefs.  There is an […]

BOOK REVIEW: Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran, Tools for Rebuilding

BOOK REVIEW: Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran, Tools for Rebuilding: 75 Really, Really Practical Ways to Make Your Parish Better (Ave Maria Press, 2013). In this follow up book to the extremely popular Rebuilt, Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran offer a series of 75 practical ideas for building a better Parish.  These ideas […]

Applying Weddell’s Intentional Discipleship to Children

 Jared Dees is the creator of The Religion Teacher has published a short blog relating Sherry Weddell’s  thresholds of conversion to children. Initial Trust Spiritual Curiosity Spiritual Openness Spiritual Seeking Intentional Disciples What Young Intentional Disciples Look Like at Various Ages – See more here: Related articles Book Review: Sherry A. Weddell, Forming Intentional Disciples: the Path to […]

Christmas and the Mystery of Redemption

The Prayer Over the Offerings, for Sunday, Tuesday and Friday of the Second Week of Advent offers a rich theology of redemption.  We pray: Be pleased, O Lord, with our humble prayers and offerings, and, since we have no merits to plead our cause, come, we prayer, to our rescue with the protection of your […]

Speculation swirled last week over EG translation

Brandon Vogt has done the leg work comparing the new translation of Evangelii Guadium to the first one released. It amounts to a few minor changes and does not changed those passages that some were alleging as mistranslated . . . Speculation swirled last week when the Vatican mysteriously removed the text of Pope Francis’ […]

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In the year 1854 Pope Pius XI proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.  He noted; The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from […]

Fr. Longenecker and Papal Economics

Fr. Longenecker has posted an interesting blog in which he compliments a piece by Ross Douthat at the New York Times which I agree seems insightful.  The trouble is that some of those who are accusing Pope Francis of being ‘naïve and simplistic’ about the economy are actually ‘naïve and simplistic’ about the Church’s social doctrine and doctrine of […]