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Sacred Liturgy must be proceeded by . . . Revival?

In the previous post on Catholic revivals I pointed out how Catholic parish missions in the mid 19th Century used missionary preaching to accomplish mass evangelization. Thinking about this, I was struck by a note in the Catechism which reads, “The sacred liturgy does not exhaust the entire activity of the Church”: [SC 9] it must be […]

Revival Meetings: A Catholic Thing!

The Catholic Church in America began the 19th century in a perilously weak state, and ended the century roaring like a lion. How did this radical transformation occur? In 1815 only one hundred and fifty thousand Catholics lived in the United States. Literally thousands of Catholic immigrants abandoned their faith during this period. There was […]

Thanksgiving is Our Door to God’s Presence

Happy Thanksgiving! Today we participate in a national celebration that commemorates a feast by the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians who gathered in 1621 for a three-day feast of Thanksgiving to God for the harvest. Have you ever had the experience of working extra hard on something, and even of going well beyond the normal […]

Missionary Discipleship is not the same as Christian Education.

Education in or modern world has become a highly technical discipline. In the ancient world education was more like an apprenticeship which involved a personal encounter with someone who was a master of a skill or unique kind of knowledge.  To be a disciple in the ancient world meant something rather different from being merely […]

Missionary Discipleship is centered on Conversion

The call to discipleship begins with conversion. But what does it mean to be evangelized and converted? The National Directory of Catechesis defines conversion as, “the acceptance of a personal relationship with Christ, a sincere adherence to him, and a willingness to conform one’s life to his. (NDC, p. 48). To put it more simply, […]

Commissioned to be a Missionary Disciple

What does it mean to be a ‘missionary’ disciple? Why is the Church emphasizing the word missionary? Isn’t a disciple just a Christian who has agreed to follow Jesus? In this sense the term disciple as bland as white bread. We see it everywhere and we all assume we know what it means. But why […]

There Can Be No Communion Without Personal Intimacy

“No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.” These are the famous words quipped to Scarlet, by the character Rhett Butler in the 1939 film adaptation of Gone with the Wind. Perhaps beginning […]