I once had a conversation with a Protestant friend where I was asked, “Why did you Catholics add all those extra books to the Bible?”  To be honest I wasn’t sure how to respond without hurting his feelings because his question displayed a breathtaking ignorance of history.  The Catholic Bible was the standard for 1500 […]

The Canadian based Catholic Christian Outreach is a university student movement dedicated to evangelization in the fullness of the Catholic faith with a strong emphasis on becoming leaders in the renewal of the world.  They have created an initial Bible study resource which helps lead students to accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, and to […]

Ascension Press has just released a new Confirmation resource authored by Chris Stefanick and Ron Bolster.  I was able to review the all the components of the program: 8 DVD Set, Student Workbook, Leader’s Guide, Sponsor’s Guide, and Parent’s Guide.  I was especially impressed with 8 DVDs with 24 video segments by an impressive array […]

Pope Francis opens the final section of his exhortation by steering between two false extremes.  Earlier he noted that, “there can be no true evangelization without the explicit proclamation of Jesus as Lord” (EG 110) and now he emphasizes that the first proclamation of the Gospel has immediate moral implications which are centered on charity […]

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: 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 […]

 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 […]