Category Archives: New Evangelization

Curing New Evangelization Fatigue

If there is any such thing as divine justice, the epitaph carved into my tombstone will read “Copywriter for the New Evangelization.” I’m only half-joking. Over the past decade, I’ve written more about the Church’s call to reignite the Catholic Faith in the West than I can even begin to recall. I’ve ghostwritten not one…not [...]

“The Attack Came Before Dawn…”

The American Catholic Almanac, co-written by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson, is a daily reader of American Catholics who changed the United States.  It journeys from the American founding through the present day, visiting all kinds of people and places in between.   Saints and sinners appear alongside heroes, children, politicians, athletes, and artists who all [...]

#NatsMass and the New Evangelization

It’s only about 300 yards from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church to the main gates of Nationals Park in southeast Washington, DC, which means that when the Washington Nationals play at home—and especially when the Nats are in first place, as they are now—throngs of fans walk past the parish on their way to [...]

Dear Dr. Dawkins…

I have always loved the opening lines of Vatican II’s Gaudium et Spes: The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ. Indeed, nothing [...]

The Social Liability

Until recently, I was ambivalent about the redefinition of civil marriage.  My gut feeling – or perhaps it was a default to my parents’ view – told me I wanted to preserve the definition of marriage, but I had no idea how or why.  As a normal college student with plenty of friends and a [...]

Must-Read: Archbishop Chaput on How to Save the Culture

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, in an essay at Public Discourse,  outlines a clear and concise plan of action for one of our most pressing tasks as 21st century Christians – converting the culture in which we live. In a short piece that will take you five minutes to read, Archbishop Chaput sets out [...]

Christ is the Light

Today, we celebrate one of my favorite feasts in the Roman Calendar: the Transfiguration. In the day’s Gospel reading, we see Moses and Elijah appear before the disciples and Jesus turns into a brilliant and dazzling pure light in every aspect, echoing the Prophecy of Daniel: Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took [...]

Meanwhile, Cardinal George Just Took Away Your Last Excuse

  “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”  — Red   The New Evangelization. You’ve been hearing about it for years. You’ve read about it, you’ve thought about it, and you’ve talked about it – a lot. If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent a sizable chunk of your life knowing that you are supposed [...]

Bishops Slam “Unprecedented and Extreme” Attack on Religious Freedom

Gotta love the bishops these days. As you already know, President Obama just signed an executive order banning anyone who contracts with the federal government from discriminating based on “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.” The U.S. Bishops’ response to King Barack’s latest edict from on high was swift and decisive.  And it didn’t mince words [...]

Hey Catholics, Look Up!

The struggle is real for Catholics and their relationship with new media. In many ways, social media has become a powerful tool for outreach and engagement, especially regarding the social issues and the faith. But in other ways, we might be allowing social media to consume too much of our time and our lives.  We [...]


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