Category Archives: New Evangelization

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 [...]

This is how one group of Catholics responded to chants of “Hail, Satan!” [Photos]

Last summer, pro-abortion protesters shouted “Hail, Satan!” in the Texas statehouse as the late-term abortion ban was under debate. It was a messy, agitated scene — a battlefield between the forces of good and evil: Fast forward to this past feast of Corpus Christi Sunday, where a very different event took place in the same [...]

Bishop Paprocki: Return the Tabernacle to the Center of the Sanctuary

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has directed all the pastors in his diocese to move the tabernacles in their churches back to the center of the sanctuary. In a beautifully written pastoral letter, Ars celebrandi at adorandi (The Art of Celebrating and Worshiping), Bishop Paprocki expounds on the rich tradition [...]

Identical Twins Ordained in Michigan

This is just great. On Saturday, identical twins Gary and Todd Koenigsknecht of Fowler, Michigan, were ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lansing. The two brothers (now Fathers!) grew up on a farm, with lots of hard work, prayer, and family time. Todd is the fourth and Gary the fifth of 10 children [...]

How New Media Can Enhance Our Lives

When I shared the terrible things social media are doing to our lives, I started by quoting Plato’s fears that writing would hurt our memories. He was right — it did. But of course writing did much more than that: It put an order and discipline to our thinking that not only made us better [...]

The Church Isn’t Dead

“Sleep with the angels.” “Rise with the Saints.” “Party with the Pope.” This is a little nighttime saying that a past roommate and I would always recite, back and forth, as we fell asleep. The last one is obviously my favorite. Party with the Pope! A week after being at the canonizations of St. John [...]


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