A Pastoral Society

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Introduction In the Catholic intellectual community, there is a growing call for the renewal of Christian culture as a solution to the impoverishment of 21st century society. This intellectual movement has two momentums: on the one hand, … [Read more...]

The Eucharist: From Corinth to Liege

The Last Supper, by Benjamin West (1786).

Many converts to the Catholic faith are surprised by the lack of devotion to the Eucharist evident among those attending Mass—their poor unconvincing responses to the liturgy, their matter of fact attitude at Holy Communion. As one such … [Read more...]

The Problem with “A Personal Relationship with Jesus”

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... a baptized, confirmed Catholic who faithfully partakes of the sacraments of reconciliation and Holy Communion in the manner prescribed by the Church certainly has a “personal relationship” with Jesus, whether or not he or she uses … [Read more...]

Poland Remembers: A Firsthand Look at Blessed John Paul II’s Impact on the People of His Homeland

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The reason Pope John Paul II had more of an indirect spiritual impact on Poland than the United States is because his way of speaking about God, and his Church, is so fundamentally Polish. "Santo subito! Santo subito!" ("Saint now!") … [Read more...]

A Priest by Any Other Name

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The nature of Holy Orders is both collegial and personal.  Collegially, all priests are addressed as “Father” because all share in the one priesthood of Jesus, icon of the Father. Personally, each priest retains his own individuality, … [Read more...]

Finding Jesus in the Catholic Church

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Our mission (as Church) is to bring about that meeting that can change lives, that can make disciples.  Then, as a loving mother Church, we are to nurture and guide those disciples into fruitful holiness in Christ. Christ Healing the … [Read more...]

A Luminous Point for the New Evangelization

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She is the singular star that draws us into the will of the Father by reminding us to “do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:10). Star and Sure Guide At the close of his Apostolic Letter, Novo Millennio Ineunte (At the Beginning of the … [Read more...]

The New Evangelization: The Holiness of the Church

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The New Evangelization is our cooperation with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the 21st century ... an evangelization foreshadowed by Vatican II, according to Popes John XXIII and Paul VI ... an evangelization whose importance became … [Read more...]

Preaching to the Whole Person: Classical Wisdom for the New Evangelization

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St. Augustine, the Church’s foremost teacher in the classical art of Christian preaching, master rhetorician, and former teacher of oratory, was convinced that the pagan rhetorical tradition, so important to the ancient cultures of Greece … [Read more...]

The Year of Faith: Recovering a Culture that is Genuinely Catholic

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Surveys of Catholics reveal that a majority do not live in accord with, or simply do not know, their Catholic faith. ... On October 11, Pope Benedict called for a “Year of Faith” to “rediscover the journey of faith” in the midst of … [Read more...]

Full and Active Participation: The Challenge of “Porta Fidei” and the Promise of Right Brain

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To effectively promote Pope Benedict's effort, the Year of Faith, with its associated catechetical programs, a new marketing approach needs to be crafted putting joy before the law ... leading with the contagious love of Jesus Christ, … [Read more...]

Priests for the New Evangelization

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Pope John Paul II’s personality illustrates most clearly what the ideal priest of the new millennium ought to be. His close friend and successor, Pope Benedict XVI, complements this ideal. Besides the allocutions of Popes John Paul … [Read more...]

The First Beatitude: A Blessing to the New Evangelization

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The quintessential focus, of identifying man’s holiness as the threshold to all evangelization, has been essential to the last four papacies because Pope Paul VI, John XXIII, Blessed John Paul, and Benedict have all stressed our call to … [Read more...]

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