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Say Something… please!

Apparently the first Monday following New Year’s Day is “Blue Monday,” the most depressing day of the year. Hmm… I wouldn’t necessarily disagree, particularly as at the moment it was -10 degrees outside at noon, and I was rather exhausted from dealing with the aftermath of snow and ice and biting winds and frozen pipes and layering up to go anywhere… you know it all already! I also suspect that many of us (especially young parents) are probably suffering from cabin fever brought on by WAY too many days stuck indoors with each other. As …

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9 Things I Learned about Evangelization from Papal Memes

Pope Francis is a wonderful example of a “New Evangelist.” One way that the Pope is effectively communicating the Gospel in the modern world is through the image. Compelling images of Pope Francis being a simple disciple of Christ have spread across the internet like wildfire over the past few months. How many of us have not been moved – inspired – edified – and challenged by the images we have seen of Pope Francis riding the bus, embracing a handicapped child, washing the feet of a prisoner, or blessing an expectant mother? Another way …

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Your MISSION….. Go!

For Lent this year our pastoral region created a new form of parish mission.  It was in large part the result (or the fault, depending on your viewpoint!) of the diocesan Christ at the Center conference held early last October.  Rather than a traditional preaching mission, we presented a participatory, organic, intergenerational and regional event spread across four Sunday evenings, focusing on the Stations of the Cross, and utilizing the talents of our parishes.  Each evening involved prayer, music, scripture, dramatization, presentations, reflection and small group sharing – as well as supper.  Those planning recognized …

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Abdication & Exhortation: A Lighting Strike to Spark the New Evangelization

As the cardinals gather in Rome to prepare for the conclave, two of our writers reflect on the abdication of now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.   We pray with the Church: “O God, eternal shepherd, who govern your flock with unfailing care, grant in your boundless fatherly love a pastor for your Church who will please you by his holiness and to us show watchful care. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.” (From the Mass …

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The New Juggler

Recently, I’ve been peppering teens with the following question:  Can what happened to the Apostles happen to you in the year 2012?  This is an adaptation of Dostoevsky’s question:  “Can a cultured man, a European of our day, believe, really believe in the divinity of Christ, the Son of God?” These sorts of questions happen to be some of the most important ones, especially on the brink of the Year of Faith, and at a time in history when it seems that most everything in the culture is pushing against organized religion, Christianity, etc.  The …

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Stepping Up Our Game

St. Paul tells that “Where sin abounds, grace overflows all the more.”  That certainly seems to sum up what we are experiencing from within the Catholic Church today. Ten years ago, the twin towers fell from the sky, the child abuse scandal broke, and… my class graduated from high school.  Since then, we have continued to see rising societal anxiety and falling Mass attendance.  Music has gotten even more vulgar.  Movies have gotten even more violent and sexually explicit.  Churches are being forced to close, cluster, and serve more people with fewer resources.  The housing …

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Frustrated Springtime

I anxiously awaited my college graduation.  After years of soaking up the New Evangelization, along with gobs of Catholic theology, I felt ready for anything.  Echoing over and over in my mind was this notion of a “new springtime of Evangelization” that John Paul II spoke so fondly of on a number of occasions (see Tertio Millennion Adveniente 18 for example). With a well full of desire to evangelize, I launched into my first year of teaching at a Catholic school in Denver.  I was almost instantly frustrated.  Not only was the task of teaching …

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An Awful Lot of “New”

Welcome to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s new and improved website!  I’m really excited about being a part of this new effort in new media for the new evangelization. That’s an awful lot of “new”, but this really is a pretty awesome venture by the Archdiocese, and I’m a little pumped.  I’ve been writing monthly columns for my parish youth for almost fifteen years now, and so this opportunity to reach a wider audience is both exhilarating and just a little intimidating.  It’s one thing to write for a couple hundred high school kids and their …

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