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Are You a Dynamic Catholic?

If you went to Mass at any parish in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati this past Christmas, chances are you were handed the book Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. Many parishes hosted book studies this year in which participants reflected on the various ways Catholicism helps us become the best-version-of-ourselves. If you are looking for a good summer read, I would recommend another book by Matthew Kelly called “The 4 Signs of a Dynamic Catholic: How Engaging 1% of Catholics Could Change The World” (Beacon Publishing, 2012). In this book, Matthew cites research that seems to …

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Rediscover Catholicism Book Discussion: The Bible & Spiritual Reading

Over the next 7 weeks we will be hosting an on-line discussion of the Rediscover Catholicism Book Study that many parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are hosting in the new year. Each session asks multiple questions based on Chapters from “Rediscover Catholicism” and from videos either from Catholics Come Home or from Matthew Kelly’s talk “The 7 Pillars of Catholic Spirituality.” Please join the discussion by adding your comments on any or all of the following questions. OPENING PRAYER Loving Father, Open our hearts and minds and allow us to see the beauty of …

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Rediscover Catholicism Book Discussion: Confession & Daily Prayer

Over the next 7 weeks we will be hosting an on-line discussion of the Rediscover Catholicism Book Study that many parishes in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are hosting in the new year. Each session asks multiple questions based on Chapters from “Rediscover Catholicism” and from videos either from Catholics Come Home or from Matthew Kelly’s talk “The 7 Pillars of Catholic Spirituality.” Please join the discussion by adding your comments on any or all of the following questions. OPENING PRAYER Loving Father, Open our hearts and minds and allow us to see the beauty of …

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Visiting the Amish, Part II: Living the Questions Now

In my last post I described a visit to Holmes County Ohio, home of a large Amish population. The Amish grapple with the same questions of any religious organization or group of believers. These questions ask how much engagement in the world is appropriate and even necessary for survival and growth, what identifies members to the world as a sign or witness of the group’s beliefs, what is a positive witness, how is the not so positive witness handled by its own organization, and how do members live a healthy expression of individuality and still …

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GodQuest

I remember when I was a participant in the RCIA process. One of the first conversations that we had was a dialogue about journey. It went something like this: life is a journey. However, this journey we speak of is not the kind that we necessarily know where we are going or how long it will take to get there, wherever or whatever “there” is. We don’t always know the best route. In fact, its probably best that we don’t know.  Looking up how to go from point A to point B, knowing the mileage …

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Precious Blood Spirituality

As is most often the case, I was in the company of a group of Sisters who are in my congregation. This was a purely social gathering of seven of us, no meetings this time.  We were all talking prior to a meal being served. I don’t even remember how we got onto the subject of aging but we did. (Just to put this in context. I was the youngest and a full generation, maybe a generation and a half, behind everyone else in the group.) As part of the conversation I shared an insight …

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