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Evangelization

26
Aug
2017
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“The Catholic Question” from Darren Wilson’s “Adventures with God”

The following article is a guest post from Fr. Anthony Co, a priest of the Diocese of Peoria, Pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rock Island, Illinois, and a good friend whose heart burns to see the Church renewed in apostolic and missionary zeal. I often think about how I don’t know what I don’t know. And this concerns me. So I pray: “Jesus, I know you are filled with surprises…surprise me with more of you.” Recently, I had...
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6
Aug
2017
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Podcast: The Life-Changing Power of the Gospel

“Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.” Pope Benedict XVI, God Is Love   This talk was given at the conclusion of an all-day Catechist Training at St. Charles Catholic Church in Arlington, VA. It elaborates on the difference between evangelization and catechesis as distinct “moments” in the ministerial activity of the Church, and why...
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4
Dec
2016
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Back to Basics

I would like to invite you into a thought-experiment with me. Imagine that tomorrow you wake up and all of our church buildings are gone. And not only the churches, but all of the parish offices, Catholic schools, and so on, along with everything inside of them. Every physical resource vanished, and every person who works for the Church left with nothing beyond what the average American possesses. If you were tasked with advancing the evangelizing mission of the Church...
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27
Jun
2016
1

The Fruits of the Kerygma

One of the positive outcomes of the Church’s focus on the New Evangelization has been a greater awareness of the kerygma, or the foundational proclamation of the Gospel. As a whole, we’re getting smarter about what the kerygma is and, more importantly, about working it into our evangelization efforts with increasing intentionality. When we talk about the kerygma, I think that there are three aspects of it that we need to understand. In the first place, there is the message...
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18
Dec
2015
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The Parish as School of Evangelization

In my last post, I talked about re-envisioning the role of the parish today and concluded that directing our energies to making the parish a house of prayer and school of evangelization is the best way to take advantage of the present historical and cultural context we find ourselves in. In this follow-up, I want to take a closer look at the parish as a school of evangelization that focuses on training her members to evangelize outside of parish walls....
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5
Dec
2015
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What Is a Parish?

Though the parochial system has been a mainstay of Catholic culture for centuries, it remains but an optional approach to governance in the Church. That is to say, there is nothing doctrinal or dogmatic about the role of a parish, and so it is a legitimate question to ask in any age, “What is the purpose of a parish today?” One way to answer that question is to echo the words of Pope Paul VI and say that, just as...
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25
Jul
2015
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AUDIO: On “A Father Who Keeps His Promises”

I had the pleasure of presenting some reflections based on Scott Hahn’s A Father Who Keeps His Promises at a parish gathering recently. You can hear recordings of these reflections below. Some of the themes covered: How the fear of God and intimacy with God are complementary, not contradictory. Why covenant is more than a contract. Why Jesus is the key for understanding the “hard parts” of the Old Testament. What it means for God to call us “sons” rather...
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25
Jul
2015
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Lifecycle of a Revolutionary Idea

Many readers will be familiar with the technology adoption lifecycle that describes the standard pattern of acceptance of a new, innovative technology among the general public.  The general population can be broken up roughly into five categories. First, there are the Innovators, the originators of technological breakthrough. These make up about 2.5% of the population. Second, there are the Early Adopters, those who are the first to make the jump in implementing this new technology. These make up about 12.5%...
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18
Jul
2015
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What People Care About

There is a maxim of evangelization that I have often heard and used over the years that goes, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” The saying is helpful as far as it goes, as it points would-be evangelizers to the necessity of building a relationship of trust with others through kindness and love before bombarding them with information. But there’s still a bit of a false premise hidden in the statement –...
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1
Apr
2015
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The risk of preaching a grace-filled Gospel…

…is that your hearers might misunderstand grace to be a license for sin. But that was a risk Paul seemed to be very willing to take. You see, Paul’s letters in the New Testament are not his primary evangelism tool. They are not his first contact with the Romans, Galatians, etc. They are a follow-up to his in-person preaching of the Gospel in those places. So it is worth asking, based on these letters, “What would Paul’s original preaching have...
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