Category: Catechesis

From Worship to a Moral Life and Charity
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From Worship to a Moral Life and Charity

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In an interview by Edward Pentin of Zenit on July 25, 2013, Cardinal Raymond Burke was asked if the abuses of the liturgy that abounded after the Second Vatican Council affected the moral life of Catholics. “There’s no question in my mind,” he said, “that the abuses in the sacred liturgy, reduction of the liturgy […]

The Fallacy of Solo Scriptura
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The Fallacy of Solo Scriptura

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I must have been around four years old when I was first paraded in front of the church to sing with my sister.  The song was “The B-I-B-L-E,” and I belted the words out with all the zeal I could muster.  The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me; I stand alone on the Word […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 15, 2013
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Reflections for Sunday, September 15, 2013

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Exodus 32:7-11,13-14; Psalm 51:3-4,12-13,17,19; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-32) Experiencing More Deeply Our Heavenly Father’s Mercy, Love, and Grace Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful love. (Psalm 51:3) One of the very first things we do at every Mass is celebrate the Penitential Rite. We […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 8, 2013
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Reflections for Sunday, September 8, 2013

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Wisdom 9:13-18; Psalm 90:3-6,12-17; Philemon 9-10,12-17; Luke 14:25-33) What it Means to Be a Disciple of Jesus Christ  Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:27) In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus makes three very demanding statements. He says […]

Why Francis Proclaimed a Fast
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Why Francis Proclaimed a Fast

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This Saturday Pope Francis called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace, especially for the rapidly escalating (or deteriorating) situation in Syria.  Since these days are so seldom proclaimed, they present us a great opportunity to examine fasting in greater detail.  In todays age where fasting and penance are almost non-existent (sadly enough […]

Happy New Year: Exploring Rosh Hashana
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Happy New Year: Exploring Rosh Hashana

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When the sun sets on September 4th, the Jewish year moves from 5773 to 5774. Jews follow a calendar that is unlike the Gregorian calendar we follow in which September 5th will still find us in the year 2013. For Jews, the calendar is essentially a lunar calendar so that it can best reflect the […]

Opportunities to Share the Faith:  Infant Baptism or "Baby Dedication"?
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Opportunities to Share the Faith: Infant Baptism or “Baby Dedication”?

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A great opportunity to share the Catholic faith with Protestants is when they bring up the ceremony that they call ‘Baby Dedication’. This is a ceremony in which the child’s parents, and sometimes their entire family (usually grandparents), make a public pronouncement and commitment before the Lord to raise their child to serve God, according […]

Gumdrop Catechesis and Marshmallow Sermons
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Gumdrop Catechesis and Marshmallow Sermons

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I really can’t remember the last time that a homily made me squirm in my seat and cast a downward glance at being convicted of my sinfulness. I can’t call to mind ever leaving mass with a zeal and fiery passion to go make a difference that was so hot I wanted to jump in […]

The Greatness of St. Pius X
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The Greatness of St. Pius X

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The only way to describe something is “great.” Babe Ruth was great at baseball and anything less than great simply wouldn’t do it justice. Likewise, if you describe the pontificate of Guiseppe Sarto as anything below “great”, you should probably have your head examined. By any possible metric, his pontificate was a success, and there is a reason he was the first Pope to be canonized a saint since the 16th century.

Reflections for Sunday, August 25th, 2013
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Reflections for Sunday, August 25th, 2013

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Isaiah 66:18-21; Psalm 117:1-2; Hebrews 12:5-7,11-13; Luke 13:22-30) The Importance of Seeking First the Kingdom of God   Lord, will only a few people be saved?” (Luke 13:23) These are perhaps the scariest words in Scripture. Embedded within this fellow’s question is the fear that many will not […]

The "Y" Cord
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The “Y” Cord

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I would like to think that it all started with the “Y” cord, but I know that is not so. Maybe it would be more accurate to state that perhaps it started with the words, “Why not?” We were presenting a marriage preparation class to thirty-five couples the other day, and wanting to give them […]

Reflections for Sunday, August 18,2013
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Reflections for Sunday, August 18,2013

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Jeremiah 38:4-6,8-10; Psalm 40:2-4,18; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53) Running and Finishing Well the Race of Life Persevere in running the race.” (Hebrews 12:1) Usain Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter who holds the record as the fastest person ever. Nicknamed the “Lightning Bolt,” he has won many Olympic […]

Marriage, Holy Matrimony, and Hylemorphism
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Marriage, Holy Matrimony, and Hylemorphism

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In my previous article, I discussed marriage, Holy Matrimony, catechesis, and the call of Catholic couples to live their marriage as a sacrament and a sign of contradiction. A part of that witness is in taking up our own crosses daily by making the small and sometimes even the big sacrifices for our spouses (and our children […]

For Traditionalists, A Time To Listen
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For Traditionalists, A Time To Listen

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We may be mediocre, but with our gifts and the sacraments, we traditionalists look to rise above mediocrity. We only ask a chance a chance to let us do so.

Marriage, Holy Matrimony, and Catechesis
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Marriage, Holy Matrimony, and Catechesis

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In England, “gay marriage” is now officially legal though still not ontologically possible–which precipitates another round of posts about marriage and Holy Matrimony. Monsignor Charles pope wrote one on this following the US Supreme Court’s decisions on DOMA and Proposition 8–really, he was revisiting an old post. And of course, a few responses were written […]

Why We Should Stop Saying "Radical Traditionalist" and "Rad Trad"
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Why We Should Stop Saying “Radical Traditionalist” and “Rad Trad”

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If they really want to help with these misunderstandings, the first thing they must do is the thing they will be least inclined to do: drop the moniker “radical traditionalist” and “radtrad” entirely. At best the phrase is a relic of a time that is no longer relevant. At worst, the term is creating animosity and perpetuating a growing sense of tribalism within Catholicism, especially in America.

Bad Catechesis Begets Bad Catechesis
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Bad Catechesis Begets Bad Catechesis

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We do not really want a religion that is right where we are right. We want a religion that is right where we are wrong. We do not want, as the newspapers say, a church that will move with the world. We want a church that will move the world. -G.K. Chesterton Chesterton’s words resonate […]

A New Pentecost
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A New Pentecost

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What Catholics typically call “the First Pentecost” was actually a New Pentecost itself.

Why Confirmation?
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Why Confirmation?

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 In this column I have frequently referenced findings about the dismal way in which many Catholics look at the sacraments.  I think the problem is more than just the usual ranting and ravings about a liberal church, how horrible things are after Vatican II, true as all these clichés are.  Instead the problem stems from […]

Get Our Youth Addicted to Being Catholic
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Get Our Youth Addicted to Being Catholic

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“Choosing Christ is the most important decision anyone can make because it is the only decision that has eternal consequences.” ~Father Larry Richards The young Catholics of the world are preparing for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro this upcoming July. Pope Francis has already marked this event as his first trip back home […]

This Little Light of Mine: Living the Beatitudes
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This Little Light of Mine: Living the Beatitudes

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The forward of Kathleen Basi’s new book, This Little Light of Mine says, “No one can teach well what he or she doesn’t know well. The best way to ensure that religious formation “takes” is for parents to live their faith, to be seekers alongside their children. Then, children see that religion is not something […]

Real Talk for Engaged Couples
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Real Talk for Engaged Couples

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By the time this column is published, this author will have participated in the sacrament of marriage.  While I do not know what the future has in store for me, I do believe that the experiences I had in the past 14 months (our time of engagement) have been God preparing me for the married […]

Trinity Sunday: Is It Relevant?
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Trinity Sunday: Is It Relevant?

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Many are ready to give a polite nod of some sort to Jesus of Nazareth.  Most honor him as a great moral teacher.  Many even confess him as Savior.  But the Incarnation of the Eternal God?  Second person of the Holy Trinity?  God can’t be one and three at the same time.  Such a notion […]

Applying Jeremiah to Our Modern Jeremiads
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Applying Jeremiah to Our Modern Jeremiads

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Have you heard about how America is an evil nation, opposed to God, and destined to be judged? Or how about how rotten the majority of the Catholic Church is for its lack of fidelity to the Gospel, and how God will judge them for that?

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