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  • Paradoxes of Evangelization

    09/07/2018 9:28:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-06-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Paradoxes of Evangelization Msgr. Charles Pope • September 6, 2018 • There are certain paradoxes and mysteries that underlie the growth of the Kingdom. While we should strive to implement “best practices” (e.g., good liturgy, dynamic preaching, Eucharistic adoration, a welcoming parish atmosphere), even when many of these things are in place, growth may still not occur; in fact, sometimes number may decline. Conversely, in some parishes where the liturgy is perfunctory, preaching is weak, and devotions are hurried, there may be significant growth. I know parishes that should be growing but are not; I also know ones that...
  • Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer

    07/15/2018 8:27:59 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-14-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer Msgr. Charles Pope • July 14, 2018 • One of the biggest reasons why most Christians have difficulty evangelizing effectively is that most lack the requisite freedom and simplicity of life to carry forth the task consistently and coherently. In Sunday’s Gospel, the Lord offers some counsel on what is required for effective evangelization.As we read a Gospel like this, it is tempting to think that it speaks only of specialists such as missionaries, religious, priests, or deacons, but doing so ignores the fact that everyone is called to evangelize: clergy to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] That at Least Peters Shadow Might Fall on Them: A Challenge to the Church...

    05/17/2018 7:08:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-16-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    That at Least Peter’s Shadow Might Fall on Them: A Challenge to the Church in the Acts of the Apostles Msgr. Charles Pope • May 16, 2018 • Peter Healing the Sick with his Shadow, Masaccio (1426-27)As this Easter Season is nearing a close, we do well to ponder the picture of the early Church described in the Acts of the Apostles. The kind of persecution and suffering they endured in those days should serve to remind us of the sacrifices we are often unwilling to make.Yet these early descriptions are also an affirmation of what we in effect...
  • Strategies for Returning to the [Catholic] Church

    01/11/2018 6:54:52 PM PST · by Salvation · 673 replies
    CE.com ^ | 01-11-18 | James Day
    Strategies for Returning to the ChurchJames Day Our world is a fallen world. The effects of sin seem to be suffocating us. The diabolical is running rampant, unleashed, playing with immortal souls as if puppets on a string. Pride continues to dominate; repentance for anything is deemed archaic, of little use to today’s enlightened thinking.Certainly this is not the positive language one wants to hear at the outset of a new year, when expectations and resolutions are running high. But all is not really so dire: the diabolical and pervasive sin has not crushed the divine light. “My Immaculate Heart...
  • On Evangelization and Mission, Should We Listen to Jesus or The Novelties of Bergoglio

    12/12/2017 6:00:15 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    During the press conference on the airplane returning from Bangladesh on December 2, the French journalist Etienne Loraillre posed this question to Bergoglio:Which is your priority: to evangelize or to dialogue for peace?The response of Bergoglio after a series of incredible absurd statements ended with these unheard of terms: And your question: what is the priority, peace or conversion? But when you live with testimony and respect, you make peace. Peace starts to break down in this field when proselytism begins, and there are so many ways of proselytism, but this is not evangelical. In practice, Bergoglio is...
  • [Catholic Caucus] On proselytism, Francis following in Benedicts footsteps

    12/06/2017 2:29:59 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | December 5, 2017 | Louie Verrecchio
    On Saturday, Francis made the return flight from Bangladesh to Rome, and as is his custom, he answered questions from a number of journalists while en route. As Bergoglian in-flight press conferences go, this one isnt especially noteworthy overall, but it does contain at least one exchange that merits our attention.A reporter named Etienne from France, asked:What is the priority: to evangelize or to dialogue for peace?Because to evangelize means to arouse conversions, that provokes tensions and at times conflicts among believers. So, what is your priority: to evangelize or to dialogue?Here we have the quintessential pitch tossed directly over...
  • Training for Testimony is Missing in Many Parishes

    08/03/2017 7:52:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-02-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Training for Testimony is Missing in Many Parishes Msgr. Charles Pope • August 2, 2017 • 2 Comments credit – Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic StandardCatholicism has glorious liturgical and intellectual traditions, but because we have not excelled in training Catholics to give joyful witness to wonder of the Lord and our faith, they are among the best kept secrets around.In certain denominations, giving witness is a major focus, and congregants are well-trained for it both through personal testimony (witness talks are common in Protestant liturgies) and in their musical tradition. Pastoring in African-American parishes for most of my priesthood has...
  • Dont Forget the Old Evangelization

    07/11/2017 8:22:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Don’t Forget the Old Evangelization Msgr. Charles Pope • July 10, 2017 • The term “New Evangelization” was originally used by Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI to refer to the unique situation of the West, wherein we were not preaching the Gospel to a people who had not heard it, but were instead “re-presenting” the Gospel to a culture that had once embraced the Gospel and later rejected it. In essence, the term means “re-evangelization.”In his “Latin Letters,” C.S. Lewis quipped that while the ancient Europe encountered by the Apostles and the early Church was...
  • The Stages of Evangelization, According to Pope St. Gregory the Great

    07/05/2017 7:59:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-04-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Stages of Evangelization, According to Pope St. Gregory the Great Msgr. Charles Pope • July 4, 2017 • Doubting Thomas, by Duccio di Buoninsegna, SienaIn evangelizing souls (including our own), there are usually stages that precede conversion. In the past I have written on these stages and referred to them as “Mad … Sad … Glad.” 1. Mad – In this stage, one may present as angry, resistant, or averse to the message of the Gospel or to some aspect of the Christian moral vision.2. Sad – In this stage, one comes to realize that worldly notions and...
  • The Paradoxes of Evangelization: Why Simply Imitating the Worldly Marketing Schemes May Not ...

    06/27/2017 8:28:15 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-26-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Paradoxes of Evangelization: Why Simply Imitating the Worldly Marketing Schemes May Not Be the Answer Msgr. Charles Pope • June 26, 2017 • J.F. Millet, The SowerIn the Church throughout the world today, we are more focused on evangelization — and rightly so. A huge conference is planned next week in Orlando on the topic. Yes, it is “job one,” and Jesus could not have been clearer: Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything...
  • Priest plants himself at popular music festival, goes viral on Reddit

    06/03/2017 12:25:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 82 replies
    cna ^ | June 1, 2017 | Mary Rezac
    Napa, Calif., Jun 1, 2017 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Whats a good way to reach a lot of young people all at once?Plant yourself at an entrance of a popular music festival with a sign, some free stuff, and a smile.Thats what Catholic priest Fr. David Jenuwine did last weekend, at BottleRock Napa, a three-day music festival with roughly 30,000 in attendance.His sign read simply: Catholic priest. Blessings, Prayers, Confessions, Answers.Fr. Jenuwine, parochial vicar at St. Apollinaris Parish in Napa, California, told CNA that he had been trying to brainstorm creative ways to reach out to young adults...
  • More Parish Closings Nationwide - What Are We to Learn and Do?

    05/09/2017 8:08:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 142 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-08-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    More Parish Closings Nationwide - What Are We to Learn and Do? Msgr. Charles Pope • May 8, 2017 • It was recently announced that a substantial number of Catholic parishes will be closing in Connecticut. This is just the latest in a national trend that is likely to affect the diocese where you live, especially in the north. I’d like to offer some rather quick thoughts and then ponder what I think is the root cause for our decline. Bishops don’t close parishes, people do. While it may be juridically true that bishops formally certify or give recognition...
  • Four Qualities of Bold and Believable Witnesses to Jesus

    04/24/2017 8:17:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-23-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Four Qualities of Bold and Believable Witnesses to Jesus Msgr. Charles Pope • April 23, 2017 • It is worthwhile to look back at a text that was read on Saturday (Saturday of the Octave of Easter). It is from Acts and sets forth a picture of courage and holy boldness that is too little evident in many Catholics. Let’s look at the passage and then reflect on four qualities that the Apostles Peter and John manifest.Now when [the Sanhedrin] saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And...
  • On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part Two)

    03/14/2017 8:30:55 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-13-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part Two) Msgr. Charles Pope • March 13, 2017 • This is part two of an article on curiosity. We are considering the following four aspects: I. Premises Related to Curiosity II. Problems Regarding Curiosity III. Pictures Reinforcing Curiosity IV. Personal Requirement of CuriosityPlease see yesterday’s post for an introduction to the topic and a discussion of the first two items. In today’s post, we consider the third and fourth. III. Pictures Reinforcing Curiosity – We have already reflected a good deal on this aspect in the introduction. Jesus generated a lot...
  • On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part One)

    03/13/2017 8:31:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-12-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Need for Curiosity in Evangelization (Part One) Msgr. Charles Pope • March 12, 2017 • In the world of evangelization, the concept of curiosity is almost never discussed. If anything, evangelizers are encouraged to quickly satisfy any curiosity by supplying all sorts of answers to questions that arise about the faith. Apologetical tracts, books, catechisms, and videos abound. Curiosity, it would seem, is something to be quashed or at least overcome quickly. Allowing a person to wonder why for any length of time seems almost dangerous, especially in a “search-engine” culture. Quick answers, please!How different this is...
  • Traveling the Path to Catholicism

    03/09/2017 7:25:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 209 replies
    CE.com ^ | 03-09-17 | Fr. William Saunders
    Traveling the Path to CatholicismFr. William Saunders Q: Recently I saw a picture showing the Rite of Election at the cathedral. Would you please explain more about the Rite of Election and RCIA? When I was growing up, we did not have such a program.The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a formal program of catechetical instruction, ascetical practice (prayer and spirituality), and liturgies whereby adults — called catechumens — are formally admitted into the Church and receive the sacraments of initiation — baptism, confirmation, and holy Eucharist. (The sacrament of penance is received later since baptism washes...
  • Why Do So Many Miss Experiencing Jesus in Our Parishes and How Can We Change This?

    11/10/2016 8:27:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 11-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Do So Many Miss Experiencing Jesus in Our Parishes and How Can We Change This? Msgr. Charles Pope • November 9, 2016 • We were blessed this past weekend to have Sherry Weddell, author of Forming Intentional Disciples, visit the Archdiocese of Washington and speak to priests and lay leaders. Her work is a great blessing to the Church in calling us back to “job one,” which is to make disciples. In Catholic parishes evangelization is too often relegated to committees or tossed into the “we’ll get to that next year” file. Weddell’s mission is to create greater...
  • To Make a Long Story Short A Homily for the 31st Sunday of the Year

    10/30/2016 7:17:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-29-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    To Make a Long Story Short – A Homily for the 31st Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • October 29, 2016 • The Gospel today features the familiar and endearing story of Zacchaeus, a man too short to see Jesus, but who climbs a tree (of the cross), encounters Him, and is changed.The danger with familiar stories is that because they are familiar and we can easily miss their remarkable qualities. Perhaps it is well that we look at today’s Gospel anew, searching for the symbolic in the ordinary details. I. Shortsighted Sinner – Zacchaeus is physically...
  • Within Our Darkest Night, You Kindle a Fire That Never Dies Away

    10/29/2016 9:31:42 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-24-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Within Our Darkest Night, You Kindle a Fire That Never Dies Away Msgr. Charles Pope • October 24, 2016 • An old song from the Taizé Community says, “Within our darkest night [, Lord], you kindle a fire that never dies away, that never dies away.” Something of this “light in darkness” has come to me in the deep winter of moral collapse that is present-day America. For this I can only thank the Lord and marvel at His paradoxical providence.In my parish, the darkness was made very local and very real when Planned Parenthood announced the opening of...
  • Practical Principles for Proclaiming the Kingdom

    07/03/2016 6:16:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Practical Principles for Proclaiming the Kingdom Msgr. Charles Pope • July 2, 2016 • In the Gospel today, Jesus gives a number of practical principles for those who would proclaim the Kingdom. Let’s look at each of them in turn. I. Serious – The text says, At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”The Lord...