What Religious Ed Textbook for Teens Who Want More than the Fluffy Stuff?

A friend asked for a high school textbook recommendation, and it came to my attention she might not be the only one with a such a need.My go-to textbook series for teens is the Midwest Theological Forum's Didache Parish Edition series.  I've looked through a handful of these, and am pleased to report they hit that perfect balance between approachable and readable, but scholarly and never, ever, dumbed-down.I like the Parish Edition because it's manageable for weekly one-hour ge … [Read more...]

Catholic Education: You Can’t Serve Two Masters

One of the reigning errors of our insecure, perpetually-offended culture is the Approval One is the Rejection of All Others fallacy.  So allow me to be perfectly clear: My love of homeschooling is in no way a rejection of our Catholic schools.Not for a moment.  Those who pay attention in real life know that I put quite a lot of effort into steering families towards their local Catholic schools whenever I can.*Thus in the busyness of getting the new school year going, I was dismayed to ha … [Read more...]

Get Young Adults to Join Your Parish in Two Easy Steps, Guaranteed.

The question came up at Sherry Weddell's Intentional Disciples discussion forum: How does one attract and keep "young adults" in the parish?  I've been that young adult and I've spent a fair bit of time talking with the faithful Catholic young adults who don't show up at the St. Moribund's of this world, so I've got a pretty good grasp on the dynamic.  I'm sorry to report the answer is exceedingly simple:1. Be serious about following Jesus.2. Get out of the way.Don't believe me?   … [Read more...]

Discipleship. You hear the word. What does it mean?

Up at New Evangelizers, I answer the question, "What exactly is this discipleship thing we keep hearing about?"  It's a tricky question because it's both far simpler than we make it out to be, and far more demanding than a simple answer would suggest.Our Catholic reflexes are hopelessly bureaucratic anymore, so I begin by explaining a few things discipleship is not:It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that everything Christians do needs to happen under the auspices of a formal pro … [Read more...]

Charlotte, NC Missionaries of the Poor Benefit Concert – The Messiah August 9th

A head's up from Mrs. Curley:Hello Everyone,I have been asked by The Missionaries Of The Poor (MOP)http://www.missionariesofthepoor.org/index.php  to spread the word about the concert they are sponsoring to benefit the poorest of the poor. 100% of the proceeds will go to Missionaries Of The Poor Homeless and Abandoned Children.I have tickets for the concert entitled "The MESSIAH!! THE GREATEST MUSICAL EVER"   2:00 pm Saturday, August 9, 2014 Halton Theater, CPCC 1206 El … [Read more...]

Jen Fitz & Pat Gohn – Chatting on Among Women

Thrilled to see that the Among Women Podcast Pat Gohn & I recorded is now posted and ready for your listening pleasure.  I have not listened to it yet, you'll have to go check it out yourself to find out exactly how fabulous it is.  I seem to recall I said my usual things, such as, "You have to actually believe the Catholic faith." Told people to evangelize, maybe? Stuff like that.  Great conversation.  If you ever get an invitation to Pat's show, ACCEPT.  She is positively delightful and sha … [Read more...]

Sinning Bravely: Start Like You Mean to Finish

Some time ago, my husband went to confession with a particularly thorny sin on his soul.  The kind that he wanted to avoid, and yet seemed to be utterly unable to shake.  Father used an expression that we both contemplated thereafter at long intervals: Sin bravely.Apparently it's a Lutheran thing, and I assure the scandalized reader that Father B. is neither Lutheran nor proposing that we go through life with sin as our goal.Rather, I inferred, in the battle against sin, we stay in the fi … [Read more...]


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