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...]

Confession Primer: Forgetting to Confess a Mortal Sin

My friend John Hathaway recently hosted a conversation prompted by a classic comic from the New St. Joseph's Baltimore Catechism on the serious spiritual peril you put yourself into if you go to confession but choose not to mention a mortal sin.  There's a difference, however, between forgetting and omitting.  Here's the scoop on how the sacrament works when you've got an unconfessed mortal sin:1. If you are aware of having committed a mortal sin, make an act of contrition right away.  (T … [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 Elisabeth Av … [Read more...]

Something Beautiful: Lectio Divina Blog

Serendipity is following  a link to the Lectio Divina site by transitional deacon Ian Van Heusen.  The blog is here.  Hard not to like a place with posts -- good ones, true ones -- about things like "learning to die."  Yes.  This.Beautiful.Go look.  … [Read more...]


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