About Lisa M. Hendey

Lisa Hendey is the founder and webmaster of CatholicMom.com and the author of The Grace of YesA Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and The Handbook for Catholic Moms. Lisa writes for several online and print publications, enjoys speaking around the country and is a frequent television and radio guest and host. Visit her at LisaHendey.com.

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  • midwestlady

    We’re trying to get religion into our kids by osmosis, and it doesn’t work anymore. This method only makes them into secular humanists. We have got to stop it and preach the Gospel.

    • http://www.catholicmom.com Lisa Hendey

      I love your comment — is this your personal experience in your family? How old are your children? Thanks for chiming in!

      • midwestlady

        The evidence is in the data. We’re entering a new era in Church history, and the old methods of passing on the faith no longer work, which can readily be seen from the documented behavior of the Catholic Church population. For the best analysis of the Pew Reports data I’ve seen, see “Forming Intentional Disciples,” a book by Sherry Weddell.

        I’ve been Catholic for nearly 30 years. It has taken me most of that time to figure out what’s going on, because the way we’re going about things is clearly “broken,” but people are very defensive and protective of what they’ve always known. When I found the Pew Reports data and the various analyses, my conclusions were confirmed. I’m a systems process specialist with 6-sigma training, and this is definitely the problem: We’ve left one data pattern of passing on (and living out) the faith, and entered another, the properties of which people are scrambling to try to identify now, aka what are the drivers, predictors of success in passing on, etc.

        The Church has been through a number of these cultural paradigms in her history: The Apostolic age, the age of the great monasteries, the Medieval age, the Post-Reformation age….. They tend to happen about every 400-500 years. We’re entering a new one. Along with the “death” of the old age (which in our case is prescriptive Post-Reformation Catholicism), a new one is always born, with great reforms, many saints, new forms of consecrated life and much holiness. This is a great time to be alive! You will see God’s hand at work in a special way!

    • http://ncronline.org/blogs/soul-seeing/reading-bible-eye-soul Mike Leach

      I love your comment, too, Midwest Lady. I’d only add what St. Francis said to the young disciple who couldn’t wait to get out in the world and preach the gospel: “We are always preaching the gospel. When necessary we use words.”

      • midwestlady

        No. St. Francis never said that. I’m a secular Franciscan and I have read his writings. That is a modern statement popularly attributed to him, and most of the time, it’s used as a giant cop out. To preach, you preach. The Church has a very clearly defined mission and it’s given in Matthew 28:18-20

        “18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
        Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition.

      • midwestlady

        The reason I’m very explicit about literally preaching the Gospel is a simple one. When getting the faith into people by osmosis no longer works, and ALL the data says it doesn’t, then you have to figure out how to do it in another way. Preaching the Gospel is the ancient and time-tested way of making Christians. And it works, even now, even among Catholics. Where it’s being tried, you can see the data rise above the normal decay curve that currently characterizes behavior among Catholics.

  • ME

    Kind of disappointing to see the Stellarella ad on the page. I know you don’t have control over it, but I don’t think the Catholic blogs is where they should be advertising Books for “Progressive little girls” talking about God being a she…

    • lisahendey

      Thanks for your note. You’re correct in that I have no control over the advertising. Sorry!

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