All I can think of as I read Clapton’s Autobiography

is the visceral prayer of the tax collector in Jesus’ parable, crying “Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.” That, that alone, is all it takes for the compassion and mercy of God to rush with a speed faster than light to his side. He doesn’t know from nothing about theology. He just knows the [Read More…]

Bill Gates

…goes to Mass with his family. says, “It makes sense to believe in God.” Slow but sure progress across Sherry Weddell’s five thresholds of intentional discipleship for a guy who, fifteen years ago, was saying “There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.” and “Just in terms of allocation of time [Read More…]

Six 20-somethings in D.C. will give up many comforts of modern life for a year …

…to serve the sick and the poor, a nod to the pope’s teachings. [Read more…]

All in all, a spectacularly successful visit, thanks be to God

Here is one of the highlights, his speech to the World Meeting of Families.  What a lovely man: Had an interesting conversation with Sherry Weddell on “Connecting the Dots” last week and she remarked that Francis’ peculiar gift from the Holy Spirit seems to be a charism for building bridges of trust (as a Pontifex [Read More…]

Sherry Weddell will be on “Connecting the Dots” today

Sherry is the author of Forming Intentional Disciples.  We will be discussing the Francis Effect on the revival of American Catholic life and his impacts on evangelization across the world. You can listen live at 5PM Eastern here. Feel free to call in at 1-573-4BREAD4.   [Read more…]

My Take on the “Declining Religion in America” poll results

We are all Seattleites now. If you think that Americans should go on being conventionally and culturally “Christian” while cannibalizing the Faith in order to buttress their *real* political and cultural agendas that are often the polar opposites of the Faith, then you will see the poll as a disaster. If you think that it’s [Read More…]

Religiously speaking, Everywhere in America is Becoming…

Seattle. That’s not all bad.  Christianity in Seattle is intentional, not cultural or ethnic. [Read more…]

A crie de coeur from a layperson to her priest

A reader sent along this beautiful letter she sent her priest: “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” (Pope Paul VI, Address to the Members of the Consilium de Laicis (2 October 1974): AAS 66 (1974), p. 568.) I begin, as I [Read More…]

Is the Pope Protestant?

No.  The Church is Christian. If the notion of the Catholic faith as a living relationship with Jesus Christ sounds un-Catholic to you, you’re doing it wrong.  The entire raison d’etre of the Church is to form disciples of Jesus Christ. [Read more…]

Interesting and Beautiful Follow-up to our Five Stages of Intentional Discipleship Discussion

A reader writes: In light of all the flak you’ve been getting with all this Elton John craziness, I thought you might like to hear my experiences as someone who identified as an out-and-proud bisexual member of my college’s gay community before my conversion and am now fully docile to Church teaching on sexuality despite [Read More…]