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The Joy of the Gospel and consumerism

The Joy of the Gospel and consumerism In the last article, we spoke about consumerism meaning that we try to find our happiness by buying more and more “things” or accumulating more and more wealth.  Consumerism is a struggle between our “needs” and our “wants.”     Consumerism also ma...
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Monday, October 27, 2014

'We are to be joyful witnesses to Christ….'

'We are to be joyful witnesses to Christ….'   In the introduction to “The Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis’ first words reflect the fact that by our very nature Christians are joyful people because we have been “set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness” (Paragraph 1).  This freedom has...
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Monday, October 13, 2014

'Evangelii Gaudium' reminds us that Jesus call us to discipleship

'Evangelii Gaudium' reminds us that Jesus call us to discipleship   Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel), is truly a living symbol of his life.  Since his election, he has brought a spirit of joy to the Catholic Church.  Even Christians of other traditions and non-Christians speak...
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Sister Maria one of many who have served our diocese for generations

Sister Maria one of many who have served our diocese for generations   Having Sr. Maria Tasto as my retreat director was always an inspiring experience, which did not mean she would not challenge me to look at things in my life and ministry when necessary.  A director attempts to listen to God’s Spirit working in the retreatant’s life, helping...
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Monday, September 15, 2014

'The giant on the second floor' truly was a spiritual titan

'The giant on the second floor' truly was a spiritual titan   The new school year started in 1958 at St. Joseph School in Evansville with news spreading that on the second floor a giant nun had taken up residence teaching the sixth graders!  She was “tall, lean and mean!”  Luckily, I was a “first floor” third-grader, s...
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Monday, September 01, 2014

Exploring more misunderstandings about the RCIA

Exploring more misunderstandings about the RCIA   This week, we continue our look at the RCIA.   Another misunderstanding is that the goal of the RCIA is baptism.  A high school student once approached me, after his younger sister was baptized, confirmed, and celebrated Eucharist on Holy Saturday, asking if he could be baptized.&#...
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Exploring parishioners roles in RCIA initiation

Exploring parishioners roles in RCIA initiation   Many Catholics have the misunderstanding that initiating new members is the RCIA Team’s responsibility.     The very first pages of RCIA ritual situate initiating new members squarely “within the community of the faithful;” and, the faithful are to “pro...
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Exploring more misconceptions about RCIA

Exploring more misconceptions about RCIA   Another common misunderstanding (of the Right of Christian Initiation for Adults) is that “Everyone comes to the Church at the same time and is initiated at the same time.”   Nothing is further from the truth!    Although we celebrated Pentecost weeks ago, three ad...
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Some common misunderstandings of RCIA

Some common misunderstandings of RCIA   The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is not a “program.”   According to Paragraph Nos. 1 and 2 of the ritual, the RCIA is a “sacramental ritual of Christian initiation … which includes not simply the celebration of the sacraments of baptism, confirmation,...
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Monday, June 30, 2014

New members of Church need push to branch out

New members of Church need push to branch out   Some 15 years ago, either the North American Forum on the Catechumenate or the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate conducted a survey on how many Catholics who joined the Church through RCIA remained active members.  The results were a shocking – 50% nationally.  Ho...
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Monday, June 16, 2014