the New Evangelization

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Me, evangelize!? No way!

  Upon hearing the truth that all baptized Christians are called to be missionary disciples and to actively evangelize, many people quake in fear.  Objections abound: “But I am not an extrovert.”  “I am not called to be a priest or religious.” “I am not a gifted apologist.” “I cannot speak clearly.” “I am too […]

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A Patron Saint for the New Evangelization: St. Philip Neri

On May 26 the Church celebrates the feast day of a saint whose relative obscurity (in America, at least) is ridiculously out of proportion with his attractiveness and relevance.  It is high time that more people knew St. Philip Neri (1515-1595), the “Apostle of Rome.” The moniker seems paradoxical; why would Rome, the headquarters of the Catholic Church, need […]

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Totus Tuus: Four Missionaries, 500 Kids, One Great Summer

Author’s note:  This article was originally published on July 19th, in the One Voice (a Catholic newspaper published by the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama). Leaning forward, I address the attentive crowd of grade-school children seated on the floor around me.  I ask them, “Who are we going to see at Mass today?”  A second-grader […]

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