Synod Prep 101: Are You Ready?

In roughly six months’ time, the Church will convene an extraordinary synod to discuss  the “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” (Read the lineamenta, or preparatory document, in full at the Vatican website). In the days preceding and following the synod this October, Catholic news sources–as well as secular–will be abuzz […]

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The Latest from Lay Witness

Hot off the press, the November/December issue of Lay Witness is here! Focused on the New Evangelization, the issue offers great articles from some of our favorite authors, including Regis Flaherty, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Michael J. Miller, and James Monti. As always, you can check out our web exclusives and take the quick quiz here.

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Let’s Be Catholic

Today’s Catholics are called to be leaven in the new millennium. This is a tremendous challenge, as the richness of our Catholic faith isn’t reducible to mere soundbytes, and timeless Christian wisdom is often portrayed today as simply one voice among many or as the “spin” of the religious right. This all points to the […]

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Something New Under the Son?

John Paul II devoted the last 20 years of his pontificate calling for a “new evangelization,” a call now taken up by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. Yet I sometimes wonder how many people really understand what this “new evangelization” is all about. The glossary to the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines “evangelization” as […]

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Claiming the High Ground

Recent popes have emphasized that youth won’t even listen to teachers unless they are first and foremost witnesses. And yet, at the same time, our society has a perverse desire to see good people fall from grace. Take the moral high ground and you become a target. Our zeal for the truth of Jesus Christ […]

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Catechizing for Conversion

While the situation is improving, I still frequently hear about problems with catechesis along with complaints that many Catholics are ignorant of the faith. We rightly examine the various factors that contribute to this phenomenon, from defective catechetical materials to lackluster teaching and a lack of parental support. There seems to be plenty of blame to go around. While all of the […]

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Our Parish Family

“Father, hear the prayers of the family you have gathered here before you” (Eucharistic Prayer III). What do we think of when our parish priest reads these words at Mass? Are we alert enough to hear and embrace this petition? Do we consider this reference to our being a “family” a merely poetic expression or […]

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