Novice Training

One of the hallmarks of the Church in our age is the renewed emphasis on the role of the laity. Drawing upon the rich, traditional teaching of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), the Church reminds the laity that all of us are called to holiness by virtue of our Baptism, and we are all called to […]

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Christ the Teacher . . . and Subject

When it comes to catechesis, Jesus Christ is both the teacher and the subject that is “taught.” We simply cannot understand the Church’s catechetical ministry–that is, her response to the Lord’s call to make disciples of all nations–unless we grasp this fundamental point. But wait a minute! In the definition of catechesis that we gave […]

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Catechetically Speaking . . .

Today we begin at this blog a weekly series on the Church’s catechetical mission. As I noted last week, the inspiration for this series comes from the Holy Father himself, who desires that we bridge the gap between faith and the everyday lives of believers through sound catechetical formation. This series has to start somewhere, […]

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Bringing Faith to Life

Next Wednesday we will begin on this blog a weekly series on the Church’s catechetical ministry, which is nothing other than the practical application of Our Lord’s command to “make disciples of all nations” (Mt. 28:19). Much of the impetus for this series comes from the recent addresses of Pope Benedict here in the United […]

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Dare to Discipline

I used to listen to a talk radio host who would say, “In the department store of life, sports is, after all, the toy department.” Surely that’s a useful message for us “weekend warriors.” But let’s take that comment a step further. In the department store of life, is our faith merely a department–and a […]

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Who’s Your Teacher?

Sometimes our strategies backfire. One of the incentives we give to our busy three-year-old son Raymond to behave at Mass, at least on Sundays (and Wednesdays when it’s not Lent) is that he may have a donut after Mass if he does a good job. He was a little talkative during Mass today, so my daughter […]

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