New articles at CUF.org

A new issue of Lay Witness means new online articles (and a new quiz!) too. Our Summer Vocation by Regis J. Flaherty “Our vocations require from us a daily commitment. Each and every day we have the opportunity and obligation to again say ‘yes’ to God and choose to embrace the vocation that He has […]

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Is modern man capable of the liturgical act?

That’s the question Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., asked (and answered) at the Liturgical Institute of the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Illinois, where he delivered the Hildebrand Distinguished Lecture. His talk was entitled “Glorify God by your life: evangelization and the renewal of the liturgy.” A couple excerpts… From early in […]

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Evangelization and the Holy Spirit

In the course of working on the July/August issue of Lay Witness, which focuses on missions and evangelization, I turned to Pope Paul VI’s apostolic exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi (On Evangelization in the Modern World). With Pentecost approaching, this passage seemed particularly appropriate (emphases and [comments] mine): Evangelization will never be possible without the action of […]

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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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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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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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The Pope Being the Pope

Amidst all the sophisticated commentary and speculation concerning what the Pope would say to his flock, I found the opening paragraph of the Pope’s homily at Nationals Stadium (after a few introductory remarks) absolutely refreshing: “In the exercise of my ministry as the Successor of Peter, I have come to America to confirm you, my brothers […]

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Salvation for the Jews

Pope Benedict’s amazing itinerary this week includes a meeting tomorrow in Washington with 50 Jewish leaders as well as a visit to Park East Synagogue in New York on Friday. Certainly these opportunities for dialogue are important for the Church’s cordial yet delicate relationship with Judaism, especially in light of the recent controversy concerning the […]

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