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Archive of posts filed under the Evangelization category.

What is a Missionary Disciple?

Recently, I have been using Fr. James Mallon’s new book, Divine Renovation Beyond the Parish (Frederick, MD: The Word Among Us Press. 2020) for reflection both on change and leadership. Today, I offer my final article using this book. In this book, Fr. Mallon focuses on what the church needs to be doing both on […]

Resistance to Change

Since it was announced that I will be moving to a new assignment, I have written several articles related to change. The first one, “The Next Change”, started with the saying “change is inevitable.” For me, change almost seems a regular part of life. Yet, we can be resistant to change. Why are we resistant […]

Maintenance & Mission

Four weeks from today I will be moving to my new assignment at St. Mary’s of the Lake and St. Benedict’s. As I prepare to lead them, I continue to reflect on what it is that God calls us to. As I think about what God calls us to, I think we find an answer […]

Hopes and Dreams

As preparations continue for me to transition to St. Mary’s of the Lake and St. Benedict’s at the end of June, a couple of people from there have asked me about my “hopes and dreams” for the parish. It is both an understandable and a good question. However, at this time I do not have […]

Open and Honest Dialogue

As I have said before, many people today have some knowledge of what the Catholic Church teaches on various topics without knowing why the Church teaches it. Helping people understand not just what the Church teaches but why is at the heart of what I feel called to do in my ministry, especially here on […]

“For I Know Well the Plans”

It is no secret that 2020 was a difficult year. A number of my blog articles in the last year reflect that. In particular, there were the articles, “2020: What a Year!” and “2020 is Over!”. Now, we try to look forward and develop a plan. With vaccines for the Coronavirus now being distributed, we […]

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B – Homily

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 (8a and 9a)1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20John 1:35-42January 17, 2021 Jesus asked the two disciples of John the Baptist, “What are you looking for?” Jesus asks us the same question today, “What are you looking for?” What do you come looking […]

God in the New Year

On November 29th, we began a new year in the church with the First Sunday of Advent. In my homily that day, I spoke of people making new year’s resolutions for the secular new year on January 1st and how we could make a resolution to grow closer to God. Did you make a resolution […]

Our Story

In Matthew 28:19-20a, Jesus says to his disciples, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” This mission was not limited to the first disciples. It is a mission that […]

Do People Understand What Jesus Does for Us?

With fewer and fewer people coming to church even before the Coronavirus, one asks the question, “Why don’t more people come to Jesus?” Jesus offers us something wonderful. Do people understand what Jesus offers us, namely, salvation? I just finished reading Clear and Simple: How to Have Conversations That Lead to Conversion by Andre Regnier […]