Tag Archive for evangelization

Terrifying Tales of the Late Jack Chick

I grew up in the 1980s loving Halloween: carving fantastic faces in pumpkins and toasting the seeds, dressing up in homemade costumes, prowling the neighborhood scaring my friends and collecting candy and treats from our moms and assorted little old ladies. The only hint of Hell was on the news the night before: the annual bout of arson and mayhem in Detroit that had been dubbed Devil’s Night. Beyond that Halloween was, for me, good clean fun. But we kids had heard hints of another side to the sugar-fueled frivolity — of tampered candy and razor-infested apples, of pagan rites and

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‘Aesthetic Witnesses’: Using
Beauty to Build the Kingdom

“Art must make perceptible, and as far as possible attractive, the world of the spirit, of the invisible, of God.” – Pope Saint John Paul II The quote above is taken from Pope John Paul II’s “Letter to Artists,” published on Easter Sunday in 1999. I’ve been reflecting on that letter in terms of the saint’s call, beginning in the late 1970s, for a new evangelization, and also in the context of young Karol Wojtyla’s cultural resistance efforts with the Rhapsodic Theater during the period of Nazi control of Poland. The more I reflect, the more convinced I become that

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A Reflection on Evangelization

One of my readings during this season of Lent has been Magnificat Year for Priests Companion, produced for the 2009 Year for Priests.  The small pamphlet offers many good meditations on the role and dignity of the Catholic priesthood.  This particular reflection caught my attention for a couple different reasons. We the laity have a heart that is hungry for God.  O priest of God, give us that knowledge of God which came to you when you were alone with him in his immense silence… Make it short.  Make it simple.  Talk to us about our hunger and your hunger…  We

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The New Evangelization Hype Cycle

Gartner, Inc. has developed a useful tool in the graphical representation of the maturity and adoption of technology and its applications known as the Hype Cycle.  For example, here is an interesting hype cycle that the company put out in August of 2015 that is a snapshot of notable technologies and products at that time. The hype cycle can also be used to track the history of a specific technology over time. I find hype cycles fascinating.  While they are subjective in nature, they are also helpful in explaining the interaction between ideas and the public. I also think introducing concepts from one

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The Third Way Regarding Same-Sex Attraction

Some time ago, a friend recommended I check out the video below as a possible tool for reaching out to Catholics who have a hard time understanding, accepting, or living the Church’s teachings on same-sex attraction. I am embarrassed to say it has been many months, but it was again brought to my attention this week. The film, entitled The Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church, is a little less than 40 minutes long and includes personal testimonies of Catholics who have struggled with same-sex attraction, both outside of the Church and its teachings and now, answering the call

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Catholics Come Home Ad by Lou Holtz

I was gladdened (and surprised!) to see Lou Holtz in a 30 second ad from Catholics Come Home, during two different televised college football games this weekend.  For a quick shot about the Church, I thought it was really well done– perhaps the utter surprise factor was part of its appeal to me, and hopefully others. But apparently I’ve completely missed the boat on this organization, Catholics Come Home, which has been around since the late 90’s.  I now recall seeing a few of their ads in the past but they dropped off my radar enough that I didn’t link the

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