How to Stay A Faithful Catholic in Your 20s
Recent trends dictate that there is currently a mass exodus from church attendance, especially when one hits their twenties.
Even worse, most Catholic parishes are unable, unwilling or ill-prepared to reach out to this generation. More than once I have heard pastors state that they expect individuals to return to church, once they get married, have children, and discover the... Read More
Getting the “Nones” Off the Bus
Much ink has been spilled as of late for the latest results of the [Pew Survey](http://www.pewforum.org/religious-landscape-study/). You know, the one which indicates that there is a current downward trend towards people who identify themselves as “Christian,” and an upward trend towards the “Nones”.
Here are my thoughts, and... Read More
The Challenge of Catholic Evangelization
Much ink has been spilled over the need for lay Catholics to bear witness to the faith, to their friends, their co-workers, and (gulp) their own families. St. Pope John Paul II declared it to be the time of the “New Evangelization.” Sherry Weddell wrote about such in Forming Intentional Disciples, and Greg Willits wrote about The New Evangelization And You.
As I look over... Read More
Free Catholic Worship Music
A Tremendous Gift
The folks at Corpus Christi Watershed, in preparing for a hymnal of their own, have provided a tremendous resource for Catholic worship leaders. Downloads of 49 old hymnals, in PDF format.
Purchasing these on Amazon or ebay would cost in the hundreds of dollars. But they have provided these all for free.
Thank you Corpus Christi! And I look forward to... Read More
Two Must Reads For The Catholic Evangelist
I’m about to go to Tucson, to deliver comedy to a gala/dinner. My whole week has been quite swamped.
But before I leave, I want to draw attention to two blog posts that I consider to be mandatory reading for those who wish to understand Catholic evangelism.
Father Z’s Response to a Repentant Sinner
The first post is a simple response from a noted... Read More
Being the Court Jester For Giants
Right now I am in the midst of preparation for being the central entertainment for a formal event in Tuscon, AZ. The Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson is hosting their 29th Annual Cornerstone Gala, for which they will be honoring permanent deacons and also Angel Charity For Children, an ecumenical group that raises money for assisting organizations that help children.
New... Read More
What I’ve Learned From You
Building A Video Studio
A couple of weeks ago, I had asked you to fill out a quick survey; I am in the process of setting up a dedicated video area that would allow me to craft more videos on a consistent basis.
Because of this new venture into social media, I wanted to make sure I would be creating videos that would appeal directly to the needs of my base. I wanted... Read More
Jesus’ Disciples Did Not Hallucinate
Every now and then I would come across a non-believer in the resurrection, when asked why, they would come out and share that the disciples probably hallucinated and suffered under some sort of mass delusion.
Dr. Peter Kreeft, one of today’s most brilliant theologians, has a must-read blog post that simply explains thirteen reasons as to why it is illogical to believe... Read More
Why I Want to See “It Follows” this October
“At its roots, horror is about dealing with sin in a cathartic manner.”
Every October, I begin my annual ritual of horror movie watching. I scavenge through RedBox, Netflix, Amazon Prime and my DVR to discover some of the great horror movies that have eluded me.
For personal reasons, this month is the only time of year I watch horror. The rest of... Read More
Response to a Bitter Atheist
A person had vented on reddit. He was exasperated about “snake-oil salesmen” in Christian circles, or about being told what to believe “just because.” And yet he longed to know for certain if God existed or not.
After reading his lengthy rant against the corruption and struggle he was going through, I wrote the following response. I wrote it to show how one can truly... Read More
What Millennials Think of Church.
For those of us who work in youth ministry, we oftentimes don’t want to deal with conflict.
We have enough conflict as it is, trying to balance our love for the teenagers, our relationships with their parents, our dedication to the parish priest, and the demands of our day jobs and family life.
Because of this, I can see there being a lot of running around with the “tyranny... Read More
Share the Catholic Faith with Non-Catholics
As Catholics, we forget that we are called to evangelize. We are scared of what our friends and family might think. We don’t know how to do it. We fear that we are ill-prepared to the task, and so we let it slide.
Let this be an encouragement for you. You can do it. Here is help.
This, here is a fantastic article filled with the right motivation and practicals to help... Read More
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