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The Problem with Youth Ministry

Bad Catholic has a thoughtful post, The Problem with Youth Ministry that echoes many of my own misgivings and makes some points I hadn’t thought of before. Youth ministry as a primary catechetical and evangelical tool only exists as a necessity if the family has failed. Of course, this makes youth ministry necessary, in that […]

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Cardinal Sean’s Catechesis at World Youth Day in Rio

(Photo credit: George Martell/Pilot New Media) Available for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives license. This talk just blows me away. Here are a few excerpts: The New Evangelization is about being a missionary at home in a world that still thinks of itself as Christian but whose faith is dormant. This is much […]

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We Don’t Know What Normal Is : Lawn Chair Catechism Week 3

Continuing my read along of Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus with’s summer book club In her extensive research, Sherry Weddell learned that most Catholics consider their relationship with God a forbidden topic – too private to discuss with others. What we don’t hear about, we don’t know is possible: […]

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Troll Shaming and Evangelization

In her book, Forming Intentional Disciples Sherry Weddell tells the story of two men, Gareth and Thomas: Gareth was a lifelong, militant, scientific atheist who had always heaped scorn on Thomas’s deep Catholic faith. But six months earlier Gareth’s wife had died, and suddenly Gareth turned up on Thomas’s doorstep, wanting to talk about God. […]

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God Has No Grandchildren—Lawn Chair Catechism Week 2

This is part two of the discussion of Forming Intentional Disciples. Here’s this week’s prompt: In her first chapter of Forming Intentional Disciples, Sherry Weddell describes with detailed statistics the crisis of Catholics leaving the Church. She shares the evidence that most departures happen in young adulthood, and that most who leave never come […]

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Forming Intentional Disciples – Lawn Chair Catechism Week 1

I’m jumping in on the discussion of Forming Intentional Disciples. Here’s the prompt: What does it mean to form “intentional” disciples?  In the introduction to Forming Intentional Disciples, Sherry Weddell writes about a startling conversation she had with the leader of a local Catholic women’s group.  The conversation was part of a series of […]

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Shunning Cultural Catholics?

Today Max Lindeman writes an interesting response to a article by a self-proclaimed “a gay-friendly, feminist, pro-choice, bigmouthed practicing Catholic.” Although I don’t agree with him on every particular, his piece, The Witness of Mary Elizabeth Williams, is worth a read. Here are a few of his most salient points: In the Catholic press, […]

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