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August 30, 2013

In one of my earlier blog posts entitled The Kerygma Enigma, I wrote of the essential importance of the initial preaching or proclamation of the basic Gospel message in the process of evangelization. After more than twenty years in professional pastoral ministry, I have become quite convinced that one of the reasons why we Catholics tend to be so weak and ineffectual at evangelization is the fact that we...

August 25, 2013

Today is my birthday, and it is precisely at this time when I am especially mindful of my patron saint, Saint Louis IX, King of France. I became especially acquainted with him after I relocated to the American City that bears his noble name. I don’t know if you know much about Saint Louis, but I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am to have been born on the feast of such a remarkable and godly man.

Louis was born in Poissy, France on April 25, 1215 to King Louis VIII and Blanche...

July 19, 2013

Kerygma is a term that is largely unfamiliar to most Catholics. Kerygma (from the Greek keryssein, to proclaim, and keryx, herald) refers to the initial and essential proclamation of the gospel message. The word appears nine times in the New Testament: once in Matthew (12:41), once in Mark (16:20), once in Luke (11:32), and six times in the letters of St. Paul (Rom. 16:25; 1 Cor. 1:21, 2:4, 15:14; 2 Tim. 4:17; and Titus 1:3). To put it simply, the kerygma is the...

July 5, 2013

Today Pope Francis issued his highly anticipated encyclical Lumen Fidei. An encyclical (from the Greek enkyklios meaning “circular” or "general") is a letter sent by the pope for circulation among the bishops of the world or a particular region of the world. Encyclicals are used primarily for teaching and instruction in...

June 29, 2013

In my last blog post I examined the first of the four notes or marks of the Church—namely, unity. Today I would like to briefly examine the second defining mark or quality of the Church: holiness.

For many, the Catholic Church’s claim of holiness is quite provocative. After all, how can the Catholic Church possibly claim to be holy when her membership is made up of sinners? How can she claim to be...