Tagged: catechesis

We must address the structural issues that plague the Church

In Pope Francis’s 2013 apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, he expressed his desire for a renewed missionary impulse throughout the entire Church. Francis called for the Church to become more mission-oriented by making “ordinary pastoral activity on every level more inclusive...

We must address the structural issues that plague the Church

Prayer Is a Prerequisite for Holiness

In the United States, a pervasive intellectualism continues its stranglehold on Catholics, thwarting our flourishing. Again and again, we hear the need for  “doctrinal clarity,” or about how Pope Francis is “confusing.” Many seem to believe that being clear-minded and...

Prayer Is a Prerequisite for Holiness

Prayer Is the “Breath of Faith”

Faith is the miraculous gift of God. In faith, we are reborn. Through faith, we are sustained by God’s grace. But how do we nurture faith?  In a recent Wednesday catechesis, Pope Francis said, “We grow in faith inasmuch as...

Prayer Is the “Breath of Faith”

Forming Catechists as Witnesses of the Gospel

How are people chosen to lead catechesis? Too often it is an appointment made without much forethought and typically a knee-jerk response by the parish priest when he realizes the First Holy Communion program is beginning shortly and he’s struggling...

Forming Catechists as Witnesses of the Gospel

When catechesis fails young Catholics

The Church often asks, “Why are young people leaving?” But it usually comes up with the wrong answers. “They left because they did not take the trouble to learn about their faith,” or, “secular society drew them away.” However, one...

When catechesis fails young Catholics

Pope Francis: The Council is the Magisterium of the Church

Pope Francis spoke to members of Italy’s National Catechetical Office today, and offered some words of encouragement and gratitude to catechists, who do such an important job of forming us in the faith. Earlier this evening, I took part in...

Pope Francis: The Council is the Magisterium of the Church

The Humanity and Struggles of the Successor of Peter

“There is the presence of the Holy Spirit, the essence of the new law according to St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. However, this presence does not exclude, but rather demands on the ministerial level the visible, the institutional, the...

The Humanity and Struggles of the Successor of Peter

Catechesis Is Not the Answer

What figure best shows how dire the Church’s situation is in the West? Is it Mass attendance among youth? Perhaps it is polls of self-professed Catholics that reveal little connection between the Church’s teachings and common practice? We know the...

Catechesis Is Not the Answer