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Great Time to be Catholic: Witness to Our Faith as Pope Visits US

September 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Family, Pope, Teresa Tomeo

It's a Great Time to Be Catholic:
Let's Witness to Our Faith as Pope Visits U.S.


Editor’s Note: Today we welcome Teresa Tomeo to our site with her post urging us to witness to our faith, and the World Meeting of Families and the Pope's visit to the U.S. Many of you know her from her great work at EWTN and also from her own television and radio shows, books, speaking engagements and all the many ways in which she has said yes to the Lord (see her biographical information below). Please welcome her warmly and make her feel at home. 

teresa tomeoAs it says in the Old Testament Book of Esther, “for such a time as this,” and what a great time it is to be Catholic. Given all the hits the faith has taken in recent months and years for being allegedly “out of touch” and “irrelevant” when it comes to things like the teachings on marriage and sexuality, you might be wondering how I can be so upbeat.

I guess I am just the type of person who chooses to see the glass as half-full rather than half-empty. For starters, if the Church is so “backward” as many in the culture have and continue to claim, then why is it that every news outlet in the country, and practically around the world, is dedicating so much time, effort, and money to the World Meeting of Families World-Meeting-of-Families-Logogathering this week, and to the historic visit of the Pope to the United States? Several networks are actually dedicating entire channels, yes entire channels, on Sirius/XM Satellite and other venues for nothing but round-the-clock coverage of the events? Go figure.

It could be, of course, that the off-the-charts interest is due to the fact that some wrongly believe the Pope is coming to America to make some shocking announcements that will change core Church teaching. That can’t and won’t happen, of course, as the Church and Her teachings are guided and protected by the Holy Spirit. But if the Church is as out of touch, irrelevant, and backward as some claim then why bother at all? What does it matter what she teaches or what her leader does or doesn’t do? Who cares? It’s quite clear that despite some of the negative labeling that goes on; at the end of the day people do care because the Church does matter.

Secondly, given all of the attention on us right now, what better time to witness about the beauty of Catholicism? Everyone from the cashier at the grocery store to the folks at the gym, as well as fellow parishioners at the coffee and donut social, will be talking about, well, whatever the Pope is talking about right now. You and I will no doubt be a part of at least a few discussions in the next two weeks, so shame on us if we’re not ready to answer some questions, dispel myths, and most importantly welcome someone home to the Church compliments of the Roman Pontiff.

You can get the whole truth and nothing but by staying close to us at Ave Maria Radio and the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). I will be broadcasting my Catholic Connection radio program live from the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) Monday through Friday. You’ll also enjoy great live TV coverage from EWTN’s Doug Keck and Johnnette Benkovic throughout the gathering in Philadelphia. Make sure to also follow every step of the Pope’s journey through top notch radio, TV, and on-line reporting from our EWTN team.

Whether you’re in New York, D.C., Philadelphia, or at home, we’ve got you covered as we cover the historic happenings from start to finish giving you all the information you need to make a difference in your faith and hopefully someone else’s. Let’s not let this huge evangelization opportunity pass us by. For such a time as this probably won’t pass this way again anytime soon.

Art: Teresa Tomeo picture and World Meeting of Families Logo used with permission.

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About Teresa Tomeo

Teresa Tomeo is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio and newspaper and spent 19 of those years working in front of a camera as a reporter/anchor in the Detroit market. In the year 2000, Teresa left the secular media to start her own speaking and communications company, Teresa Tomeo Communications, LLC. Her weekday morning radio program, Catholic Connection, is produced by Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan and now heard on over 200 Catholic stations nationwide through the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network and is also carried on Sirius Satellite Radio. Teresa is a columnist and special correspondent for the national Catholic newspaper Our Sunday Visitor and appears frequently on the EWTN Global Catholic Television Network. Teresa co-hosts the EWTN television series, The Catholic View for Women, and is the field reporter for their annual March for Life coverage in D.C. Teresa has also been featured on The O’Reilly Factor, Fox News, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, and the Dr. Laura Show, discussing issues of faith, media awareness, and Catholic Church teaching, especially as it relates to the culture. Teresa has been honored to be named an official Vatican Conference Speaker and Conference Delegate. In 2008, she was one of a select group of international delegates invited to the Vatican Women’s Congress in Rome, marking the 20th Anniversary of Blessed Pope John Paul II's letter, On the Dignity and Vocation of Women ("Mulieris Dignitatem".) In September, 2013, Teresa spoke at the Vatican conference entitled, "The Rights of the Family and the Challenges of the Contemporary World" on the topic, “The Way Family is Perceived in Society.” The conference is presented by the Pontifical Council for the Family. As a speaker, Teresa travels throughout North America, addressing media awareness and activism, as well as sharing her reversion to the Catholic Church. She also leads various retreats and pilgrimages each year to destinations around the world, including Italy and the Holy Land. Teresa has authored several books. Extreme Makeover: Women Transformed by Christ, Not Conformed to the Culture from Ignatius Press and has been named “required reading” by Dr. Laura Schlessinger. Noise: How Our Media Saturated Culture Dominates Lives and Dismantles Families, published by Ascension Press, is in its third printing. Plus Wrapped Up: God’s Ten Gifts for Women, from Servant Press,God's Bucket List: Heaven's Surefire Way to Happiness in This Life and Beyond, about finding God's will for your life, by Random House/Image Books, and again from Servant Press, Walk Softly and Carry a Great Bag: On-the-Go Devotions which was released February 2015. Teresa and her husband, Deacon Dominick Pastore, will have a new book, to be published by Ave Maria Press, about strengthening marriages; Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings Out the Best in Marriage, coming out in October 2015. Passionate about sharing her faith and educating others on the truth, Teresa is also a Professor for St. Benedict Press’ Catholic Courses, teaching on subjects such as Modern Media and Reclaiming Feminism. In addition to social media listed below, she is also on YouTube.

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