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Gentle Evangelization

    “How beautiful you are, my friend, How beautiful you are! Your eyes are doves behind your veil… Like a scarlet strand, your lips, and your mouth—lovely! Like pomegranate halves, your cheeks behind your veil.” Songs 4:1,3       I'm a frequent visitor of art museums. From modern minimalism, to rococo ornamentation, to the still-life portraits of... Read More

Search and Rescue: Bringing & Returning Loved Ones to the Faith

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Patrick Madrid about his book Search and Rescue where they explore the best approach to bring your loved ones into, or back into the Catholic Church. Topics/Questions covered in the show: How can we present the truths of the Faith to our loved ones without seeming offensive or judgmental? Who is this book intended for? Is it for those... Read More

Dozing Off to Sleep and the Power of the Cross

Dozing Off to Sleep and the Power of the Cross The date was August 18, 2011, and I was tucked away on the fourth floor in a little room in Christ Church, Oxford, England. After successfully defending my dissertation, I sat down to write my forward to the work. Upon doing so, I was made to consider the relevance of August 18, if any, to my dissertation topic on poverty and the new evangelization... Read More

Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement

Exorcising the Specter of Discouragement   Dear Father John, What are some ways to help me or others overcome discouragement or a feeling of loss when evangelizing efforts don't bear fruit? DISCOURAGEMENT IS ONE of an apostle’s greatest enemies. It can sneak up on us. We need to understand it in order to be ready to resist it. A good place to do so is in chapter 24 of St. Luke’s Gospel, where... Read More

Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps

Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps Interview with Gary Zimak   While interviewing Gary Zimak about his new book, “Find a Real Friend in Jesus: Ten Amazingly Easy Steps”, I found a fascinating backstory of how a conversion experience propelled him into a career as a full-time Catholic evangelist. Nancy: How did God guide you into a career as a Catholic evangelist... Read More

Relationships or Activities?

July 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Apostolate, Fr. Bartunek, Mission

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Relationships or Activities?   Dear Father John, Is there anything wrong with putting too much emphasis in my passion and or apostolate? THE INSTRUCTIONS JESUS gave when he sent out the first Christian missionaries included a curious directive: “Whatever town or village you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you leave” (Matthew 10:11). Christian Mission Is about People The... Read More

But What if I Don’t Feel Like It?

But . . . What If I Don’t Feel Like It?   Dear Father John, How can I overcome my feelings of not wanting to evangelize, especially when there are some people I don't want to even be around? SOMETIMES KINDNESS OVERFLOWS effortlessly from a warm and affectionate heart. At other times that same heart feels cold and antagonistic, and even the possibility of kindness is crowded back into a hidden... Read More

Intimacy and Evangelizing — A Heart for Evangelizing

Dr. Joseph Hollcraft, Avila Professor, and Dan Burke (who also teaches at the Avila Institute!) Editor's Note: Dan Burke says that Dr. Joseph Hollcraft “reveals that the advance of the Kingdom of God must begin first within our own hearts and then extend to those around us. Without this inner work of conversion and union with God, our efforts will yield far less than we would desire.” Professor... Read More

You Have What It Takes to Evangelize

July 11, 2016 by  
Filed under Evangelization, Fr. Bartunek

You Have What It Takes to Evangelize   Dear Father John, Sometimes I get nervous, even scared, at the thought of evangelizing. Is this normal, and how can I overcome these feelings? THE CHURCH’S DEEPEST identity is found in her mission to evangelize, to proclaim and foster the growth of Christ’s kingdom. And God calls every Christian, every member of the Church, no matter how apparently small... Read More

Spiritual Direction and Evangelization

November 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction and Evangelization In the Holy Father's latest Apostolic Exhortation “Joy of the Gospel” (Evangelii Gaudium) he takes time to remind us of spiritual accompaniment as a key part of evangelization (see paragraphs number 169 to 172). Pope Francis begins by noting the paradox of modern culture: on the one hand, people suffer from anonymity, and on the other, a morbid curiosity... Read More

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