Our 15th Anniversary Giveaway: A Church on the Move

We continue our year-long celebration of the 15th anniversary of the launch of Catechist’s Journey and publication of The Catechist’s Toolbox. Our celebration continues today with the chance to win a copy of my book, A Church on the Move: 52 Ways to Get Mission and Mercy in Motion. Well before the pandemic, I wrote A Church on the Move, recognizing that our parishes were in crisis and in need of new approaches to engaging […]

Catechists as the Keepers of Memories

One of the most inspiring images presented in the new Directory for Catechesis is the image of the catechist as the “keeper of the memory of God.” Here’s what the Directory has to say: The catechist is a witness of faith and the keeper of the memory of God. The faith contains the memory of God’s history with humanity. Keeping this memory, reawakening it in others, and placing it at the service of the proclamation […]

Our 15th Anniversary Giveaway: The Bible Blueprint

We continue our year-long celebration of the 15th anniversary of the launch of Catechist’s Journey and publication of The Catechist’s Toolbox. Our celebration continues today with the chance to win a copy of my book, The Bible Blueprint: A Catholic’s Guide to Understanding and Embracing God’s Word. In The Bible Blueprint, I use the metaphor of a blueprint to help Catholics visualize the structure and organization of the Bible, leading to easier navigation of its […]

Our 15th Anniversary Giveaway: 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness

We continue our year-long celebration of the 15th anniversary of the launch of Catechist’s Journey and publication of The Catechist’s Toolbox. Our celebration continues today with the chance to win a copy of my book, 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness: Enriching Your Faith by Strengthening the Health of Your Soul. In 7 Keys to Spiritual Wellness, I invite readers to explore seven practical ways to maintain spiritual wellness and avoid pitfalls to our spiritual wellbeing. […]

Our 15th Anniversary Giveaway: Living the Sacraments

We continue our year-long celebration of the 15th anniversary of the launch of Catechist’s Journey and publication of The Catechist’s Toolbox. Our celebration continues today with the chance to win a copy of my book, Living the Sacraments: Finding God at the Intersection of Heaven and Earth. In Living the Sacraments, I invite readers to explore the mystery of God’s self-revelation through the sacraments. I focus on how the sacraments allow us to experience God’s […]

Our 15th Anniversary Giveaway: Preparing Hearts and Minds

Thank you to everyone who played along in our online scavenger hunt last month, celebrating the 15th anniversary of the launch of Catechist’s Journey and publication of The Catechist’s Toolbox. Our celebration continues today with the chance to win a copy of Preparing Hearts and Minds: 9 Simple Ways for Catechists to Cultivate a Living Faith. In Preparing Hearts and Minds, I revisit how the early Church introduced people to Jesus Christ, identifying nine strategies […]

The Difference Between a Hero and an Idol

When I was growing up, most of my “heroes” were sports figures: Ernie Banks (Chicago Cubs), Bobby Hull (Chicago Blackhawks), Muhammed Ali (boxing). In retrospect, I think it’s safe to say that they were my idols rather than heroes. An idol is simply someone who is adored for various reasons: good looks, accomplishments, charisma, and so on. A hero, on the other hand, is someone who puts personal needs aside and goes above and beyond […]

Summer Reading for Young People and Growing Imaginations

Summer is a wonderful time for young people to get plenty of outdoor exercise as they grow physically. It’s important to remember that they are growing mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well. With that in mind, summer is a great time to help young people exercise their imaginations! One of the most effective ways of exercising one’s imagination is through reading good literature. This is especially important in our times, when it can be tempting […]

My Most Recent Book Now Available in Spanish! Preparar corazones y mentes

Our Church is blessed with incredible diversity, and we are privileged to be experiencing rapid growth in the presence of Hispanics/Latinos in the U.S. Church. In fact: Hispanics account for 71% of the growth of the Catholic population since 1960. 40% of all Catholics in the U.S. have a Hispanic background. Six out of ten Catholics under the age of 18 are of Hispanic background. U.S.-born Hispanics make up two-thirds of the Hispanic population. On […]

Lent in a Time of Pandemic: Déjà Vu

As we enter the month of February, 2021, with the realization that Ash Wednesday and Lent are just a few weeks away, we will no doubt begin experiencing a sense of déjà vu—that sense that we have lived through the present situation before. And while we have all lived through Ash Wednesday and Lent before, this will be the second year that our Lenten experience takes place within the context of a worldwide pandemic (although, […]

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