Our 15th Anniversary Giveaway: Practice Makes Catholic

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 Practice Makes Catholic: Moving from a Learned Faith to a Lived Faith. It is said that practice makes perfect, but what else does practice make? I’d say that practice makes Catholic—that is, there are certain distinct practices that make us essentially Catholic. […]

Our 15th Anniversary Giveaway: The Catechist’s Backpack

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 The Catechist’s Backpack: Spiritual Essentials for the Journey. It is obvious that catechists spend their time guiding children and adults in deepening their Catholic faith, but we have to ask, “Who’s guiding the catechists on their spiritual journey?” While there are many […]

Replacing a Fear of Missing Out with the Freedom of Missing Out

One of the most famous cases of “FOMO” (Fear of Missing Out) can be found in the Gospels: the story of the rich young man (Matthew 19:16–22; Mark 10:17–27). Although the young man was interested in following Jesus, he couldn’t get past his fear of missing out on a life of material wealth. This story is no doubt included in the Gospels to remind us catechists that our invitations to follow Jesus will be met […]

Our 15th Anniversary Giveaway: A Well-Built Faith

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 Well-Built Faith: A Catholic’s Guide to Knowing and Sharing What We Believe. I wrote A Well-Built Faith because too many Catholics struggle to comprehend and articulate their faith. A Well-Built Faith—which I developed around a construction theme—makes it easy […]

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 […]

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