Category Archives: Church Renewal

Living and Active, Part I

“The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb 4:12). A client last week shared how he’s discovering the power of the word of God. A cradle Catholic, he’s experiencing new life in the Lord, as … Continue reading

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The Power of the Holy Spirit

In a previous post, I mentioned “Alpha”. It’s a kind of “Jesus 101” evangelization course that we’re kicking off at our parish. This weekend was the Alpha retreat, which is devoted to seeking to be filled with the Holy Spirit. … Continue reading

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Belong, Believe, Behave

The parish model of Catholicism, as it currently functions, is dead. We need a new paradigm. As Pope Francis has repeatedly said, the Church needs to go out into the marketplace, because increasingly, most of the people out there will not … Continue reading

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Waiting for Fire

Advent has begun. Once again, we are waiting for the light. The days have barely begun to darken, and already we’re waiting for them to lengthen and lighten. As Advent begins, the Mass readings look forward to Jesus’ return as the Light and … Continue reading

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The Depth of the Lay Vocation

The depth of the lay vocation is like a treasure hidden in a field. It often isn’t obvious, even to the lay person him- or herself. But it’s truly there and truly precious. In comparison with the priesthood, the lay person’s … Continue reading

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Christmas Lights

On this holy eve, I wanted to offer a few reflections on how the feast of Christmas lights the world and our hearts. Christmas lights the world by warming,  by dazzling, and by conquering the darkness. Christmas warms us. A … Continue reading

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Zeal for Souls

“Zeal for souls” is a phrase seldom heard in homilies, on retreats, or in conversations even among devout Christians. This is striking, since zeal for souls has been the force powering the lives of every canonized saint and every significant … Continue reading

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Anxiety and Trust, Part I

Anxiety is in the air, and trust can be difficult, with fears about –  for many Catholics – the Synod on the Family. We have, in addition, Ebola, ISIS, the world economy, and the persecution of Christians abroad and –  increasingly … Continue reading

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Raising the Dead, Part II

I noted in the previous post that the preaching at my parish – in fact, in many Omaha parishes – is good. However, even when Catholic preaching on the parish level is solid, it’s rarely on fire. The homilist may make a good, even … Continue reading

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