Category Archives: Ministry

The Examen Adapted

Saint Ignatius was ever adapting his Spiritual Exercises to the particular needs of those under his direction. He knew some people were ready for the full experience. Others would benefit from so much, but not more. For the students I’ve … Continue reading

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Evangelization Trumps Apologetics

I like Father Robert Barron’s filmmaking. I’ve enjoyed his books even more, but then I’m biased toward the written medium over video. I received an e-mail notice yesterday that read, in part: Don’t miss out on Fr. Barron’s new DVD, … Continue reading

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Praying About It … Or Something

When I received an offer Friday to join a parish staff, I did what many church people do: I asked for the weekend to pray about it. I hung up the phone and pondered many options. Taking a few hours … Continue reading

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Polarization

Michael Peppard writes here on an upcoming conference on polarization. From his conclusion: (We) cannot fully escape these cultural forces (at least not without becoming sectarian, the so-called “Benedict Option”) … At its root, polarization is not necessarily bad. People … Continue reading

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Recruiting

As some of you know, priest and/or seminary recruitment videos have been getting attention at dotCommonweal (here and here) among other places this week. Last month, I posted this video with no comments following. The Fr Barron critique got 163 … Continue reading

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Talking Past

While I no longer comment on other sites, I do follow the occasional thread of interest. dotCommonweal has close to forty comments following Grant Gallicho’s piece on Cardinal O’Brien. I was struck by this exchange today between Bernard Dauenhauer and … Continue reading

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Catechesis? Or Rather Discipleship

Msgr Francis Mannion makes a case for a better RCIA, but the commentariat jumps on him. Formation tools, be they a Catechism, a Lectionary, a Fr Robert Barron video, or a 12-Step manifesto can all be abused as well as … Continue reading

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