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What do you say when a co-worker asks why we worship Mary and the saints?

In 2017, Theology 101 is focusing on the topic of evangelization. Specifically, the task is to offer some ways of approaching various questions Catholics may encounter from co-workers, family and friends regarding the practice of the faith. Of course, we must remember that nothing can replace the power of witnessing to the Good News through our own actions and words combined with our willingness to accompany others on their faith journey.

Pope Watch - March 2017

Pictured right: Pope Francis leads a mass at the Roman Parish of Santa Maria a Setteville di Guidonia on the outskirts of Rome. 


Upcoming synod needs young people’s voices 

Initiating preparations for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops focused on youth, Pope Francis released a letter in January asking young people for their input. The Church, he says, wants “to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith, even your doubts and your criticism.”

Apologetics or Apologizing?

Dear Fr. Joe: Whenever I hear people talking about apologetics, I get confused. It sounds like apologizing, and I don’t think we need to apologize for our faith! What am I misunderstanding?

First, let’s define apologetics. It’s a tougher thing to do than you would think, because the word is flexible enough to be used in a few ways.

These days, when we say we are apologizing, what we are usually doing is asking someone’s forgiveness in an informal way: “I apologize for laughing when your team fumbled and my team scored.”

Lectio Divina – Praying through the year with Scripture

When Jesus returned to Capernaum after some days, it became known that he was at home. Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them, even around the door, and he preached the word to them. They came bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. Unable to get near Jesus because of the crowd, they opened up the roof above him. After they had broken through, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying.

What do you say when a co-worker asks you about being Catholic?

This year, Theology 101 will focus on the topic of evangelization. Specifically, the task will be to offer some ways of approaching various questions Catholics may encounter from co-workers, family and friends regarding the practice of the faith. Of course, this undertaking represents only possibilities, and we must remember that nothing can replace the power of witnessing to the Good News through our own actions and words, combined with our willingness to accompany others on their faith journey.

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