Category Archives: Catechism

‘Open wide the doors to Christ’ by Fr. Bob Hilz

Memorial of Pope St. John Paul II,1920-2005 How do I summarize the life of the second longest reigning pope in Church history? He was born Karol Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland. He lost both of his parents and older brother before … Continue reading

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Joy Stories: Why I became a Catholic by Brian Gill

    I'm a Catholic: by choice. I was born into a nice, normal, mainstream Protestant church. I accepted what I was taught there and still do, to a great extent. It's not so much that I rejected the faith … Continue reading

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Six Pivotal Points in Coming Home by Karl Erickson

Editors Note: In his conversion story, Thirst for Reverence, Karl Erickson described his journey home to the Catholic Church. Here he shares how the obstacles were met and resolved in his heart. I’d like to address six areas that were pivotal … Continue reading

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Openness to Change

(At our  Lawn Chair Catechism lesson for this week from Sherry Waddell’s “Forming Intentional Disciples” is Chapter 7: The Third Threshold: Openness.) Openness to change, although applauded in our culture, takes courage. We fear what we will lose. We … Continue reading

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Prisms by Margaret Rose Realy

The upstairs windows are washed, and the glass and crystal knick-knacks on the top of the sash and sill have been wiped off. Looking out, I notice the seventy-foot maple in the neighbor’s yard is tipped in dark red. Within … Continue reading

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Bishop Ricken Offers ‘10 Ways Catholics Can Live The Year Of Faith’

  September 24, 2012 WASHINGTON—To honor the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI has announced a Year of Faith, starting October 11 and ending November … Continue reading

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Hot Dogs and Evangelization

I came out of the Trade Show at the recent conference for Catholic writers, bloggers, podcasters and marketers looking for a quick lunch at the convention center. I ordered a box lunch and joined two writers on a long bench … Continue reading

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