Equipping Catholics for the New Evangelization: ChristLife

12/17/2014 Comments (5)

There’s a lot of talk about the New Evangelization, but for ordinary Catholics, it can seem underwhelming. Just what does it mean? And how do you pull it off in the midst of your already busy life?

Parishes, too, can find the call to evangelization challenging. Talk to almost any parish secretary about turnout and volunteer rates: how do you get people excited about yet another parish program? And then how do you staff the thing?

That’s where ChristLife comes in. My own parish is actually in the beginning phases of rolling it out. It’s a process that requires an investment of people. It’s not a “once and done program,” but rather a change in mindset.

ChristLife’s vision is “to equip...READ MORE

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Miles Christi: Men on a Mission

11/14/2014 Comments (2)

This Sunday, EWTN is airing “Miles Christi: Soldiers of Christ in America,” which has been four years in the making by StoryTel Foundation. It’s a one-hour documentary covering the Miles Christi order of priests and brothers. The film includes interviews with Cardinal Burke about Fr. John Hardon’s involvement and in-depth coverage of the formation these priests receive.

This is a rare inside look at an order many of us might not have heard of. They’re not a large order, and they’re relatively new, founded in 1994.

Miles Christi priests and brothers came to the United States with a couple of priests and $4000 and are now traveling all over the country, leading retreats and trying to revive...READ MORE

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Don't Just Sing Louder

11/04/2014 Comments (2)

Though the Holocaust killed 11 million people, according to the a survey by the Anti-Defamation League, only 54% of the world’s population has heard of the Holocaust. Of those, a third believe that it’s been accurately described by history.

Abortion, on the other hand, has killed 53 million babies legally from 1973 through 2011.

It’s hard to wrap our minds around that number. The Holocaust, in some ways, is more tangible, easier to understand.

Do the two have anything in common, some way of helping us relate one to the other?

The producers of the new movie Sing Louder think so. That’s the basis of their 10-minute film, which is inspired by and based on the true story of an elderly man....READ MORE

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Run away … or stand up and fight for the Truth?

02/13/2014 Comments (32)

In the increasingly hostile climate that surrounds the Catholic Church today, we are faced with two ways to respond. And more and more Catholics are deciding that running away is not their style. Fueled by the attacks on the Church, they instead are leaning in and working to better understand and defend their faith.

I recently met a woman in her 70's who has come back to the Church after decades away. She indicated that the shift in her life was due to the constant attacks on the Church. She said, "I kept reading about the assault on our religious liberties and it prompted me to ask myself, 'Why did I ever leave the Church in the first place?'" She has initiated efforts to learn her...READ MORE

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Spiritual New Year's Resolutions

12/31/2013 Comments (4)

It's that time of year again - New Year’s resolutions abound.

Looking back on this past year, did you grow in your faith and in holiness? Here's a good test; ask yourself whether if those closest to you were asked this question about you, would their answer be a resolute “yes!”?

If not, do you have a purposeful plan to grow closer to Christ this coming year you might consider this question, "Are you fully prepared to meet God face to face if this year is your last?"

Though it was years ago, it only seems like yesterday when I attended my brother Shannon’s funeral – he was 35 years old when he died. About a year prior, I attended my sister Linda’s funeral – she was 32. In between...READ MORE

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The Three Advents of Ascent

12/07/2013 Comments (7)

As I sit here writing this I just returned from giving a retreat to a group of Directors of Religious Education based in part on my book Navigating the Interior Life. We talked about spiritual growth secrets of the saints yesterday, and then with one more session to go, I lost my voice - 100% gone.

Now at home I am wiped out, tired, and feeling run down. Even so, I have a great deal of joy and peace. I saw God work yesterday in a few folks who allowed themselves to be moved by Him. Don’t be fooled by an instinct to think that I am speaking figuratively. I saw Him in a powerful and tangible way, offering healing, hope, and the abundant life. My prayer for each participant is that they...READ MORE

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Christmas in Hell

11/20/2013 Comments (16)

Dante described the inscription over the gates of hell: “Abandon Every Hope All Ye Who Enter Here.” And though the eternal torments of hell associated with the rejection of God are incomparable with any suffering in this life, there is an appropriate expression that reveals the worst that this life can bring: “Hell on Earth.” The key distinction between the two types of hell? Despite the anguish of “hell on earth,” there is always the possibility, even if remote, of relief, comfort and hope

The original title for this post was, “My Christmas Wish List” — and it still applies because my list this year is not about getting something, but about giving something. If you were to ask me...READ MORE

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The Devil’s War On Silence in Mass

11/05/2013 Comments (170)

A consistent thread in the resulting dialogue from my post “The Devil’s War On Silence” was on the common problem of the disturbing absence of silence in Mass. This is clearly a challenge that is very familiar to the majority of faithful Catholics.

Frequently, the noise assaults us right when we enter the church — from the choir, the parishioners and other sources. This despite the fact that the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) clearly outlines the critical importance and specific instructions for the place of sacred silence in the Mass:

"Sacred silence also, as part of the celebration, is to be observed at the designated times," the GIRM says. "Its purpose, however,...READ MORE

Filed under liturgy, mass, silence, traditionalism, traditionalists

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Dan Burke is an award winning author, speaker, regular voice on Register Radio, the Executive Director of the National Catholic Register and founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. Dan has appeared on EWTN's Journey Home program, blogs on the spiritual life over at Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction and his latest book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God is available through EWTN's Religious Catalogue. Dan's journey began in Judaism, matured into a living relationship with Christ as a Protestant, and after fifteen years of exploration has found his home in the Catholic Church.