So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

OASIS OF EVANGELIZATION, LIFE, SCIENCE & JUSTICE

The central word of Christ's mission is not "welcome" but "repentance."
—a comment by T.T. from the combox at LifeSiteNews.

The only way to win audiences is to tell people about the life and death of Christ. Every other approach is a waste.—Archbishop Fulton Sheen.





CCC905 Lay people also fulfill their prophetic mission by evangelization, "that is, the proclamation of Christ by word and the testimony of life." For lay people, "this evangelization . . . acquires a specific property and peculiar efficacy because it is accomplished in the ordinary circumstances of the world."

Canadian Ambassador for Religious Freedom
Digital Safety Guide • Technology and Safety Through The Eyes of Faith
Foundation For Evangelization Through The Media
Catholic Voices Canada Informed opinions on the Church's positions
Cardinal Newman Society

Sword of Peter Catholic Cartoons by Jeff Harris

The first Christians required courage to overcome and transform a vast, pagan world whose ideas about marriage and sexual morality were not unlike those which prevail in our own culture. Today we need this same, supernatural courage to live and give witness to all the Church believes and teaches about marriage, the family and human sexuality.—Bishop Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury, England.

CIVIL RIGHTS

Becket Fund For Religious Liberty
Catholic Civil Rights League Canada
Catholic League USA
The Lepanto Institute

EDUCATION

Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies
Augustine Institute
Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society
Canadian Catechist
Catholic Bible 101
Collegium Sanctorum Angelorum & Holy Angels Online Academy
Equipping Catholic Families
Holy Apostles College & Seminary
Omnia Christus Est Nobis Fr. Keyes
Pontifex (onlin) Univeristy Masters Degree in Sacred Arts
School of The Annunciation UK
Seton Magazine for Catholic Homeschoolers
Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation





Sophia Sketchpad: Eucharist


FAITH & CONVERSION

Fr. Robert Barron Word On Fire
Brothers In Black videos
Catholic Answers
Catholic Exchange
Catholic Link
Catholic Straight Answers
Catholics United for the Faith
Coming Home Network A fellowship of clergy and lay converts
Dynamic Catholic
Evangelical Catholic
Fullness of Truth Catholic Evangelization Ministries
Homiletic and Pastoral Review
Institute of Catholic Culture
Keep The Faith Audio & Bishop Sheen Resources
Legatus Business Leaders
New Evangelizers
New Theological Movement
Rosary Confraternity
The Sacred Page
Strange Notions Catholics & Atheists
Treasures of The Church Fr. Carlos Martins
Veritas Project Teaching Resources





If the Church were to jettison Natural Law as a pillar of her moral theology in matters of sexuality, how would the end result not be that only consent remains as the sole criterion of the good?—Fr.Martin Fox.


CAMPUS & YOUTH

Augustine Institute Graduate Studies
Benedictus College of the Liberal Arts United Kingdom
Canadian Catholic Campus Ministry
Catholic Christian Outreach
Fellowship of Catholic University Students
Language & Catechetical Institute Gaming, Austria
Love & Fidelity Network
Neri Institute Promoting Human Dignity and Truth
Net Ministries of Canada
Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College Canada
Young and Catholic
World Youth Day

CULTURE & COMMUNITY

Ave Maria Living
Catholic Aboriginal Council CCCB
Family Theatre Productions
MECHRIC Middle East Christian Committee
Moving Together Forward Aboriginal communities
Napa Institute
Stanford Anscombe Society Marriage & Family
Tekakwitha Conference Catholic indigenous peoples of North America

Priests need to stop people-pleasing. They need to speak the truth in love. If people pack-up and go away, well, so be it. When their lives get broken, they’ll be back. And they’ll be back at a place that truly is a hospital, where people can find true comfort and healing. (...) If God can heal me, God can heal anybody.Robin Teresa Beck, 59, former lesbian; convert to Catholicism.

JUSTICE, LIFE, MARRIAGE & THE FAMILY

And Then There Were None Help Abortion workers leave the Abortion Industry
Bella | Natural Women's Care
Catholic Organization for Life and Family COLF
Captive The Heart Catholic Bride
Chiaroscuro Foundation
Center for Medical Progress
Dignitatis Humane Institute
(The) Fathers of St. Joseph Catholic Dads
John Paul II Institute for Marriage & Family Melbourne, Australia
Live Action Lila Rose
Marriage: Unique For A Reason USCCB
MARRIpedia Marriage and Religion Research Institute database
Melissa Ohden Abortion Survivor
National Campus Life Network
Pregnant On Campus USA
Priests For Life
Real Life Catholic Chris Stefanick
Respect Life Ministry Victoria, BC
(The) Ruth Institute Healing the 21st Century Family
The Signal Hill Pro-life education, media & practical support
Silent No More Awareness Campaign abortion harms women
Society for the Protection of Unborn Children United Kingdom
Susan B. Anthony List Pro-Life Feminism
Wilberforce Project Respect for all Humanity
Youth Protecting Youth University of Victoria pro-life group

INTERNATIONAL

CNEWA Catholic Near East Welfare Association
Chalice Aid & Relief
Cross Catholic Outreach Delivering Food, Shelter & Hope to the Poorest of the Poor
Custodia Terrae Sanctae Franciscan Missionaries serving in the Holy Land
Mother of God Mission Society Reviving the Church in Eastern Russia




MERCY & NEW BEGINNINGS

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Victoria, BC
Talitha Koum Society halfway house for women

PUBLIC POLICY & SOCIAL ARCHITECTURE


SCIENCE & LIFE

Mary Meets Dolly Catholic Guide to Genetics & Biotechnology
Stem For Life Foundation Ethical Stem Cell Therapies
Stemtech Adult Stem Cell
(Adult) Stem Cell Research Facts

SIX TIPS FOR THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
Father Robert Barron
Catholic Press Association Catholic Media Conference 2013

  1. Lead with beauty. In order to overcome the "whatever" culture of moral relativism, Father Barron recommends starting by simply asking people to look and see beauty in Catholicism. Not beginning by pointing out wrongs or showing people how to think or how to behave. Rather, engaging people in "the whimsical." From there, Father Barron explained how the beautiful leads to the good, and the good ultimately leads to the true.
  2. Don't dumb down the message. Father Barron regaled the tendency to simplify the message of the Gospel because we believe people either can’t handle it or it’s not entertaining enough. He said, "The minute the Church stops thinking, it starts to can."
  3. Preach with ardor. If we are not excited and passionate about our faith, how can we expect others to want the same? Father Barron stressed we need to go back to having the hearts of missionaries, with that grab-someone-by-the-shoulder kind of excitement harbored by the apostles. He said, "What saps us of ardor is getting wishy-washy about the Resurrection."
  4. Tell the great story of salvation history. Father Barron emphasized the importance of the entire story. Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament. The story begins with creation, then the fall and the formation of people after God’s own heart. It is a story of "temple, covenant, law and prophecy." It climaxes with the coming of Christ.
  5. Stress the Augustinian anthropology. The oft-quoted line from St. Augustine's "Confessions" is, Father Barron noted, the single greatest expression of Christianity: "You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you." We live in a world of restless people that are addicted to the false gods of the world: wealth, honor, pleasure and power (from St. Thomas Aquinas). Father Barron said we need to remind people how to call upon the true God and fill that infinite hunger.
  6. Use Iraneaus' doctrine of God. Father Barron said we need to be clear about who God is. As St. Iraneaus said, "The glory of God is a human being fully alive." We are not in competition with God, and he did not need us. Rather, God loved us into being. He is thus not destructive of mankind. Father Barron said, "God makes the world luminous and radiant – not consumed … he doesn't destroy the humanity he becomes."



Monsignor Charles Pope
The Kerygma

A quick pastoral description of the foundational message we call the kerygma. There are Seven Elements of the Kerygma. of the fundamental and foundation proclamation of the faith. I draw the wording of these largely from Hector Molina over at Catholic Answers with a brief commentary of my own (in red) on each. And while these seven elements to comport exactly with the ancient kerygma, they are modeled on it and serve our times very well.

Here are the Seven Elements of the Kerygma:

1. God loves you and has plan for your life. – Yes, God the Father loves you and seeks you. And that ache in your heart, that longing, that yearning, and that “never satisfied” quality in your desires all point to God and he has written his name in your heart. He wants to turn you away from a passing and unsatisfying world, towards him. He wants to save you and prepare you to live with him for all eternity. He wants to fill the God sized hole in your heart and its infinite longing with his infinite Love.

2. Sin will destroy you. – Nothing is so destructive in your life and this world as sin. It is desire gone wrong, it is rooted in the lie that the creature rather than the Creator can help and save us. Cultivating sin will put you in bondage to desires gone mad that will not ultimately be satisfied. Satan is lying to you and saying that rebellion form the One who made will bring happiness to you. It will not. And you know this already don’t you? Sin and indulgence does not ultimately satisfy. The world cannot satisfy, for it is finite and your desire is infinite. Sin does not ultimately bring happiness, it brings bondage, addiction, dissatisfaction, and ultimately resentment and spiritual death.

3. Christ Jesus died to save you. – Into this mess of our wayward desires and our foolish grasping at worldly trinkets Jesus came. He met the woman at the well (who is us) and told her that every who drinks form this well (the world) will be thirsty again. In other words, the world cannot ultimately satisfy or save us. We must die to this world and rise to God. But our way to God was cut off by sin. Jesus came and reopened the way to the Father by dying to this world, to its lies and false claims. Rising and Ascending he has re-opened the way to the Father, our hearts true desire. Now we can be saved by being led back to the Father by the saving power of Jesus. And dying to this world, we can one day fully be satisfied by God.

4. Repent and believe the Gospel. – To repent means to come to a new mind, to come to understand and accept all that has been stated: that the Lord loves me, is calling me in my desires, and want to save me from the sinful drives that will destroy me. It is time for me to come to beleive in this Love God has form me and accept the promise and salvation of his love: Jesus Christ and the saving truth he proclaims.

5. Be Baptized and receive the Holy Spirit. – And thus in Baptism our sins are washed away, we are incorporated into Christ, we become a member of his body. And having done so, the Holy Spirit, the life, love, serenity, joy and wisdom of God comes to dwell in me and begins a work of transforming me, that includes the other Sacraments as well.

6. Abide in Christ and his body the Church. – Grow in this relationship with Jesus and His Father in the Holy Spirit by living in the life of the Church, which is Jesus presence and Body in this world. Abide there, that is go on dwelling there.

7. Go make disciples. – And so the cycle repeats with the newly Evangelized and more deeply rooted Christian calling others.