On Disappearing Christianity: Suppose It’s Gone Forever?

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Sign of Peace

“The idea that people have some rights just because they are human . . . irrespective of merit, certainly isn’t derived from observation of the world.”

Read this Guardian editorial about Europe’s future without ChristianitySuppose It’s Gone Forever?

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Pope Francis on Clericalism and The Role of Lay Catholics

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Pope Francis with Elderly woman

“The faith we have received is a gift that came to us, in many cases, from our mothers and grandmothers.”

Pope Francis’ recent remarks on the laity, the baptized, here: Pope Warns Against Clericalism, Speaks of Lay Catholics. And from Catholic News AgencyPope Warns Against a Babysitter Church. More on living your baptism here.

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Pope Francis’ Homily for the Canonization of Junipero Serra

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St. Junipero Serra

“Jesus did not provide a short list of who is, or is not, worthy of receiving his message, his presence. Instead, he always embraced life as he saw it.” Read Pope Francis’ homily for the canonization mass of Fr. Junipero Serra after the jump:

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TCC Video: Love is the Glue | The Institute for Church Life at ND

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Notre Dame cemetary

Are you a catechist, music minister, deacon, lay minister, high school theology teacher, priest, sister or bishop looking for further training? Are you the parent of a teenager looking for an opportunity to grow in their faith? Check out the Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame. I’m honored to serve on their Advisory Council. A video about their work and pics after the jump:

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TCC Video: Beer-brewing monks celebrate 1 year of production

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Beer brewing monks

“Many people are turned off by religion, but will come to the monastery to have some beer.”

A group of Benedictine monks are using Latin chant, liturgy, and beer, to reach out. Learn more about these 18 monks and their life of work and prayer in the video after the jump:

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