Speaking tonight: “New Media, New Evangelization: Spreading Catholicism in a Digital Age”

If you're in the Central Florida area tonight (Monday, November 26), I'll be speaking at 7:00pm at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Parish in Altamonte Springs, FL.

My talk is titled "New Media, New Evangelization: Spreading Catholicism in a Digital Age". Here's a description:

The New Evangelization was sparked by Pope Paul VI, fueled by John Paul II, and flamed by Benedict XVI. And it calls all Catholics to spread the Gospel with "new ardor, new methods, and new expressions." This talk explores the role of new media within it and reveals ten keys to evangelizing the world of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and blogs.

  Date Topic / Event Details City / More Info
- Nov 26, 2012
7:00pm-8:00pm
Keynote: 'New Media, New Evangelization: Spreading Catholicism in a Digital Age' Altamonte Springs, FL
  Event: Bible Blitz Series Public Event
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Venue: St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Parish
861 Maitland Avenue
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
 

 

 
  • Kathleenriordan39

    If we have learned anything from this past Presidential election is the dire need to evangelize not just to the fallen-away Catholics but especially to those practicing Catholics whose faith should have informed their vote. The choice was clear-cut as the platforms were dramatically opposite to each other especially on fundamental life issues.
    The voting results state that 39% of practicing Catholics voted for a president and party that supports abortion, same-sex ‘marriage’ and legislation that attacks our religious freedom and conscience rights. The numbers bear the sad and discouraging facts that not only are Catholics divided; they either do not have properly formed consciences formed by the truths of our faith or they obstinately refuse to go against their long-held party loyalties and ideologies. They choose Caesar over God and this choice has eternal consequences.
    We cannot lay the blame on the bishops, as many were very vocal of the threat to our religious freedom. They warned us that to vote for the incumbent party was to participation in intrinsic evil. I think the blame lies both with the pulpit and with the laity. Some pastors and priests spoke up but I fear a majority did not. They neglected to speak up about the moral issues that are quickly eroding our society. They did not defend our First Amendment Rights.
    As for the laity, many of the Church-going Catholics are elderly and still clung to old party loyalties having never seen how their party has abandoned its founding principles and moved radically to the left. I also believe that there are quite a few contracepting, practicing Catholics who cannot part with their pills nor want to admit or accept the Church’s teachings regarding birth regulation. It is likely that they have never read Humane Vitae or heard of the Church’s wisdom and prophetic warnings on contraception. That is the real ‘war on woman’.
    We as the faithful, informed laity who support the USCCB and the teachings of the Magisterium need to approach the tabooed subject matter of politics and religion with our family, friends and coworkers. It is clear that the government is imposing its strong arm into the practices and teachings of our Church. It is the government who is imposing and enforcing coercive measures upon our Church that are contrary to our teachings. There are four levels of persecution: marginalizing, vilifying, criminalizing and outright persecution. We are clearly in the third stage and God forbid, approaching step four.
    The Year of Faith is a little late in coming but nevertheless; we have a lot of evangelizing to do. It is all in God’s Providence and as baptized, confirmed Soldiers of Christ, we must instruct, defend and be a witness to truths of our Faith. “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2)
    As St. Paul tells us in Ephesians,
    Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.  Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. (Ephesians 6:10-14)
    The stake and need for evangelization have never been greater. Take your pick: sinner or a saint. It’s your choice.

  • "There is only one tragedy in the end, not to have been a saint." - Léon Bloy