Bob Rice — A New Pentecost for Catechesis

Following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI has repeatedly called the Church to engage in the work of the New Evangelization. Much of what that work entails, however, is a new catechesis, a new way of handing on the Faith.Join us as we examine the nature of that new catechesis with today’s special guest Bob Rice, professor of catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Kimberly Hahn — Parenting Teens and Young Adults with Biblical Wisdom

How can parents raise teens to honor the Lord? How can they support their young adult children as they mature in the faith? These can be daunting prospects in today’s secular culture, but Church teaching and Sacred Scripture provide valuable guidance to parents. Author and homeschooling mom Kimberly Hahn joins Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, and panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn of Franciscan University’s Theology Department in this discussion on a scriptural approach to parenting.

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Seeking God in the Silence

Thoughts inspired by a visit to a Cistercian Abbey.

One of the awful torments of modern life—indeed, it is one from whose aggressions no one is entirely safe—is noise. More and more, it fills the space that was once marked by that silence whose absence we seem increasingly not to notice.

Where does one go to escape the din? And if such places exist, how long can you stay? I found out last January when, invited by a Cistercian Abbey in Utah to give a retreat, I spent an entire week in the midst of silence. It was glorious.

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On First Going to Guadalupe

A visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe prompts this theologian to ask, “Where are all the gringos?”

Apart from the apparition itself, which is as supernatural a sight as anything to be seen on planet Earth, perhaps the most striking feature about the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the fact that there appear to be only Hispanics and Latinos who actually go there. Vast numbers, to be sure, who present the most edifying spectacle of faith, particularly in the poverty and simplicity of its expression, shorn of every material blessing save that of the certainty of the hope that they are embraced by the arms of the Mother of God.

But where are all the gringos?

My wife and I, who recently returned from Mexico following an intense five-day pilgrimage to Guadalupe, have been asking ourselves that very question.

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