The Heart of a Shepherd

papa-agnelloFr. Robert Barron, rector of Mundelein Seminary and founder of Word on Fire, released a new video called Evangelizing with the Heart of a Shepherdin which he discusses 6 practical recommendations for those who want to actively seek the lost and shepherd people back to the Church. Some of the recommendations are:

1. Pray

“I know it sounds maybe a little facile or pious, but in the Bible nothing great is ever accomplished, ever, apart from prayer.”

2. Attract, don’t wag your finger

“In our post-modern time, people don’t respond very well to being told what to do. It’s much better, and Pope Francis emphasizes this a lot, to begin with the attractive quality of Christianity. Show the beauty and the form of the Christian life and let people be drawn to it.”

3. Preach the encounter

“When you look in the Gospels, what you see over and over again is … Jesus encountering somebody who’s bringing a question, an anxiety, a deep human concern, a pain; and then that meets an answer coming from the Lord.”

Watch the video below to see the rest!

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Thousands gather for prayer, Eucharistic procession in response to Oklahoma City ‘black mass’

From the National Catholic Register:

Thousands of Catholics across Oklahoma responded to a sparsely attended black mass in Oklahoma City with prayers, Eucharistic processions, and demonstrations, as the city’s archbishop emphasized God’s love and mercy.

“We are gathered as witnesses to hope at a time when darkness seems to be gaining ground both here and around the world,” Archbishop Paul Coakley said in a homily for a Holy Hour at Oklahoma City’s St. Francis of Assisi parish on the afternoon of Sept. 21 attended by more than 2,000.

… The occult group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu had scheduled a black mass at the city-run music hall. A black mass is a sacrilegious ceremony that invokes Satan and mocks the Mass, involving the desecration of the Eucharist, generally by stealing a consecrated Host from a parish and using it in a profane, sexual ritual.

Adam Daniels, who organized the event, had claimed to have in his possession a consecrated host mailed to him by a friend. However, on Aug. 21 his attorney gave the reputed Host to a priest of the Oklahoma City archdiocese after a facing a lawsuit that charged the host was stolen property.

… [Bishop Edward Slattery of the Diocese of Tulsa] said that black mass organizers “embrace evil and anger and revenge” while Catholics preach “God loving humanity. Forgiveness, love, mercy and peace.”

“We counteract hate by forgiveness, by love and by showing what is beautiful.”

Read the whole story at the National Catholic Register.

 

 

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Pope Francis and Mother Teresa

mother-teresaDuring his recent trip to Albania, Pope Francis confided to his interpreter that he had met Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta – whose parents were of Albanian descent – at the Synod of Bishops held in 1994.

Vatican Insider reports:

Describing the circumstances of his encounter with the Blessed woman who helped the poorest among the poor, the Pope said he met Mother Teresa at the Synod held in 1994. “She sat right behind me during the sessions. I admired her strength, the determinedness with which she spoke, never letting herself be fazed by the assembly of bishops. She said what she wanted to say…

“If she had been my superior I would have been scared!” Francis joked.

Read the full story at Vatican Insider.

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