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“The Catholic Church has a remarkable story to tell, that speaks to our deepest desires and makes life make sense. If we can tell that story better, lives will be transformed.”

-Kathryn Lopez, Founding Director, Catholic Voices USA

 

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Blessed Are the Airwaves!

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Catholic Voices Blog
Monday, 14 April 2014 
By Kathryn Lopez

We Catholics are who we are and do what we do because we follow Jesus. That’s the message New York’s Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan delivers in a Holy Week message sponsored by Catholic Voices USA. Airing on 101WINS during “drive times” throughout this week, the cardinal archbishop of New York explains that “All Catholic social teaching comes from the words Christ said in the Sermon on the Mount.”

During the one-minute radio ad, Cardinal Dolan repeats some of those words -- the Beatitudes, including:

 

Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Blest are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.

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Catholic Voices USA Holy Week Message with Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Please join us at any local Catholic Church this Holy Week, this Easter Week, as we celebrate our faith in Jesus Christ. Come. He is risen.

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Mary's 'yes' and ours

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March 26, 2014
By Jennifer Manning - Jennifer Manning is a Catholic schoolteacher in Massachusetts and a volunteer with Catholic Voices USA.

Today is the feast of the Annunciation, the day on which we remember Mary’s blessed fiat, her yes, her surrender to God’s will for her life.

Exactly nine months from Christmas Day we ponder what a momentous event in Mary’s life this must have been. Each year on this solemnity I find myself wondering about how Mary would have felt, knowing that she had the child Jesus growing inside of her womb. I wonder if she felt worthy, scared, or ordinary. Like the classic Christmas song, I wonder in prayer “Mary did you know? Did you know that your ‘yes’ paved the way for the salvation of the world?”

Motherhood has been on my mind recently, as I’m taking a class right now on the philosophy of human sexuality, taught by renowned philosopher and theologian Dr. Peter Kreeft. The topic of last week’s class was abortion, and Dr. Kreeft masterfully led the class through several arguments -- some religious, some logical, some philosophical -- about why abortion is the “most critical moral issue of our time.”

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Surprised by Joy

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13 March 2014
By Katy Dornbos - Katy Dornbos writes from Lincoln, Neb., where she recently participated in a Catholic Voices USA communications weekend.

Eleven days after his election, Pope Francis delivered an unfortgettable homily. I found out about it via a friend’s Facebook status, which read:

So, I'm not Catholic, but Pope Francis is legit, and his Easter Vigil Homily was beautiful. You should check it out, whether you're Catholic or not. I could have stayed on the elliptical machine listening to him for hours, but the gym closed.

Part of what he said in the homily was:

Newness often makes us fearful, including the newness, which God brings us, the newness which God asks of us. We are like the Apostles in the Gospel: often we would prefer to hold on to our own security, to stand in front of a tomb, rather than move forward with his Spirit. We are afraid of God’s surprises; we are afraid of God’s surprises!

He always surprises us!

 

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Five things you can learn from Pope Francis' first year to live your faith at work

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March 13, 2014
By Mitch Boersma - Chief Operating Officer at the Catholic Information Center in Washington DC, and a volunteer with Catholic Voices USA.

Being pope is a full-time job.

And when the white smoke went up a year ago, and the world gasped at the name Jorge Bergoglio, and cheered at the name Francis, and smiled when he asked them to pray for him, quickly did we know that this man was serious about the work set before him – the work of evangelization.

But for the roughly two billion Christians who don’t happen to be Pope, this doesn’t mean we get to pass the buck. In his trademark parlance, Pope Francis warns us that we “cannot be Christians part-time. No one can be Christian in this way, we are Christian all the time! Totally!”

How can you balance the needs of getting your job done well, but also living out your faith in a meaningful way?

We’re called to live out our faith all the time. And make no mistake; living out your faith is work. (In his apostolic letter The Joy of the Gospel, Francis uses the word work 100 times, in one form or another.)

 

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How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice

The Catholic Voices Blog
17 February 2014
By Kathryn Lopez 

In How to Defend the Faith without Raising Your Voice, Austen Ivereigh offers practical “how to’s” for civil communications. This is a roadmap to putting for-real Catholicism in practice on any issue. Share Church teaching with love, in full knowledge of the realities of the world today, and confidence that God can work in you in a letter to the editor, a conversation with a reporter, a parish talk or chat with a colleague or friend.

When people ask what the “Francis Effect,” it’s an opportunity to run with this. To lead with love. To point to themercy and love at the heart of Christianity while witnessing to Church’s proposals about the purpose of our lives.

This is my crib sheet on Christian communications from Austen’s book, published by Our Sunday Visitor, whoseInstitute has been a vital supporter of Catholic Voices USA: (The principles and quotes are from the book, with some brief notes I’ve used in talks walking through them.)

1. Look for the positive intention behind the criticism. There’s often a Christian value to appeal to. Speak to it.

2. Shed light, not heat. We’re here to open doors to the Sacraments.

3. People won’t remember what you said as much as how you made them feel. “Use simple words to explain complex ideas.” “Aim for civility, empathy and clarity.”

 

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