The Galley: Food for Thought


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Voices from Catholic Land

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Kathy Schiffer proposes classic literature for the Catholic imagination:

Anthony Esolen proposes reclaiming the forgotten wisdom of a bygone era:

Michael Pekaluk discusses wedding rings as signs of mutual love:

Msgr. Charles Pope opposes changing the words of the Our Father:

Dusty Gates asks whether Catholics can be minimalists:

Catechetical Theme 2019

Bishop Robert Barron, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, delivered a somber message on Catechetical Sunday 2018, at the USCCB website.

One sentence commanded our attention, “We are losing baptized Catholics at an alarming rate.” To stem this tide, the new catechetical theme: “Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ,” identifies the activity envisioned: “to enable the faithful to claim their true roles as witnesses to Jesus Christ.”  We are thus encouraged to believe that the changes we have made for Liturgical Year 2019 will contribute to the USCCB’s efforts.

We might add:  “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.” (1 Peter 3:15) This is found in our apostolate’s mission statement on our website’s Reason for Hope page. Peter’s statement could be paraphrased, “Know and live your faith well; others will notice and inquire.”