Liturgical Year 2019 – Changes, plus the ‘Un-business Plan’
As The Catholic Navigator sets out upon its sixth year of charting a course to Christ, rough seas and strong winds complicate our passage. The Church is being buffeted, and in some countries nearly obliterated. A new age of martyrdom has dawned, and the Enemy has appeared under new guises. And, while we are assured that the Gates of Hell will not ultimately prevail, large numbers of baptized Catholics are falling away and are adrift. The faith of youth and young adults in today’s culture is particularly at risk.*
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As noted in our un-business plan, we’re making our publications available free of charge to individuals as well as to parishes and schools in accord with our licensing terms. Thus, we trust in Our Lord and Our Lady to help us meet our publication costs. Perhaps He and she will even influence a foundation or wealthy benefactor to assist with the finances. Theirs would be an act of giving as Christ called for (Mt. 6:2-4) because The Catholic Navigator Apostolate has not sought IRS 501C-3 status.
*(See USCCB 2019 Catechetical Theme, posted below)
Third Sunday of Lent – C- LY2019
Voices from Catholic Land
(See our introduction to “Catholic Land” on the Home page sidebar.)
Fr. William Saunders offers us a history of Lent:
Philip Kosloski has gathered together some of St. John Chrysostom’s counsels on the proper way to fast:
Amy Welborn passes on what St. Basil the Great had to say about fasting:
And Fr. Ed Broom, OMV offers some present-day insights into fasting:
USCCB 2019 Catechetical Theme
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.”