This past week we had a total attendance at the six performances of Hairspray! a whopping 2,193 neighbors. Three performances were officially sold out. The last two evening performances had 450 each. Not bad for the dog days of summer! Our arts ministry at Truro is not only enjoying great
A transformation of the heart is needed by both the evangelist and the seeker, so that the evangelist can see the seeker through the eyes of Jesus (and cure the judgmental spirit) and so the seeker can see Jesus' loving compassion for her. The Holy Spirit is thus essential to
A non-judgmental attitude is so crucial to the "missionary style" that Pope Francis elaborates on this characteristic of the evangelist specifically: "All this demands on the part of the evangelist certain attitudes which foster openness to the message: approachability, readiness for dialogue, patience, a warmth and welcome which is non-judgmental."
Pope Francis exhorts us to do parish ministry but in a "missionary style." What does he mean by "missionary style?" He writes: . . . a missionary style is not obsessed with the disjointed transmission of a multitude of doctrines to be insistently imposed. When we adopt a pastoral goal
Bill Hybels is famous for saying that "the local church is the hope of the world." I would nuance that statement a bit, but I like the sentiment. Pope Francis strikes closer to the truth when he writes in Evangelium Gadium: The parish is not an outdated institution; precisely because
Pope Francis writes in Evangelium Gadium: Nothing is more solid, profound, secure, meaningful and wisdom filled than that initial proclamation. All Christian formation consists of entering more deeply into the kerygma, which is reflected in and constantly illumines, the work of catechesis, thereby enabling us to understand more fully the
Last weekend I took a train to Wroclaw, the capital of the southern province of Silesia. When Germany controlled this area the city was called Breslau. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born there in 1906 when it was considered a microcosm of all of European culture and civilization. Indeed, Norman Davies wrote the definitive history of Wroclaw/Breslau and entitled it "Microcosm." If Wroclaw was a microsm of Europe then the Bonhoeffer's were a microcosm of the cultured European.