We're thrilled to announce that the paperback Spanish edition of the book "CATHOLICISM" — "CATOLICISMO" — will be released on Tuesday, October 1!
This is another item in our ever-growing offering of Spanish language DVDs, books and study materials. If you or someone you know would benefit from this version, pass along this link. Inform your friends, neighbors and especially your pastor of this great evangelization tool! Spread the word!
Guidelines for giveaways and preordering with Word On Fire will be outlined soon, but in the meantime, take a sneak peak at "CATOLICISMO," published by Image Books, and view an excerpt here.
Nos alegra poder anunciarles que la edición en español del libro "Catholicism - Catolicismo" - será lanzada al público el martes 1 de Octubre !
Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction. In the case of relics and incorruptibles, not to mention other Catholic-y things, this very often rings true. St. Januarius, whose feast we celebrate today, is one such case. Fr. Damian Ference gives a riveting account of his martyrdom and the miraculous occurrences surrounding St. Januarius' most famous relic.
If you think Catholicism is a little weird, then you’re in for a real treat. Today the Church celebrates St. Januarius, the patron saint of Naples and of blood banks, and his strange story is one of the best.
Januarius, affectionately known as San Gennaro, was the bishop of Benevento. Along with his six companions – Festus, Desiderius, Sossus, Proculus, Euticius, and Acutius – Januarius was arrested during the Christian persecution of Diocletian in 305. The young bishop and his faithful friends were thrown to the lions, but the beasts weren’t hungry. The felines wouldn’t touch the seven men. (I often wonder how the soldiers and the crowds responded when this sort of thing happened. Did they yell at the lions? “Eat! Eat those awful Christians! Come on, they taste so good!” Or did some of them get scared and sense that these Christians might really be onto something?) Eventually, the soldiers decided to simply kill the men themselves. They chopped off their heads.
Now here’s where things get interesting. Christians, because of their belief in the resurrection of the body, go to great lengths to assure the proper burial of a body. Just as Joseph of Arimathea asked for Jesus’ body after his death on the cross, some of the faithful would have requested the bodies (and heads) of Januarius and his six companions. Someone who was part of that group decided to collect some of Januarius’ blood. The martyr’s blood was transferred into an ampoule – a small glass vial used to preserve a liquid – which made its way to Naples. The bishop’s bones are buried in the crypt of the cathedral. The ampoule still contains some of his dried blood...
Fall formation programs are gearing up, kids are back in school, and Advent is just a couple months away — so, in other words, it's a great time to think about catechesis. We sat down recently with friend to Word On Fire Mike Stark about a free product of his that he hopes will help edify — both intellectually and spiritually — Catholics, and draw them closer to the Faith.
It’s a simple concept that has the power to inspire and evangelize the masses.
A Catholic Bible, but in high-tech form.
Mike Stark, co-creator of the Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible and its companion App, wanted to create a product for Catholics that took the inaccessibility, inconvenience or intimidation factor out of reading the Bible.
“We’re giving them something that works for them,” he said.
Truth & Life offers a free Bible app that allows users to read the entire text, Old and New Testaments, on his or her phone, iPad or computer. Searches are easy, as Stark explains, typing in the word “love” into the app’s search field. It yielded 810 mentions, each passage easily accessed with the swipe of a finger...
How do we get millennials back to Church? Church leaders are figuring out strategies, bloggers are throwing in their two cents, and everyone is getting frustrated. But could we be missing the point? Rozann Carter thinks that perhaps we millennials could use a little dose of humility.
Recently, evangelical Christian author and blogger Rachel Held Evans wrote a piece for the CNN belief blog on why millennials are leaving evangelical churches and flocking to “high” traditions. She decried her church leaders’ naïve attempts to make church palatable by making it superficially contemporary, a blanket solution that involves pop-cover bands and friendly lattes with gospel-laced foam. Rachel said that millennials are leaving churches not because they don’t find “cool” there, but because they don’t find Jesus there. How could they be enticed to return? She encouraged evangelical church leaders to be “authentic,” to “sit down and really talk with [millennials] about what they’re looking for and what they would like to contribute to a faith community.”
In response, Catholic blogger Artur Rosman wrote a rebuttal demonstrating how Evans’ solution, her “takeway,” was a “throwaway”— that high church traditions are also losing members, and the problem is not solved by cultivating a more fruitful understanding of millennials’ preferences and particular charisms. Rosman then pointed out that the Catholic problem is a tendency toward identification between political factions and church liturgy, which renders the Church unable to be, unapologetically, itself in all its glory. He encouraged Church leaders to instead “provide [millennials] with authoritative responses to what’s going on in our deranged and eviscerated public square, with the right (ortho-) spiritual exercises, with the most fruitful paths to follow…” Rosman is not interested in an approach that coddles, markets, or stirs up factional patriotism. He wants the leaders of the Church to offer tools that facilitate an encounter, tools that will help those who are “lost in the cosmos” to discover their way—The Way.
Held Evans and Rosman agree on one thing: Millenials need to be introduced to Christ in a way that is relevant and compelling— free from self-interest, inadvertent manipulation, or attempts to categorize Him based on subjective preference or trending ideologies. Don’t reduce the Church to entertainment or politics, they say...