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...
Our Holy Father has had his fair share of media appearances the last 100 days, and new stories about his witness concentrate on the marriage of his message and actions. Fr. Michael Cummins reflects today on the way Jesus evangelized perfectly through word and deed— and what basic things we can imitate as we accept the call of the New Evangelization.
I do not think that the New Evangelization is just about what we say as Christians, nor about what new technologies we use to proclaim the Good News but also about how and the manner by which we proclaim, “Jesus is Lord!”
When it comes to the work of apologetics or promoting/debating the faith or current issues or even just day-to-day encounters for that matter, I must admit that I have never been one for witty, “in the moment” comebacks. I think that this is due, partly, to the fact that my parents taught me from an early age not to regard a snarky attitude, in and of itself, as a sure sign of intelligence and also because I do not think that an exchange of one-upmanship in comments leads anywhere truly productive. Such an exchange tends to produce more heat in friction than light to illuminate, I believe.
I share this because there can be a tendency to view apologetics and the new evangelization solely in terms of formulating the wittiest comeback line that will effectively put the other in his or her place while affording a sense of superiority to the crafter of said comment. But in the entire gospel story I never find Jesus doing this. Our Lord certainly had truth to speak, he knew how to challenge and his wit is demonstrated time and again throughout the gospels but his words never belittled the other nor did they divide and hurt...