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Among Women Podcast 207- Defending the Faith with Charity and Clarity (with Kathryn Jean Lopez)

Among Women Podcast 207- Defending the Faith with Charity and Clarity (with Kathryn Jean Lopez)

This episode of Among Women looks at an important book and subject. It’s something that will help us in this election year, or whenever we need to discuss theScreen Shot 2016-04-20 at 4.28.54 PM Catholic faith in a public setting, or at a cocktail party, or among friends and family — How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice. 

Today our Among Women segment features co-author of the book, syndicated columnist, and NRO Editor-at-large, Kathryn Jean Lopez. I’ve been blessed by this book’s great principles, and I hope you will be too! Kathryn and I will also discuss Pope Francis’ “The Joy of Love”, and Kathryn’s trips to EWTN and religious order foundress Mother Angelica’s funeral Mass, and also her trek to frosty Massachusetts for Divine Mercy Sunday in the Year of Mercy.

Plus we’ll look at the life and social action of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey — an innovative educator and missionary from the early 19th century and the founder of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny. Listen now!

There are so many good links for this episode, so be sure to check the show notes after you listen to this latest Among Women.

One thing is clear: Our new evangelization mission was never tied to election outcomes.

First of all, thanks be to God that we have a Faith that is impervious to politics.

Second, I’m grateful that I live in the United States of America. We may not feel very united all the time given some of the deep divides we face in our politics, but we are, still, a single country. We must remember that. We must continue to respect one another, by respecting the dignity of each human person. Respect for one another is the foundation of loving one another — part of the Golden Rule, even if loving our neighbor is challenging, or our love goes unreturned. Our call to love is not based on outcomes. We love, period. Love is hard. Love requires sacrifice.

Third, and the reason I’m writing this post: Regardless of which candidates and laws got voted in last night, our mission as Catholic Christians remains the same as it was before the election: to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to the ends of earth until the Lord returns.

Over the last few weekends I have had the privilege to be a presenter at different Catholic conferences and parishes. I remain convinced that people need the Lord, and people need to know his love, and we —  the Church — are to feed their hunger. After those events, and after this election, I’m even more convinced that this Year of Faith, and our more longterm call to a new evangelization becomes crystal clear. And that word “clear” stays with me. If we want to see change in our culture, it must come from the changes that comes from deeper conversion within each one of us.

Our Catholic mission is clear.

We must make our faith and morals more clear to all Catholics… the faithful in the pews, and the non-practicing ones who still identify as Catholic even if they do not embrace all of the Church’s teachings.

We must make our faith and morals more clear to all non-Catholic Christians… finding points of connection and intersection where we can walk in fellowship and dialogue in sharing this work of renewal and restoration.

We must make our faith and morals more clear to all non-Catholics, period. This requires us to continue to bring our message to the public square, and to be good examples of what the integration of faith and life look like. While the formalized systems of new evangelization is the work of the bishops and pastors, the work of intentionally evangelizing the people we know and love is the work of every one of us who bear the blessing and anointing of Christ by virtue of our baptism.
Once upon a time Jesus and his apostles and the early church were in the minority in their country and their culture. Yet their faith and holy influence was the seed of the faith for millions through the last two millennia. Governments comes and go, but the magnitude of the Church in size — in the communion of saints in heaven that surrounds us — is greater than the size of our church membership on earth.We are not alone. We must stay on track. Come what may. If you feel defeated by the changes the election cycle brings, remember our faith is anchored by something greater than a hope in human endeavors. We hope in God alone.
Let’s not be distracted, or set back. Let us dig in and evangelize the culture with truth, beauty, and goodness of the unchanging Gospel.