Confirmation and evangelization

Confirmation strengthens baptized people in their relationship with the Lord Jesus, and then it further strengthens them in their capacity to defend and spread the faith Recently, I had the enormous privilege of performing my first confirmation as a bishop. It took place at Holy Cross Parish in Moor Park, California, a large, bustling, and…

Ministries that support our lives: Catholic Education Ministries

CEM has supported schools by informing and advising them on a range of topics related to their effectiveness, growth and development Each month, The Visitor is inviting guest writers to spotlight one of the ministries supported by the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. This is the second in a series. As a student at St. Augustine grade…

‘The Revenant’ and the search for a higher justice

By Bishop Robert Barron Alejandro Iñárritu’s new film “The Revenant” is one of the most talked about movies, and for good reason. The opening 20 minutes, which feature a frighteningly realistic Indian attack and a horrifically vivid mauling by a grizzly bear, are absolutely compelling viewing. And the remainder of the film is so involving…

We must be ‘loud with our goodness’ and not succumb to fear

Winter 2005. I was driving to Avon, Minnesota, to visit a friend and his family. Adding to the many “first times” of my life, I found myself driving through a thick and flaky snowfall. A few miles later, I witnessed a sudden urgency in the snowfall. Abruptly, I came to realize all that I took…

The Twelve (Catholic) Days of Christmas

by Father Thomas Knoblach In digging through a box of prayer cards and such, I came across a short article titled How to Decode “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” I would like to share some of its information with you since we will hear this familiar song many times in stores and on the radio….

The ‘Waze’ of Providence

By Bishop Robert Barron Just after I was named auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, Archbishop Gomez, my new boss, told me to get the Waze app for my iPhone. He explained that it was a splendid way to navigate the often impossible L.A. traffic. I followed his instructions and have indeed used the app on…

Advent invites us to slow down and prepare our hearts

As the days grow darker and colder here in central Minnesota, we know that we are quickly coming to the end of one liturgical year and moving to the next. The great season of Advent is upon us — the first Sunday of Advent is Nov. 29. It is a season of waiting and of…

Why should Catholics care about the Northstar rail line?

By Molly Weyrens and Anne Buckvold It seems apparent by Pope Francis’ life and teachings that his commitment to the principles of Catholic social teaching is deep and faith-filled. He consistently teaches us to honor human dignity and to practice the principles of solidarity and care of God’s creation through his visits and welcoming nature…

The pope’s encyclical and the meaning of family

Commentary Kathy Langer As a mother and grandmother I ask what is best for the next generation By now you probably feel that you have read all you need to about Pope Francis’ new encyclical, “Laudato Si.’” When it was released June 18, there were commentaries everywhere. Facebook was full of posts; every newspaper reported…

What a subway ride taught me about evangelization

Tony Rossi A few months ago, I shared a story about a subway ride to work during which the conductor asked everyone to smile and be more friendly to the strangers we encounter every day. Now, I’ve got another subway story, this one having to do with evangelization. It started when a man stepped onto…