Today's episode is a reflection on that glorious moment of Christ's birth and infancy, when after being visited by the poor and humble, was next visited by the rich and powerful, the wise and learned of the east, who followed a star to the place where he dwelled in the arms of His Mother and under the protection of his foster-foster St. Joseph. So, follow the wise men today, and seek the face of the Christ. Bend your knee before Him. Worship and adore Him as your Lord and King. It was Mary, the Mother of Jesus, who evangelized these visitors from the east. She explained to them the deep mysteries of His incarnation and His mission to save humanity. Today, let us also, go to Mary, to ask her to teach us more about Her Divine Son. Additionally, as we turn the corner of the year and move steadily toward Christmas, I’d like to invite you to consider joining me in a deep study of what we believe and how we share what we believe in cooperation with our baptismal call to announce the Good News of the One who has saved us and to bring to others a reason for the hope we have in Him. You see, we are all called to evangelize by virtue of our baptism into Christ as members of His Body.
That's why you are invited to join us in Catholic Evangelism Bootcamp. Here in 2021, this boot camp is starting next week, October 5 & 6, with live sessions being conducted every Tuesday and Wednesday, and recordings available for people with busy schedules who want to learn on demand. So, check it out at the Pauline Community of St. Joseph website. That’s paulinecommunityofstjoseph.org. and when you get on the website, click on the tab that says “Learn” and then select Catholic Evangelism Bootcamp.
There you will find more information about this evangelism boot camp and you will be able to register to dive right in with us in our two-fold purpose of examining how the Creed intersects with popular ideas being consumed by us and our loved ones today, and then we will study how we can fulfill our baptismal call to holiness by reaching out to those who have fallen away from the faith in order to bring them back to Jesus Christ, who alone has the answers to all our problems.
Jesus Christ is the Face of the Father Almighty, come to us in small human appearance. He walked among us, performed miracles so powerfully that now more than 2,000 years later, everyone knows them and talks about them. He has changed the course of history, even for the most secular historian, and He has risen from the dead, which no one else in history has been able to do. He truly is the Messiah and Savior of the world. He has opened up for us the possibility of eternal bliss and happiness after this earthly life of toil and testing, and so, I want you and everyone to enjoy that everlasting fulfillment and beatitude, that happiness for which you were created and conceived of from the foundation of the world. So, join us as we raise up Catholic evangelists for our age. The time has come. Here's the link to register:
All creation awaits the revelation of the children of God. And who are the children of God? They are united in communion with the Son, the Eternal Son of the Eternal Father, the heir to the royal kingdom. We have no inheritance in eternity, or in that kingdom, save through the One Heir, the One royal Son of the Father. It is in HIM that we inherit sonship, that we are able to be called “children of God.”
And so, why am I sharing all this with you? Because the time has come to choose, and not only to choose for ourselves, but to apply all our God-given talents and resources to do all in our power to bring souls back to the Father's House in Christ. We are called to reach out to those who are fooling themselves into thinking that they can make up their own Gospel Way, that they can pick and choose what are the points of the deposit of faith handed down for centuries that they will accept. It's a high bar, but the deposit of faith is like a tapestry. Everything about it is interconnected to create a portrait of Christ Himself and His Way. And to remove any one part of that is to diminish Christ and is a false portrait of Christ.
So, the BIG NEWS is that I am embarking right now on an initiative to activate Catholics like you everywhere to REACH OUT TO others who have fallen away from the bedrock principles of the faith. It's CATHOLIC EVANGELISM BOOTCAMP. Register today, as spaces are filling up! This "boot camp" training experience is laser focused on the deeper meanings of the Creed that we profess and how those meanings inform our life in modern society. We are drowning in a lot of confusion and false notions about what life and hope is all about, precisely because we have allowed the popular culture of the day to overwhelm us with false "gospels." So, join me and others like you who want to get clear on the intelligent way to bring our loved ones-- family members, friends, and acquaintances--back to the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic faith of our fathers. It's happening right now before the holidays begin!
Here's the link to register: https://www.paulinecommunityofstjoseph.org/catholic-evangelism-bootcamp.html
See you at Bootcamp!
We all struggle about something. Is this a bad thing? Absolutely not! Challenges make us more fully human, more fully who we are created to be when we choose to overcome our problems with grace and with the majesty of personal integrity. This is a sign that we are sons and daughters of a royal household, representatives of the family of God, a royal family of dignity, intelligence, wisdom, hope, and goodness. Step away from your struggles today in this podcast retreat and offer up your troubles with others tuning in as we pray together and also reflect on the unique revelation of the power of God manifest in the event of Mary's visit to Elizabeth. To follow the text of our Mary, Hope of the World, chapter 6, click here to get a copy on Amazon.
Will you also make an offering to support this ministry? Your support is vital! May you be richly rewarded for your generosity, as together we build the Kingdom of God wherever we are.
Don't forget to sign up now for the Catholic Evangelism Bootcamp -- 7 weeks of training in Catholic evangelization! Starting October 5, this will equip you to share your faith during the holidays.
With September upon us, I want to share with you about a special High Holy Day in the Jewish calendar: Rosh Hashanah, which begins September 6 this year. Why is this important? Well, tune in today to find out! We will also be continuing our reading in Bl. Alberione's book Mary, Hope of the World. Be sure to connect today because you will have a little spiritual homework to do tomorrow and over the course of the next week, as we join together all over the globe in an effort to reconcile ourselves with God, bringing our relationships, our Church, our nation, and our world back to the Almighty God, Who is and Who was and Who ever shall be, forever and ever, Amen!
PCSJ's Founder and Executive Director, Lisa Tuggle, is a vowed and consecrated Pauline living the spirituality and apostolic outreach of St. Paul in the married state according to the Statute of the Holy Family Institute, one of the branches of the Pauline Family founded by Blessed James Alberione, SSP. Lisa holds a B.A. in Great Books from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University. After 20+ years in the performing arts and 10 years as a youth minister and Director of Religious Education, she is dedicating the "second half" of her life to global catechesis initiatives while enjoying family, friends, and a simple life of prayer.