Fr Barron in Birmingham, the Catholicism Project; Dogma and Preaching by Pope Benedict

Catholicism seriesA few days ago I heard Fr. Robert Barron speak about his latest project, Catholicism, and the New Evangelization at the Cathedral of St. Paul’s in downtown Birmingham. Fr. Barron autographed my copy of the companion book to the series which has been airing on PBS stations around the country and also on EWTN (view the TV schedule). If you haven’t caught it yet, I highly recommend that you do so, or get a set of discs to watch any time. Or DVR it. I read somewhere on the web that even some libraries are getting copies. People are hungry for the truth and for beauty and Catholicism (both the series and the Faith) provides plenty of both. 

This is not a review, I’m not ready to write one. I did record the six episodes that aired on EWTN and I want to go back through them at some point and make notes and I would enjoy reading through the study material. Haven’t had a chance to even open the book I got the other night.

Dogma and Preaching: Applying Christian Doctrine to Daily Life

Also haven’t had a chance to do more than glance at another book that came in a few days ago. I ordered Pope Benedict’s book, Dogma and Preaching: Applying Christian Doctrine to Daily Life, 2nd (and much expanded) edition, a while back and had almost forgotten about it when it finally shipped. I squealed when I pulled it out of the mailbox. Yes, I am a nerd. A nerd who is head over heels in love with Holy Mother Church and her sons who help us appreciate the beauty and truth of the deposit of faith and the true treasures of the Church. And by using the word “treasure” I am not referring to money at all.

Fr. Barron inspires me and so does Pope Benedict XVI. Their love for Holy Mother Church, zeal for the Lord, erudition, enthusiasm, ability to share the faith with others from all walks of life — these things I want to emulate. I want to be part of the New Evangelization and that means I have not only to continue working on my writing skills but also on my understanding and living of the Faith. Which I’ve been doing and I have not been posting here as often as I’d like. Going to have to find a way to study, write on the novel(s), and write for the web. So many projects, so little ability to manage time properly. So much vastness to get lost in. :)

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