May 21:  So, my Dad and I were out for a drive this past week (I LOVE going for a ride!!) and my Dad was listening to my favorite radio station “The Catholic Channel!”  (It’s on Sirius radio!)  Anyway, the question was asked by a listener “what is The New Evangelization vs The Old Evangelization?”  
I listened closely cause I knew the squirrels needed to know this!  So in a ‘nutshell’ (get it??, nutshell)  here’s what they explained:

First, Evangelization is simply getting out there and SHARING YOUR FAITH!!  It’s helping others to know their purpose in life and the mission of Jesus Christ!  This is paramount discipleship we’re all called to do.

The Old Evangelization, as it may be referred to, is the thought we have to go to foreign 3rd world countries and sparsely populated areas to bring the Good News.  This is the Evangelization the early Apostles did as we hear so much about in the Easter readings!  This Evangelization is still important today.

The NEW EVANGELIZATION, however, is sharing our faith with the person right next to us!  Yes, even in my Dad’s backyard with the squirrels, the rabbits and anyone who will listen!  And the most effective sharing is how God is working in your life and your own experiences of faith.  Now, I know a lot of people think they don’t know enough about their faith to be effective evangelizers, but that is their biggest mistake!  The Holy Spirit is working powerfully in our lives every day and it’s when  we share the effects of the Spirit with those right around us – that’s the New Evangelization!

So, that’s the Good Word for today!!  Hoping you all take part in and share the New Evangelization with your neighbors!!!

May 14:  Easter is a season of New Life, a new life that begins with our baptisms!  A recent question my Dad was asked is why do Catholics practice infant baptism while some religions wait until “the age of reason” or when they are older.  Of course there are volumes of theology on the Sacrament of Baptism, but the bones and tidbits of Baptism are as follows:

The Church’s practice of infant baptism stems from her teachings regarding original sin (what we have) and baptism (what we do about it).  After the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden, all people are now born with original sin due to our fallen human nature. Through the gift of grace in Baptism, God washes away this stain of original sin and makes us a part of His family and offer us eternal life.  Children, who are born with the stain of original sin, are also in need of Baptism, in order to free them from the bondage of original sin and make them children of God. Our loving Father does not wish to withhold His love and grace from anyone, including children. Baptism simply requires openness.  “The Church and the parents would deny a child the priceless grace of becoming a child of God were they not to confer Baptism shortly after birth” (CCC 1250).

 So, “it’s a RUFF life out there, so get that child baptized as soon as you can!!!” 

May 7:  One of my most awesomest feast days – Good Shepherd Sunday!  Why, because everyone knows that us Shelties are the best sheep herders in all the world!!  And since my Dad is really the Shepherd here at Sacred Heart (a proxy for our Bishop!) and you are the “sheep!”  then I guess it’s my job to keep all of you herded?!?!!  Right? 

A pastor was teaching the 23rd Psalm in the Sunday school.  He told the children about sheep, that they weren't smart and needed lots of guidance, and that a shepherd's job was to stay close to the sheep, protect them from wild animals and keep them from wandering off.  He pointed to the little children in the room and said that they were the sheep and needed lots of guidance.  Then the pastor put his hands out to the side, palms up in a dramatic gesture, and with raised eyebrows said to the children, "If you are the sheep, then who is the shepherd?"  He was pretty sure that all the kids would point out to him as the shepherd. A silence of a few seconds followed.  Then a young girl said, "Jesus! Jesus is the shepherd."  The young pastor, obviously caught by surprise, said to the little girl, "Well then, who am I?"  The girl frowned thoughtfully and then said with a shrug, "I guess you must be a sheep dog." 

I just think it’s really cool that someone compares me to someone like my Dad!

April 30:  So my dad was telling everyone how the 2nd Sunday of Easter has so many titles;  Low Sunday, St. Thomas Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday.  But my most favorite is Holy Hilarity or Holy Humor Sunday!  I just think it’s the greatest to celebrate Jesus’ big joke on Satan by coming back from the dead after Satan thought he won the big fight!!  So, I’m thinking too, it’s appropriate to celebrate humor in honor of Easter and Jesus’  Resurrection!!  So, mindful of God’s own sense of humor, I’m sharing some of my own Sheltie humor – hoping it brings a smile to your face this week and through Easter! So:

 What is a dentist’s favorite hymn?
“Crown Him with Many Crowns!”
What’s a salesman’s favorite scripture passage?
“The Great Commission!”
Where was Solomon’s temple located?
“On the side of his head!”

How does Moses make his coffee?
“Hebrews it.”
Who was the smartest man in the Bible?
“Abraham. He knew a Lot.”
What kind of man was Boaz before he married?

 Why did the hawk sit on the church’s steeple?
“It was a bird of pray!”
Which servant of God was the worst lawbreaker in the Bible?
“Moses. He broke all 10 commandments!”

 What car make did the Apostles drive?
“Honda… because the apostles were all in one Accord!”
(hey Merlin, did you like that one!!!!!!)

What’s a missionary’s favorite kind of car?
“A convertible!”

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Isn’t God just the funniest?! I even had the squirrels rolling over in their nuts laughing at them. I hope you enjoyed them and are still enjoying this most awesome season of the year: