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Entries for December 2020

By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute What a difference a year makes. Just a year ago we Catholics were in the midst of Advent, preparing for Christmas. For most of us that meant doing what we have done for years and years. We brought out our traditional Christmas decorations, whatever they were, and unless we have moved in the last year, we put them in pretty much the same places they were in the year before. Mostly likely those decorations included a creche, perhaps one passed down to us from parents or other family members. Many of us went out to buy a Christmas tree, a family tradition. Or we ...

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By Owen Phelps, Ph.D. Director, Yeshua Institute If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air – and the fresh hope that comes with an energizing vision – I’ve got a suggestion for you. Get a copy of Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future by Pope Francis. Spend some time with this thin, 144-page hardcover book and see if it doesn’t inspire you to get through these dark times and be better prepared to be a disciple when we come out the other side. A confession: My copy just arrived yesterday so I haven’t read all of it. But I got a good start and then I skipped ahead to th...

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By Dr. Dan R. Ebener Fellow, Yeshua Institute Editor’s Note: This is the eighth in a series of articles by Dan Ebener on leadership in the Catholic Church. They are excerpts from his latest book, Pastoral Leadership: How to Lead in a Catholic Parish. Lay engagement means that parishioners are intrinsically motivated to fully participate in the life of the parish. To get engagement, leaders need to change hearts and minds. Like any other matter of the heart, engagement cannot be dictated.  Stewardship and evangelization are signs of lay engagement. Stewardship is giving from the heart. Evangel...

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