We have a simple lesson about the meaning of the Church in this morning’s Gospel. There’s a great crowd around Jesus — that’s the Church. They are telling others about Jesus — that’s evangelization.
On today’s Conversation with Cardinal Dolan, Father Dave Dwyer and I discuss the tremendous influence of Billy Graham.
Click here to read my statement on Billy Graham’s passing.
“What makes this place tick?” I quizzed the exuberant pastor as he showed me around the parish, renowned for its high rate of Sunday Mass attendance; first-rate school; excellent religious education for kids, teenagers, young adults, and adults; remarkably effective stewardship; and successful initiatives of social justice, pro-life efforts, evangelization, and neighborhood presence.
I wanted the “recipe” so I could bottle it and send it around!
“Follow me, I’ll show you,” Father replied.
Through the school, filled with kids; on to the religious ed office, where catechists were planning the evening session; into the kitchen where people were cooking casseroles for the…