The Greatest Story Ever Told

In this week’s Catholic New York columnI wrote about the rosary, a wonderful prayer and an effective means of evangelization.  I thought you might want to read it.

Here is an excerpt:

Pope Francis has radiantly reminded us of this, hasn’t he? It’s not helpful to start with what the Church is against; it’s not productive to begin with what’s right or wrong. We’ll get to that eventually. No, we start with the Person, the invitation, the message of Jesus! Then, everything else flows from this saving proclamation!

My friend, Father Bob Barron, one of the nation’s premier evangelists today, puts it like this: if a foreign visitor asks you to explain the complicated game of baseball, you would hardly start with the “infield-fly rule”! No! You would first introduce him to the beauty, rhythm, and flow of the game! Father Barron suggests he would take him instead to Wrigley Field, gradually introduce him to the majesty of our national pastime, and then patiently explain the details of the game.

The same is true of the mystery of the faith. We begin with Jesus, with the story of salvation, with prayer, liturgy, community, and the beauty of the Church. Gradually we then get to faith, doctrine, morals, practice.

You can read my whole column here.

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2 Responses to “The Greatest Story Ever Told”

  1. William says:

    “Pope Francis has radiantly reminded us of this, hasn’t he? It’s not helpful to start with what the Church is against; it’s not productive to begin with what’s right or wrong. We’ll get to that eventually.” Really! It’s been 50 years of this kind of thinking that has resulted in a total collapse of the Faith. Instead of correcting error it is ignored and those who dare to teach the Faith are punished. Look what you did to Fr. Rutler. All the people on the Today Show can praise you all day long and they will continue to undermine the Faith. A million people can go to Mass on a beach in Brazil (with Holy Communion distributed out of plastic cups) but they will not live good Catholic lives. You and that pope you stuck us with better get with the program and start acting and teaching like Catholics. You and Francis have no right to change the Faith just because you are a bunch of liberals who want the media to love you.

  2. J Carr says:

    Another brilliant observation. Thank you so much. Forgive me Father Dolan. We are in the middle of a battle against evil, and as a soldier in this battle I sometimes forget why I am here in the first place. I need to pause and refocus on who I am fighting against and the kind of weapon I am using in your service. Pope Francis has given us a new weapon that is more effective against our sophisticated nemesis. Pray that I may have enough intellect and be able to use this weapon wisely.