Leonard J. DeLorenzo

Leonard J. DeLorenzo
Leonard J. DeLorenzo is the director of Notre Dame Vision, the Notre Dame Catechist Academy, and the Notre Dame Character Project.

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Preaching the Trinity, Part 2: Thou Shalt . . .

Posted by Leonard J. DeLorenzo on Jun 5, 2020 3:51:32 PM

In the first part of this series, I offered a “Naughty List” of preaching don’ts for Trinity Sunday. Below is the “Nice List” or “Thou Shalts” (or at least "shouldsts") for Trinity Sunday, along with some additional commentary.

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Topics: homily, liturgy, preaching, Trinity

Preaching the Trinity, Part 1: Thou Shalt Not . . .

Posted by Leonard J. DeLorenzo on Jun 4, 2020 7:03:21 PM

The most dangerous day of preaching in the liturgical year is upon us: Trinity Sunday. The perennial danger is, of course, that the homily on this day becomes an occasion for trivializing or else utterly mystifying the faith into which Christians been baptized, the Creed we profess each week, and the Sign of the Cross with which we mark ourselves over and over again. Karl Rahner memorably quipped that if we dropped the doctrine of the Trinity, most Christians would not notice the difference. The typically bizarre to banal nature of preaching on “Trinity Sunday” tends to prove the point: the Trinity is reduced to something that must be mentioned once a year, but as if extraneous rather than absolutely central to the Christian faith.

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Topics: homily, liturgy, preaching, Trinity

Called & Co-Responsible: Summer Seminars for Church Life Renewal

Posted by Leonard J. DeLorenzo on May 26, 2020 1:28:32 PM

Every baptized Christian is directly responsible for the primary mission of the Church: evangelization. Pope Benedict XVI recalled this in an address in 2012, saying that lay people “should not be regarded as ‘collaborators’ of the clergy, but, rather, as people who are really ‘co-responsible’ for the Church’s being and acting.” Pope Francis has claimed that “in some cases, lay persons have not been given the formation needed to take on important responsibilities” (Evangelii Gaudium, §102), to the extent that every member of the Church is empowered as distinctly but fully called and co-responsible for the Church’s mission.

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Topics: Called & Co-Responsible Conference, ministry, coronavirus, COVID-19 Resources

The New Beginning

Posted by Leonard J. DeLorenzo on Apr 5, 2020 7:19:00 AM

Editorial note: This blog is the final installment in a six-part series featuring our free Lenten resource, "A Scriptural Pilgrimage to Christ Through Lent," written by Lenny DeLorenzo.

This is the end of the end and the beginning of everything else.

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Topics: healing, Lent, leonardjdelorenzo, downloadable resources, liturgical year

The Limits of Hope

Posted by Leonard J. DeLorenzo on Mar 29, 2020 7:47:00 AM

Editorial note: This blog is the fifth in a six-part series featuring our free Lenten resource, "A Scriptural Pilgrimage to Christ Through Lent," written by Lenny DeLorenzo.

There is no limit to hope because Christ has gone beyond the last horizon.

There are times when we put ourselves at a great distance from God, due to our own sin and our own neglect. Like a sheep who has wandered from the flock, I find myself alone and isolated. It is all my own doing. I rejected the care of the Shepherd, and now I have no one to care for me.

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Topics: healing, Lent, leonardjdelorenzo, Hope, downloadable resources, liturgical year, truth, vulnerability

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