The Catechetical Review - Communicating Christ for a New Evangelization

Catechetical Saints: The Venerable Father Michael McGivney

Authored by Sr. M. Johanna Paruch in Issue #31.2 of The Sower
There was in Father McGivney a balance between the human and divine. His ability to mourn with those in sorrow and rejoice with those in need of joy and encouragement typified his priestly disposition. Every one of us, cleric or lay, married or single, need to achieve such a balance, an integration, in our own lives. www.fathermcgivney.org Fr. Michael McGivney is probably not familiar to most readers, unless they are connected to the Knights of Columbus. The Knights are known for their work for the poor, for Catholic education, and for the disabled. I attended a conference sponsored by a non-religious organization who work with and for people with severe disabilities. One session, focused on independent living for people with developmental disabilities and the life of one individual was highlighted. It was noted that part of the success achieved by this man in living independently stemmed in part from the invitation of his neighbor to attend a meeting of the Knights of Columbus. He joined the organization, worked very hard in the projects sponsored by them, and eventually became a member of the Catholic Church. I was surprised that a state run organization would highlight the religious life of a client, but I was not surprised that the Knights played a role in the man’s support group.

The rest of this online article is available for current subscribers.

Start your subscription today!


This article is from The Sower and may be copied for catechetical purposes only. It may not be reprinted in another published work without the permission of Maryvale Institute. Contact sower@maryvale.ac.uk

Articles from the Most Recent Issue

Editor's Reflections: Toward a Eucharistic Revival
By Dr. James Pauley
Free The Feast of Corpus Christi last month was a momentous event in the life of the Church in the United States. The celebration of this liturgy begins a Eucharistic revival, a period of historic importance that will culminate in a National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis in the summer of 2024. The need for “revival” in relation to the Eucharist... Read more
The Spiritual Life: How the Eucharist Catechizes about the Meaning of Life
By Bishop Andrew Cozzens
Free The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is currently undertaking a Eucharistic revival. The idea for it began in 2019 when the bishops decided that we needed to respond to the moment of crisis in belief in the Eucharist in which we find ourselves—not only the discouraging results of the 2019 Pew study that reported that less than 30... Read more
The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist
By Brian Pedraza
Free The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist should be numbered among the most kerygmatic of the Church’s doctrines. Here is where the Son of God, who out of the immensity of his divine love became incarnate, has chosen to dwell amongst his people until the end of time. Here is where divine charity makes itself available to the human heart. Here... Read more

Pages

Watch Tutorial Videos

We've put together several quick and easy tutorial videos to show you how to use this website.

Watch Now