"Why Be Catholic?"
Why Be Catholic?
An inspiring talk by Catholic speaker and author Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
What do you say to a person who believes in God but doesn't see the need for "organized religion"? How about to the Catholic who prefers going to a Protestant Church because the preaching and music are so much better?
The Catholic Church has had it's share of scandals and problems over the years. So, if you can have a personal relationship with Jesus, know God as Father, are filled with the Spirit and read the Bible, why bother being Catholic?
When Marcellino D'Ambrosio and a group of his teenage, rock n' roll friends discovered the excitement of following Christ, these were the questions they had to wrestle with. Some left the Catholic Church. This talk contains the answers that Marcellino discovered that kept him in the Church and led him to become a Catholic theologian.
With his engaging personal witness, Dr. D'Ambrosio explains in a fresh, contemporary way that "Catholic" means fullness of truth and life.
Many Catholic distinctives are touched upon in this talk. . . from the value of Tradition as well as Scripture, to the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to why the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, are important. The most popular single talk for a parish or conference audience.
Style: Upbeat, energetic, full of humor, images, and stories.
Duration: 50 minutes, usually followed by an open forum Question and Answer Session. The talk has, however, been given in a 30 minute version for groups with a limited time frame such as Legatus.
Audience Types: adult or youth, devout Catholic, nominal Catholic, Protestant
Effect: the talk is designed to reenergize devout Catholics, giving them new insights into the role of Mary, the value of Sacred Tradition, and the power of the sacraments. For Sunday, nominal, and inactive Catholics, this talk is a spark to a deeper conversion to Christ and deeper commitment to his church, making clear that following Christ in the Catholic Church, far from being dull, is an exciting, challenging adventure that leads to personal growth and transformation. For Protestant Christians, this talk explains a few of the Catholic distinctives and provides a friendly, non-offensive challenge not to settle for a Christian life that omits important features that make for the fullness of grace and life.
"We asked that Dr. D’Ambrosio explain simply: ‘Why be Catholic?’ and he took us on a journey of faith deeper and more profound that our imaginings. After four months, our community is still resonating from his presence.”
- Ursula Ruiz, coordinator of Ignited by Truth
A conference in the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C.
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