Author: Shaun McAfee

How the Saints Reformed the Church, but Themselves First

New from Catholic Answers Press is my latest book, Reform Yourself! How to Pray, Find Peace, and Grow in Faith with the Saints of the Counter-Reformation.  Why the Counter-Reformation? The sixteenth-century Catholic Church was definitely in need of reform. Too many of its leaders were worldly and corrupt; too many of the faithful were living in laxity or ignorance. Unfortunately, Protestantism brought revolution rather than reform, but the saints who rose up in response to it helped renew and transform the Church for generations to come. Our own souls, too, are in constant need of reform, of re-conversion to God and his...

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Giving Up This One Simple Thing Got My Whole Life in Order

There’s a lot of fad diets that Christians turn to in order to help them get into the spiritual shape they desire. The fad diet spirituality of yesterday, like Prayer of Jabez and others, are like a battery: they can provide an initial spark and some energy over time, but eventually they die out like the others. Of course as Catholics we have a pretty good roadmap for our spiritual direction and sustenance: the Sacraments. Baptism aids us by removing original sin and entering into the resurrection of Christ. In Confirmation, we receive the ‘blow’, which enables the Holy...

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Silence Really Can Be the Best Method of Evangelization

We’ve heard the saying, “preach the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” I love that in the opening to the new book from St. Paul Street Evangelization, aptly titled Catholic Street Evangelization brings up this popular quote, and how many people wrongly attribute it to St. Francis of Assisi. There’s no historical account of his ever using the phrase. Whether he used it or not, the quote is still very powerful. On one hand it perfectly identifies our common need to be excellent examples as Christians. Oftentimes we hear the unevangelized tell us that they don’t trust the...

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Did You Know That Jesus Had No Faith?

From my latest article at the National Catholic Register: Answer this question: “Did Jesus have faith?” Most will respond with an enthusiastic, “yes!” I think many of us would naturally respond likewise. The answer is actually the opposite, and I’ll explain why, but first we have to understand the person of Jesus. Read more...

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My Book is Finally Here!

Filling Our Father’s House Introducing my new book from Sophia Institute Press! You’ve likely seen this cover on recent newsletters: I’m so excited to tell you that it’s finally out for purchase on paperback and Kindle/ebook. Forgive me for tooting my own horn here, but this book is backed by some serious Catholic voices: Patrick Madrid wrote the foreword… “A Convert’s Playbook mines some of the most effective and Christ-like methods developed across the ages to deepen one’s personal faith, and to make it come alive in a way that will enhance the life of one’s parish community, and...

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