If St. Paul Were Here Today

Dear Friend of Catholic Exchange: On June 28, 2008, the Catholic Church will begin its celebration of the Year of St. Paul, the single most important evangelist in the history of the Church. Question: If St. Paul were here spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ today, would he use the Internet?

You bet he would! St. Paul used whatever means available, becoming “all things to all” in the hope of saving as many souls as possible. The Catholic Church has always done the same, making use of whatever new technologies and means of communication came to hand to present the riches of love and truth in Jesus Christ.

The Internet has become a phenomenon that has grown our economy, made obscure people known, and made knowledge accessible at the touch of a mouse and in the comfort of your home. But did you realize that it is also becoming one of the greatest evangelization tools in the history of Christianity?

Catholic Exchange is at the forefront of this wonderful development in technology. We have been touching and changing lives by the power of the Spirit for seven years next week!

We were there for the man searching for info on vasectomies and who found Natural Family Planning resources that helped inform his conscience.

We were there for the woman looking for a Bible Study and who found one that was Catholic and would not lead her away from the sacraments.

We were there for the faithful Catholic seeking a place to surf online and avoid the sinful garbage found everywhere on the ‘net.

We were there for the thousands around the world who have stumbled upon a faithful Homily or Word of Encouragement.

We were there for thousands more looking for quality online Catholic media that revealed the truth and beauty of the Faith through podcasts and video.

We were there for the person looking for Catholic teaching on divorce and remarriage to share with a friend, for concrete answers on cremation, for folks trying to locate a First Communion or Confirmation gift.

We were there for the millions looking for faith formation surrounding such cultural events as the releases of major Hollywood films on the Passion, The Chronicles of Narnia, Kinsey and The DaVinci Code.

We were there for the many thousands who wanted to reach their fallen-away neighbors with something as moving and relatable as Champions of Faith: Baseball.

Do you know someone who fits these descriptions? Was this you at some point in your faith journey?

Saint PaulCatholic Exchange is the place on the Web where any person who needs a place to be uplifted, educated, motivated, encouraged and enabled to pursue the path of sanctity and holiness can come and drink.

For the last seven years, Catholic Exchange has done this for a huge global audience and with the faithful support of Catholics just like you. In fact, some of our viewers have supported us from Day One. And we don’t mean to slow down! Despite our growing pains and recent technical difficulties, our eighth year will begin with a bang. These times of rapidly changing political, social and economic conditions literally cry out for Internet evangelization.

Have you checked out our new content offerings on Theology of the Body and The Integrated Life? Those, of course, are in addition to our tried-and-true channels and dozens of selections of fresh, free daily content from some of the finest Catholic writers, teachers, speakers and educators in the world. And we won’t be stopping there. Our goal is to make Catholic Exchange the place on the Web where anybody — from anywhere on earth — can encounter the saving gospel of Jesus Christ, proclaimed in fullness in the Catholic Church!

But we can’t do that without you. In the Internet world, we need to expand and keep up with the technology. And that requires financial support since we are a completely non-profit organization.

Catholics often lament that they don’t know how to evangelize. The great thing about being Catholic, however, is that you are part of the Body of Christ. If you want to evangelize but aren’t sure how or can’t devote enough time to it personally, then please help us to do our work! Our site has been proclaiming the gospel, not just in the English-speaking world, but from China to Turkey.

So will you please help us with as large a “birthday donation” as you can muster? Jesus promises in the parable of the talents that what you invest in terms of perishable wealth, you will receive back manifold in the riches of the Kingdom to come. Our obligation is not to hide our faith under a basket, but to let the world see the truth and beauty of our Catholic Faith. Ask yourself, if not now, when? If not you, then who?

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Thanks again for your financial support, your continuing efforts to join us in our evangelization efforts by telling a friend, and most importantly your prayers.

Yours in Christ,

Tom Allen

Editor & President

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  • noelfitz

    Would St Paul use the internet?
    I agree with Tom Allen that he probably would. Paul and the early Christians were at the cutting edge of contemporary science, using notebooks and codices rather than scrolls.

    Mr Allen mentions that thousands have been helped here in CE. I am pleased to read this. I have been helped very much by the warm and friendly support of subscribers and our sincere and robust discussions.

    However I would appreciate more interaction from members.

    I like to debate our mutual faith in the Faith and Life Forum. Unfortunately the last message here was three days ago, from our moderstor Lpioch.

    Have the changes to the web pages been finalized?

    If so what can be done to reactivate interest in CE?

    I did not realize how important it is to me, until the messages began to dry up.

    I note that unfortunately the section “Theology of the Body” does not allow comments. I am disappointed with this. Perhaps it is because it is new and in time it will open up to allow discussions.

    I am very concerned about embryonic stem cell research developments, and hope it will be considered in the new Bioethics section of CE.

    The only way one can participate in debates now is by “piggy-backing” on the articles of others, as the fora do not seem to attract interest.

    Would it be a good idea for CE to contact all members, who have sent their email addresses on registration, to let them know that the new site is up and waiting for interaction from the members, as presumably it is? This opportunity could be associated with an appeal for financial and prayer support.

    God bless,

  • on a journey

    I agree Noel—I so enjoy CE and especially the discussions on the forums. Since the website redesign, I have not been able to post comments in the forums section. I can comment on the articles on the home page—I am automatically logged in when I arrive but seem to be logged ‘out’ when I go to the forums section.

    Is there someone who can help me with this?


  • mkochan

    The forum module that is installed now cannot be fixed. We are installing a completely new and state of the art forum module in July. We will go back to the “Roundtable” name and it will have all the funtionality that you expect. .

    I am sorry for the time it has taken to get all this stuff fixed. We have recently been blessed by God with some donated tech assistance and that is why lately you see so many improvements on the site. We need for everyone to donate money to help us out, too. It costs a lot to build and maintain a site like this!

  • noelfitz

    Mkochan & On a Journey,

    Thanks for your replies.

    The improvements are worth waiting for.

    God bless,

  • therapist

    Um, sorry to be anal, but shouldn’t it be “If St. Paul WERE Here?”

  • seawood

    I too enjoy the new format but have had some trouble with it.

    All the improvements are not up and running as yet so I am trying to be patient. I always enjoyed getting the “Words of Encouragement” as an email in the early morning hours as I work the night shift. After the change, the email that waas coming had only the first few words of the article and then you had to click to get the web site. I didn’t need another email to help me go to the the web site. I could get there by myself. I haven’t been able to find out what is going on with this. Is this the new format or just a glitch.

    I agree that CE could maybe let the registered members know a little mor about what is happening.

  • fjindra

    Patience is a tough virtue. With all they are doing at CE, it is amazing they are as far as they are. My parishes are using their protal system, and a number of my parishioners are thrilled with what is there. I know it will only get better. God bless your work. We are all looking forward to what you are becoming.

    Fr. Frank E. Jindra
    St. Lawrence Church, Silver Creek, NE
    Ss. Peter & Paul (Krakow) Church, Genoa, NE
    St. Rose of Lima Church, Genoa, NE

  • mkochan

    Therapist, we have made the correction. (Hopefully now we rate a donation.)

    Seawood, I am checking with the technical person about this. I wish I had known sooner that this was troubling you. I’ve been so focused on just getting the subs going, that I didn’t realize they had altered the format.

    Thank you, Father, for your encouraging words.

  • dennisofraleigh

    As the internet is a modern means of communication which respects no borders and is accessible to anyone on the globe with a satellite, cable or telephone connection and the proper modem, St. Paul would have certainly made use of this versatile medium to spead the Gospel—and he would be writing a regular column for Catholic Exchange of course!

  • St. Paul I think he would have been spread throughout the internet, but as for would he have used it personally? I do not think so. People like myself and other technically inclined people would take his message and pass it along to others through the internet. He would focus on interaction with real people and situations. I think the touching feeling cannot be expressed digitally and that is what makes a good evangelist.

    Catholic Chump