Recently, our wonderful contributor Ellen Gable Hrkach was highlighted in a terrific article by Marion Fernandez-Cueto entitled "Answering the urgent call of the New Evangelization: Marching Orders". This article appeared in the September/October 2014 issue of the magazine Family Foundations, published by the amazing organization the Couple to Couple League. As an overview, I thought I would share a few paragraphs at the heart of this piece to entice you to check it out for yourselves. This is an article that invites us to look at the very real "New Evangelization" moments that happen in our lives every day, right where God planted us. About Ellen and her husband James, Marion writes:
CCL instructor and best-selling Canadian author Ellen Gable Hrkach knows that experience firsthand. A mother of five and president of the Catholic Writers Guild, Gable Hratch writes what she calls “edgy Theology of the Body fiction,” weaving Church teaching on chastity and NFP into romances and thrillers whose Kindle editions have been collectively downloaded 500,000 times.
An early adopter of Facebook and Twitter, Gable Hrkach said new media allows her to reach people who might not otherwise encounter Church teaching. A casual tweet about NFP often leads to private inquiries, and the online CCL classes she has taught with her husband, James, have welcomed participants from across North America. Her readers, meanwhile, get “so swept up in the story, they don’t even know they’re getting theology.”
But online evangelizing is just part of her arsenal. In addition to teaching marriage preparation and CCL classes (in person) for the last 30 years, Gable Hrkach is fearless when it comes to spreading the Christian vision of sexuality in everyday life. “I’m very passionate about this issue because people’s souls are at stake.”
You'll definitely want to click through and read the rest of the article by Marion Fernandez-Cueto here, at Family Foundations. I think you'll find it fascinating and that you'll agree with me that Ellen's style of New Evangelization is indeed awesome!
When you're done with that, and fired up to consider your own call to the New Evangelization, I encourage you to visit the Couple to Couple League website at www.ccli.org. If you've never encountered this organization, here's an overview:
The Couple to Couple League (CCL) is an international, Catholic, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and teaching fertility awareness (natural family planning) to married and engaged couples. It is essentially a volunteer organization because services are provided by professionally-trained volunteers who are supported by a small staff at the international headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. Local Chapters of the organization consist mainly of certified Teaching Couples and Promoters, along with other supportive members.
Thanks to our friends at CCL for sharing this article and for the amazing work you do to lift up, educate, and encourage families and couples.
Learn more about the Couple to Couple League at CCLI.org
Copyright 2014 Lisa M. Hendey
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