Now We Will Tell You Who Joe Sixpack Is!

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What Qualifies Joe Sixpack To Be A Teacher Of The Catholic Faith?

That’s a very good question. Let me tell you a little about my background so you can understand what makes me qualified to teach our holy and ancient faith.

The first thing to understand about Joe Sixpack and the mission I’ve undertaken is, this is evangelization. Evangelization is helping people to make conversions, and conversion is something that is a daily process for all of us… something we’re all obliged to do every day. I’m in a constant state of conversion myself. It’s what we mean by “practicing” Catholicism—it takes a lifetime to get it right.

Evangelization is not only leading non-Catholics into the Church, but also converting ourselves on a daily basis, helping lapsed Catholics to come home, and helping our fellow Catholics to make that daily conversion by helping them to learn and understand our holy and ancient faith more deeply. That’s what I’m doing here.

One thing people don’t ever consider when it comes to the sort of active evangelization I do is that evangelization is sales. In typical sales, you are either a sales pro who generates your own leads, makes the pitch and does
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the close all by yourself… or you’re one of the lucky ones who has leads generated by someone else, then you make the pitch, then someone else comes in for the close. Catholic evangelization is like being the latter sales pro: the Holy Spirit generates the lead (the prospective convert He puts in your path), you make the pitch (present the Church’s teaching), and the Holy Spirit comes back to make the close (gives them the graces to convert). I’ve never really sold the Catholic faith to anyone. I merely convey the Church’s teaching to whomever the Holy Spirit has put into my path, then He converts them—I’ve never once asked anyone to become a Catholic in the three decades I’ve been doing this.

However, it does help in my
particular circumstances to be a sales pro. I’ve been selling since I was eight years old.

I’m also a professional writer, and have been writing professionally for over twenty years. That really helps when doing this sort of thing, as it’s important to be able to convey the Church’s teaching in prose in a way others can grasp and indulge in the faith.

Being a Marian Catechist is my final claim to fame. Now, that can’t possibly mean much to you, so let me first explain what the Marian Catechist Apostolate is.

Back in the ‘80s,
St. John Paul II told Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta that her work was certainly from God, but that it wasn’t complete. He told her that in addition to ministering to the needs of the poor and sick
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and dying, she also needed to minister to their souls by bringing them into the Church founded by Jesus Christ. Blessed Mother Teresa replied that her daughters, the sisters of the Missionaries of Charity, were not capable of sharing the faith in any competent way. St. John Paul II, ever the missionary minded pope, set out to solve Mother’s problem.

St. John Paul II sent Mother Teresa to Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Benedict XVI), who in turn sent for
Servant of God Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ. Fr.
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Hardon was a Jesuit theologian and so prominent in St. John Paul’s circle that he was one of only five people in the world who could see the Holy Father without an appointment. Cardinal Ratzinger asked Fr. Hardon to develop a course of study for the Missionaries of Charity so they could learn and share the faith with anyone. Fr. Hardon’s course gradually evolved into two courses for both basic and advanced catechesis. That was when Fr. Hardon founded the Marian Catechist Apostolate—a lay association of catechists who Fr. Hardon envisioned to essentially become an army of men and women who could promote the Church’s teachings in both traditional and innovative venues. Fr. Hardon’s courses are required for Marian Catechists, and successful completion of these courses guarantees that they know exactly what they are doing when they share the faith with others.

Servant of God Fr. John Hardon was successful in developing and growing the Marian Catechist Apostolate. The Servant of God succumbed to cancer the week of Christmas in 2000. Prior to his death, Fr. Hardon asked
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Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke to take over as the international director of the Marian Catechist Apostolate, which His Eminence does to this day.

For more information about the Marian Catechist Apostolate,
click here.

I have been a Marian Catechist for many years. I was evangelizing many years before I became a Marian Catechist, but joining the apostolate and taking the courses made me a hundred times better at being able to competently share the faith with others. And
that is what makes me qualified to teach the faith to you and whomever else you want to send my way via this website.