How to Be an Effective Witness in the New Evangelization

Does the thought of  “the new evangelization make you nervous? Do you feel unworthy and inadequate to share about your faith or your personal witness with others? Well, you’re not alone – but just because you’ve got company with that feeling doesn’t give you an excuse to hide your faith under a rock (or under a bushel barrel!) So read on! Greg Trainor, a Catholic lay missionary once wrote, “Perhaps you have sensed God’s call to evangelize but you feel inadequate for the task. If this is how you feel, you are actually in a very good position. To be…continued

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Answering the Invitation of Christ

“The most holy council, then, earnestly entreats all the laity in the Lord to answer gladly, nobly, and promptly the more urgent invitation of Christ in this hour and the impulse of the Holy Spirit.” Vatican II Apostolicam Actuositatem Note the urgency in this plea to us. We are “earnestly entreated” and begged to “promptly answer” But why me? Why you? Because we are the Church. We are Christ’s body on earth. If we don’t reach out our hand to someone in need, whether it is a spiritual or emotional need, or a need for more tangible help, there may be no…continued

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Proposing the Truth with Respect

Cardinal Francis George wrote in “One Lord and One Church for The World” that “…it is not wrong to “propose” the truth of the Gospel and of salvation in Jesus Christ to the consciences of those who do not know it. On the contrary, to make this presentation is to respect their liberty by offering them the possibility of accepting the Good News which, by God’s mercy, we have received.” When we share about our faith, we don’t have to twist anyone’s arm, we just “propose” the truth. When we propose the Truth gently, it can be more easily received.…continued

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A Tangible Treasure

We think that everyone knows who Jesus is, but although most have heard the name “Jesus,” many do not know much about the real Jesus who lives and loves still today.  Archbishop Wuerl wrote in Disciples of The Lord: Sharing the Vision, A Pastoral Letter on the New Evangelization, “There are numerous people, particularly in the Western world, who have already heard of Jesus. Our call is to stir up again and rekindle in the midst of their daily life and concrete situation, a new awareness and familiarity with Jesus. We are called not just to announce, but to adapt…continued

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Evangelization Part 2: Changing Our Culture

Now we are looking at the second and third elements of “evangelization” as defined by Father John Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary. “ Evangelization is a zealous proclamation of the Gospel in order to bring others to Christ and his Church.”  It includes: 1) interior conversion to Christ and his Church 2) affecting not only the individual person but the whole culture 3) as a result, changing this culture and its institutions to make them Christian and Catholic. Our inner conversion – change, awakening to Christ – this naturally affects not only us as individuals but also the whole culture as we connect…continued

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Evangelization Part 1: Leading With Our Hearts

Holding the love of Christ in our hands

  According to John Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary, evangelization is the “zealous proclamation of the Gospel in order to bring others to Christ and his Church.”  We tend to think of evangelization as going out and telling people about Christ and getting them to come to Church. This proclamation and “going out” are certainly essential aspects of evangelization, but they are not the entire picture of what is meant. The definition goes on to add, “…Evangelization, therefore, includes three distinctive elements: 1. interior conversion to Christ and his Church; 2. affecting not only the individual person but the whole culture;…continued

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