“FATHER…this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.’ ‘God our Saviour desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.’ ‘There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved’ – than the name of JESUS.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church – Prologue)
“For God so loved the world, he gave his only son, so that whoever believes in him might not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16)
What is Evangelization?
Evangelization means to fulfill the mandate of Jesus Christ to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19), so that all might respond to the Father’s love and be saved through communion with Jesus and His body, the Church. At the core of evangelization is “the proclamation of Christ and his Gospel by word and the testimony of life,” which invites conversion, evidenced through faith in Christ, repentance, and full communion with the Catholic Church. (Catechism of the Catholic Church Glossary)
Who is Responsible for Evangelization?
Every baptized person: “To teach in order to lead others to faith is the task of every preacher and of each believer” (St. Thomas Aquinas)
What is the Role of Evangelization in the Overall Life of the Church?
“The Church in her very nature is missionary, sent by Christ to all nations to make disciples of them”. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 767)
“Evangelization is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity, She exists in order to evangelize.” (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 14)
“The pilgrim Church is missionary by her very nature, since it is from the mission of the Son and the mission of the Holy Spirit that she draws her origin, in accordance with the decree of God the Father”. (Vatican Council II, Ad Gentes, 2)
“It is the duty of the Church to proclaim always and everywhere the Gospel of Jesus Christ…” (Pope Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter Ubicumque et Semper establishing the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization)
What is the “New Evangelization”
It is a term, coined by St. John Paul II, which refers to a new missionary thrust for our time. As Pope Francis writes in his encyclical, The Joy of the Gospel, a key emphasis is placed on re-evangelizing ‘“the baptized whose lives do not reflect the demands of baptism, ”who lack a meaningful relationship to the Church and no longer experience the consolation born of faith. The Church, in her maternal concern, tries to
help them experience a conversion which will restore the joy of faith to their hearts”.
For a fuller, yet concise summary of the new evangelization, check out this article.
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