What is the New Evangelization?
"A new evangelization is synonymous with mission, requiring the capacity to set out anew, go beyond boundaries and broaden horizons. The new evangelization is the opposite of self-sufficiency, a withdrawal into oneself, a status quo mentality and an idea that pastoral programs are simply to proceed as they did in the past. Today a 'business as usual' attitude can no longer be the case. Some local Churches, already engaged in renewal, reconfirm the fact that now is the time for the Church to call upon every Christian community to evaluate their pastoral practice on the basis of the missionary character of their program and activities."—Synod of Bishops XIII Ordinary General Assembly,The New Evangelization for the Transmission of Christian Faith, Lineamenta, #10
Pope Francis invites all to a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. We are not to keep the faith to ourselves, but we are sent as missionary disciples to transform the world to Christ. We are all called to be Spirit-filled disciples, not in a maintenance mode but rather a missionary one." (Evangelii Gaudium,118-120,259-262)
Parishes must be in contact with homes, with people’s lives, with the life of society.
They have to be houses where the door is always open so as to go forth toward others.
And it is important that this going-forth follows a clear proposal of faith.
The doors must be opened so that Jesus can go out with all of the joy of his message.
Let us pray for our parishes, that they not be simple offices, but that animated by a missionary spirit, may be places where faith is communicated and charity is seen.
Building the Civilization of Love
“We hold a precious treasure that is to be passed on, a treasure that brings light and hope. They are greatly needed. ... The great digital continent not only involves technology but is made up of real men and women who bring with them their hopes, their suffering, their concerns and their pursuit of what is true, beautiful and good. We need to bring Christ to others, through these joys and hopes — like Mary, who brought Christ to the hearts of men and women. … This is the path. This is the challenge.” (Pope Francis)
Through the Gospel / evangelical words
"Put your trust in God and do right, make your home in the land and live secure. Make God your joy and He will give you your heart's desires. Commit your destiny to Yahweh, be confident in Him, and He will act... " (Psalm 37:3-6)
"So do not worry and say, 'What are we to eat?' or 'What are we to drink?' or 'What are we to wear?' All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and His righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil" (Matthew 6: 31-34).
He said to them, "Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?" Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm” (Matthew 8:26).
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in Me” (John 14:1).
Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone. But I am not alone, because the Father is with me (John 16:32)
Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him. Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours (Mark 11:23-24).
But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it. But he should ask in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord (James 1: 5-7),
We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28}
Avoid profane and silly myths. Train yourself for devotion, for, while physical training is of limited value, devotion is valuable in every respect, since it holds a promise of life both for the present and for the future (1 Timothy 4:7-8).
What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or dis- tress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? (Romans 8:35).
Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me (Galatians 2:20).
As the Father loves Me, so I also love you. Remain in My love (John 15:9).
For in it is revealed the righteousness of God from faith to faith; as it is written, "The one who is righteous by faith will live" (Romans 1:17).
And that no one is justified before God by the law is clear, for "the one who is righteous by faith will live" (Galatians 3:11).
But My just one shall live by faith, and if he draws back I take no pleasure in him" (Hebrews 10:38).
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.. We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him (1 John 4:8 and 16).
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted (Matthew 10:29-30).
For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed you from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
If any woman believer has widowed relatives, she must assist them; the church is not to be burdened, so that it will be able to help those who are truly widows. Presbyters who preside well deserve double honor, especially those who toil in preaching and teaching. For the scripture says, "You shall not muzzle an ox when it is threshing," and, "A worker deserves his pay"
(1 Timothy 5:16-18).
The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away
For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love (Galatians 5:6)
"This is the work of God, that you believe in the One He sent" (John 6:29)
Jesus then said to those Jews who believed in him, "If you remain in my word, you will truly be My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32).
For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world. And the victory that conquers the world is our faith (1 John 5:3-4).
Whoever believes in Me, as scripture says: "Rivers of living water will flow from within him" (John 7:38).
My eager expectation and hope is that I shall not be put to shame in any way, but that with all boldness, now as always, Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me life is Christ, and death is gain
... Yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given Himself up for me (Galatians 2:20).
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love He had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-7).
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that He may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner self, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:14-21).
Therefore, He is always able to save those who approach God through Him, since He lives forever to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25).
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to Himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of His will, for the praise of the glory of His grace that He granted us in the beloved. In him we have redemption by His blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of His grace that He lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight, He has made known to us the mystery of His will in accordance with His favor that He set forth in Him as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth. In Him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of His will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ. In Him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation, and have believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God's possession, to the praise of his glory (Ephesians 1:3-14).
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Cast all your worries upon Him because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).
But seek first the kingdom (of God) and His righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides (Matthew 6:33).
In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the one who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of His glory, we who first hoped in Christ (Ephesians 1:11-12).