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Another Benedict is Here, Leading the Church into a New Missionary Age
Catholic Online ^ | 2/8/11 | Deacon Keith Fournier

Posted on 02/08/2011 4:36:27 AM PST by tcg

On Saturday, February 6, 2011 Pope Benedict XVI preached a profound homily before he ordained five priests to the office of Bishop. The Homily was an instruction on the office and mission of Bishops as successors of the Apostles.Pope Benedict XVI explained the Bishops' call to an "ecclesial existence". What is also notable about this homily is the Pope's emphasis on the missionary mandate of the whole Church. This is a recurring theme in the allocutions of Pope Benedict XVI...

The contemporary culture has thrown off almost every remnant of Christian influence and embraced a new paganism. What Pope Benedict calls the "Dictatorship of Relativism" is the bad fruit of a rejection of the very existence of truth. Given the current state of moral decline we need to view the entirety of the American continent as mission territory, ripe for the New Evangelization. We also need to view the once Christian Nations of the European continent as mission territory....

Most importantly, we need to view ourselves as missionaries in a new missionary age. We are all called to be "fishers of men in the ocean of our time". We are living in, in the words of Pope Benedict XVI, in "the time of mission." Another Benedict is here, leading us into a new missionary age of the Church...

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; evangelization; missionary; pope
I believe we are at the beginning of a new missionary age of the Catholic Church being led by a Pope who took the name of the Monk whose movement reclaimed Europe for the Church in the last millennium. I suggest that the selection of his name was not accidental but providential and prophetic. We are all called to be "fishers of men in the ocean of our time". We are living in, in the words of Pope Benedict XVI, in "the time of mission" and the whole Church is summoned to harvest.
1 posted on 02/08/2011 4:36:31 AM PST by tcg
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To: tcg

Non RCs will be glad for the help!


2 posted on 02/08/2011 6:22:15 AM PST by aMorePerfectUnion
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I’m very much not Roman Catholic, but Benedict is all right. He is not afraid to tell it like it is.


3 posted on 02/08/2011 6:22:32 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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**Most importantly, we need to view ourselves as missionaries in a new missionary age. We are all called to be “fishers of men in the ocean of our time”. We are living in, in the words of Pope Benedict XVI, in “the time of mission.” Another Benedict is here, leading us into a new missionary age of the Church...**

Catholics — it’s not really that scary. Just talk to a friend (contact)

And invite — ask them if they would like to go to an evening about the Mass? about prayer? about the Catechism of the Catholic Church? to Scripture study? do something for six weeks during Lent that will enrich their spirituality?

Another thing we can all ask people is a rhetorical question:

Are we living in troubled times?

Of course their answer is going to be in the affirmative.

Then invite them to a support group that studies the Bible, or whatever kind of group you have — start with Lent. After six weeks, I dare to say, that at your invitation, they will continue because they have bonded with the group and appreciate the support in these troubled times.

OK, my non-Catholic friends, do I have it right?


4 posted on 02/08/2011 7:18:03 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Great message there. Good job. God Bless. :)=^..^=


5 posted on 02/10/2011 3:35:49 PM PST by Biggirl ("The Best Of Times, The Worse Of Times", Charles Dickens)
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