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  • Practical Principles for Proclaiming the Kingdom

    07/03/2016 6:16:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-02-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Practical Principles for Proclaiming the Kingdom Msgr. Charles Pope • July 2, 2016 • In the Gospel today, Jesus gives a number of practical principles for those who would proclaim the Kingdom. Let’s look at each of them in turn. I. Serious – The text says, At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”The Lord...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 07-03-16, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    07/02/2016 8:48:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 47 replies ^ | 07-03-16 | Revised New American Bible
    July 3, 2016 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reading 1 Is 66:10-14c Thus says the LORD:Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad because of her,all you who love her;exult, exult with her,all you who were mourning over her!Oh, that you may suck fullyof the milk of her comfort,that you may nurse with delightat her abundant breasts!For thus says the LORD:Lo, I will spread prosperity over Jerusalem like a river,and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing torrent.As nurslings, you shall be carried in her arms,and fondled in her lap;as a mother comforts her child,so will I comfort you;in Jerusalem...
  • Hardened Hearts

    06/25/2016 8:14:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Hardened Hearts Question: Recently in OSV Newsweekly, there was a wonderful column about the Mass by Father Robert Hater. If everybody only understood what Mass was really about, there would not be a dry eye in the house. Is there a plan in the Church to incorporate this kind of re-education in homilies, etc.?— Josie Rodriguez, St. Petersburg, Florida Answer: Father’s column was wonderful indeed. But, as I am sure Father Hater would agree, education is only part of the solution. In the modern world, we tend to think that education is the main answer to most things. To be...
  • Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon

    04/30/2016 7:41:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-30-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why the New Evangelization Is Necessary, as Seen in a Cartoon Msgr. Charles Pope • April 29, 2016 • The animated short video below is a humorous reminder that when technology changes so rapidly, some of us can easily get left behind.In it, there is also something of an admonition to the Church, that we not act too much like the man in the video. 1. It would seem that the old man has been sheltered away in his apartment for too long while the world has passed him by. We in the Church also have been hunkered down...
  • Evangelize the poor: that is your mission, Pope says

    01/24/2016 4:36:40 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 98 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | Jan 24, 2016 | Ann Schneible
    Pope Francis centered his Angelus address this Sunday on what it means to evangelize the poor, and how this is the mission of the Church. "Evangelize the poor: this is the mission of Jesus; this is also the mission of the Church, and of all the baptized in the Church," the Pope said Jan. 24 to the crowds in Saint Peter's Square. "To be a Christian and to be a missionary is the same thing." "What does it mean to evangelize the poor? It means to be close to them, to serve them, to free them from oppression, and all...
  • That New York Times headline about Catholics witnessing to Jews? Look again ...

    12/16/2015 12:50:41 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 104 replies
    GetReligion ^ | December 16, 2015 | Terry Mattingly
    Trust me, I know that it is hard to write accurate, easy-to-read articles about complicated Vatican theological documents. This is especially true when dealing with materials focusing on very nuanced issues that continue to cause behind-the-scenes debates among Catholics. It's even harder to write informative, catchy and, yes, accurate headlines for these kinds of stories. This brings me to a recent New York Times report that ran with this headline: "Vatican Says Catholics Should Not Try to Convert Jews." The problem with that headline is that it is simplistic to the point of being inaccurate -- that is, if the...
  • Five Qualities Necessary for an Evangelizer from St. Paul

    09/09/2015 6:18:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-09-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Five Qualities Necessary for an Evangelizer – from St. Paul Msgr. Charles Pope • September 8, 2015 • St. Paul describes a kind of modus vivendi (a way of living) for himself and for us; the passage was read at Mass on Monday. It has a dynamic urgency about it that we ought not to overlook.It is Christ whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. For this I labor and struggle, in accord with the exercise of his power working within me (Col 1:28-29).As with many biblical texts,...
  • Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer

    07/12/2015 6:42:51 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-11-15 | Sarah Yaklic
    Five Fundamental Freedoms for the Christian Evangelizer Sarah Yaklic • July 11, 2015 One of the great obstacles to effectively evangelizing is that most Christians lack the requisite freedom and simplicity of life to carry forth the task consistently and coherently. In today’s gospel, the Lord offers some counsel on what is required to evangelize effectively.As we read a gospel like this, it is tempting to think that it speaks only of specialists such as missionaries, religious, priests, or deacons. But such a presumption forgets that everyone is called to evangelize: clergy to people, parents to children, elders to youngsters,...
  • If You Can Use Anything Lord, You Can Use Me Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year

    06/14/2015 7:04:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washingotn ^ | 06-13-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
     If You Can Use Anything Lord, You Can Use Me – Homily for the 11th Sunday of the Year Msgr. Charles Pope • June 13, 2015The readings today speak of God’s providence, which is often displayed in humble, hidden, and mysterious ways. While it is true that God sometimes works in overpowering ways, His more common method seems to be to use the humble and even unlikely things of the created order to accomplish His goals.For us who are disciples, there are three related teachings that speak of how God will make use of us and of others. It...
  • Why Boston Must Be Evangelized

    05/21/2015 6:01:25 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 4 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 2/21/15 | Steve Berman
    If Samuel Adams were to time-travel and suddenly appear on Purchase Street in Boston, a block or two from South Station, he wouldnt recognize much of his old city. His church however, is still there (the Old South Congregational Church, now known as the Old South Meeting House, one of the birthplaces of the American Revolution). When Adams was in Boston, it was a Christian city. His alma mater, Harvard College, trained mainly ministers of the Gospelbut also quite a few politicians like himself. Adams would not recognize Boston in any sense as a spiritual place these days. The shells...
  • The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic (Catholic Caucus)

    03/14/2015 9:01:13 AM PDT · by rwa265 · 5 replies ^ | 2012 | Matthew Kelly
    THE BOOK As human beings we are constantly engaging and disengaging in everything we do. We engage and disengage at work, in marriage, as parents, in our quest for health and well-being, in personal finances, environmentally, politically, and, of course, we engage or disengage spiritually. If you walk into any Catholic church next Sunday and look around, you will discover that some people are highly engaged, others are massively disengaged, and the majority are somewhere in between. Why? What is the difference between highly engaged Catholics and disengaged Catholics? Answering this question is essential to the future of the Catholic...
  • "Mandate to Evangelize Non-Christians": Pope Francis Blesses Neo-Chatechumenal Way

    03/07/2015 11:03:00 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 22 replies
    Vatican Information Service ^ | March 6, 2015 | VIS staff
    The Pope to members of the Neocatechumenal Way on the missio ad gentes: take to the peripheries of the world the message the God loves humanity and that love is possible Vatican City, 6 March 2015 (VIS) This morning in the Paul VI Hall Pope Francis received in audience seven thousand members of the Neocatechumenal Way, including two hundred families who will shortly depart on the missio ad gentes. The task of the Pope is to confirm brothers in the faith, said the Holy Father. You too, with this gesture, have asked Peter's Successor to confirm your calling, to...
  • Billy Graham Had a Runny Nose

    02/24/2015 1:19:56 PM PST · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 24, 2015 | Richard Becker
    Theres a scene in Robert Duvalls film The Apostle where the renegade evangelist, Sonny Dewey, comes upon a boat blessing ceremony on the river. You do it your way, Ill do it mine, Sonny allows, acknowledging the efforts of the presiding priest, but we get it done, dont we?
  • Breaking Bergoglio

    10/26/2014 7:07:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | October 25, 2014 | Steve Skojec
    There is no question that something about Pope Francis catches the imagination of those who might otherwise have nothing to do with the Catholic Church. From the displays of humility that splash across the news to the refusal to live in the apostolic palace or follow time-honored papal traditions to the endless string of off-the-cuff comments signaling a change in rigid doctrinal certainty, Pope Francis marches to the beat of his own drum. And the song its playing is Hagan lo! Make a mess. Amidst controversial papal comments this week that All Christians and men of good will are...
  • Cardinal Burke: Pope Francis has spoken unambiguously on abortion, contraception, marriage

    02/24/2014 1:33:11 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    CWN - Citing remarks made by Pope Francis, Cardinal Raymond Burke emphasized that Pope has spoken unambiguously in defense of Catholic teaching on abortion, contraception, euthanasia, and marriage. It is not that the Holy Father is not clear in his opposition to abortion and euthanasia, or in his support of marriage as the indissoluble, faithful and procreative union of one man and one woman, the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura wrote in LOsservatore Romano. Rather he concentrates his attention on inviting all to nurture an intimate relationship, indeed communion, with Christ, within which the non-negotiable truths, inscribed by God upon...
  • How ignoring two little words has devastated evangelization

    11/27/2012 12:34:52 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 26, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Just two little words in a carefully written text of the Second Vatican Council carry tremendous significance in terms of the emphasis that text was meant to convey. Two little words, so easily overlooked, add urgency to the task for evangelization, and usher in a reminder of why the task of the Church in announcing Jesus Christ is so critical.What are these words? Simply these:“But often….”Perhaps you are less than amazed and wonder what they could have to do with evangelization, let alone urgency. These words occur in a critical text of the Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium # 16,...
  • A Big Heart Open to God

    09/29/2013 1:56:25 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 37 replies
    AMERICA ^ | Sept 2013 | Antonio Spadaro, SJ
    I pray the breviary every morning. I like to pray with the psalms. Then, later, I celebrate Mass. I pray the Rosary. What I really prefer is adoration in the evening, even when I get distracted and think of other things, or even fall asleep praying. In the evening then, between seven and eight oclock, I stay in front of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour in adoration. But I pray mentally even when I am waiting at the dentist or at other times of the day.
  • Father Barrons seven tips for New Evangelization

    12/21/2012 5:26:51 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 12/30/2012 | Brandon Vogt
    When Pope John Paul II described the New Evangelization back in 1983, he said it required new ardor, new methods and new expressions. Since then, perhaps no priest has embodied those qualities like Father Robert Barron of Chicago. Through his Word on Fire ministry he has used blogs, podcasts, YouTube videos, websites and mobile apps to spread the faith. Hes evangelized the culture through movie reviews and news commentary. And he released the epic Catholicism film series which has been seen across the world on both Catholic and secular television. Fr. Barron Father Robert Barron. Courtesy of Word on Fire...
  • Soldiers starving for spiritual support

    12/06/2012 7:02:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 11-28-12 | CHELSEA WEIKART
    Soldiers starving for spiritual support MP3 players loaded with spiritual material bring faith to the frontline. CHELSEA WEIKART Catholic News Service WASHINGTON American troops have a strong presence around the globe, serving in 75 percent of the world's countries, yet "one soldier told me they are starving for spiritual support," said Cheri Lomonte, founder of Frontline Faith. The Catholic nonprofit organization gives MP3 players loaded with the Mass, stories and prayers to active-duty members of the military. In the two years since its founding, Frontline Faith has distributed 30,000 MP3 players. The organization started with Lomonte,...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Evangelisation: why and how?

    12/02/2012 8:49:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies ^ | 8 April 2009 | Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli `
    What are the sources or inspiration for these subjects?Basically they are inspired by the documents of the Holy See, and in particular by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium. This was a deliberate choice so as to create an awareness of the vast richness, completeness and beauty of these documents which are, in some circles, hardly known at all. In this way, it is possible to present the essential and fundamental contents of the faith which are professed, not just by the individual Catholic, but by the Catholic Church throughout the world as it adheres to the...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Why is it necessary to announce Jesus Christ?

    12/01/2012 10:22:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 8 April 2009 | Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli
    What are the sources or inspiration for these subjects?Basically they are inspired by the documents of the Holy See, and in particular by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium. This was a deliberate choice so as to create an awareness of the vast richness, completeness and beauty of these documents which are, in some circles, hardly known at all. In this way, it is possible to present the essential and fundamental contents of the faith which are professed, not just by the individual Catholic, but by the Catholic Church throughout the world as it adheres to the...
  • Pope's representative calls on US Church for New Evangelization

    11/13/2012 1:56:57 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | November 13, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Papal Nuncio to the U.S. Archbishop Carlo Vigano addresses the 2012 USCCB Fall Meeting. Credit: Michelle Bauman-CNA. Baltimore, Md., Nov 13, 2012 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in the United States and its bishops should play a major role in the New Evangelization by presenting the gospel values they maintain amidst a secular culture, the Pope’s representative to the U.S. said. "The leadership of the bishops is of pre-eminent importance if the Year of Faith is to have a long-term effect and if the New Evangelization is to be not merely a temporary enthusiasm, but rather a...
  • Bishops seeking to revive Catholicism are worried by Islam

    10/28/2012 4:20:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 25, 2012 | Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor
    A drive to rekindle Roman Catholicism's missionary zeal is struggling to counter the challenge of Islam, a religion with an arguably more direct message and a greater institutional hold on its faithful. Bishops who have been meeting for three weeks to plot a way forward for a Church whose membership is dwindling in Europe are concerned by Islam's growth and worried about Christian minorities in Muslim countries, according to participants' comments released by the Vatican. Islam was barely mentioned in preparatory documents for the Synod on New Evangelisation, a meeting in Rome of 262 prelates from around the world been...
  • Following the Truth: Attention Catholics,Time To Get Serious About Evangelization! (Year of Faith)

    10/14/2012 7:19:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies ^ | Sep 19th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Attention CatholicsIts Time To Get Serious About Evangelization! Sep 19th, 2012 by Gary Zimak. The task of preaching, teaching, growing and living the Catholic faith in our time, in this country, belongs to you and me. No one else can do it. (Archbishop Charles Chaput at the Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Sept. 18,2012)On October 11, 2012 we officially begin the celebration of the Year of Faith, as promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei. The Holy Father has declared that the Year of Faith is a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to...
  • Pope 'working harder than anyone' at synod sessions

    10/10/2012 2:01:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | October 10, 2012 | Matthew A. Rarey
    A screenshot of the Oct. 9 session of Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization. Credit: CTV. Vatican City, Oct 10, 2012 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI opened the first working session of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization Oct. 9 by closely following the proceedings and issuing a call for a “renewed evangelical dynamism” in the Church. “The Holy Father’s participation has been unbelievable,” said Curtis Martin, founder of the U.S.-based Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Martin, who is attending the synod as an observer, said that Pope Benedict took a keen interest...
  • Following the Truth:Dont Be Afraid To Cross The Line For Jesus!(Catholics MUST evangelize!)

    08/25/2012 3:00:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies ^ | Jul 3rd, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Dont Be Afraid To Cross The Line For Jesus! Jul 3rd, 2012by Gary Zimak. There was a preacher once who was saying to the congregation, It is wrong to steal horses. The congregation answered, Amen,amen. It is wrong to steal cows. Amen, Amen! Then he said, It is wrong to steal chickens. And someone shouted back, Now he is meddling. Up until that point, conscience was not touched. (Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen)I recently wrote a blog post about the need for Catholics to take action against some of President Obamas policies, mainly his health care plan and the HHS...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH, 08-23-12

    08/23/2012 8:16:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 08-23-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH An international association for the assistance, by prayers and alms, of Catholic missionaries throughout the world. Founded in 1822 at Lyons, France, by Pauline Jaricot. It is now under the auspices of the Sacred Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propagation of the Faith). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH, 08-07-12

    08/07/2012 9:37:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 08-07-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH See: PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ANNA, 05-22-12

    05/22/2012 8:30:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 05-22-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ANNA This woman was a prophetess who spent all her time, day and night, in the Temple. She was present when Jesus was brought to the Temple by his parents in accordance with the Law of Moses. She "began to praise God" on seeing him, "and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deli-verance of Jerusalem" (Luke 2:36-38). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pope: Catholic education part of New Evangelization

    05/13/2012 12:57:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    VaticanNews/Vatican Radio ^ | 2012-05-05 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Pope: Catholic education part of New Evangelization 2012-05-05 Vatican Radio Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday spoke about the importance of Catholic education when addressing a group of United States bishops in Rome on their ad limina visit. Calling Catholic schools an essential resource for the new evangelization, the Holy Father urged that a Catholic education be within the reach of all families, whatever their financial status. Turning his attention to higher education, Pope Benedict said colleges and universities need to reaffirm their distinctive identity in fidelity to their founding ideals and the Churchs mission in service of the Gospel.He...
  • The World-Changing Year of Faith [Catholic Caucus]

    04/23/2012 7:02:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | April 23rd, 2012 | John Harden
    The World-Changing Year of Faith FaithApril 23rd, 2012 John Harden This year is poised to be one of the most exciting years in modern history. A major event will take place that could change the direction of our country indeed, of the entire world. Im not talking about the upcoming election, or even the fabled Mayan Apocalypse. Im talking about 2012 as the Year of Faith! Queue cricket soundsOK, I know at first glance the Year of Faithdoesntseem all that exciting or noteworthy. And I know as Catholics were supposed to be excited about it, even though we might...
  • For the New Evangelization, Benedict Picks His "Star" -- Cardinal designate Dolan

    02/17/2012 6:28:42 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 1+ views
    WITL ^ | February 16, 2012 | Rocco Palmo
    Seeing the shot above, one can almost hear that now-famous Midwestern voice saying, "Allright, everybody...." For Timothy Michael Dolan, this weekend caps a meteoric rise of the kind only he could make look natural. To use just one example, before the 62 year-old prelate, never have the terms "Archbishop of New York" and "President of the American Bishops" been able to exist in the same sentence, unless historians were discussing the dual legitimacy which Francis Spellman lusted, and even John O'Connor earnestly sought, yet neither would ever know. Of course, not even two years after his appointment to the...
  • Culture with Local Bishops and Issues a Call to the Laity [Ecumenical]

    02/13/2012 7:54:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 13, 2012 | By: Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pope Benedict Shares Sober Remarks on American Culture with Local Bishops and Issues a Call to the LaityBy: Msgr. Charles Pope On January 19, Pope Benedict addressed bishops from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services, and the Virgin Islands. These U.S. bishops were in Rome for their periodic ad limina visits, which included meetings with the pope and Vatican officials, covering a wide range of pastoral matters.His words provide some sober reflection for us. As is usually the case, I would like to provide excerpts of the Popes remarks...
  • Following the Truth: The Hardest Thing Ive Ever Had To Do [Catholic and Open]

    01/09/2012 10:16:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Following the ^ | Jan 6th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    The Hardest Thing Ive Ever Had To Do Jan 6th, 2012by Gary Zimak. During the fourth watch of the night, He came toward them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. It is a ghost, they said, and they cried out in fear. At once [Jesus] spoke to them, Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid. Peter said to him in reply, Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water. He said, Come. Peter got out of the boat and began to walk...
  • Father Cantalamessa's 4th Advent Sermon: "The Current Wave of Evangelization" (Catholic Caucus)

    12/24/2011 9:03:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | DEC. 23, 2011 | Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa
    Father Cantalamessa's 4th Advent Sermon "The Current Wave of Evangelization" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 23, 2011 ( Here is a translation of the final Advent sermon by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the pontifical household, which was delivered today.* * *1. A new audience for the proclamation"Prope est iam Dominus: venite, adoremus" (The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him). We begin this meditation just as the Liturgy of the Hours begins in the days that precede Christmas in such a way that it may also serve as part of our preparation for the solemnity.I have...
  • Father Cantalamessa's 2nd Advent Sermon: "The Second Wave of Evangelization" (For History Buffs)

    12/18/2011 8:24:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies ^ | December 15, 2011 | Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa
    Father Cantalamessa's 2nd Advent Sermon "The Second Wave of Evangelization" ROME, DEC. 15, 2011 ( Here is a translation of the second Advent sermon by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the pontifical household. It wasdelivered last Friday, Dec. 9.* * *"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free."The second, great wave of Evangelization, after the Barbarian invasions.In this meditation I want to talk of the second great wave of Evangelization in the history of the Church, that which followed the fall of the Roman Empire and the mix of nations caused by the Barbarian invasions. I...
  • Father Cantalamessa's 1st Advent Sermon:"The First Wave of Evangelization" [Cath/Ortho Caucus]

    12/13/2011 3:59:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | DEC. 8, 2011 | Father Raniero Cantalamessa
    Father Cantalamessa's 1st Advent Sermon "The First Wave of Evangelization" ROME, DEC. 8, 2011 ( Here is a translation of the first Advent sermon delivered last Friday, Dec. 2, by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the pontifical household.* *"Go into all the world"The first wave of evangelizationIn response to the Supreme Pontiff's call for a renewed commitment to evangelization and by way of preparation for the 2012 synod of bishops on the same issue, I intend to identify in these Advent meditations four waves of evangelization in the history of the Church, that is, four moments in which...
  • Pope's US appointees stress urgency of New Evangelization

    12/09/2011 7:30:03 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    cna ^ | December 8, 2011 | Benjamin Mann
    Evangelists Ralph Martin and Curtis Martin (L to R) Denver, Colo., Dec 8, 2011 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics must rediscover their religious identity and mission, according to two new American appointees to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization.In a certain sense we don't have an option, said Curtis Martin, founder and president of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). He was named as a consultant for the council on Dec. 7, along with Sacred Heart Major Seminary Professor Dr. Ralph Martin.If we continue to do what we've been doing the last 40 years, we're on...
  • Following The Truth: Evangelize? Sorry, But Im Catholic! (Catholic or Open)

    12/08/2011 8:52:59 AM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | June 18th, 2010 | Gary Zimak
    Evangelize? Sorry, But Im Catholic! June 18th, 2010 by Gary ZimakCatholics are known for many things, such as novenas, devotions to saints, love for the Blessed Mother, and abstaining from meat on Lenten Fridays. One thing that generally doesnt come to mind when we hear the word Catholic is evangelization. To be totally honest, the vast majority of Catholics view evangelization as a negative thing. There is a belief among many Catholics that our relationship with God is a highly personal matter and that we shouldnt impose our religious beliefs on others. I must admit that I felt this way...
  • A Tale of Two Friends: Francis Xavier, Ignatius of Loyola, and the Power ... [Catholic Caucus]

    12/03/2011 3:10:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies · 1+ views ^ | December 2011 | Patricia Mitchell and Louise Perrotta
    A Tale of Two Friends Francis Xavier, Ignatius of Loyola, and the Power of Friendship in the Lord By: Patricia Mitchell and Louise Perrotta St. Francis Xavierthe sixteenth-century Jesuit who spread the gospel in India, Indonesia, and Japanhas been called the greatest missionary since St. Paul. This intrepid priest broke new ground and evangelized on a large scale, despite great dangers, deprivations, and hardships.In only ten years, Francis opened so many doors and led so many people to Christ that its easy to forget how simply his story began. Like each of us, he first had to meet Jesus...
  • Pope Encourages Catholic-Orthodox Collaboration in the New Evangelization

    09/04/2011 7:11:37 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 86 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 09/02/2011 | DAVID KERR
    VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) Pope Benedict XVI is encouraging Catholic and Orthodox Christians to work together in re-evangelizing traditionally Christian countries. For a renewed proclamation of the Gospel in the modern world we need evangelizers animated by the same apostolic zeal of (St.) Paul, the Pope said in a letter to mark the close of the 12th Inter-Christian Symposium. Over the past four days, the symposium has brought together both Catholic and Orthodox scholars in the Greek city of Thessaloniki to discuss the topic of The Witness of the Church in the Modern World. The Pope described the theme...
  • Countercultural Witnesses: The Uganda Martyrs, St. Charles Lwanga and his companions

    06/03/2011 9:18:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | June 2011 | Bob French
    Countercultural Witnesses The Uganda Martyrs By: Bob French In his living room wall, Matthew Segaali has a painting of twenty-two young men and boys in Ugandan tribal dress. Some of them are standing in front of a backdrop of upraised spears; the rest, in front of flames as tall as they are.While it appears that they are about to be put to death, the expressions on their faces are of peace, trust, and even joy. One of them is holding a palm branch; others have their hands folded in prayer; and others are clasping a cross or a rosary.They...
  • The Need of Zeal

    04/27/2011 10:36:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    The Evangelization Station ^ | 1938 | Most Rev. Fulton J. Sheen
    The Need of Zeal Most Rev. Fulton J. Sheen "I Thirst. The Fifth Word from the Cross The cry, "I thirst," refers not to physical thirst. It was His soul that was burning and His Heart that was on fire. He was thirsting for the souls of men. The Shepherd was lonely without His sheep; the Creator was yearning for His creatures; the First-born was looking for His brethren. All during His life He had been searching for souls. He left heaven to find them among the thorns; it mattered little if they made a crown of, them for...
  • Thousands Joining [Catholic] Church at Easter in US [Catholic Caucus]

    04/16/2011 10:34:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies ^ | APRIL 15, 2011 |
    Thousands Joining Church at Easter in US Bishops' Conference Features Conversion Stories Online WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 15, 2011 ( Tens of thousands of new Catholics are expected to join the Church at Easter, including a former Planned Parenthood director and seven members of the same family. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released the statistics of those expected to join the Church based on participation in the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, a step in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults that takes place at the beginning of Lent.Among those preparing to enter the...
  • Another Benedict is Here, Leading the Church into a New Missionary Age

    02/08/2011 4:36:27 AM PST · by tcg · 4 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/8/11 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    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...
  • Church Exists to Evangelize! Pope Calls every Catholic to Become a Missionary

    01/26/2011 5:55:17 AM PST · by tcg · 5 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/26/11 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ...Pope Benedict reminds us all that the Church "exists to evangelize" with an urgency reminiscent of the Saint whose feast we celebrated the day this message was made public. He writes,"This task has lost none of its urgency.We cannot rest easy at the thought that, after two thousand, there are people who still do not know Christ, who have not yet heard His message of salvation." Here he is speaking of the missionary mandate of the Church "ad gentes" , to the Nations. The Church has always taught that every single human being on the face of the earth has...
  • Retrieving the Strays

    09/29/2010 3:25:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | September 29, 2010 | David Warren
    There may be 30 million "recovering Catholics" (as they often call themselves) out there, across America, north of the Rio Grande -- this according to a study cited by the Boston archdiocese. Perhaps 10 percent of the adult population of the United States count among our own lost sheep. It was part of their "market research" for a public relations and media campaign they will launch for Lent in the approaching year. Unspecified but large amounts of money are being raised specially and painfully in a district of the Church under real financial stress to pay for this "media...
  • Scots Line Streets to Welcome Benedict XVI, Pontiff Completes 1st Day of UK Trip

    09/16/2010 6:18:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies ^ | September 16, 2010 | Edward Pentin
    Scots Line Streets to Welcome Benedict XVI Pontiff Completes 1st Day of UK Trip By Edward Pentin EDINBURGH, Scotland, SEPT. 16, 2010 ( Benedict XVI landed at Edinburgh airport shortly before half past ten this morning amid a blustery and chill wind. But the sun was also shining brightly and the Holy Father looked rested, at peace and happy as he came off the papal plane. He was greeted by the Duke of Edinburgh, an unprecedented gesture signifying how much the Crown values this, the first state by a Pope. Also there to meet him were the primates of Scotland,...
  • Army probes soldiers skipping Christian concert

    08/21/2010 4:32:22 AM PDT · by tlb · 127 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Aug 20, 2010 | STEVE SZKOTAK
    dozens of soldiers who refused to attend a Christian band's concert at a Virginia military base were banished to their barracks and told to clean them up. Col. Thomas Collins said the military shouldn't impose religious views on soldiers. " would be contrary to Army policy,". Pvt. Anthony Smith said he and other soldiers felt pressured to attendt. "My whole issue was I don't need to be preached at," Smith said "That's not what I signed up for." Christian rock group BarlowGirl played as part of the "Commanding General's Spiritual Fitness Concerts." Smith said a staff sergeant told 200 men...
  • Benedict XVI Creates Council for New Evangelization - Will Be Dedicated to Secularized Christian...

    06/28/2010 9:20:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies · 1+ views ^ | JUNE 28, 2010 |
    Benedict XVI Creates Council for New Evangelization Will Be Dedicated to Secularized Christian Countries VATICAN CITY, JUNE 28, 2010 ( To ward off secularization in nations where the Gospel put down roots centuries ago, Benedict XVI is creating a new pontifical council.The Pope announced the newest Vatican dicastery today, as he was celebrating vespers for Tuesday's feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. This council -- dedicated to a "renewed evangelization" -- will be the 12th of the Roman Curia. There are also nine congregations. "Man of the third millennium also desires an authentic and full life, he has need of...