June 19, 2015

If the chain of generosity is broken, if spiritual short-sightedness prevents love’s outpouring, or worse if intellectual sophism distorts with a miserable superiority, those very same principles on which the Church bases her universal and Catholic spirit, then in the living body of the Church only dead cells will be formed, which will destroy from within her very vitality, thus preventing its vigorous development. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 61)

June 18, 2015

A family nucleus, in which the Gospel is lived daily, not in a static passiveness of formulas that have been transmitted and handed down, but in a constant and energetic dynamism, cannot be without its attraction in the sphere of faith, of charity, of love, in which it lives and nourishes other nuclei, other families. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 51)

June 17, 2015

In the human community which is the universal community, and in which men and women are today called on an equal footing to make their contribution to the common development, everyone could contribute to the evangelizing mission, from the narrowest circle of the family to the broadest of the environment of work, even as far as the most ample circle that embraces the whole of humanity…Thus the work of evangelization, far from being restricted to one heroic bundle of “specialist”, can be multiplied to infinity, penetrating the masses as a fermenting leaven. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 47)

June 16, 2015

The Church is an evangelizer, but she begins by being evangelized herself. She is the community of believers, the community of hope lived and communicated, the community of brotherly love, and she needs to listen unceasingly to what she must believe, to her reasons for hoping, to the new commandment of love. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 15)

June 15, 2015

We are to preach the Gospel in this extraordinary period of human history, a time surely without precedent, in which peaks of achievement never before attained are matched by similarly unprecedented depths of bewilderment and despair. If ever there were a time when Christians were challenged to be, more than ever before, a light to illumine the world, a city on a hill, a salt to give savor to men’s lives (cf. Mt 5:13,14), surely that time is now! (Pope Paul VI, Message of Mission Sunday, 1971)

June 14, 2015

No one can dispense himself from this obligation to make his own contribution, either because of a seeming lack of talents or because of a lack of responsibility for others. The fact that some people have a special duty to evangelize growing out of their particular vocation, as is the case with parents, catechists and priests, does not permit others to be satisfied with a self-centered life devoid of any serious efforts to share the faith. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 104)

June 13, 2015

We should never forget that the gift of evangelization is a precious charism. It cannot be learned like a trade. Yet man can and must prepare himself for it. It is always given in some degree with mature faith, and to a large extent it can be obtained by sincere prayer, assuming efforts are also made to study the Word of God and to learn the art of human communication. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 124)

June 12, 2015

This work of evangelization cannot be planned as men plan a commercial enterprise. The commitment of faith does not depend on exclusively human efforts as is true of business and other secular spheres of activity. It is always God who ultimately gives the gift of faith, who lets it grow, and who brings it to perfections in those being evangelized. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 115,116)

June 11, 2015

A zealous evangelist will always find opportunities to spread the Good News of God’s saving love. He will create such opportunities, for he feels as the apostles did when they declared: “We cannot stop speaking of what we ourselves have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). The depth and intensity of his personal religious experience yearns for communication. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 115)

June 10, 2015

The Gospel cannot be transmitted mechanically as one passes on a piece of wood to someone else. The Gospel message must be assimilated by the evangelist himself. He must make it truly his own before he can transmit it to others in a personal manner. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 109)

June 9, 2015

Christian parents, mothers and fathers alike, must take account of their vocation as messengers of the Gospel and must accept and fulfill it wholeheartedly. Since God has revealed himself to us as our loving Father, fathers hold a very special place in the religious education of their families. The best mother evangelizes in vain if the father does not help as he should, or if the fathers does not give a favorable father image so necessary to help the children ascend from the earthly father to the Father of all things from whom every perfect gift comes (Jam 1:17). (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 105)

June 8, 2015

The Gospel by its very nature is good tidings. It must be transmitted as such to others and is intended to lead to deep communicative joy whenever it is received with a sincere heart. Those who receive the Gospel must experience a challenge to communicate this Good News which sets man free and brings him fulfillment. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 103)

June 7, 2015

In each Eucharistic celebration we commit ourselves solemnly to a life according to the Gospel, which is our only appropriate response to God’s overwhelming love. Provided we take the celebration seriously, we cannot celebrate the Eucharist without accepting again and more intensely the Gospel of God’s love and then going on to echo it in our lives. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 79)

June 6, 2015

It is not enough to present the doctrines of the Gospel without theological error; it is at least equally important that this presentation show lucidly the main idea of the whole Gospel and the special character of Christian revelation. Any catechesis that does not fulfill this basic demand risks the danger of disfiguring the Christian message. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 57)

June 5, 2015

In presenting this central point of the Christian message clearly, the faithful messenger must not permit details to divert him from the main content. He is, however, not allowed to neglect or, even worse, falsify the minor elements. He has received this message in order to transmit it in it’s entirely to his brothers and sisters, keeping in mind the particular needs and disposition of each congregation. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 50)

June 4, 2015

Irrigation projects are planned and built to provide fields with water; evangelization is planned and carried out to provide man with the Gospel, that is, the message of salvation. True, evangelization may not confine itself simply to the proclamation of the Gospel; it is not enough for man to listen to it. We must help him to accept it with his whole heart and to live it with dedication and perseverance. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 48)

June 3, 2015

There are cases where non-Christians without any preparation by those who act as catechists find themselves sufficiently disposed to accept at once the message of salvation. Through a favorable combination of events in their lives and under the influence of a special grace, they are already prepared for God’s call. No more is needed to present to them explicitly the good tiding of God’s love. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 40)

June 2, 2015

Just as catechesis given by individuals loses its credibility as soon as the catechist ceases to strive for personal conversion, so too the Christian community loses its creditability as transmitter of the Gospel if it does not humbly admit its obvious defects and strive vigorously to achieve necessary reforms. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 38)

June 1, 2015

All those who have correctly understood and sincerely accepted the Gospel of Christ have the privilege and obligation of radiating their new life to those around them. A life according to the Gospel which one keeps for himself without any desire to share it with others is a contradiction in terms. No one receives the pearl of the Gospel just for himself. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 103)

May 31, 2015

God does not chose to evangelize us through angels but through converted brothers and sisters who have to walk with us in the same journey of ongoing purification. But if the catechist himself is not striving to become a model Christian, he loses his credibility and his evangelizing power. “Hypocrite,” the Lord would tell him, “first take the plank out of your own eye and then you will be able to see clearly enough to take the splinter out of your brother’s eye” (Mt 7:5). (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 37)

May 30, 2015

A change cannot continue indefinitely with the joy and excitement of its first moments. Regardless, the effort must go on in an ever more effective reorientation of one’s whole existence. We are faced here with another important aspect of genuine evangelization: it not only invites us to that initial conversion but must also go on and foster a gradual transformation of the convert into a new man in accordance  with God’s will, leading him to the maturity of Christ (Eph 4:13, Rom 8:29). (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 37)

May 29, 2015

We best convey to modern man the value of break with the past when we present it as a liberation from his own selfishness, without any doubt difficult and painful but at the same time leading to a great and joyful experience of life. Such liberation is, in fact, the deep theological meaning of any true conversion. What separates us from God is ultimately always our own selfishness. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 34)

May 28, 2015

Whoever lacks a sense of time and does not appreciate it cannot appreciate a watch; the only function of the watch consists in indicating the time. In the same way, whoever does not understand what faith really is and does not appreciate it cannot understand what evangelization is. Nor can he appreciate it, since the only purpose of evangelization consists in transmitting authentic faith. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 16)

May 27, 2015

In a pastoral situation such as we have today, we must do everything possible to lead the countless Christians who have never given themselves to Christ as their first commitment of faith. This groundwork of evangelization will not have any real lasting result, however, if the whole catechetical process is not carefully planned, arranged and carried out in a way that renews deepens ever more fully that initial – and, by its nature, imperfect- commitment. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 11)

May 26, 2015

The Holy Spirit works not only in the one who proclaims the good news but also in those who listen. He opens their hearts from within. He animates them to accept the Gospel. He stimulates them to commit themselves wholeheartedly. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 5)

May 25, 2015

The joyful message of salvation is the gift of the loving Father, but this message of life and love reaches man through men who are sent by God. No one receives the Good News and grows in the life of faith without the mediation of men. Very few find God only through books, which again, after all, include human instrumentality. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 102)

May 24, 2015

To bring man the good news of God’s loving intention, to make him aware of this unique opportunity and to animate him to accept the invitation of God and commit himself to a life in accordance with that invitation – that is precisely the true meaning of evangelization. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 4)

May 23, 2015

Two shocking facts are, or should be, causing great shame to Christians in today’s world. The first is that two thousand years after the coming of Christ, the vast majority of men still do not know Him. The second and even more shameful fact consists in our own poor response to the Christ event. The vast majority of those who profess to be Christians are not really committed to Christ and His Gospel. In fact, they live as if Jesus had never come into the world. (Fr. Hofinger, Evangelization & Catechesis, Pg 3)

May 22, 2015

He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. (Eph 2:17-22 RSV)

May 21, 2015

And the angel said to them, "Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us." And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. (Luke 2:10-12, 15-18)