September 17, 2015

Our own times require of the laity no less zeal: modern conditions demand that their apostolate be broadened and intensified. With a constantly increasing population, continual progress in science and technology, and closer interpersonal relationships, the areas for the lay apostolate have been immensely widened particularly in fields that have been for the most part open to the laity alone…Besides, in many places where priests are very few or, in some instances, deprived of due freedom for priestly work, the Church could scarcely exist and function without the activity of the laity. (Vatican II, Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, 1)

September 16, 2015

The formation and concern needed to sustain those already engaged in evangelization and recruiting new forces should not be limited simply to practical preparation, albeit necessary. Instead, formation and pastoral care is predominantly to be spiritual in nature, namely, a school of faith, enlightened by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and under the guidance of the Spirit, which teaches people the implications of experiencing the Fatherhood of God. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 22)

September 15, 2015

No matter what the proposal in the "new evangelization" and no matter what the pastoral project of proclamation and transmission of the faith, there is no escaping the fact that people's lives give force to the their efforts at evangelization. Precisely in this manner, their life has an exemplary character, confirming the authenticity of their selfless dedication and of the truth of what they teach and call upon others to live. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 22)

September 14, 2015

Being Christian and "being Church" means being missionary; one is or is not. Loving one's faith implies bearing witness to it, bringing it to others and allowing others to participate in it. The lack of missionary zeal is a lack of zeal for the faith. On the contrary, faith is made stronger by transmitting it. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 10)

September 13, 2015

Sustaining and nourishing the faith necessarily begins in the family, the basic unit of society and the prime place for learning to pray. Teaching the faith essentially takes place in the family in the form of teaching children how to pray. In praying together with their children, parents accustom them to be conscious of the loving presence of the Lord and, at the same time, they themselves become credible witnesses to their children. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 22)

September 12, 2015

The task of the "new evangelization" is to lead both practicing Christians as well as those who have questions about God and are in search of him, to perceive his personal call in their conscience. The new evangelization is an invitation to Christian communities to place greater trust in the Spirit who guides them in the course of history. In this way, they can overcome the temptation to fear and more clearly see the places and programmes where the question of God can be raised amidst people's lives today. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 19)

September 11, 2015

The transmission of the faith is a very complex, dynamic process which totally involves the faith of Christians and the life of the Church. What is not believed or lived cannot be transmitted. The sign of a well-founded, mature faith is the natural way we communicate it to others. The Gospel can only be transmitted on the basis of "being" with Jesus and living with Jesus the experience of the Father, in the Spirit; and, in a corresponding way, of "feeling" compelled to proclaim and share what is lived as a good and something positive and beautiful. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 12)

September 10, 2015

In the project of the new evangelization, the Church desires to bring her unique message into today's world and the present discussion, namely, to proclaim the Kingdom of God, begun in Christ Jesus. No part of the Church is exempt from this project…Generally speaking, every Christian community must rededicate itself to its programme of pastoral care which seems to become more difficult and in danger of falling into a routine, and thus little able to communicate its original aims and goals. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 10)

September 9, 2015

The time has also come for a new evangelization in the West, where many of those baptized lead totally un-Christian lives and more and more persons maintain some links to the faith but have little or a poor knowledge of it. Oftentimes, the faith is presented in caricature or publically treated by certain cultures with indifference, if not open hostility. Now is the time for a new evangelization in the West. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 9)

September 8, 2015

The Churches in traditionally Christian countries, involved as they are in the challenging task of new evangelization, are coming to understand more clearly that they cannot be missionaries to non-Christians in other countries and continents, unless they are seriously concerned about the non-Christians at home. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 10)

September 7, 2015

The new evangelization, then, which is primarily a task-to-be-done and a spiritual challenge, is the responsibility of all Christians who are in serious pursuit of holiness…For our witness to be credible,…we must know how to speak in ways that are intelligible to our times and proclaim, inside these areas, the reasons for our hope which bolsters our witness (cf. 1 Pt 3:15). Such a task is not accomplished without effort, but requires attentiveness, education and concern. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 22)

September 6, 2015

People are able to evangelize only when they have been evangelized and allow themselves to be evangelized, that is, renewed spiritually through a personal encounter and lived communion with Jesus Christ. Such people have the power to transmit the faith, as St. Paul the Apostle testifies: "I believed, and so I spoke" (2 Cor 4:13). (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 22)

September 5, 2015

In his coming among us, Jesus Christ made us sharers in his divine life which renews the face of the earth and makes all things new (cf. Rev 21:5). His revelation made us not only recipients of the gift of salvation but also its proclaimers and witnesses. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 23)

September 4, 2015

A new evangelization means to share the world's deep desire for salvation and render our faith intelligible by communicating the logos of hope (cf. 1 Pt 3:15). Humanity needs hope to live in these present times. The content of this hope is "God, who has a human face and who 'has loved us to the end'." (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 25)

September 3, 2015

The Church is, by her very nature, missionary. We cannot selfishly keep for ourselves the words of eternal life, which we received in our personally encountering Jesus Christ. They are destined for each and every person. Each person today, whether he knows it or not, needs this proclamation. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 25)

September 2, 2015

The obstacles to the new evangelization are precisely a lack of joy and hope among people, caused and spread by various situations in our world today. Oftentimes, this lack of joy and hope is so strong that it affects the very tenor of our Christian communities. This is the reason for renewing the appeal for a new evangelization, not simply as an added responsibility but as a way to restore joy and life to situations imprisoned in fear. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 25)

September 1, 2015

We approach the new evangelization with a sense of enthusiasm. We will learn the sweet and comforting joy of evangelizing, even at times when proclamation might seem like a seed sown among tears (cf. Ps 126:6). "May it mean for us - as it did for John the Baptist, for Peter and Paul, for the other apostles and for a multitude of splendid evangelizers all through the Church's history - an interior enthusiasm that nobody and nothing can quench. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 25)

August 31, 2015

The responsibility of announcing and proclaiming is not the work of a single person or a select few, but a gift given to every person who confidently responds to the call of faith. Nor is transmitting the faith a specialized work assigned to a group of people or specifically designated individuals, but an experience of every Christian and the entire Church. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 12)

August 30, 2015

Families need to become true and real signs of love and sharing, with a capacity to hope in virtue of their openness to life. Courage is needed to sustain initiatives of social justice and solidarity, which put the poor at the centre of the Church's concern. Joy needs to be more evident in the dedication of one's life to a vocation to the priesthood or the consecrated life. A Church which transmits her faith, a Church of the "new evangelization", is capable in every situation of demonstrating that the Spirit guides her and transforms the history of the Church, of individual Christians and of entire peoples and their culture. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 17)

August 29, 2015

Christians as a whole need to sense a real responsibility to respond to Jesus' command and allow themselves to be guided by the Spirit in their response, each according to one's vocation. At a time when choosing the faith and following Christ are difficult and little understood, if not indeed openly questioned and contradicted, the task of the community and every Christian must be undertaken with greater intensity, namely, to be witnesses and heralds of the Gospel, after the example of Jesus Christ. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 16)

August 28, 2015

The question of St. Paul the Apostle - "how are they to believe [...] without a preacher?" (Rom 10:14) - is truly relevant today. In such a situation, however, we also witness the generosity of the Holy Spirit in the newness and vitality which groups and ecclesial movements have contributed to this task of transmitting the faith. At the same time, each of them is called upon to make sure that these fruits become more widespread and to lend their efforts to those forms of catechesis and transmission of the faith which may have lost their original enthusiasm. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 15)

August 27, 2015

The Church's fundamental activity of transmitting the faith is the foundation of the model and activity of Christian communities. Proclaiming and spreading the Gospel requires that the Church do everything possible to ensure that Christian communities are capable of intensely manifesting the basic elements of a life of faith, namely, charity, witness, proclamation, celebration, listening and sharing. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 12)

August 26, 2015

A "new evangelization" means to have the boldness to raise the question of God in the context of problems, thereby fulfilling the specific character of the Church's mission and showing how the Christian prospective enlightens, in an unprecedented way, the great problems of history. The new evangelization calls us to engage in dialogue, not remaining confined to our communities and our institutions, but accepting the challenge to take part in these phenomena so as to speak and bear witness, from the inside. This is the form of Christian martyria in today's world, engaging in dialogue even with the recent forms of a militant atheism or an extreme secularism, whose purpose is to eliminate the subject of God from human life. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 7)

August 25, 2015

A "new evangelization" means, then, to work in our local Churches to devise a plan for evaluating the previously mentioned phenomena in such a manner as to transmit the Gospel of hope in a practical way. In the process, the Church builds herself up by accepting these challenges and becoming more and more the artisan of the civilization of love. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 7)

August 24, 2015

Relearning the meaning of hope leads Christians to discover what they can offer in their world of encounters, experiences and dialoguing with others, what they can share in the process and how they can better express this hope which leads to perseverance. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 7)

August 23, 2015

Spiritually no one lives for himself. And concern about the salvation of one’s soul is freed from fear and egotism only when it becomes concern about the salvation of others. A charge to ask, no longer: Will I be saved, but rather: What does God want from me so that others are saved? (Joseph Ratzinger, Images of Hope, pg 86)

August 22, 2015

The new evangelization means that Christians need to show boldness in these "new aeropaghi", where they live everyday, and find the means and approaches to ensure that the Church's patrimony in education and knowledge, safeguarded by the Christian tradition, has a part to play in these ultra-modern places. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 6)

August 21, 2015

The new evangelization is seen as the needed impetus for weary and worn-out communities to help them rediscover the joy of the Christian experience, to find again "the love you had at first" which was lost (Rev 2:4) and to emphasize the true meaning of freedom in the search for truth. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 6)

August 20, 2015

The new evangelization is a frame-of-mind, a courageous manner of acting and Christianity's capacity to know how to read and interpret the new situations in human history which, in recent decades, have become the places to proclaim and witness to the Gospel. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 6)

August 19, 2015

The search for God gave birth to western monasticism, and, with it, western culture. The first step in evangelization is seeking to keep this search alive and maintaining dialogue, not only with those professing a religion, but also with those who consider religion non-essential in life. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 5)