August 18, 2015

The Church does not give up or retreat into herself; instead, she undertakes a project to revitalize herself. She makes the Person of Jesus Christ and a personal encounter with him central to her thinking, knowing that he will give his Spirit and provide the force to announce and proclaim the Gospel in new ways which can speak to today's cultures. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 5)

August 17, 2015

It would be useful if every Christian and every evangelizer were to pray about the following thought: through God's mercy, people can gain salvation in other ways besides our preaching the Gospel to them; but as for us, can we gain salvation, if through negligence, fear, shame - what St. Paul called 'shrinking from the Gospel' - or as a result of false ideas, we fail to preach it? (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 80)

August 16, 2015

The new evangelization is primarily a spiritual activity capable of recapturing in our times the courage and forcefulness of the first Christians and the first missionaries. Consequently, it requires, first of all, a process of discerning the vitality of Christianity and a reconsideration of its accomplishments and the difficulties it has encountered. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 5)

August 15, 2015

Beyond being the agent of evangelization, the Church is the fruit of her own evangelizing activity, because she is certain that the entire process is not in her hands but in the hands of God, whose Spirit guides her in the course of history. The Church knows that the Holy Spirit guides her evangelizing activity, revealing the times, places and instruments required in her work of proclaiming the Gospel. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 3)

August 14, 2015

Ever since the Second Vatican Council, the new evangelization has increasingly presented itself as an appropriate, timely tool in addressing the challenges of a rapidly-changing world, and the way to respond to God's generosity in our being gathered together by the Holy Spirit to experience God as the Father of us all and to bear witness and proclaim to all the Good News -the Gospel- of Jesus Christ. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 1)

August 13, 2015

In proclaiming and transmitting the faith, the Church imitates God who communicates himself through the gift of his Son to humanity, who lives in Trinitarian communion and who pours out the Holy Spirit so as to carry on a dialogue with humanity. So that evangelization might mirror this divine communication, the Church must allow herself to be formed by the Spirit and make herself configured to Christ crucified, who reveals to the world the features of God's love and communion. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 2)

August 12, 2015

In accordance with the mandate of her founder, Jesus Christ, Christians not only are to provide the support of their prayers and material resources to missionaries, namely those who proclaim the Gospel to non-Christians, but are themselves called to contribute to spreading the Kingdom of God in the world, each according to his proper vocations and means. This task has a particular urgency in the present phase of globalization. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, Preface)

August 11, 2015

Their [the Apostles] proclamation reached the Mediterranean area, Europe, Africa and Asia. Guided by the Spirit who is bestowed by the Father and the Son, their successors continued their mission, which remains "in season" until the end of the ages. As long as she exists in this world, the Church must proclaim the Gospel of the coming of the Kingdom of God, the teaching of her Master and Lord and, above all, the Person of Jesus Christ. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, Preface)

August 10, 2015

The new evangelization is not a matter of redoing something which has been inadequately done or has not achieved its purpose, as if the new activity were an implicit judgment on the failure of the first evangelization. Nor is the new evangelization taking up the first evangelization again, or simply repeating the past. Instead, it is the courage to forge new paths in responding to the changing circumstances and conditions facing the Church in her call to proclaim and live the Gospel today. (Synod of Bishops, Lineamenta, 5)

August 9, 2015

Only when we do not fear the tongue of fire and the storm it brings with it does the Church become the icon of the Holy Spirit. And only then does the she open the world to the light of God. Church began as the disciples assembled and prayed together in the room of the Last Supper. Thus she begins again and again. In prayer to the Holy Spirit we must call for this anew each day. (Joseph Ratzinger, Images of Hope, pg 73)

August 8, 2015

Where this view predominates, where talk of “God” is no longer believable, humor dies. In such a case man has nothing to laugh about anymore; all that is left is a cruel sarcasm or that rage against God and the world with which we are all acquainted. (Joseph Ratzinger, Images of Hope, pg 49,50)

August 7, 2015

The most effective counterforce to the corruption of man lies in the memory of his greatness, not in the memory of his defilement. Christ’s Ascension impresses on us the memory of greatness. It immunizes us against the false moralism of the disparagement of man. It teaches and gives us back the joy of being human. (Joseph Ratzinger, Images of Hope, pg 59)

August 6, 2015

Which of us can maintain that he has never tried to steal past the truth or tried at least to fashion it so that it becomes less painful? Paul was uncomfortable because he was a man of truth. Whoever commits himself entirely to the truth, has no other weapon but truth, desires no other task than truth, may not necessarily be killed, but he will always approach the vicinity of martyrdom. He will become a sufferer. To proclaim truth without become a fanatic or a dogmatist – that would be the great task. (Joseph Ratzinger, Images of Hope, pg 26)

August 5, 2015

Paul was effective, not because of brilliant rhetoric and sophisticated strategies, but rather because he exerted himself and left himself vulnerable in service of the gospel. The Church even today can convince people only insofar as her ambassadors are ready to let themselves be wounded. Where the readiness to suffer is lacking, so too is the essential evidence of truth on which the Church depends. Her struggle can only ever be the struggle of those who let themselves be poured out: the struggle of martyrs. (Joseph Ratzinger, Images of Hope, pg 26)

August 4, 2015

It is true in the digital world that a message cannot be proclaimed without a consistent witness on the part of the one who proclaims it. In these new circumstances and with these new forms of expression, Christians are once again called to offer a response to anyone who asks for a reason for the hope that is within them (cf. 1 Pet 3:15). (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the 45th World Communications Day)

August 3, 2015

Even if it can seem that large sections of the modern world, of the men of today, turn their back on God and regard faith as something of the past -- there nevertheless exists the desire for the establishment of justice, love, peace, the desire that poverty and suffering be overcome, that men find joy. This desire is present in the world of today, the desire for what is great, for what is good. It is the nostalgia for the Redeemer, for God himself, even there where he is denied. Precisely in this hour working in God's fields is especially urgent and precisely in this hour the truth of Jesus' words -- "The laborers are few" -- weighs painfully upon us. (Pope Benedict XVI, Homily February 5, 2011)

August 2, 2015

To proclaim the Gospel through the new media means not only to insert expressly religious content into different media platforms, but also to witness consistently, in one’s own digital profile and in the way one communicates choices, preferences and judgments that are fully consistent with the Gospel, even when it is not spoken of specifically. (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the 45th World Communications Day)

August 1, 2015

The truth of Christ is the full and authentic response to that human desire for relationship, communion and meaning which is reflected in the immense popularity of social networks. Believers who bear witness to their most profound convictions greatly help prevent the web from becoming an instrument which depersonalizes people, attempts to manipulate them emotionally or allows those who are powerful to monopolize the opinions of others. (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the 45th World Communications Day)

July 31, 2015

The proclamation of the Gospel requires a communication which is at once respectful and sensitive, which stimulates the heart and moves the conscience; one which reflects the example of the risen Jesus when he joined the disciples on the way to Emmaus (cf. Lk 24:13-35). By his approach to them, his dialogue with them, his way of gently drawing forth what was in their heart, they were led gradually to an understanding of the mystery. (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the 45th World Communications Day)

July 30, 2015

The truth of the Gospel is not something to be consumed or used superficially; rather it is a gift that calls for a free response. Even when it is proclaimed in the virtual space of the web, the Gospel demands to be incarnated in the real world and linked to the real faces of our brothers and sisters, those with whom we share our daily lives. Direct human relations always remain fundamental for the transmission of the faith! (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the 45th World Communications Day)

July 29, 2015

The task of witnessing to the Gospel in the digital era calls for everyone to be particularly attentive to the aspects of that message which can challenge some of the ways of thinking typical of the web. First of all, we must be aware that the truth which we long to share does not derive its worth from its “popularity” or from the amount of attention it receives. We must make it known in its integrity, instead of seeking to make it acceptable or diluting it. It must become daily nourishment and not a fleeting attraction. (Pope Benedict XVI, Message for the 45th World Communications Day)

July 28, 2015

The Lord makes us understand that we cannot send workers to the harvest on our own, that it is not a question of management, of our own organizational capacity. Only God can send workers into his field. But he wants to send us to this work through the doors of our prayers. Thus this moment of thanksgiving for the realization of a sending on mission is, in a special way, also the moment of prayer: Lord, send laborers into your harvest! Open hearts to the one you have sent! Do not allow our supplication to be in vain! (Pope Benedict XVI, Homily February 5, 2011)

July 27, 2015

We repeat: there is no room today for indifference, apathy and spiritual selfishness, as if the cause of the Gospel were the business of the hierarchy only, and of organizations that are specifically dedicated to evangelization. Every Christian who wishes to live up to his call to faith, and to the profession of his faith, must open his soul to the wind of Pentecost; the prophetic breath of the Holy Spirit should invade every son and daughter of God, born to the life of grace. (Pope Paul VI, Message for Mission Sunday 1969)

July 26, 2015

The Church is alive where the bishops are strictly faithful to their mission as doctors and pastors, and where the faithful, on their part, do not shirk the task of cooperating loyally in their mission. The Church is alive where the members of the People of God, who have received different and complementary vocations, are completely faithful to the commitments they have freely assumed before God and the brethren. (Pope Paul VI, Address to the College of Cardinals June 6, 1978)

July 25, 2015

We must search for the principles which make for simplicity, clarity, effectiveness and authority, and so overcome our natural ineptitude in the use of this great and mysterious instrument of the divine Word. We must pray to the Lord for this vital, soul-stirring gift, that we may be fit instruments in the work of really and effectively preaching the faith, and that our message may reach to the ends of the earth. (Pope Paul VI, Ecclesiam Suam 91)

July 24, 2015

The Gospel is not out-of-date because it was proclaimed, written and lived in a different sociocultural context. Its inspiration, enriched by the living experience of Christian tradition over the centuries, remains ever new for converting men: and for advancing the life of society. (Pope Paul VI, Octogesima Adveniens 4)

July 23, 2015

Are evangelical morals – those of the Sermon on the Mount – the real frame of reference for my apostolic action? Or do I not, on the contrary, align myself – at least partly – with the morals of this world as regards violence, impurity and the idolatry of riches? In short, am I building on the quicksand of this world, or on the rock of the Gospel message? And what are the materials that I bring to the construction of the Church, keeping in mind that – as St. Paul says – the work of everyone will be judged and tested as it were, by fire? It is a question of consistency, authenticity and – why not – honesty? (Pope Paul VI, Address to the College of Cardinals June 6, 1978)

July 22, 2015

All those who take the initiative to be more active within the Church…must ask themselves: is it really the Church of Jesus Christ that I am trying to build? Is his message, his doctrine, his authentic tradition the foundation on which my theological research, my preaching, my catechesis, are based? Or is it rather a question of religious ideology of my invention, or of a personal opinion; an opinion often influenced by philosophical analyses alien to faith, inclined to follow the subjective tastes and perhaps also the sensitivity of listeners? Is there the risk that my language has ‘emptied the cross of Christ of its power’ (1 Cor 1:17)? (Pope Paul VI, Address to the College of Cardinals June 6, 1978)

July 21, 2015

One cannot remain indifferent when confronted with the problems of the missionary Church. One cannot sleep soundly, knowing that many souls will remain far from God because the missionaries lack those material aids which a very slight sacrifice on our part would be enough to provide. (Pope Paul VI, Message for Mission Sunday 1966)

July 20, 2015

A physician who realizes the danger of disease, protects himself and others from it, but at the same time he strives to cure those who have contracted it. The Church does the same thing. It does not regard God's mercy as an exclusive privilege, nor does the greatness of the privilege it enjoys make it feel unconcerned for those who do not share it. On the contrary, it finds in its own salvation an argument for showing more concern and more love for those who live close at hand, or to whom it can go in its endeavor to make all alike share the blessing of salvation. (Pope Paul VI, Ecclesiam Suam 63)