July 19, 2015

Can a member of the faithful dispense himself from this ideal pressure [mission activity]? Does not the responsible hierarchy or the voluntary service of religious and generous souls, make provision for it? No, that is not enough; missionary solidarity is obligatory for all of us, if we are Christians. It would be blindness, it would be selfishness, not to be at the side of the Missions today, in some form, to some extent. (Pope Paul VI, Angelus Message October 21, 1973)

July 18, 2015

Is the missionary effort still necessary, after so much work that has been accomplished? Yes, it is necessary, when most of humanity does not yet know the Gospel, and when the ways of communication are open and multiplied today. Should we not leave everyone the freedom to think in good faith as he wishes? Freedom, yes, we will leave to everyone; but we must not tie up the proclamation of God’s Word with our sloth, or because of others’ deafness, if this Word is the real Truth and the only authentic source of bliss and of life. (Pope Paul VI, Angelus Message October 21, 1973)

July 17, 2015

It must be understood that we are all, to some extent, committed to the missionary effort. The mission is a duty which calls for the solidarity of every Christian. The mission is a tension that involves all the faithful; a Christian cannot say: it is not my business. He would be insensitive to a fundamental, personal duty; he would be perhaps, a deserter. The crucified Christ wants us all in the missionary line. (Pope Paul VI, Angelus Message October 19, 1975)

July 16, 2015

To this internal drive of charity which seeks expression in the external gift of charity, we will apply the word "dialogue." The Church must enter into dialogue with the world in which it lives. It has something to say, a message to give, a communication to make. (Pope Paul VI, Ecclesiam Suam 65)

July 15, 2015

Every evangelizer is expected to have a reverence for truth. The preacher of the Gospel will therefore be a person who even at the price of personal renunciation and suffering always seeks the truth that he must transmit to others. He never betrays or hides truth out of a desire to please men, in order to astonish or to shock, nor for the sake of originality or a desire to make an impression. He does not refuse truth. He does not obscure revealed truth by being too idle to search for it, or for the sake of his own comfort, or out of fear. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 78)

July 14, 2015

It is often said nowadays that the present century thirsts for authenticity. Especially in regard to young people it is said that they have a horror of the artificial or false and that they are searching above all for truth and honesty. We are being asked: Do you really believe what you are proclaiming? Do you live what you believe? The witness of life has become more than ever an essential condition for real effectiveness in preaching. Precisely because of this we are, to a certain extent, responsible for the progress of the Gospel that we proclaim. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 76)

July 13, 2015

May the world of our time, which is searching, sometimes with anguish, sometimes with hope, be enabled to receive the Good News not from evangelizers who are dejected, discouraged, impatient or anxious, but from ministers of the Gospel whose lives glow with fervor, who have first received the joy of Christ, and who are willing to risk their lives so that the kingdom may be proclaimed and the Church established in the midst of the world. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 80)

July 12, 2015

Let us therefore preserve our fervor of spirit. Let us preserve the delightful and comforting joy of evangelizing, even when it is in tears that we must sow. 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. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 80)

July 11, 2015

We are well aware that modern man is sated by talk; he is obviously often tired of listening and, what is worse, impervious to words…These facts should certainly impel us to employ, for the purpose of transmitting the Gospel message, the modern means which this civilization has produced…The fatigue produced these days by so much empty talk and the relevance of many other forms of communication must not however diminish the permanent power of the word, or cause a loss of confidence in it. The word remains ever relevant, especially when it is the bearer of the power of God. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 42)

July 10, 2015

The use of the means of social communication for evangelization presents a challenge: through them the evangelical message should reach vast numbers of people, but with the capacity of piercing the conscience of each individual, of implanting itself in his heart as though he were the only person being addressed, with all his most individual and personal qualities, and evoke an entirely personal adherence and commitment. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 45)

July 9, 2015

To live the sacraments in this way [faithfully], bringing their celebration to a true fullness, is not, as some would claim, to impede or to accept a distortion of evangelization: it is rather to complete it. For in its totality, evangelization - over and above the preaching of a message - consists in the implantation of the Church, which does not exist without the driving force which is the sacramental life culminating in the Eucharist. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 28)

July 8, 2015

Techniques of evangelization are good, but even the most advanced ones could not replace the gentle action of the Spirit. The most perfect preparation of the evangelizer has no effect without the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit the most convincing dialectic has no power over the heart of man. Without Him the most highly developed schemas resting on a sociological or psychological basis are quickly seen to be quite valueless. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 75)

July 7, 2015

This is our desire too, and we exhort all evangelizers, whoever they may be, to pray without ceasing to the Holy Spirit with faith and fervor and to let themselves prudently be guided by Him as the decisive inspirer of their plans, their initiatives and their evangelizing activity. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 75)

July 6, 2015

All sons of the Church should have a lively awareness of their responsibility to the world. They should foster in themselves a truly Catholic spirit. They should spend their energies in the work of evangelization...We are all under the pressure, the urgency of the love of Christ, whether as a community of faithful or as single believers. No category of Christians can exempt itself from the missionary vocation: it binds even those who adopt the contemplative life; and it binds the laity. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 219)

July 5, 2015

Christ’s message is one of joy; it is the Good News, the message that offers hope, that makes hope flourish when it fades away and is let down; it is a message which gives new savor to life, which inflames with enthusiasm, which gives meaning and a fresh thrust to life. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 191)

July 4, 2015

The Word of Christ is the Word of Truth and it is necessary that it be transmitted in its entire integrity, in all its clarity and in all its honesty. Half truths are not becoming of Christianity which is the religion of clarity and of decisive attitude, the religion which enlightens man’s path, giving him guarantee, certainty and solidity. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 190)

July 3, 2015

It is indeed through the light of the Word of Christ that man can in fact understand the deepest and most profound meaning of his own origin, his existential reality and his own destiny. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 108)

July 2, 2015

We repeat once again that the world today, more than ever, needs the Truth of the Gospel message. It needs clarity of idea about the importance, the dimension and the depth of the Word of Christ. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 90)

July 1, 2015

The Christian of today must be committed to this work of purification. His task and duty is to help a suffocating world, overburdened by its advanced structures, to breathe by giving it a breath of invigoration oxygen. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 116)

June 30, 2015

It is necessary to make it clear that Christ does not impose but proposes. Even though he, during his earthly life underwent violence, imposed on him by others, he respects man’s freedom, which is a sacred gift from God. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 89)

June 29, 2015

It [evangelization] is a hard job, an enormous task, a necessary job, indispensable and urgent which must be carried forward without ceasing without respite. It must touch the consciences of all Christians, who, if they wish to be called so, cannot remain inactive and inert, indifferent or passive. A vast field of action opens before the eyes of everyone, and everyone must feel called to offer one’s help to this cause. It does not matter whether it be great or small. Every form of cooperation is valid, even the most modest and obscure, if it is done with purity of heart and with faith. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 234)

June 28, 2015

So that unity may exist, so that it may be made solid by a deep bond, besides love and faith, a deep sense of obedience is also necessary. In fact, the invitation to dialogue based on love does not exclude the practice of this virtue, which is more necessary today when disuniting forces are trying, both from within and from without, to threaten the very unity of the Church of Christ. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 176)

June 27, 2015

The figure of Christ, the Godman, the Son of God, appears as that of Savior, as the perfect man who sums up in himself the human and divine natures, whom God in his infinite love has set on the path of man’s history to extend to him the hand of reconciliation, calling him to his immortal destiny of a salvation which transcends the narrow limits of time and history. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 109)

June 26, 2015

When he [humanity] learns that Christ “shared our human condition, that he was part of the world of his time, that he spoke the language of his area and that he drew form local life the examples he used to illustrate his teaching on justice and truth, and on hope and love,” he will feel attracted by a material and spiritual affinity. No longer will God seems far off and inaccessible but he will feel that he is present, close at hand, within him – he will experience his voice repeating to him: the world and everything in it was made for you too. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 110)

June 25, 2015

Precisely through this deep transformation and renewal man arrives at the discovery of his true nature, which is not just that of an evolved animal, and also understands that the liberation which the Gospel message offers him is the only one which can truly respond to his need as a creature both rational and spiritual at the same time. Like any other form of liberation, if it is understood on the purely human level, it is neither sufficient nor complete. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 112,113)

June 24, 2015

It is thus an interior transformation or conversion, a deep-rooted and profound change, brought about by the proclamation and acceptance of the message of Christ which touches man’s heart and stirs it, which causes that metanoia whose effects should spread out from the individual to his surroundings and the whole social context in which he lives. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 114)

June 23, 2015

The Christian, in fact, must show only one identity: he cannot proclaim the Word which is liberation, salvation, hope, certitude, giving about himself an image that is in contradiction with the doctrine he professes. In a world that is on the fence between so many identities proposed, by so many offers that are partial and incomplete, the Christian, in order to make his message more truthful, must propose it showing only one identity, a unique identity, namely that of the follower of Christ. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 162)

June 22, 2015

Many are the fields open to the “laborers of the vineyard”, and even though it is true that an adequate preparation is required of some, what is required of others is that they roll up their sleeves and get down to work. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 48)

June 21, 2015

It is undeniable that living according to the Gospel is not something that could go unnoticed…giving a helping hand to whoever is in need of help, bringing to a world sick with pessimism a gust of calm Christian optimism, carrying around the smile of hope, marching ahead moved by an evangelical courage – all these could open up a gleam of light in those who are close by. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 77)

June 20, 2015

It is the commitment of the faithful that is the source that gives life to the Church, that feeds and nourishes her, that makes her grow, but when this commitment gets weak, when zeal becomes tepid and weary, then the march of the Church also becomes relenting and tiresome. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 59)