April 19, 2015

Having been sent and evangelized, the Church herself sends out evangelizers. She puts on their lips the saving Word, she explains to them the message of which she herself is the depositary, she gives them the mandate which she herself has received and she sends them out to preach. To preach not their own selves or their personal ideas,but a Gospel of which neither she nor they are the absolute masters and owners, to dispose of it as they wish, but a Gospel of which they are the ministers, in order to pass it on with complete fidelity. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 15)

April 18, 2015

When we have learned to speak as we should, to bear our past bravely, kindly, and tactfully in making pure and holy the atmosphere of our homes, we shall indeed have become true apostles, mighty influences for good on all around us. We shall have learned to practice one of the noblest works that is given to man in this world: the work of doing good to others. (Fr. Edward Garesche, The Everyday Apostle, pg 45)

April 17, 2015

The Christ bearer will often work quietly, even silently, as leaven works in dough, yet never stealthily nor underhandedly. The Christ bearer should ask no favors, seek no privileges, look for no special attention, be ready for neglect, misunderstanding, and suffering. He or she is ever aware that the important thing is to be there, as Christ commanded. (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg ix)

April 16, 2015

Missionary commitment remains the first service that the Church owes to humanity today to guide and evangelize the cultural, social and ethical transformations; to offer Christ's salvation to the people of our time in so many parts of the world who are humiliated and oppressed by endemic poverty, violence and the systematic denial of human rights. The Church cannot shirk this universal mission; for her it has a binding force. (Pope Benedict XVI, World Mission Day, 2007)

April 15, 2015

The cultural atmosphere in which a human being lives has a great influence upon his or her way of thinking and, thus, of acting. Therefore, a division between faith and culture is more than a small impediment to evangelization, while a culture penetrated with the Christian spirit is an instrument that favors the spreading of the Good News. (Martin & Williamson, John Paul II and the New Evangelization, pg 295)

April 14, 2015

Pray always. For a Christ-bearer to do effective work, prayer is absolutely essential. As a lay apostle you won’t get far without it, for you won’t be able to give what you don’t possess. Without a strong spiritual life of your own, one that is rooted in eternal truths, you will accomplish little for yourself and little for others. There will be an emptiness and shallowness in everything you do without prayer. (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg 300)

April 13, 2015

He gives to us these duties, these opportunities, these suggestions of His grace – to us and to no others, no angel and no saint. He gives them to us as we are, not as we might, or could, or would, or should have been. It is to us with our imperfections, our shortcomings, our insufficiencies, our ignorance, and our little worth that He has given in charge the welfare of our brother’s soul, perhaps even his soul’s salvation. (Fr. Garesche, The Everyday Apostle, pg 32)

April 12, 2015

We become capable of the great hope, and thus we become ministers of hope for others. Hope in a Christian sense is always hope for others as well. It is an active hope, in which we struggle to prevent things moving towards the ‘perverse end’. It is an active hope also in the sense that we keep the world open to God. Only in this way does it continue to be a truly human hope. (Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi, 34)

April 11, 2015

For the Christian community is never closed in upon itself. The intimate life of this community - the life of listening to the Word and the apostles' teaching, charity lived in a fraternal way, the sharing of bread this intimate life only acquires its full meaning when it becomes a witness, when it evokes admiration and conversion, and when it becomes the preaching and proclamation of the Good News. Thus it is the whole Church that receives the mission to evangelize, and the work of each individual member is important for the whole. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 15)

April 10, 2015

Even if nothing more is achieved than filling one spot which otherwise might be occupied by one bent on subversion or perversion, this is no small accomplishment in itself. But far more than this results: the very presence of a bearer of Christ in any sphere means that Christ is also present there through a personal representative who acts as an instrument of His grace. (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg ix)

April 9, 2015

When you go into a bus or streetcar, into a theater or to a football or baseball game, or down to the beach, say a passing prayer for everyone there. Eternity has begun for each individual present, no matter how little they know or think about it. When you pick up the morning paper and pass the death notices, let them be a reminder to offer a brief prayer for all who have died the world over during the preceding twenty-four hours. (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg 51)

April 8, 2015

Evangelizing on a person-to-person level most often comes out of careful planning and creative involvement rooted in a prayerful, caring parish that is aware of the history, gifts, and desires of its community. Door-to-door canvassing, revivals, street ministries, summer youth Bible classes, ecumenical prayer services, and open-door celebrations are proven ways of reaching out if at the same time we are reaching in for continued growth. (Boyack, Catholic Evangelization Today, pg 66)

May 7, 2015

How else can we make possible the Eucharistic life of our Lord and Master in our own souls? Christ came to restore to His Father the souls of sinners. Only by continuing this work, only by love of our neighbor, will we be saved for our sacrifices, and the helpfulness of our charity for others, will decide our eternal destiny. (Fr. John Kane, Transforming Your Life through the Eucharist, pg 91)

April 7, 2015

It is a task and mission which the vast and profound changes of present-day society make all the more urgent. Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize, that is to say, in order to preach and teach, to be the channel of the gift of grace, to reconcile sinners with God, and to perpetuate Christ's sacrifice in the Mass, which is the memorial of His death and glorious resurrection. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 14)

April 6, 2015

Be a consistent, wholehearted, faithful Catholic. Speak and act and think and love as your Faith and your conscience bid you, and you will lead them irresistibly toward the truth, toward God and Heaven. Speak to them tactfully and kindly of the Faith that is in you, and your holy example will give your words a weight they cannot resist or gainsay. (Fr. Edward Garesche, The Everyday Apostle, pg 14,15)

April 5, 2015

If we have once seen the joy of those received into the Church at Easter, if we have ever experienced the growth of those going through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, if we have ever seen someone thrilled with the Gospel for the first time in his or her life, we know that this is, in truth, one of the sweetest gifts of the Spirit. (Go and Make Disciples 41, USCCB)

April 4, 2015

Be convinced of this: your apostolate consists in spreading goodness, light, enthusiasm, generosity, a spirit of sacrifice, constancy in work, deep study, complete self-surrender, being up-to-date, cheerful and complete obedience to the Church, and perfect charity. Nobody can give what he does not have. (St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, 927)

April 3, 2015

Each day, every day of our lives, God presents to us the people and opportunities upon which He expects us to act. He expects no more of us, but He will accept nothing less of us; and we fail in our promise and commitment if we do not see in the situation of every moment of every day His divine will. (Fr. Walter Ciszek, He Leadeth Me, pg 139)

April 2, 2015

Listen to me carefully and echo my words: Christianity is Love; getting to know God is a most positive experience; concern for others – the apostolate – is not an extra luxury, the task of a few. Now that you know this, fill yourself with joy, because your life has acquired a completely different meaning; an act in consequence. (St. Jose Marie Escriva, Furrow, 187)

April 1, 2015

Jesus went to dinners, to weddings, to all sorts of gathering. He engaged in conversation with all types of persons and in all sorts of places—on the roadside, on busy city streets, in village squares, in wheat-fields, at the seashore, at the side of a well, in the desert, on the mountainside—anywhere and everywhere. And the people flocked to him because he first went to them. (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pgs 363,364)

March 31, 2015

Families must find ways to highlight the faith that is part of their daily life, until each family unit knows itself as a "domestic church" living and sharing faith. If each household lived a vibrant faith, the members would more naturally reach out to their friends and neighbors, introducing them by their lives to the faith of Christ Jesus. (Go and Make Disciples 136, USCCB)

March 30, 2015

The work of evangelization presupposes in the evangelizer an ever increasing love for those whom he is evangelizing. A sign of love will be the concern to give the truth and to bring people into unity. Another sign of love will be a devotion to the proclamation of Jesus Christ, without reservation or turning back. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, 79).

March 29, 2015

Today, as never before, the Church has the opportunity of bringing the Gospel, by witness and word, to all people and nations. I see the dawning of a new missionary age, which will become a radiant day bearing an abundant harvest, if all Christians…respond with generosity…to the calls and challenges of our times. (Pope John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio 92)

March 28, 2015

Wherever toilers or feasters or players are gathered together, wherever work is being done or recreations are afoot or men are talking to one another; in car or factory or office or club, the common Catholic is there. He rubs shoulders with all men; he is rich among the rich and poor with the poor, simple with the simple and learned among the learned. In a word, he is, by his very multiplicity and variety and omnipresence, what the great apostle strove ever to be: “all things to all men.” (Fr. Garesche, The Everyday Apostle, pg 11)

March 27, 2015

Evangelization loses much of its force and effectiveness if it does not take into consideration the actual people to whom it is addressed, if it does not use their language, their signs and symbols, if it does not answer the questions they ask, and if it does not have an impact on their concrete life. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 63)

March 26, 2015

Building a beautiful church is part of evangelization.  It proclaims that the kingdom of God is here in a “concrete” way.  It helps people enter into the worship of God.  We are not disembodied spirits (like the angels).  We are body-soul composites.  We respond to the material world.  When the material world is beautiful, we respond.  When a church is beautiful, we respond. (Matthew Pinto & Chris Stefanick, Do I Have To Go?, pg 100)

March 25, 2015

According to this law of love, whoever believes and is adorned with the title of Christian, has, therefore, the duty of offering, making known and transmitting, to whoever is deprived of this inestimable treasure that he himself possesses, the means of salvation that God has brought to him, so that he who has received and accepted it may in turn, transmit it to others. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 60)

March 24, 2015

Indeed, every Christian community is born missionary, and it is precisely on the basis of the courage to evangelize that the love of believers for their Lord is measured. Consequently, we could say that for the individual members of the faithful it is no longer merely a matter of collaborating in evangelizing work but of feeling that they themselves are protagonists and co-responsible. (Pope Benedict XVI, World Mission Day, 2007)

March 23, 2015

True evangelization is like being an usher at a theater. An usher brings people in, sits them down and facilitates their watching the play. The central figure in the play is Jesus Christ. If I think of myself as the major actor in that play, I will not let the Christ in me evangelize those I am trying to serve. (Martin & Williamson, John Paul II and the New Evangelization, pg 209)

March 22, 2015

An indispensable requirement in the apostolate is faith, which is often shown by constancy in speaking about God, even though the fruits are slow to appear. If we persevere and carry on in the firm conviction that the Lord wills it, signs of a Christian revolution will appear around you, everywhere. Some will follow the call, others will take their interior life seriously, and others – the weakest – will at least be forewarned. (St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, 207)