March 21, 2015

An apostolate…does not consist only in the witness of one’s way of life; a true apostle looks for opportunities to announce Christ by words addressed either to non-believers with a view to leading them to faith, or to believers with a view to instructing and strengthening them, and motivating them toward a more fervent life. (Vatican II, Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, 6)

March 20, 2015

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14: 12-14 RSV)

March 19, 2015

There lies before them a field of unending activity, where the seed of the Word could be sowed. They have at their disposal all the means. Every possible way is open to them, namely culture, the sciences, the arts, economics, politics, wherever they could work with their stimulating activity the social reality which is in continuous evolution. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 47)

March 18, 2015

All ministries, whether in the area of missionary extension or pastoral care, whether in outreach to the unchurched and inactive Catholic, whether in the areas of family life, catechesis, preaching, international life, peace, justice and liberation – all ministries converge to serve the one “primary and essential mission” of evangelization (see EN 29). (Boyack, Catholic Evangelization Today, pg 41)

March 17, 2015

’The nations will walk in its light’ (Rev 21:24). The goal of the Church's mission is to illumine all peoples with the light of the Gospel as they journey through history towards God, so that in Him they may reach their full potential and fulfillment. We should have a longing and a passion to illumine all peoples with the light of Christ that shines on the face of the Church, so that all may be gathered into the one human family, under God's loving fatherhood. (Pope Benedict XVI, World Mission Day, 2009)

March 16, 2015

The thought of doing evangelization intimidates most of us, yet it simply means loving people into the kingdom. This responsibility is not an optional contribution on the part of Catholics, not something we have decided to do in the last fifteen years because we had nothing else to do, because we thought the Protestants were doing it better. Bringing people into the kingdom is the very reason for the Church’s existence. (Martin & Williamson, John Paul II and the New Evangelization, pg 124)

March 15, 2015

Your faith is your mission, which must be made known among all men…Your hope is your mission, which gives you such earnest of a vast reward for your brotherly toil for other men. Above all, your charity is your mission, which stirs you to love God and your neighbor with a sincere heart, diligent to labor and suffer in bringing your neighbor to the love of God.  (Fr. Edward Garesche, The Everyday Apostle, pg 8)

March 14, 2015

Christ came on earth to save souls, and His sufferings are infinite value.  A single act of love by one soul is worth more than the glory given to God by all external creation.  What, then, must be the value of the eternal glory which one soul saved will render to God?  Surely it is a value incomprehensible in the light of created intellect.  Our zeal, therefore, should be in proportion to this value of a soul. (Fr. Frederick Price, Cofounder of Maryknoll)

March 13, 2015

The Gospel must overflow from each heart until the presence of God transforms all human existence. Sometimes this means that, as believers, we must confront the world as did the prophets of old, pointing out the claims of God to societies that are blind to God. More often, however, this means that we must let our faith shine on the world around us, radiating the love of Jesus by the everyday way we speak, think, and act. (Go and Make Disciples 17, USCCB)

March 12, 2015

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 5: 14-16).

March 11, 2015

We evangelize because of love for others. “Because we have experienced the love of Christ, we want to share it. The gifts God has given to us are not gifts for ourselves…Faith makes our hearts abound with a love-filled desire to bring all people to Jesus’ Gospel and to the table of the Eucharist” (GMD, 33). (Martin & Williamson, John Paul II and the New Evangelization, pg 252-253)

March 10, 2015

The believer becomes one with Christ and participates in his fruitfulness. The man who believes and loves with Christ becomes a well that gives life. That, too, is something that is wonderfully illustrated in history: The saints are oases around which life sprouts up and something of the lost paradise returns. And ultimately Christ himself is always the well-spring who pours himself forth in such abundance.  (Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth, pg 248)

March 9, 2015

Evangelization must affect the attitude of our Catholic life from top to bottom. We cannot call for renewal only on the parish level; we cannot proclaim mercy only for part of the year; we cannot welcome only some people. Everywhere Americans see Catholics and Catholic institutions they should sense the spirit of evangelization. (Go and Make Disciples 88, USCCB)

March 8, 2015

Whether he likes it or not, the man who professes to be a Catholic is always under scrutiny. Men differ in many things, but for the most part they agree in this, that they despise a hypocrite and resent a man’s making profession of a high and holy creed, and then acting and speaking no better than the common run. And so they keep a sharper watch on Catholics to see whether they make at least some decent effort to live up to their exalted principles. (Fr. Garesche, The Everyday Apostle, pg 79)

March 7, 2015

The fact still remains, however, that the secret of totalitarian success stemmed from just one thing: the forces of evil and hatred went to the people with their false gospels, while those who knew better remained aloof, keeping the Truth to themselves. If just a small percentage of good people had possessed the ambition and courage to leave the narrow circle of their lives and work for the light, instead of leaving the field to those in the darkness, the whole course of history might have been changed. (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg 47)

March 6, 2015

In the normal vocation of family, work, and social life, we can live out the precepts of our faith through our conduct. We can accomplish the mission of Christ’s Church by doing the ordinary in an extraordinary manner. We can incarnate the living Word of God into flesh by being his present hands, feet, and heart in today’s world. (Boyack, Catholic Evangelization Today, pg 65)

March 5, 2015

As Christians we should never limit ourselves to asking: how can I save myself? We should also ask: what can I do in order that others may be saved and that for them too the star of hope may rise? Then I will have done my utmost for my own personal salvation as well. (Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi, 48)

March 4, 2015

Like Jesus and the apostles, we need to be open to the leading and power of the Spirit if our work of evangelization is to be authentic and fruitful. How many divine appointments have we already missed because of fear, laziness, as sense of inadequacy, an unwillingness to be a disciple of Jesus at the moment or any number of other excuses? (Martin & Williamson, John Paul II and the New Evangelization, pg 47)

March 3, 2015

When we go out and knock on doors or shake hands with somebody or help someone who’s broken and hurting, we can do that in the confidence that, just as Jesus is a sacrament of the Father so we are a sacrament of Christ.  We are going out into the world and giving His life to other people. (Jeff Cavins, My Life on the Rock, pg 109.)

March 2, 2015

The presentation of the Gospel message is not an optional contribution for the Church. It is the duty incumbent on her by the command of the Lord Jesus, so that people can believe and be saved. This message is indeed necessary. It is unique. It cannot be replaced. It does not permit either indifference, syncretism or accommodation. It is a question of people's salvation. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 5)

March 1, 2015

And you, sincere, simple, and consistent with your Catholic principles, without any noise of argument or any array of lecture or of books, will truly have converted them; you will have convinced and persuaded them by the most convincing, most persuasive of all arguments: by the solid and practical proof of a life consistent with your holy Faith. (Fr. Garesche, The Everyday Apostle, pg 120)

February 28, 2015

For the Church, the first means of evangelization is the witness of an authentically Christian life, given over to God in a communion that nothing should destroy and at the same time given to one's neighbor with limitless zeal. "Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses." (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 41).

February 27, 2015

When we encounter Jesus, alive and well in the Eucharist, we should be like the apostles, standing in awe before the empty tomb.  They encountered a love, hope, and power that was far too great to keep themselves.  They had to share it! (Matthew Pinto & Chris Stefanick, Do I Have To Go?, pg 10)

February 26, 2015

Although they know that you are a Catholic, many of them realize only vaguely what the name implies. But if they recognize in you a man apart from and distinguished above his fellowmen by reason of his honesty, industry, and kindness to his neighbors, by his truth, honor, and good faith, they will grow a bit curious to learn more of what Catholics think and strive for and believe. (Fr. Garesche, The Everyday Apostle, pg 119)

February 25, 2015

A bias for action must be part of our evangelizing strategy. The Catholic community is not short on mission theology. It is not short on mission theory. It is not short on mission history. It is not short on the examples of missionary lives. While theory is extremely important, evangelizers know a time arrives when the next step called for is activity. (Boyack, Catholic Evangelization Today, pg 54)

February 24, 2015

There is an old saying that “the absent are always wrong.” If you are not there, others who would destroy your nation and your world will have that must smoother sailing. The absent never have an opportunity to speak. But by your living presence you can bear witness to the Truth. (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg 298)

February 23, 2015

Whether you were baptized as a child or joined the Church as an adult, you have a story of faith. Whether you sincerely live your faith in quiet or have a great public ministry, you have a story of faith. Whether you have a grade-school knowledge of the Catechism or have a theological degree, you have a story of faith. (Go and Make Disciples 6, USCCB)  SHARE YOUR STORY!!!

February 22, 2015

Always striving to implant more firmly the fundamentals which others are trying to uproot, the Christ bearer emphasizes the normal rather than the abnormal. Nothing remarkable may ever be required beyond a generous spirit of courage and daring. He or she expects to do the usual, not the unusual, the ordinary, not the extraordinary, knowing that while the steady fulfillment of duty often requires plodding devotion and day-by-day hard work, even monotonous drudgery, yet this continuing sacrifice is constantly lightened by a driving purpose. The most trivial and tiresome task achieves significance and dignity when done for Christ, Who said, “… My yoke is sweet and My burden light.” (Matt. 11:30) (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg ix)

February 21, 2015

God spoke the words to the prophet Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, / and before you were born I consecrated you; / I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah immediately made excuses: “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” The Lord replied, “Do not say, “I am only a youth’; / for to all to whom I send you you shall go, / and whatever I command you you shall speak…Behold, I have put my words in your mouth” (Jeremiah 1:5-9). Jeremiah heard and obeyed. And so should we. (Martin & Williamson, John Paul II and the New Evangelization, pg 164)

February 20, 2015

The Church is the depositary of the Good News to be proclaimed. The promises of the New Alliance in Jesus Christ, the teaching of the Lord and the apostles, the Word of life, the sources of grace and of God's loving kindness, the path of salvation - all these things have been entrusted to her. It is the content of the Gospel, and therefore of evangelization, that she preserves as a precious living heritage, not in order to keep it hidden but to communicate it. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 15)