February 19, 2015

Your courage, your consistency, and your modest faithfulness to your principles will make you stand out in noble relief against the general carelessness of the times. They will conceive a huge respect for the Faith that can so lift a man above the common lust and avarice of the world; they will inquire into the Church’s teachings and open their hearts to her appeal, and God’s grace will have an entrance to win them over to the truth. (Fr. Garesche, The Everyday Apostle, pg 119,120)

February 18, 2015

If they are willing and determined in His name to go into the turmoil of the market-place, regardless of how pagan it may be, not to find fault with it but to make it even a tiny bit better because they have added their speck of light—then they will be embarking on a lifetime of thrilling, satisfying, even though hidden, venture that will continue on past death into eternity. (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg 312)

February 17, 2015

All Jesus asks us to do is to pass along, to distribute, the simple, eternal fundamentals that are the basis of happiness for mankind in this life and in the life to come. He assured us He would always provide us with an abundance of help from on high, that we would not work alone, the more we fulfill this noble role, the more we can say with Christ: “What I was born for, what I came into the world for, is to bear witness of the truth.” (John 18:37) (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg 54)

February 16, 2015

What’s so strange, I ask you, about the idea of trying to lead people to the Faith?  People aren’t shy about recommending restaurants, movies, TV shows, and a great deal else of very minor importance to those they care about.  Are Jesus Christ and His Church of less importance than the greatest new sushi place in town or the hottest new flick of the last six months? (Fr. John McCloskey, Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion and the Crisis of Faith, pg 57)

February 15, 2015

THAT IS THE ONE THING WHICH TERRIFIES THE GODLESS THE WORLD OVER: the fear that someday all those who believe in Christ will wake up and start acting their beliefs. Once that happens, most of the great problems which plague mankind will disappear overnight. (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg 286)

February 14, 2015

The field of your labors for God lies all around you. It is the world you live in, the men, women, and children you meet every day in familiar interchange, at home, at your work, abroad. Their eyes are upon you. Their ears are listening for your teaching. You cannot help moving, teaching, leading them, either for good or for evil. (Fr. Edward Garesche, The Everyday Apostle, pg 14)

February 13, 2015

Christ expects a lot from your work. But you will have to look for souls, as the Good Shepherd went after the hundredth sheep: without waiting to be called. Then make use of your friends to do good to others. Tell each one of them that nobody can feel at ease with a spiritual life which, after filling him, does not overflow with apostolic zeal. (St. Josemaria Escriva, Furrow, 223)

February 12, 2015

The Gospel entrusted to us is also the word of truth. A truth which liberates and which alone gives peace of heart is what people are looking for when we proclaim the Good News to them. The truth about God, about man and his mysterious destiny, about the world; we repeat, we are neither the masters nor the owners, but the depositaries, the heralds and the servants. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 78)

February 11, 2015

Suppose that a Catholic spends ten, twenty, or fifty years of his life in the closest kind of daily and hourly contact with all sorts and conditions of men, and that at the end of that long time of constant opportunity, he cannot point to any deliberate or consistent work for the spreading abroad of the truth of Christ. Can that man by any stretching of the meaning of words be properly said to have discharged his Christian duty of being the salt of the earth and the light of the world? (Fr. Garesche, The Everyday Apostle, pg 78)

February 10, 2015

Jesus saw the people in need of food and responded by telling his apostles, "There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves" (Mt 14:16). He says the same thing to us who have been made rich by his gifts of grace, truth, and eternal life. All around us people are starving for faith and love, for hope and meaning in their lives. Because the Lord Jesus has done so much for us, we cannot refuse to share the gifts we have been given. (Forward to the Tenth Anniversary Edition of Go and Make Disciples, USCCB)

February 9, 2015

We need to approach them as if we were emergency medical technicians of the faith, conscious that, just as many of our fallen-away family members and friends are probably only one good Confession away from being reconciled with Christ, so also all of them are, like the rest of us, only one heartbeat away from giving God an accounting for how they’ve lived their lives.  (Fr. John McCloskey, Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion and the Crisis of Faith, pg 73)

February 8, 2015

The genuineness and sincerity of our love of people is not measured by academic attitudes, by passing resolutions, by meeting once a month and complaining about conditions in the world and then coming back a month later to complain some more. Mere lip service is almost the equivalent of nothing at all. (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg 41)

February 7, 2015

Humanity needs to be liberated and redeemed. Creation itself - as St Paul says - suffers and nurtures the hope that it will share in the freedom of the children of God (cf. Rm 8: 19-22). These words are true in today's world too. Creation is suffering. Creation is suffering and waiting for real freedom; it is waiting for a different, better world; it is waiting for ‘redemption’. (Pope Benedict XVI, World Mission Day, 2008)

February 6, 2015

At Pentecost the Spirit moved over the chaos of Babel and gathered all of humanity in one word, the Word of God, and one faith. That same Holy Spirit is needed by the Church in America, with its Babel of languages and cultures. Only the Holy Spirit will enable us to speak the Gospel in a voice that can be heard by all and a word that is grasped as good news in each one’s language. (Boyack, Catholic Evangelization Today, pg 17)

February 5, 2015

Your biggest temptation will be to think in terms of “God and myself,” to be absorbed in your selfish little world and to leave the running of the big world to those who either hate Christ or know him not. Even when praying, it is easy to say “our Father” and yet mean “my Father”; to say “give us our daily bread,” yet mean, “give me my daily bread”; to ask God to “forgive us our trespasses,” and yet mean nothing more than “forgive me my trespasses.” (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg 301)

February 4, 2015

Let us not suffer our own sloth or reluctance, where we see our duty clear and recognize the urgent need. For we may justify our own non-interference with many specious arguments; but what will our friends who we have not warned and counseled say to us, think of us, when they have got past that moment of terrible awakening and revelation which is the lightning-flash of the judgment of God? (Fr. Garesche, The Everyday Apostle, pg 104)

February 3, 2015

Having been born consequently out of being sent, the Church in her turn is sent by Jesus. The Church remains in the world when the Lord of glory returns to the Father. She remains as a sign - simultaneously obscure and luminous - of a new presence of Jesus, of His departure and of His permanent presence. She prolongs and continues Him. And it is above all His mission and His condition of being an evangelizer that she is called upon to continue. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 15)

February 2, 2015

When Vatican Council II talks about the role of the laity, it doesn’t spend a whole lot of time talking about what lay men and women should be doing inside the Church.  Instead it concentrates on what lay people ought to be doing out in the world.  Essentially, that comes down to two things: seeking holiness and extending the kingdom of God on earth through family life, friendship, work, study – in a word, through apostolate. (Fr. John McCloskey, Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion and the Crisis of Faith, pg 27)

February 1, 2015

Every element of the parish must respond to the evangelical imperative—priests and religious, lay persons, staff, ministers, organizations, social clubs, parochial schools, and parish religious education programs. Otherwise, evangelization will be something a few people in the parish see as their ministry—rather than the reason for the parish's existence and the objective of every ministry in the parish. (Go and Make Disciples 85, USCCB)

January 31, 2015

The appeal of our human kindness, sincerity, and love will win them over; our homely and familiar talk will sink conviction into their souls; the power of our everyday example will bring them to believe that Christian goodness is possible, will move them to own that it is sweet and lovely and holy, will make them yearn to bring it into their own hearts and lives. (Fr. Edward Garesche, The Everyday Apostle, pg 10)

January 30, 2015

Those words whispered at the proper time in the ear of your wavering friend; that helpful conversation you manage to start at the right moment; the ready advice that improves his studies; and the discreet indiscretion by which you open for him unsuspected horizons for his zeal – all that is the “apostolate of friendship.” (St. Jose Marie Escriva, The Way, 973)

January 29, 2015

The Church keeps her missionary spirit alive, and even wishes to intensify it in the moment of history in which we are living. She feels responsible before entire peoples. She has no rest so long as she has not done her best to proclaim the Good News of Jesus the Savior. She is always preparing new generations of apostles. (Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi 53).

January 28, 2015

To give an orientation to culture under the inspiration of Christian principles, to work in the economic sphere for the progress of human conditions, to give to the figurative arts the sense of divine dialogue with God in prayer, to fight for those principles of justice and equity, inspired by the Gospel morality: all this is the duty of every lay person, whether man or woman, according to their own capacity and inclinations, with a view to channeling the mind of those who read, listen, see, in the direction of the sublime truth, of the true life. (Falciola, Evangelization According to the Mind of Paul VI, pg 47)

January 27, 2015

Of course, we must have content; people need to know what Catholics believe. Of course, the information of our faith is important and must be shared. But if the catechesis does not also evangelize – if it does not lead to faith, to commitment, to conversion – then something is missing. Catechesis does not fulfill its promise unless it is also evangelization. (Boyack, Catholic Evangelization Today, pg 62)

January 26, 2015

The Christ bearer goes into the market-place, into a job of his or her own choosing, without fanfare, or flag waving, without doing anything sensational. His or her simple task is to insist on truth where others are intent on furthering false-hood, to establish order where others are spreading confusion. Where there is hate, he tries to bring in love; where there is darkness, he carries light. (Fr. James Keller, You Can Change the World, pg ix)

January 25, 2015

Too few Catholics realize that evangelization is the only adequate and convincing proof of their Christ like love of both God and neighbor. How can I say that I have learned from Jesus the Master how to love if I show no interest in continuing the mission he gave me after dying on the cross (see Matthew 28:19-20)? (Martin & Williamson, John Paul II and the New Evangelization, pg 34)

January 24, 2015

Doctors need medicine before they can heal. Soldiers need arms before they can do battle. Cooks need ingredients before they can prepare a banquet. Farmers need seeds before they can reap a harvest. Cars need gasoline before they can run. Sailors need wind before they can sail. Orchestras need a musical score before they can enchant audiences with their symphonies. And the world needs Jesus, our anchor of hope, before we can find an answer to our problems and needs. (Martin & Williamson, John Paul II and the New Evangelization, pg 33)

January 23, 2015

If there were ever a time when Christ held the only answer if there were ever a time when Christian values needed to be proclaimed, if there were ever a time when our own faith needed to be renewed and activated, if there were ever a time when the church needed to be united on common and decisive efforts, if there were ever a time in history for dynamic evangelization, that time is now! (Martin & Williamson, John Paul II and the New Evangelization, pg 32)

January 22, 2015

If there were ever a time when sinners needed conversion, if there were ever a time when captives needed to be set free and mountains of pain and depression removed, if there were ever a time when the human race needed sanctification and salvation, if there were ever a time when the whole world needed to hear and follow Christ’s teaching on love, mercy and forgiveness, that time is now! (Martin & Williamson, John Paul II and the New Evangelization, pg 32)

January 21, 2015

Through the highest leadership of the church, we have received a call that is clearly inspired by the Holy Spirit. On hearing the call we may be tempted to respond, as Peter once did, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing!” (Luke 5:5). John Paul II met this temptation by reminding us that evangelization does not rest purely on human logic. “Faced with the immensity of the tasks, we must repeat Peter’s act of faith and trust in the Master: ‘At your command I will lower the nets’ ” (Luke 5:5). (Martin & Williamson, John Paul II and the New Evangelization, pg 15)