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The New Evangelization

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"It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.  But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade."  Mk 4:31-32

From Bl. John Paul II, through Pope Benedict XVI, to Pope Francis, our recent Holy Fathers have summoned the Church to a new evangelization.  It is a call to recommit ourselves to the path of Christian discipleship, to pursue daily conversion of heart, and to re-propose the good news of Jesus Christ to those who are on the margins of our communities.

After all, it was the Lord Jesus himself who sent the disciples to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to transform the whole world.  The Catholic laity has a unique role to play in handing on the fullness of the faith which has come to us from the Apostles--and in reaching out to those who are longing to hear the Gospel.  Firmly rooted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a well-formed laity will help bring people into communion with Christ and will see themselves as "missionary disciples" sent to continue the mission of Christ and of the Holy Spirit.

"The new evangelization calls us to renew our faith so that we can share it with others.  Before one can evangelize, one must be evangelized....  The new evangelization offers hope.  Our hope is not in a program or philosophy but in the person of Jesus Christ, who comforts those who are burdened"  (USCCB, DCTW).