Evangelization in Action
Spirit Networking

Are you a Christian?   Yes or No?
Write on a piece of paper the new commandment that
Christ gave us.  

(Don't try to look it up. You're a Christian remember?
You should know this.  Really.  It's important! It makes
or should make a difference in the way you view every
person and every issue.)

Okay, got your answer?

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Evangelization in Action: The Reason

    Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God;
    everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
    Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
    In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
    God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him.

    In this is love: not that we have loved God,
    but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.

    Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.
    No one has ever seen God.   Yet, if we love one another,
    God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.
    This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us,
    that he has given us of his Spirit.

    Moreover, we have seen and testify that the Father sent his Son as savior of
    the world.  Whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,
    God remains in him and he in God.
    We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us.

    God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.
    In this is love brought to perfection among us, that we have confidence on the
    day of judgment because as he is, so are we in this world.

    There is no fear in love,
    but perfect love drives out fear
    because fear has to do with punishment,
    and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.

    We love because he first loved us.

    If anyone says, "I love God," but hates his brother, he is a liar;
    for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen
    cannot love God whom he has not seen.

    This is the commandment we have from him:
    whoever loves God must also love his brother.
    1 John 4:7-21

                        Evangelization in Action: Application

    What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith
    Can that faith save him?  

    If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day,
    and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,"
    but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?  
    So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

    Indeed someone might say, "You have faith and I have works."
    Demonstrate your faith to me without works,
    You believe that God is one. You do well.
    Even the demons believe that and tremble.  

    Do you want proof, you ignoramus, that faith without works is useless?
    Was not Abraham our father justified by works
    when he offered his son Isaac upon the altar?   
    You see that faith was active along with his works,
    and faith was completed by the works.

    James 2:14-22  

Amen, amen,
I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the
works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,..

John 14:15  
    What is The New Evangelization?  
    Just so we are all clear on this, here are the thoughts of some real authorities on this question:

    From the FAQ section of the former evangelization web site for the Archdiocese of Chicago
    "Francis Cardinal George, the Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, has helped to clarify these issues as he
    presents his own definitions.

    Primary Evangelization:  The goal of primary evangelization is the transplanting of Catholicism through
    missionary activity. Proclaiming the Kerygma that Jesus Christ is Lord to those who have never heard it
    was the particular task of the mission ad gentes and took place outside of Christian lands which were
    marked by catechesis within already established parochial and pastoral structures.

    Secondary Evangelization or Re-Evangelization:   through this effort, lapsed or inactive Catholics are called
    to a renewed faith and a conversion that brings them new strength in their relationship to Christ and His
    Church. Parish missions were often the preferred means for the conversion of the baptized. Occasionally,
    missiologists also spoke of “auto-evangelization.” This was a reminder that evangelizers must themselves
    be evangelized before they proclaim the Gospel.

    New Evangelization:  Inspired by Pope John Paul II’s beliefs and writings, this fresh effort encompasses a
    post-Vatican II renewal of Church identity and mission. This new vision of evangelization integrates the
    person and his/her culture, moving out from the heart of Christian proclamation to area of life seldom
    recognized as terrain ripe for evangelization.

    Cardinal George suggests that the New Evangelization has a specific meaning beyond the outreach to
    inactive Catholics. The Holy Father has spoken of those persons, groups, and societies that were once
    Christian but are no longer. The new ecclesial response must enfold Catholics who have joined other
    Christian groups and non-Christian movements. The New Evangelization must address inadequate
    catechetical and liturgical formation within the Catholic Church itself; it must confront the growing
    secularization of professions and contemporary culture as a whole."

    From a December 2000 address to Catechists and Religion Teachers by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger called
    The New Evangelization: Building the Civilization of Love:

    Now Pope Benedict XVI, began as follows:

    Human life cannot be realized by itself. Our life is an open question, an incomplete project, still to be
    brought to fruition and realized. Each man's fundamental question is: How will this be realized—
    becoming man? How does one learn the art of living? Which is the path toward happiness?

    To evangelize means: to show this path—to teach the art of living.

    Now what could be more beautiful?  Why wouldn't we all want to be evangelizers and help those we love
    find the path to happiness?   To read the full address, go to the EWTN website:

    See also, Pope Benedict XVI's Encyclical Letter:  God is Love

    Here's the "Cliff Notes" version of that document..... from Wikipedia...   God is Love

We are meant to work
That was and is  part
of The Plan.
1 Corinthians 12:4-31

All things work together
for good, to those who
are called All things work
according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28
Francis Cardinal George,
the Catholic Archbishop of Chicago
Pope Benedict XVI:  
It is encouraging to see that trials which seemed to us impossible to
submit to are possible to others, and that they bear them sweetly.
Their flight makes us try to soar, like nestlings taught by the elder birds,
who, though they cannot fly far at first,
little by little imitate their parents.
-Teresa of Avila