terça-feira, 12 de março de 2013

Como evangelizar nos tempos de hoje ?

The acclaimed American missionary and TV evangelist, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, commented, “Our Lord’s first word to His disciples was ‘come!’ His last word was ‘go!’ You can’t ‘go’ unless you’ve first ‘come’ to Him.”
this fact gives us immense confidence and courage in the sacred task of mission and New Evangelization:
 - Be not afraid,” we’re told, is the most repeated exhortation in the Bible.
 the interior conversion that is at the marrow of the call to evangelization.
the Church is a mission, and each of us who names Jesus as Lord and Savior should measure ourselves by our mission-effectiveness.
When I was a new seminarian at the North American College here in Rome, all the first-year men from all the Roman theological universities were invited to a Mass at St. Peter’s with the Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal John Wright, as celebrant and homilist.
We thought he would give us a cerebral homily. But he began by asking, “Seminarians: do me and the Church a big favor. When you walk the streets of Rome, smile!”
So (...) the missionary, the evangelist, must be a person of joy.
Joy is the infallible sign of God’s presence,” claims Leon Bloy.
The New Evangelization is accomplished with a smile, not a frown.
(...) asked Sister Michelle why, at her age, with painful arthritic knees, she continued to serve at one of these struggling but excellent poor schools, she answered, “Because God loves me, and I love Him, and I want these children to discover this love.”

 we need to speak again as a child the eternal truth, beauty, and simplicity of Jesus and His Church.

Cardeal Timothy Dolan de Nova York


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