May 15th, 2019 – Evangelization

Father Linsky led a discussion on evangelization beginning with these three Bible quotes.

Acts 12:24 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

24 But the word of God continued to spread and grow.

Romans 10:13-15 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 [a]But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? 15 And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring [the] good news!”[b

1 Peter 3:14-16 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

14 But even if you should suffer because of righteousness, blessed are you. Do not be afraid or terrified with fear of them, 15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, 16 but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame.

Father also shared a quote from a new book by William E. Simon, Jr., Catholic layman who failed in a 2002 bid for governorship of California. It was the third quote in the clip below from the Good Reads website. Simon, son of former Treasury Secretary William E. Simon, Sr., is in the investment business, chairs his own foundation, and is a member of the Society of Emeritus Trustees of the Heritage Foundation. The book looks pertinent and interesting. The Kindle version is available at Amazon for $9.99.

Also referenced was the Pope Paul VI Encyclical, On Evangelization in the Modern World. That book also shows up on Good Reads (screen shot below) and can be purchased at amazon.com for $4.95.


It might be said that the keys to successful evangelization are personal experience of life in Jesus Christ, in the Church (His Body) and at least basic theological and Bible education, both essentials for ability to “bring the Good News” and to “give an explanation to anyone who asks for a reason for our hope.” So, we may be well advised to increase our worship, service, study, speech, and writing, always praying for wisdom and understanding and demonstrating love as we do so.

 

And, of course, there is always opportunity for advancement as well as temptation to regress. So, we must persevere, moving always in the right direction.

And, finally, a minority opinion on horn blowing which may be, not a sign of rage, but a gift to the person who is distracted and especially to the line of following drivers who are hoping to get through the light before it changes.

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