Friday, January 18, 2013

The New Evangelization

As I have written before, I am always looking for topics for this blog and I look everywhere for topics especially matters of current interest.  Among my sources as you have seen from prior blogs is the local diocesan magazine and the Bishop’s message.  That is my source for this blog.

In his January/February message, Bishop Estevez writes about his attendance at the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican this past October.  He reports that the Holy Father advocated everyone’s participation in a New Evangelization.  The Bishop will tell us more in the future about our parishes being agents of evangelization.  However, each of us as Catholic Christians must spread the word of Christ.  I am a big advocate of the idea of St. Francis of Assisi that we do that best not by words but by our actions.  This must occur in all of our environments from home to everywhere we go outside of our homes and not just in church.
The Bishop assets that we must do this evangelization by increasing our self-knowledge with an attitude of humility.  This occurs not only by what we learn from the readings at Mass and the homilies of the priests but, also, from our adoration and prayers and Christian living.  In addition, we must continue to learn and grow in our knowledge of our faith.  This is, especially, true in this Year of Faith.  The Bishop suggests that we revisit our Catechism of the Catholic Church.  He, also, reports that we can receive a daily email covering a bit of the Catechism by signing up at:
These emails will continue throughout the balance of the Year of Faith until November 24.

So, take it upon yourself to examine your own evangelization and what you can do to learn more and act upon your Catholic faith.  Who knows, your example might bring someone back to the Church or bring someone to it.  And, of course, I would be remiss, if I did not remind you to listen to Catholic radio - Queen of Peace Radio, AM 1460, radio for your soul, and a source of knowledge about your faith.

Let me know what you think.

Let the light of our Lord shine upon you!

REM (Ray Makowski) Co-Founder, Director and Secretary-Treasurer

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