Evangelization, New? [Part 2]
New Evangelization: Where are we?
Bishop Christopher Coyne (Archdiocese of Indianapolis) continues his conversion with Philadelphians Mr Rocco Palmo (Whispers in the Loggia, Philadelphia) and Fr Mark Hunt (Holy Family University, Philadelphia). This is the second of three podcasts exploring ‘Where are we with the New Evangelization?’ Bishop Coyne opens the conversation by asking, “How do we do the New Evangelization?” The discussion notes that the simple, regular and present ongoing activities of a parish can be highly evangelical. Yet these activities must be done with a focus that is centered in and on the Person, Jesus. But it seems even with such an approach, obstacles to evangelize remain. What can be done?
As presented on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “The New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. The focus of the New Evangelization calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize. In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on ‘re-proposing’ the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith. Pope Benedict XVI called for the re-proposing of the Gospel “to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization.” The New Evangelization invites each Catholic to renew their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church.”
“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.” Mark 4: 31-32