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EVANGELIZATION

EVANGELIZATION

THE PRINCIPAL AGENT OF MISSION

The coming of the Holy Spirit makes them witnesses and prophets   Acts 1:8; 2:17-18. It fills them with a serene courage which impels them to pass on to others their experience of Jesus and the hope which motivates them. The Spirit gives them the ability to bear witness to Jesus with “boldness.” When the first evangelizers go down from Jerusalem, the Spirit becomes even more of a “guide,” helping them to choose both those to whom they are to go and the places to which their missionary journey is to take them.

EVANGELIZATION

MAKING THE WHOLE CHURCH MISSIONARY

The Holy Spirit, who distributes His gifts as He wishes for the good of all, provides the tools needed to do missionary work such as the gift of healing. Christ stirs up a missionary vocation in the hearts of individuals, and at the same time raises up in the Church those institutes which undertake the duty of evangelization, which is the responsibility of the whole Church, as their special task.”  Evangelization will never be possible without the action of the Holy Spirit. 

 Peter explains this event as the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel: “I will pour out my spirit.” (Acts 2:17) Peter is filled with the Holy Spirit so that he can speak to the people about Jesus, the Son of God. (Acts 4:8) Paul too is filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:17) before dedicating himself to his apostolic ministry, as is Stephen when he is chosen for the ministry of service and later on for the witness of blood. (Acts 6:5, 10; 7:55) The Spirit, who causes Peter, Paul and the Twelve to speak, and who inspires the words that they are to utter, also comes down “on those who heard the word.” (Acts 10:44)

It is in the “consolation of the Holy Spirit” that the Church increases. (Acts 9:31)The Holy Spirit is the soul of the Church. It is He who explains to the faithful the deep meaning of the teaching of Jesus and of His mystery. It is the Holy Spirit who, today just as at the beginning of the Church, acts in every evangelizer who allows himself to be possessed and led by Him. The Holy Spirit places on his lips the words which he could not find by himself, and at the same time the Holy Spirit predisposes the soul of the hearer to be open and receptive to the Good News and to the kingdom being proclaimed.

 Without the Holy Spirit the most convincing dialectic has no power over the heart of man. Without Him the most highly developed schemes resting on a sociological or psychological basis are quickly seen to be quite valueless.

EVANGELIZATION

Evangelii Nuntiandi

It must be said that the Holy Spirit is the principal agent of evangelization: it is He who impels each individual to proclaim the Gospel, and it is He who in the depths of consciences causes the word of salvation to be accepted and understood. But it can equally be said that He is the goal of evangelization: He alone stirs up the new creation, the new humanity of which evangelization is to be the result, with that unity in variety which evangelization wishes to achieve within the Christian community. Through the Holy Spirit the Gospel penetrates to the heart of the world, for it is He who causes people to discern the signs of the times- signs willed by God- which evangelization reveals and puts to use within history.

OF HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI (December 8, 1975)

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”                                                                                                                                       Romans 15:13

     JESUS WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU

SUNDAY: A SPECIAL DAY

Empowering you to Proclaim My Message

“I love you.  You are dear to Me. 

About two-thirds of the population of the world do not believe in Me, their Savior. I want a new awakening in every country of the world.  Continue reading EVANGELIZATION

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EFFUSION: A YOUTH HAPPENING

 A YOUTH MISSION

Our poor parish priest has his hands tied. He doesn’t know how to attract the youth to his church.

EFFUSION YOUTH

The most important element is prayer. We would ask all the elders of the church to pray and fast seriously for a new Pentecost experience, EFFUSION. The area of the church is blessed with holy water or holy oil in preparation for this Event.

EFFUSION YOUTH HAPPENING

The other proviso is that the parish has to encourage at least six youth in a team with a youth minister or youth leader. This team will continue the missionary work in the parish after the EFFUSION Event.

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CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

SPIRIT-FILLED CHINA

God is God-with-us. Finally, when Jesus left earth 2000 years ago, He promises the Holy Spirit. In the Holy Spirit, God reveals the full depth of the covenant. The word covenant means “coming together. God wants to be as close to us as our breath. God wants to breathe in us, so that all we say, think and do is completely inspired by God. God is God-within-us. Thus God’s covenant reveals to us to how much God loves us.                                                                   HENRI NOUWEN

The Holy Spirit works through Spirit-filled ministries. This is especially true in China. The majority of the estimated 100 million Chinese believers have come to Christ through Holy Spirit anointed preaching and teaching, and the work of the Holy Spirit in healing the sick and performing all kinds of miracles.

The Charismatic Movement has infiltrated mainstream evangelicalism and exploded onto the global scene at an amazing rate. It is the fastest-growing religious movement in the world. Charismatics now number more than half a billion worldwide. 

We can see God do the miraculous right now in the persecuted Church.   Persecuted churches across the globe are full of the Holy Spirit.CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

Christianity is not a philosophy, but a relationship with God, your Creator,  in Christ TODAYnot knowledge of abstract principles.  How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ. 

PROTESTANT AND CATHOLIC CHURCHES

Nearly half a century after Mao Tse-Tung banned religion in China, the country is home to an estimated 72 percent of the world’s religiously unaffiliated people. 

Most Chinese aren’t sure what it means to be “Protestant” (the word doesn’t translate into Chinese). They do, however, all know the word “Catholic”—and some wrongly think it has nothing to do with Christianity: “Catholics believe in Mary, but we believe in Jesus.” 

In China, 44 percent of religiously unaffiliated people have worshiped at a burial site in the past year. Catholics have a strong belief in offering effective prayers for relatives. Yet, many young Chinese look down on these traditions, calling them “superstitious” and “old-fashioned.”

Catholicism have higher liturgy. The Catholic mass might remind young people of the rituals they see their parents perform.  They walk into a Catholic church, and there are statues of the saints and candles lit for them—which obviously creates the same ambiance as lighting candles for the Buddha.

Some Chinese young people want a more “modern” faith. It’s Thursday evening in Fujian Province, southeast China. Scores of men and women are dancing,  blowing shofars, singing and worshiping God.CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT Continue reading CHINA AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

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TEN MILLION ANGELS

TEN MILLION ANGELS
TEN MILLION ANGELS

A  Testimony of Healing and Deliverance

Our Christian mission involved five missionaries who traveled on a 1550 km trip by car as far as Chisasabi located on the east coast of James Bay on the Grand Riviere. As a Catholic, this was the first time that I witnessed deliverance, healing and God’s total presence.

ten million angels Chisasibi

We were told from Cynthia Elias, another missionary, who has the gift of prophecy, that we would be given the protection of ten million ministering angels.

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Now you say, that is much too surreal to grasp. Yet, as the trip unfolded and all of our mission goals had been reached, I personally wondered whether we were still under angelic protection.

TEN MILLION ANGELS

Does not God protect His beloved with His angels?

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CATHOLIC LAY MISSIONARY

Why are exciting Catholic parishes so rare?

  1. No one says hello
  2. No one sings the hymns in praise – music tends to be only for the background
  3. Lack of reverence in the Eucharistic celebration
  4. People are just taking their Communion without fully believing  in Jesus’ presence and what grace is involved.
  5.  Some seem to exit before Mass has ended.

The overall attitude is that they need us to meet their Sunday Mass obligation. Where else can they go? We are accustomed to a generally mediocre experience of parish life.

 “Neither do people pour new wine into old wine skins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wine skins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wine skins, and both are preserved.”                                                                                              Matthew 9:17

This description is like old wineskin which is dangerously dried up and also leaking badly. The wine, the energy and the power of the Good News cannot be contained, much less allowed to develop and ferment.

Catholic Lay Missionaries

Pop into your local Evangelical church. Look at how they do music, hospitality, preaching, small groups, child care, etc. Protestant churches are made up of large pastoral teams of 6-10 people. Most Catholic parishes consist of one or two priests, a secretary, and maybe a youth minister.

Catholic Lay Missionaries

What should we do?

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EVANGELIZING WHAT WE LOVE

WE EVANGELIZE WHAT WE LOVE

There are three languages that God has written on every heart: truth, goodness and beauty. Some people are more captivated on what is the truth and need more proof or reasons. Others are scandalized by the lack of goodness in the Church. Others still spend much time and effort seeking beautiful things in life, like artwork, music or travel. An evangelist must use the right language to connect to people.

Evangelism share the love

If your friend knows that you love him or her, then you have a pretty good chance of being heard. You can challenge him or her to grow and seek what is best.

Divine Appointment

The Holy Spirit provides the initiative for the conversation. This happens when you are praying for such conversations to happen. Pray that you will be sensitized to any divine appointment that God has aligned for you today.

Spiritual Conversation Starter Questions

  1. If you died today, do you know for sure you’d go to heaven? 
  2. If you died and stood before God and He asked you ‘Why should I let you into Heaven?’  What would you say?”

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DYNAMIC CATHOLIC

CATHOLICISM

Catholicism is the largest faith community in the world: more than a billion members. We have built a culture based on appearance: everything looks good, but scratch the surface, and you will discover little substance. If you ask 100 Catholics what the church’s mission is, you would get 100 different answers. Catholics must know their mission.

We are failing to do as Christ did — namely, to reach out and meet people where they are in their need, in their brokenness. We are failing to engage them. We are failing to show them how Jesus can ease their pain and make them whole again.

Gandhi once said after reading parts of the Bible on becoming a Christian, “If I had ever met one, I would have become one.”

CATHOLICISMLife can be wonderful, but brief.

We often confuse pleasure with happiness.  So we spend a large portion of our lives chasing shadows. We have given ourselves over to a thousand different whims, cravings and fantasies. This has nothing to do with real joy in our life. 

Today’s generation questions everything:  we have grown skeptical, and even cynical in our search for truth. We are overloaded with information and overwhelmed and tired — we merely want to survive.

“Most people lead lives of quiet desperation”, observed Henry David Thoreau.  In fact, the treatment for depression is ten times greater today than it was even 15 years ago. The suicide rates among teenagers and young adults have reached epidemic levels.

We become what we celebrate. What are we celebrating? What are we here for? What is the meaning and purpose of life? Have we been distracted?  Actually, the loss of our essential purpose is the cause of the great modern madness. The great misery is to be purposeless. People have simply become disoriented.

                           Joy is usually measured in moments                                                                   while unhappiness seems to go on forever.

How do I find joy in my life? A better question is:  How do I find joy in my life  which is usually by bringing joy to other people?

DYNAMIC CATHOLIC

The human heart is on a quest for happiness — as the desert yearns for rain. God wants us to be happy.  The philosophy of Christ is the ultimate philosophy of human happiness. It isn’t just a way of life: it is the way of life. “I have come that your may have life and have it to the fullest.” John 10:10  

So, we must ask the question: what work do You wish for me to do with my life? What is Your will for my life?  So if you want to be happy for a lifetime and beyond, seek the will of God for your life.

Jesus is the single greatest agent of change in human history.  He has captured the imagination of every generation.  He gives us a vision: “Where there is no vision, the people will perish.” Proverbs 29:18

St. Augustine’s famous saying, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you, Lord.”  In God will man find the truth and happiness, which he never stops yearning for.  This is the mission of the Church: to be God’s direct and intimate response to our heart’s unceasing desire for happiness: to proclaim the Gospel to the people of every nation in every age; to share the life-giving gift of the Gospel.  “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”                                                                                   Mark 16:15

We are created to be loved and to love, and there is a restlessness, a longing for more, a profound discontent with our lives and with our culture. Our generation wants to witness someone , anyone –just one will do — living an authentic life: “don’t tell me — show me!”

Holiness is surrendering to the Will of God; it is letting our decisions be guided by the Holy Spirit. So, God calls each of us to live holy lives. We are perfected by the grace of God, which is the power of God alive within us.  It is a gift from God when we cooperate with His plan for our lives.

Holiness and prayer are a matched couple, yet many people fail to establish a daily habit of prayer. God is our Friend and friends like to know what is going on in each other’s lives. Those who pray daily know that if you neglect prayer for one day, you become less focused. Why? Because prayer allows you to hear the voice of God in our lives and to walk where He wants you to walk. In the silence, God speaks and we are able to hear His quiet voice; He bestows His wisdom on us.  All this happens during 10 to 20 minutes of the day.

The rich are called to live holy lives by using their wealth  in productive ways that foster their own growth and the growth of others. The same is true of the talented people who are expected to share the benefit of their talents. It is all about being of value to others. Those who are holy enjoy a richer, more abundant experience of life, more than you can imagine. There is nothing more attractive than holiness — more inspiring and more intriguing.

Christ said to Peter, “Put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch” Luke 5:4  The world, on the other hand, is constantly calling us to fish in the shallow water.

Love is the core of Jesus’ philosophy. For to love is to give your self freely. Yet to give yourself to another or to God, you must first possess your self.  We must become the best-version-of-ourselves, with the loving nature of God.

Much of this post  is influenced from this wonderful book:

Dynamic Catholic

Something Wonderful is about to Happen!

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