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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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WILL CATHOLICS GO TO HEAVEN?

Was my Catholic friend merely a devoted husband, a wonderful friend, and a good man?

CATHOLICS HEAVEN

Catholics who are “devout” and “inconsistent” can be saved.

“There are genuine Christians who are devout and inconsistent Roman Catholics. Devout is in the sense that they’re earnest, serious, and sincere. Inconsistent is in the sense that their true heart embrace of Jesus is better than their mental ideas or doctrines.

CATHOLICS HEAVEN

A person will be saved — even if many doctrinal ideas are confused or erroneous:

  • “If a person has a genuine encounter with the living Christ and recognizes the hopelessness we are in without grace and without Christ,
  • and if they see that “Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 

CATHOLICS GO TO HEAVENCatholics believe they are justified by God’s grace which is a free gift but it is received through baptism initially, through the faith which works by love in the continuous life of the Christian and through the sacrament of reconciliation if the grace of justification is lost through mortal sin. The Church teaches that we can be saved only by God’s grace.  Continue reading WILL CATHOLICS GO TO HEAVEN?

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CATHOLICS NEEDING CHANGE

DYNAMIC CATHOLICS

God has an incredible dream for our parish: He wants us to become the best version of ourselves. He wants us to be dynamic Catholics.

Today, we fight relativism: a theory that there are no absolute truths—everything is relative. The problem here is that there is no place for truth or wisdom: to know what is really good and right. We want what we want and we feel entitled to it. They say that all ways of living are equal, which is sheer nonsense.  If that was true then there would be no need to lead others to a better life.

We are more interested in how we want to live than we are in discovering the best way to live. To fight this tendency, we must become students of Jesus Christ and pro-actively make an effort to allow His teachings to guide us. Has Christ won you?

DYNAMIC CATHOLIC

It is disturbingly clear that our present efforts are focused more on surviving than on thriving and on containment than on expansion. And a little tweak here and there is not going to turn the tide. In fact, our current approach is failing even to stem the tide. Are we brave enough to rethink our direction?

CATHOLICS NEEDING CHANGE Jesus teaches us about generosity, virtue and self-control:

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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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AMAZING BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

HAVE YOU EVER HAD BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT?

“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”                                                                                      Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE? 

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is not a sacrament, but it is related to several sacraments. It is God’s answer to this malfunctioning that has grown up in the Christian life in the Sacrament of Baptism. We believe that being Baptized in the Holy Spirit makes real and revitalizes our baptism.

I. You First must be “Born Again”:

BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”                                                                                                                                         John 3:16

BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

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