So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Monday, June 6, 2016

Remember the New Evangelization?

Let's be clear, to be Catholic is to be an evangelist.

All people need Jesus.

Yes, the Church teaches that people of other religions who have never heard of Jesus may be saved. The One doing the saving, however, is still Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience - those too may achieve eternal salvation.—LG 16; cf. DS 3866-3872.
The Catechism continues:
Although in ways known to himself God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, to that faith without which it is impossible to please him, the Church still has the obligation and also the sacred right to evangelize all men.—AG 7; cf. Heb 11:6; 1 Cor 9:16.
That's right, all men—muslims, Jews, hindus, sikhs, buddhists—all are invited to a loving communion with Jesus Christ and His Church.
CCC843 The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as "a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life."
Don't be shy.

The Catholic missionary—and yes, we are all missionaries—is called to share the love God has for each and every person, even those who hate us and who hate God. We are called by God to share the Gospel in speech and deed. We share in Jesus mission if we are disposed to the Holy Spirit Who acts in and through us to draw others to Jesus and through Him to the Father.
  1. Do we invite non-Catholics and other Christians to Mass?
  2. Are we prepared and willing to share the Catholic Faith with others?
  3. Do we really believe that friendship with Jesus Christ AND His Church is necessary for salvation?
Many people have fallen into darkness, into false religion.
CCC844 In their religious behavior, however, men also display the limits and errors that disfigure the image of God in them:
Very often, deceived by the Evil One, men have become vain in their reasonings, and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and served the creature rather than the Creator. Or else, living and dying in this world without God, they are exposed to ultimate despair.
CCC845 To reunite all his children, scattered and led astray by sin, the Father willed to call the whole of humanity together into his Son's Church. The Church is the place where humanity must rediscover its unity and salvation. The Church is "the world reconciled." She is that bark which "in the full sail of the Lord's cross, by the breath of the Holy Spirit, navigates safely in this world."
If we truly believe that Jesus is God, then we had better step up our witness, proceed in charity and carry out the will of the Lord for the sake of the salvation of souls.

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