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Excerpts from A Pastoral Letter on The New Evangelization

November 26, 2010

Disciples of the Lord: Sharing the Vision A Pastoral Letter on The New Evangelization to the Clergy, Religious and Laity of the Archdiocese of Washington by Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington; obtained 11/24/2010 at http://www.usccb.org/evangelization/

 There are numerous people, particularly in the Western world, who have already heard of Jesus. Our call is to stir up again and rekindle in the midst of their daily life and concrete situation, a new awareness and familiarity with Jesus. We are called not just to announce, but to adapt our approach so as to attract and to urge an entire generation to find again the uncomplicated, genuine, and tangible treasure of friendship with Jesus.

  • The first movement of any evangelization originates not in a program, but in a Person, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
  • We rely first and always on Jesus. He alone is the cornerstone.
  • At the individual level this action may be through a deepening of our own personal faith as well as outreach to others: a direct conversation about Catholicism, extending an invitation to Mass, or providing simple witness such as blessing ourselves before a meal in a restaurant, offering to pray for someone in need, keeping a devotional item on our desk at work or wearing a crucifix for others to see.
  • This is our mandate: to witness to others so that they reawaken to and rediscover the vital and inexhaustible friendship of  Jesus Christ.
  • Our routine and commonplace tasks can be transformed into an urgent quest.
  • These are moments to invite and not to scold.
  • ….the New Evangelazition is much more a new outlook on life than a program.
   
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