Theological Summary of the
“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to
go and bear fruit that will remain.”
In his very first general audience, Pope
Francis challenged all the baptized to “move beyond a dull or mechanical
way of living our faith, and instead open the doors of our hearts, our lives,
our parishes, our movements or associations, going out in search of others
so as to bring them the light and the joy of our faith in Christ.”
sifying our lived faith and opening ourselves and our faith communities
more fully to all people—especially in our parishes, schools, and other
ministries—are the goals at the heart of the New Evangelization. As the
preparatory document for the Synod on the New Evangelization said, it is
no longer time for us as Church to be about “business as usual.”
up the challenge of Pope Francis, we must be missionary disciples, called to
witness to Christ in every aspect of our lives.
What Is Evangelization?
The mission of evangelization is concisely summarized in the USCCB
Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis statement,
(“to the world”) mission given to her by
Christ is the proclamation of the Good News to those who do not
know him. The historical and social circumstances of the twentieth
century prompted the Church to renew her mission to evangelize.
This renewed vision of evangelization includes, as Pope Benedict XVI
has stated, the challenge to “propose anew” the Good News to all of
the Christian faithful, most especially to those of the faithful who are
absent from the Lord’s Table.