What is the New Evangelization?

According to the USCCB website:  “The New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. The focus of the New Evangelization calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize. In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on ‘re-proposing’ the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith.Pope Benedict XVI called for the re-proposing of the Gospel “to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization.”1 The New Evangelization invites each Catholic to renew their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church.”

When I think of evangelization I picture those people on TV preaching in front of hundreds of people and asking for money.  My palms get sweaty, my heart beats faster and my mind goes blank just like when I was in school.  I have never been good at speaking in public.  I in no way am putting down those dedicated people who use the TV for their churches.  It’s just that it’s a foreign concept for me.

I suppose I could talk about my faith on a one to one basis, but I am not sure that I would be prepared for the types of questions or arguments that would more than likely come about.  I have been thinking about this call to evangelize quite a bit lately.  I have been reading, listening to Catholic radio, and studying my Bible.  So I am being evangelized.  I am learning everything I can about the Catholic Faith. I have been praying for a way for me to do my evangelizing.   I think that this blog is the avenue I am suppose to take.  At least for now.

I am striving to live my faith by being charitable in thought,word and deed and loving my neighbor as myself.  I am learning there is a difference between the sinner and the sin.  And I am becoming schooled in the dogma of the Catholic Church.

It is my sincere hope that this blog will help someone find their way to the fullness of the Catholic Church.  

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