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The Call of Christ to his followers is to, "Go and make disciples of all nations..." This divine mandate from our Lord Jesus has been re-emphasized in the Catholic Church since the Vatican II Councils, in the 1960's. Pope John Paul II and now Benedict XVI, consistently called all Christians to join in what he calls a "new evangelization and mission to the nations." A call that he states, "no believer or institution of the Church is exempt from proclaiming Christ to all people." (See Mission of the Redeemer, 3). We hope that you will find the articles included in this section helpful in responding to the mission of our Redeemer!

This webpage is organized into nine sections:

Apologetics

Comparing Christianity to other religions
This excellent series by Peter Kreeft, compares and contrasts Christianity to the other major religions of the world.

Speaking the Truth in Love: Toward a New Apologetics for the Third Millennium
Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver

A New Evangelization in a New Millennium: A Call for a New Apologetics
Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I.

Ecumenism and Evangelization

On Christian Unity: That They Be One (Ut Unum Sint) by Pope John Paul II (5/25/95).

Missions
Servants and Apostles of Christ Jesus
Benedict XVI's message on the 82nd World Mission Sunday on the urgency of proclaiming the Gospel message to the world. Posted 7/08

All the Churches for all the world Benedict XVI's message on the 81st World Mission Sunday (6/23/07) exhorting the "entire People of God" into missionary action. Posted 7/07

Mission: A Pacific Perspective
The Archbishop of Wellington in this article clearly identifies the Church as mission and highlights the enduring power of Evangelii Nuntiandi. Posted 1/06

Mission of the Redeemer (Redemptoris Missio) by Pope John Paul II (12/7/90). The Church's Permanent Missionary Mandate.

The Church's Mission to the Nations (Ad Gentes) - 12/7/65

God Was Calling Me to Be a Missionary
How and why would a 16-year-old girl become a missionary?

A Missionary's Story
A missionary returns home on furlough and a powerful and amazing miracle is revealed.

Reflections & Testimonies on Evangelization

The Higher the Horse, the Greater the Grace
This story offers is a reflection upon the author's own conversion as it relates to the conversion of St. Paul. Posted 4/07

Ministering Like Jesus
This article provides valuable insight into the necessity to know, love, and spend time with Jesus in order for us to minister like Him. Posted 4/07

I, Evangelizer
Why is evangelization a difficult thing to talk about? What is the Church doing to bring people to encounter the Lord? Zoe Romanowsky offers her thoughts on these questions.
Posted 4/07

Disciples of the 21st Century
What do Christians in the 21st century need to focus on in order to spread the Kingdom? The article elaborates on the need for vision, relationships, and personal relationship with Christ in order to bring others to God. Posted 4/07

Witness
A beautiful reflection on one young women's experience of the love she has encountered being witnessed to. A great encouragement to Catholics trying to be loving witnesses and evangelists to their contemporaries. Posted 8/06
Commission
A short poem by Phil Fontaine on encountering Jesus in the Eucharist and being sent forth to spread the Kingdom. Posted 5/06

"Dear Godfather . . ." One Man’s Story about Shining the Light of Christ
by Gabriel Harkay

Life on the Hogback Trail - Love is a balance between legalism and license. Jim McFadden, a member of ChristLife's Board of Directors writes this insightful article drawing analogies from his experience on mountain trails.

Teaching on Personal Evangelization

Friendship: The Key to Evangelization
This article speaks of the importance of developing close friendships and spending quality time with others who are close to us in order to share the good news of Jesus. Posted 4/07

If Catholics push their favorite food, why don't they push their faith?
This article surveys the reasons Catholics are often reluctant to share their faith. Further, it includes an interview with ChristLife's Director, David Nodar - that provides helpful insights into parish evangelization. Posted 9/06

The Red Herring
This article poignantly reminds us of all the excuses we make for not evangelizing and gives us fresh encouragement to be the lay apostles we are called to be. Posted 8/06

-- Proclaiming the Good News of Jesus as a Catholic
What is Catholic evangelization? How and why should I talk about Jesus? These questions and many more are treated in this excellent series of articles by Fr. Robert Barron. Specific topics covered are the proclamation of the resurrection of Jesus, His divinity, the life He brings, and the Church He founded. In addition practical strategies for faith sharing are discussed. Posted 2/06

Why Don't Catholics Share Their Faith?
Written by Martin Pable, OFM CAP., this article (America Magazine, Fall 2005) discusses the reasons many Catholics are reluctant to share their faith. Martin also offers practical ways and motivation to be a witness for Christ. Posted 10/05

Faith Which Overcomes the World
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap, address in London, UK in June 2005. Fr. Raniero gives a powerful overview of faith and its role in the new evangelization.

The Glory and Power of the Gospel
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap, speaking at a retreat for 1500 priests and 70 bishops in Mexico in 1992, called on the Catholic Church to re-discover the beauty and power of the simple kerygma.

Jesus, Light of the World - This is one light that will never go out.
By Fr. Tom Forrest, C.Ss.R

Open the Eyes That Are Blind - Jesus wants us to come together so that our light shines brighter and brighter.
By Fr. Tom Forrest, C.Ss.R

Let Your Light Shine! - Do you believe that you can be a living miracle in your neighborhood?.
By Fr. Tom Forrest, C.Ss.R

We Are Called to Win the World for Christ
Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver

Teaching on the New Evangelization
Doctrinal Note On Evangelization The Vatican issued the Doctrinal Note to expand the Church's understanding on evangelization and ministry. Posted 12/07
Benedict XVI on Evangelization This document contains a variety of quotes from Pope Benedict on Evangelization. Updated 5/08

Reflections on the Component of Evangelization
(PDF Format) This journal article provides insight into every Catholic's duty to evangelize with special emphasis on how to evangelize postmodern youth with authentic Christian spirituality. Posted 4/07

The Key to Evangelization: Jesus Christ is Lord
(PDF Format) This booklet, by Fr. George Kosicki, gives a very developed teaching on the reality and implications of the Lordship of Jesus. This excellent resource also provides valuable insight into the mission of evangelization. Posted 4/07

Characteristics of the New Evangelization
Written by ChristLife's founder and director, Dave Nodar, this comprehensive article clearly defines the "new evangelization" as defined by Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II.

Podcast the New Evangelization
This is a short press release from ChristLife describing recent efforts to encourage Catholic evangelization through podcasting. (12/06)

Pouring New Wine Into New Wineskins
This talk by Bishop Edward Clark is subtitled "The New Evangelization and What It Means for the Way We Do Catechesis." This excellent overview of the New Evangelization was delivered March 31, 2006 to the Religious Education Conference in Anaheim, CA. Posted 9/06

-- For What We Preach Is Not Ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord
Here are translations of the four Advent sermons delivered this year by Father Raniero Cantalamessa, Pontifical Household preacher, to Pope Benedict XVI and members of the Roman Curia. Posted 1/06
- -- The New Evangelization
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's (Pope Benedict XVI) address to the International Congress of Catechists that gathered in Rome in December 2000. Challenging, practical and inspiring. Posted 1/06

Apostolic Letter: Novo Millennio Ineunte by Pope John Paul II (1/6/01). At the beginning of the new millennium the call to the Church to set out into deep water for a catch!

Ecclesia In America by Pope John Paul II (1/22/99).

Go and Make Disciples
A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States

Evangelizing Theology
Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J.

First preach by the way you live: Bishops and the new evangelization
By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

Gnosticism and the Struggle for the World's Soul
Father Alfonso Aguilar states in this essay that the new evangelization demands a clear-cut separation between Gnosticism and Christianity.

Evangelization and the Great Jubilee
Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver

On Evangelization in the Modern World (Evangelii Nuntiandi) by Pope Paul VI - A revolutionary calling to evangelize in the modern world (12/8/75).

Technology and Evangelization

Podcast the New Evangelization
This is a short press release from ChristLife describing recent efforts to encourage Catholic evangelization through podcasting. (12/06)

Internet — A New Forum for Proclaiming the Gospel by Pope John Paul II (1/24/02).

The Laity in the Mission of the Church

What Should the Laity be Doing?
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his article, excerpted from Russell Shaw's book Catholic Laity in the Mission of the Church, discusses various ineffective attempts in incorporating the laity into the Church's mission and offers valuable insight into how laity can revitalize the Church in the future.
Posted 4/07

What is the lay apostolate?
This brief article explains what the lay apostolate is and why it is essential to the new evangelization. Following the article are several useful links on the apostolate. Posted 10/06

- -- Passion for Christ
This easy to read article is one Catholic lay woman's passionate call to the new evangelization. Using papal writings, Sheila Gribben Liaugminas appeals to the heart of the matter and calls all people to zealously proclaim Christ. Posted 2/06

After the Council: Living Vatican II
Appearing in Crisis Magazine in July of 2004, this article by George Sim Johnston urges Catholic Christians to embrace Vatican II reforms and to grow to full spiritual maturity in Christ.

Pentecost Address to Lay Movements by Pope John Paul II (5/30/98). Some publications consider this a major statement by the Pope that will be looked upon in the future as a key turning point for the Church entering the new millennium.

The Role of the Laity in the Church and in the World (Christifideles Laici) by Pope John Paul II (12/30/88)

The Lord and Giver of Life: The Holy Spirit (Dominum et Vivificantem) by Pope John Paul II (5/18/86).

The Apostolate of the Laity (Apostalicam Actuositatem) - 11/18/65

Why Jesus?

Many people are puzzled about Jesus - they wonder who he is, why he came, and why he died. They wonder why there is so much interest in a man who was born 2000 years ago.

Are you one of those people?

If you are, you may find the answers you're looking for in the following testimonies. They were written by people who have personally experienced the love of God and of Jesus, his son. We share these stories with you in hopes that you, too, might find hope, purpose, and the true meaning of life.

Who Is Jesus?
This article gives a very basic overview of the beauty of the Christian message: that man has lost his way but out of love God, God has redeemed us. Posted 4/07

The Son of Man
In a time when many feel that Christ was a great religious leader, but nothing more, this article demonstrates that Jesus' own words do not give us this option. Rather, the gospels reveal the beauty of God's love made manifest by the great mystery of God becoming a man in Jesus. Posted 4/07

A Jewish "Hippie" wrestles with God
A Jewish man finds the fulfillment of Judaism in Christ.

Into the Light
Novelist Anne Rice leaves the vampire Lestat and embraces Christ, "the ultimate supernatural hero." Also read the Author's Note to her new book, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. The Author's Note discusses in detail her return to Christ and the Catholic Church, her fascinating search for the historical Jesus, and her daring study of skeptical New Testament scholarship.

Why Be A Christian?
A young man walks away from his faith, then finds the true meaning of Christianity in a way he never expected.

Does God Really Love Me?
Ralph Martin can help you understand God's personal love for you.

Amazing Grace
A graduate of the Alpha Course tells how he turned from thinking of God as angry and condemning to recognizing his abundant mercy.

How Can I Be Truly Free
Is there a way to be truly free from the many oppressions of life: political, economic, discriminatory, racial… ? Ralph Martin says, "Yes!"

Fr. Cantalamessa -- The Pope's Preacher
An Italian priest attends a conference in Kansas City, Missouri, which leads to a life-changing experience.

Marjorie will never forget the terrible night in 1983 when her 15-year-old son Anthony was murdered in their home. After it happened, her Christian faith was rocked and she stopped going to church. Here she describes how her faith (and that of her two sisters) has now come alive again in an extraordinary way..

The Day my husband and I Wept Together
Marie was devastated when her husband revealed to her that he was homosexual and that he would be leaving her and their three-year-old daughter and one-year-old son. Three years later, in her local Catholic church, she noticed a leaflet about the Alpha course. This is what happened...

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