Evangelization

Sharing the good news of Christ with the world around us.

"What you procure for yourself you must also obtain for your neighbor, so that he may also love God with a perfect love. You do not love your neighbor as yourself unless you try to lead him to the same good towards which you are striving. It is a question of a good which does not grow smaller because everybody is searching for it with you."

- Saint Augustine (On the Customs of the Catholic Church, 49)

Augustine & Evangelization

Saint Augustine lived in a time not unlike our own.  The Christian message was often rejected and there were many injustices not unlike today:  systemic poverty, mistreatment of immigrants, and unjust incarceration practices to name a few. 

Before his conversion to Christianity Augustine was a rhetorician, teacher, and widely respected public speaker and these skills became part of his journey following his conversion to Catholicism at the age of 30, especially as he later became a preacher when he was ordained a Priest and then Bishop.

Augustine is among the most prolific writers in Christian history, known for his excellence in communicating complex theological truths in a way that was understandable and relatable to the questions and issues of his time.

In On Christian Doctrine, Saint Augustine shares his wisdom and experience of how to understand the language of Scripture and interpret it effectively and clearly.

Evangelization Today

At the Ascension, Jesus instructed his followers to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” and to teach them to observe all that he had “commanded them” (Mt. 28:19-20).  With this commission the early Church began to spread through the missionary activity of Christians traveling throughout the Mediterranean region.  Nearly two thousand years later, the Second Vatican Council issued Ad Gentes in which it affirmed that the Church still has a “gigantic missionary task” to accomplish.  Among some of the key principles the Council gives to guide this missionary task are proximity to the cultures and social lives of the people the Church is attempting to reach.  In this same document, the Council affirmed the essential role of the laity in the missionary task of the Church.

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