Characteristics of the New Evangelization

6 Characteristics of the New Evangelization of the Catholic Church
Catholic brothers and sisters use often the term new evangelization. Pope John Paul II have used this term and also pope Benedict XVI. What is this new evangelization. I found an article What Are Characteristics Of The New Evangelization? What is the new evangelization? Here is one answer: 1. The New Evangelization is Christocentric. 2. The New Evangelization is the responsibility of the entire People of God. 3. The New Evangelization is not just for the foreign missions. 4. The New Evangelization is directed to individuals and to whole cultures. 5. The New Evangelization is not limited to the presentation of the basic Gospel message (kerygma) but is a comprehensive process of Christianization. 6. The New Evangelization calls for a missionary spirituality. ) It is not new in its content; its theme is always Christocentric, that is, the one Gospel given in Jesus Christ, the Lord and savior of all mankind. Pope Benedict XVI has often reminded us that “being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the event of an encounter with a person – Jesus Christ, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction”. B) It is inspired by the Holy Spirit who guided Jesus’ steps and, from the day of Pentecost, guides the Church. The gift of the Spirit is the prime mover, the first source, the first breath of a true evangelization. C) It is the responsibility of all the people of God, not just the work of a few people with a special vocation. All the laity are co-responsible. As Christians, we cannot avoid the supreme duty to evangelize. D) It is not just for foreign missions or only those who have not heard or believe the Christian message. The new evangelization is also for healthy Christian communities and for those Christians who have lost a living sense of faith. E) It is directed to individuals as well as to entire cultures of people and a wide variety of socio-cultural and demographic sectors. F) It is not only about proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom of God, but involves the comprehensive process of being Christian, ongoing conversion and catechesis, and creating a civilization of love. G) It calls for a faithful missionary spirit that springs from prayer and holiness, hope and charity toward others.

The new evangelization addresses the needs of these people. it is a Church which places its hopes in youth. the Newman Center of McGill University. on the other hand. the BEATAttitudes Youth Ministry Team. Second. reaches out to people living in societies that have already been in contact with the Gospel and the Church. Duc in Altum (with the Salesian Sisters of St. Some Principal Characteristics What can we gather from the people and groups involved in the new evangelization? For our purposes. In the perspective of the new evangelization. the new evangelization. much of our local Church's vitality stems from evangelizing youth. for various reasons. • A Valuing of Community "A Christian alone is a Christian in danger!" (Saint Augustine) This rings especially true in a social context such as ours where it is increasingly felt that Catholicism is becoming a minority religion. it is understood that the vision of vocations is not restricted to ordained ministry and consecrated life. "traditional" evangelization refers to announcing the Gospel to nations who have not yet heard the Good News. the Church that values community also values the diversity and complementarity of vocations. these vocations are strongly promoted.What is the New Evangelization? On the one hand. COR (Christ in Others Retreat). have not yet had a personal encounter with Christ. While traditionally. recognizes the importance of Church community . a spiritual renewal. but the vision expands to include a requalification of lay vocations (married or celibate). we have noted a number of characteristics. an audacity to speak. However. and is concerned with revitalizing or awakening faith in social environments where Christianity has had an influence but can now be deemed "dormant". though not exhaustive. the new evangelization's priority is youth. Of course. Without a doubt. and their faith has not had a chance to develop. faith education in Québec focused mainly on children. Taking this into account." asserted John Paul II in his encyclical letter . This is a crucial point: "The commitment of the laity to the work of evangelization is changing ecclesial life. Some local initiatives come to mind: the diocesan Youth Ministry Service (Mission Jeunesse) which promotes the "evangelization of youth by youth". and a concern for faith education.what kind of Church? What are its traits? First. leaving some wondering what would become of the 18 to 35 year-old generation. these people. and so on 2. John Bosco). pertaining to four themes: a valuing of community. The new evangelization. the Challenge Movement.

Globalization is in the air. of ecclesial movements. linked with Saint Joseph's Oratory. the Chemin Neuf. In all these cases. Third.Redemptoris Missio (#2). The diverse realities of the Church of the new evangelization translate into the challenge of belonging. on elderly people facing existential questions as they near the end of the road. with its traditional territorial structure. Liturgies are centered on beauty and silence. Mass Catholicism in Québec is a thing of the past. from the stable and the solid to the uncertain and the provisory. The parish. The new . provides training for spiritual directors. • A spiritual renewal At the heart of the new evangelization lies an intense spiritual renewal. not only economically and socially. Catholic immigrants are numerous in the Diocese of Montreal. various forms of accompaniment are proposed.. the Church of the new evangelization offers a variety of ways of belonging to a community. the new evangelization fights the tendency to withdraw into one's close-knit Church network by situating the local Church in the larger. In the United States. Small prayer groups offer a friendly atmosphere for intimate prayer. larger groups experience festive events.mentarity of vocations is put forward by certain new religious communities. on young adults from dechristianized enviroments. with joyous musical rhythms and openness to emotion and motion as means of prayer. the Church of the new evangelization is open to interculturality. universal community. as well as in religious communities where consecrated members and lay people share a "family" charisma (the Franciscan or Dominican laities. remains an institution many continue to identify with. Fourth.. Emphasis is put on the individual person. for instance). focused especially on prayer in its multiple expressions. a new model of Church is emerging: it is composed of networks. for example. In Montreal. Interest tends to focus on children and their awakening to faith. his or her spiritual experiences and growth in faith. the Ignatian Spirituality Centre. the BEATAttitudes and the Emmanuel communities). Finally. However. and the new evangelization takes this into account. of Bible and faith-sharing groups. World Youth Days have given Québec-born Catholics the opportunity to discover they belong to an international community of Catholics. This comple . on "new beginners" who are taking steps to reactivate their faith after a dormant period. like those of Taizé prayers and of the Fraternités Monastiques de Jérusalem. some sociologists speak of this model as the "liquid Church". but in the Church as well. the Church of the new evangelization pays attention to personal faith histories. as does the Centre Le Pèlerin. Foreign priests are part of our reality. in contrast with the institutional parish model. In this perspective. born of Vatican II (for example. many of which are not necessarily linked with parishes.

The Good Word and the word of contemporary witnesses is meant to be visible. 3 This tendency is observed in the new evangelization. nothing can justify evangelical imperialism or a crusade-minded pastoral vision. Such a Good Word insists on the goodness of Christ and steps away from the morally obsessive with which the Church has. groups. writes that the new evangelization is generally based on an affirmation of identity. Anselm of Canterbury) is taken seriously by those involved in the new evangelization. such as social action. and academic institutions. and has been. Further research could investigate how the new evangelization plays into various aspects of faith. Far from being exhaustive. • A concern for faith education This last aspect of the new evangelization derives from speaking up: faith education. It does not suffice to speak. To preaching in churches we can add websites and blogs. and therefore quite opposed to being "buried" in the "human dough". # 41). and obvious ly does not exclude witness bearing witness to the Gospel by one's discreet presence and actions. "Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers. offered by a number of centers. These are all tangible signs of the vitality of today's Church. and if he does listen to teachers. professor of ecclesiology. the valuing of family. Finally. from an attitude: that of proposing the Gospel today. As Pope Paul VI put it. Another observation regarding the audacity to speak is the means by which it does so. Witnessing plays a key role in the current evangelization. among others. movements. as one can see by the various faith formation activities and programs for all walks of life. Using biblical language. one might say that the "city on the hill" predominates over the "salt of the earth".evangelization also insists on the importance of personal and collective witness. first and foremost. and the ecumenical movement of Churches. • An audacity to speak The third characteristic of the new evangelization has to do with speaking up. these characteristics come together in a general portrait of the new evangelization and its diversity of Church bonds and community experiences. our Church. let us note that the Word we are announcing is Good. it is because they are witnesses" (Evangelii nuntiandi. identified with. As convinced as we may be. interreligious dialogue. collaborative ministry. Jean Rigal. and such a Good Word arises. and the promotion of partnerships among men and women. clear and assured. asking to be explored! . One must have something substantial to say! "The faith that seeks understanding" (St.

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