I Have Come to Set the World on Fire, and How I Wish it Were Already Ablaze."
In every age, the Mission of the baptized, which is to say the Church's Mission, is the same: to offer people salvation in Jesus Christ through explicit proclamation of the Name & Person of Jesus and a "making present" of God's Kingdom here on earth. This is not simply the work of specialists--of deacons, priests, and those in consecrated life. God desires that each of us would take our place in the evangelization of the world. This is the work of disciples--of ordinary believers who, through the power of the Holy Spirit, will do extraordinary things for the Kingdom of God.
The crisis of discipleship within the Catholic Church has been well documented. In her book, Forming Intentional Disciples, Sherry Weddell writes:
"...that there is a chasm the size of the Grand Canyon between the Church's sophisticated theology of the lay apostolate and the lived spiritual experience of a majority of our people. And this chasm has a name: discipleship."
Many of our Catholic brothers and sisters, though baptized, have no explicit, personal relationship with Christ. They may be thoroughly wonderful, kind, generous people, but something foundational is not in place--something that would allow the grace they have received through the Sacraments to transform them, set them free, and empower them to be Christ for the world.
Identifying this crisis of discipleship, Saint John Paul II, in his encyclical Redemptoris Missio, called for a New Evangelization, a renewed commitment to helping Catholics encounter Christ and make an intentional decision to follow Him in the midst of His Church.
It is my hope that this site becomes a resource for those working in the New Evangelization and those active in the Church's efforts to evangelize the world--whether they work for the Church or volunteer.
We will discuss all aspects of culture, theology, history, Church practice, etc. through the lens of evangelization, and we will, hopefully, break open practical ways that we can evangelize right now--at the household, parish, and diocesan level.
It is also my prayer that this blog will lead others to a relationship with Christ or help them deepen that relationship. Reflections on discipleship and following Christ will be a regular part of this blog.