Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Archbishop to priests: Here's how to not give bad homilies :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

“I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Rv 3:15-16)

Unhappily, it has been my experience that many Catholics (I, for many years, among them), were never effectively evangelized, and so never made a personal commitment to Christ and His gospel. Born into a sociological or traditional Catholicism, too many Catholics seem never to have met Our Lord! And, as we have seen, many of the flock since Vatican II are fundamentally ignorant of Christian doctrine, or may have received only nominal instruction, and are alienated from the Body of Christ.

I have witnessed the reality in the United States, where we are conditioned by a spirit of modernity to view religion as a private matter, where far too many Catholics grow uncomfortable with the call to evangelization and deep conversion of mind and heart. This is significant, for only from a personal relationship with Christ can effective evangelization develop. For Catholics like myself, there is a burning need to recover the certainty that we have the Truth urgently needed for the redemption of mankind.  Why evangelize? When we evangelize, we act on baptismal grace “to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” “To evangelize means: to show this path [toward happiness]—to teach the art of living.” If we are serious about our sonship in Christ Jesus then let us be not afraid to make the new evangelization the top priority in our lives.                
                            -from The Smoke of Satan in the Temple of God

It was heartening to red that my bishop has figured this out, as evidenced in the following piece: Archbishop to priests: Here's how to not give bad homilies :: Catholic News Agency (CNA):

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