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In keeping with the foundational principles of evangelization, our objectives are to assist in the proclamation of the gospel (to all people), and to build up the Church (the Body of Christ).

Not only are the benefits of effective evangelizing incalculable, but we also find that the very act increases our own faith; and, as an added bonus, there are subsequent rises in the number of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.

It is time for effective action. We have the choice between closing churches and dwindling resources, or evangelization and increased stewardship.

Let's fill the churches, then build some more!

Evangelizing is the most important task anyone can do; especially in this time of tepidity.

When Catholics retreat, the devil advances.

You have to be ALL in.
In the Bible (Rom. 12:11 N.A.B.) we are told halfhearted commitment to the faith is nauseating to Christ:

‟...So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.‟  (Rev 3:16 N.A.B.)

For the essentials, we recommend: baptism, knowledge of scripture, prayer, and an introductory book on apologetics.
The Sacrament of Confirmation:
The Effects of Confirmation, CCC, 1303: “It gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross.”

our lady of perpetual helpHere are some ways we can evangelize. We've also included methods of promoting the faith as well:

  • Pray: it is important to pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance, to know God's will, to deepen our faith, and for the conversion of others. Remember that our Blessed Mother and the other saints and angels intercede for us, and that prayers for evangelization are always heard in Heaven. Don't forget your parish's patron saint or your own guardian angel. And also remember to pray for those who are about to die and on their way to eternal damnation, and for the Christians who are being persecuted all over the world each and every day. Pray for the Pope and his intentions, and PRAY THE HOLY ROSARY EVERYDAY!!!! Pray this prayer (with humility and confidence) on behalf of poor sinners for the grace of conversion: "O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You." (Diary of Sr. Faustina, 1186-1187)  Form prayer groups and join a Rosary Confraternity.
    We are at war, so establish your war room and pray like your life depends on it... because... it does. Prayer is our big advantage over the enemies of Christ. And it is our duty as Christians to pray for non-believers.
    "First of all, then, I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth. For there is one God. There is also one mediator between God and the human race, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself as ransom for all." (1 Timothy 2:1-6 N.A.B.)
    Ever notice that God often uses the lowly to change the hearts of the masses. And it is awe-inspiring. We, on the other hand, are are more likely to effect change (with the help of the Holy Spirit) by changing the hearts of leaders, who then change the minds of the masses. God - at times from the bottom up; We - top down. Try to convert leaders of other faiths, as well as celebrities and captains of industry. Pray for them.
  • Go to Confession regularly and just before your mission.
  • Signs and Miracles. NO OTHER RELIGION HAS THEM! THAT IS HOW WE KNOW FOR SURE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD! IT'S ALRIGHT, YOU DON'T HAVE TO FEEL GUILTY IN USING THEM TO STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH. We put signs and miracles near the top because it is what converted millions in Mexico within a relatively short time, and other places. Talk about and promote them. Distribute images and information about them. God gave them to us for a reason! I really don't know why we are not using them more. Hold on; yes I do. The devil hates them and does everything he can to dissuade us from using them. SIGNS, MIRACLES, APPARITIONS, AND THE SUPERNATURAL IS WHAT TRULY SETS OUR RICH CATHOLIC FAITH APART FROM ALL OTHERS. WE HAVE TO BE BONKERS NOT TO USE THEM!!! AND IF YOU THINK THE SUPERNATURAL IS NOT IMPORTANT TO STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH, WHAT ABOUT THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD IN ANTICIPATION OF HIS PASSION? ("Christ's Transfiguration aims at strengthening the apostles' faith in anticipation of his Passion: the ascent on to the 'high mountain' prepares for the ascent to Calvary." (CCC, 568)).
  • 5480Stop worrying about how you may appear or if you might hurt someone's feelings when you evangelize. Be Bold. What's more important: keeping your mouth shut and letting someone slip off to hell (the only Christian contact with that person may be you, or it could have been your mission to preach to that particular person, and no one else is coming behind you), or opening your mouth to proclaim the truth and possibly converting them or at least planting the seed within them? Think of your Lord and Saviour dying on the cross. Really imagine and meditate on it: the excruciating pain; the spikes through His hands and feet; the deep wounds and lacerations all over His body; the bruising from being hit over and over again; think of Him being spit on; whipped, scourged; thorns pressed into His scull and blood trickling into His eyes; see Him having to carry a heavy cross while barely able to stand; the complete exhaustion; the unimaginable pain!; the enormous loss of blood; the dehydration; the abandonment; the humuliation; the rejection; and the knowledge that His own mother had to watch him being tortured! Think of more things about His Passion, and remember, He endured this for everyone; no exception, and not for us to remain quiet like scared little children. Remember, the trend right now is Catholics becoming more and more lukewarm and indifferent. You don't have to be that way! Much of the world bitterly opposes Christ, or is indifferent to Him*. "Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven" (CCC, 618).  Christ suffered and died for EVERY human being (no exception).
  • Respect others - try hard not to offend them (which is not always possible), and be an example of grace and charity... thereby not giving your detractors any ammunition. Talking about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is always done out of love and concern for others; we care enough about them to not want them to go to hell. But don't be shy either. Be willing to share your faith at the appropriate time with anyone - but know that faith takes time to develop in others (we cannot control that process), and that like sowers of seed, not all seed will fall on fertile soil (we cannot control that either). We have to give up control, and trust in the Holy Spirit. He is truly with us. Realize that evangelization is our most important duty, and that we are never alone in our evangelization efforts. Evangelize and you'll get the Heavenly Courts' attention.
  • You'll also get the devil's attention once you start praying and evangelizing. "For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens." (Ephesians 6:12 N.A.B.) It is the ultimate struggle between good and evil playing out right now. Not even Hollywood could imagine what is really going on! Unfortunately, society and pop culture has dramatized, mocked, diluted and discounted this true supernatural battle. But also keep in mind: death has been defeated. "If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God." (Col. 3:1 N.A.B.)
  • We are His arms, legs and tongue in the world. For the love of Him, use your members; that was what you were made for!
  • Go where He wants you. Do what He wants you to do."We are at Jesus' disposal. If he wants you to be sick in bed, if he wants you to proclaim his work in the street, if he wants you to clean the toilets all day, that's all right, everything is all right. We must say, 'I belong to you. you can do whatever you like.' And this is our strength. This is the joy of the Lord." -Mother Teresa
  • Proclaim the gospel with joy (one of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit). Joy: In spiritual literature, the feeling aroused by the expectation or possession of some good (M.C.D.)
  • Another reason not to be too nice is because the devil doesn't play by the rules. He is working hard to destroy you. He wants you to go to hell! Chaos is the name of the game for him, as well as the forfeiting of everyone's soul. He accomplishes this in subtle ways, but which can be detected if you pay attention: he will use the kindness and hospitality of a country's inhabitants to his advantage to eventually overtake them; he tries to erode your faith; he'll create doubt; he'll go after the clergy with a vengence; he'll try to give us a sense of "this is all there is"; he'll perpetuate the myth that he does not exist; he'll pin brother against brother; he'll try to confuse you and obfuscate the truth; he'll play upon your sympathies to make you vulnerable; he'll try to break up your family; he'll try to tempt you; he'll try to sway your opinions and attitudes in an attempt to loosen morals etc. The forces of evil are working extremely hard right now - organizing, gathering, rallying and planning - against you! Indifference, bitterness and lukewarmness are the devil's allies. We have to put on the armor of the Lord.
  • Speaking about changing attitudes, take primetime TV for example. An obvious show is "Lucifer". A charming character with a British accent who does good and has a conscience. That doesn't sound like the devil to me, but it is good P.R. for him. The show "Imaginary Mary" is a little less obvious. Mary is the most popular female name in the world, and when you think of Mary, who do you immediately think of? And when you place the word "imaginary" in front of this person's name, it would appear to me that someone is trying to discount the Mother of God, and the blessed and supernatural acts that God has done through her. There is also a show called "Mary Kills People" about a doctor named Mary euthanizing people. NCIS Log Angelos' LL Cool J disparaged our Lord (and openly and routinely promotes another religion). And many other primetime shows do. The devil has also managed to popularize minions (devil's helpers) with a movie with the same name. Actually, the other day, I drove by a Protestant church with a sign out front indicating they were showing the movie. And what about the cartoon "Jimmy Two-Shoes" directed towards older children. He’s a kid who lives in the town of Miseryville, which is under the control of Lucius Heinous VII (portrayed as looking like the devil). The abyss of nothingness is a vast black hole filled with misery and despair from which no one can escape. Sound familiar to anyone?  Pretty well everything you watch on TV or at the movies runs counter to our faith. Our western society that was built on Christian values is becoming more and more anti-Christian. Something has come in to fill the void.
  • It is time for us to dig in, not become more pleasing and acquiescent to the liberal values of society, as well as the open enemies of our faith.  “Better that only a few Catholics should be left, staunch and sincere in their religion, than that they should, remaining many, desire as it were to be in collusion with the Church’s enemies and in conformity with the open foes of our faith.” (St. Peter Canisius).
  • Talking about our Lord should be as normal as talking about the weather.
  • Continually keep the Lord near - in your mind and in your heart to increase your own faith.
  • The Divine Mercy: Proclaim to the whole world Jesus' unfathomable, inexhaustible, and incomprehensible ove and mercy for those who trust in Him. Be an apostle of Divine Mercy. In these last days, we are living in the time of mercy; after mercy comes Justice. Show mercy towards others in word, deed, and prayer. Jesus, I Trust in You.
  • Churches need to display large images of the Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Guadalupe OUTSIDE and inside the parish. The Divine Mercy image is a powerful reminder of the unfathomable, incomprehensible mercy of the true God. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the only known, actual image of the face of the Mother of God! Suggestions might be: teardrop banners, feather flags, images on LED church signs etc. The devil hates these blessed images and heavenly conduits.
  • For any parish to be truly successful, the parish priest must be on board with the evangelization efforts of his parishioners. Evangelization works optimally if done - top - down. Encourage church leaders, especially cardinals and bishops to pound the pavement - especially in poorer areas and neighbourhoods. This is what our Lord did, and no servant is greater than his/her master.
  • Join the Holy League.
  • Go out to the people and call them by name - that's how Jesus formed disciples, and it is how we should too. When in doubt, ask yourself, "How did Jesus do it?" That's the test! However, you can use facebook and twitter too. But it seems to me there is not enough boots on the ground.
  • It's Good News, but not everyone will see it that way. And if you think you can please everyone, think again. "Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided..." (Lk 12:51-52 N.A.B.)
  • Remind everyone that the Catholic (Universal) Church is everyone's birthright. It is inclusive. Christ died for everyone!!
  • Bear witness to your faith in word and action. Tell people how Christ has affected your life. Your own personal testimony is very powerful.
  • Make daily sacrifices for the conversion of others. Pray and make other sacrifices for evangelizations' sake. Fast: it doesn't look like any of us are missing many meals!
  • Review basic apologetics which helps you to explain and defend our faith. Also know that you don't have to be able to answer every question, and if you don't know the answer, admit it. Find the answer from a valid source (catechism, apologetics, priest, and/or pray on it) and then get back to the person as soon as possible. Pray for the person as well. Keep explanations short. If you get a really tough combatant, try the phrase "wow, are you ever going to be surprised", then walk away, but pray for him/her.
  • Be able to admonish the sinner and instruct the uninformed.
  • Greeters at the Church should be especially aware of those who appear a little lost. It might be their first time, or first time in a long time at Church. They'll need guidance and follow-up support.
  • Set up a welcoming committee in your church to guide and support newcomers.
  • Be mature enough to support your Church and pastor in all endeavours. It is childish and silly when parishioners leave the Church or go to another parish (church jumpers) because they "don't like the priest". Grow up please! Priests are human like you and I, and they need our support and prayers. Still, others complain that the parishioners in their parish are "not friendly enough" etc..... Suck it up, who cares? Don't be so co-dependent! Instead, let's try to be obedient and remember that we go to Church to worship God, not ourselves or others. Put God first and the rest becomes inconsequential. It is satan who loves strife and division. I certainly don't speak for God, but I profoundly believe He is not happy with our lifestyles, lack of evangelization, lack of obedience, absenteeism, and Church jumping.
  • Secularism: certainly one way to combat secularism is for priests to wear distinctive clothing all the time. Not only are many priests (in my area) not wearing anything that would set them apart from any other person out in public, but they are not wearing them even in the Church before and after the mass! They only wear them during the mass. I see on a regular basis, priests who wear normal street clothes, and you can't tell them apart from the caretaker in Church, even right before mass has started. And as soon as mass is over, they immediately take off their robes and any other clerical clothing - right in the Church! And just try to distinguish them in public. Good luck with that. Some are very lackadaisical in their overall behaviour. At least, that is what it is like in my neck of the woods. And that is secularism at its best! Even a muslim woman can be distinguished in public, and which of course, allows her to promote her religion all the time.
  • Catholic schools and institutions must remain steadfast and hold their ground. When we start becoming fearful of hurting other people's feelings with our faith, we detract from our true mission. When Catholics retreat, the devil advances.
  • Remember: it is Good News! It's not supposed to be a chore. You are bringing the news of the most precious gift there is -  ETERNAL LIFE! Many look at the most important aspects of it as drudgery. However, our Lord didn't think or act that way. In fact, it was His main priority, and evangelization is our most important duty as well.
  • An image overhaul: The Catholic Church has taken lots of hits. Talk about how the Church helps those in need all over the world and that it is the greatest charity in the Universe. Where there is a need, the Church will be there. For example: when talking to those of African descent, explain who Peter Claver was and what he did. Also tell people that the RED CROSS, the organization that helps people the world over, in every natural and man-made disaster, began by God through His Catholic servant, St. Camillus - FOUNDER OF THE ORIGINAL RED CROSS! All the organizations inspired by God through His Catholic servants would be many to mention. Many people might hate Catholics, but what they don't hate is our good works - if you can give them concrete examples. Indeed, a good starting point to win over the cold hearts of some. Make a long list of the good works the Church does today, and tell everyone.
  • Ecumenism. Keep a positive attitude about our separated Christian brethren. "For whoever is not against us is for us." (Mark 9:40 N.A.B.). When the time is right, ask them: "Has God ever broken a promise, like the promise He made to Peter?" As for the Protestants who think our devotion to Mary takes the focus away from our Lord, tell them that the Mother of God and Queen of Heaven and Earth has always pointed the way to her Divine Son. Also tell them about Our Lady of Guadalupe, Fatima etc. etc. As for the Real Presence, there are Eucharistic miracles as well. Most Protestants are unaware of any of these mircles, which is another reason why need to promote them.
  • Are you completely overwhelmed and don't know where to begin? Begin at the parish (ground zero) and work outwards.
  • It is important to leave the person(s) with something: a prayer card, rosary with instructions, contact information etc...
  • Our conduct: we are Christians in every situation, lest we appear as hypocrites. And since our actions affect others, especially if we are leaders, we must conduct ourselves appropriately at all times. Lead a Christ-centred life. “If we make Christ the center of our lives, the beginning and the end, then we will love like him and live like him.” - Deacon Joe Cerenzia
  • Talk openly about your faith with family members; let it become the easiest and most important subject. It is the parents responsibility to make sure their kids get to heaven. If you are not talking about your faith to them, who is?
  • Talk about your faith with co-workers. Timing and circumstance are important, but you'll find the right time.
  • Start an evangelization group at the local parish. Find like-minded individuals who understand the importance of evangelizing. "The church that doesn’t want to grow is saying to the world, “you can go to hell”. (Warren, 2012). We do everyone who needs to hear the gospel and repent, a disservice by not evangelizing, and staying quiet... staying luke-warm.
  • I recommend everyone read Rick Warren's, The Purpose Driven Life, and the Catholic perspective on it - by Father Joseph M Champlin.
  • Door to door: evangelizing is about bringing the gospel to others, no matter who or where they are. It is a travesty not to continually invite individuals and families, especially those that live within earshot of your parish. All others in the community need to be personally visited as well (and not just once). Many churches are surrounded by houses and apartment buildings; is anybody reaching out to their occupants?
    Tips: go in two's, leave them with something, such as a Holy Rosary and info; you can have a third person out on the street - praying to the Holy Spirit; if no one is home, leave a door hanger with information on it.
  • Hold rallies in public squares and on the streets for the persecuted Christians in particular places around the world. Contact the highest levels of government and demand they hold those governments responsible for the safety of our persecuted Christian brothers and sisters. The evil one is hard at it everyday influencing these politicians to further his objectives - which of course is to your detriment and ruination.
  • Preach on the street: Jesus did!
  • Create an online presence.
  • Parishioners and church officials should not be shy in asking others to donate their time, talent and money. If one of the parishioners is a roofer, he or she could do the labour at no cost. Same goes for any other job that needs to be done to build up the Body of Christ. The point is: we need to get out of the business of volunteering. Years ago, parishes did not have paid staff, and if something needed to be done... like building a church, it was done by... you guessed it!
  • Find out which parishioners are social media saavy to help with an ongoing social media campaign. Remember that it is every Catholics duty to help the parish, and to evangelize. So in that respect, no money should be offered for their services. With the help of the Holy Spirit, may the campaign go viral.
  • Promote the faith by wearing clothes such as a t-shirt or hat with a gospel message, or image of the Divine Mercy or Our Lady of Guadalupe etc. It can be subtle or loud and proud. This is a great way to promote the faith. As Christians, we are at a disadvantage when it comes to others not visibly identifying us. Look at other groups with their headscarves, headgear, robes, outer garments, veils, hats, etc. You can easily identify them as belonging to a particular group. So in essence, they are promoting their cause all the time. All the more reason why priests need to stay in uniform as well.
  • Run for office and stay true to your faith and values. It's very important for faithful, devoted Christians to run and hold all political positions from the top down, lest they be overrun and subjugated by another ideology.
  • Volunteer at Catholic bookstores, Catholic charities, your local Right to Life centre, and support Catholic/Christian businesses in your area.
  • Bumper stickers. Promote your parish with bumper stickers as well.
  • Hand out prayer cards to people you meet or leave them in public places.
  • Hand out bibles. It is important to read the word of God on a regular basis, and to pass it along.
  • Become a Sunday School teacher.
  • Support Catholic schools. Send your kids to one of them.
  • Wear Christian jewellery. It's a conversation starter as well.
  • Vehicle wraps: they can provide attractive tinting to keep the inside of your car cool while spreading the gospel. If your parish has its own vehicle, be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to advertise using vehicle wraps, lettering, decals, graphics etc. Park it in an area where it will be seen by many when not in use.
  • Handouts, flyers, or leaflets to get the life saving message out.
  • Martyrdom: spreading the gospel in perilous countries is the quickest route to Heaven. Many saints gladly went into harm's way in order to be martyred. Tertullian said: “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church”.
  • It may seem, in these days, that Catholics feel ashamed or guilty. We need to move away from that attitude and boldly preach the gospel like Christ did. We are not trying to win a popularity contest. What about the Great Commission? "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:19-20 N.A.B.).  The eternal salvation of souls is at stake here!
    "Am I now currying favor with human beings or God? Or am I seeking to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ."  (Gal. 1:10 N.A.B.)
  • If you have the means, buy churches that are for sale and hold them in trust. It is a tragic sight to see a "For Sale" sign on a church property.
  • Coffee cups: it can be very inexpensive to emboss your favourite cup with a bible passage or inspirational message or divine image.
  • Defend against heresy. Pray the Holy Rosary to defeat heresy as well. Extol the 15 benefits of praying the Rosary.
  • And Why Christianity, and why not any other religion? Tell them: the whole bible - the old and new testament is about our Lord Jesus Christ. God made a convenant (promise) with Abraham. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the promise realized. It was our Lord Jesus Christ who started the Catholic Church. Every person will be judged by Him. No exception. Still scepticle? Go to Signs and Miracles. “Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. If not, believe because of the things I do.” John 14:11
  • Utilize converts to Christ from other organizations such as FMU.
  • Reach out. All countries must be actively engaged in evangelizing immigrants. The Church is inclusive. Many immigrants may not have ever heard the Good News. We are doing them a disservice by not telling them (which is a complete understatement), and we'll be held accountable in some way for the loss of souls to Hell.
  • Yes, Hell is a real place. Don't listen to the lukewarmers who say there is no such place. God, and all the popes, and the saints, have told us otherwise.
  • Talk of the importance of Baptism: Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ. In accordance with the Lord's will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism. (CCC, 1277)
  • Many believe that they don't have to go Church; or that they can still be good Christians and not go to Church every Sunday. Educate Catholics (and others) that simply choosing not to go to Church every Sunday is a mortal sin and that they risk Hell.
  • It is the Christians who have always been persecuted. "The world usually either bitterly opposes Christ, like Herod, or is indifferent to him, like the innkeepers." (NCR - Guide to the Rosary).  The devil would make you think otherwise to gain sympathy.
  • Keep in mind: we are becoming more and more lukewarm, but always remember that The Great Commission, first and foremost applies, and that we must always spread the Good News with all our members: tongue, feet, hands.... Above all else, we are to continually evangelize. As Saint John Paul II reminds us, "Even the closest of human relationships are challenged by the absolute demands of the Kingdom." (Rosary, 20)
  • End times: Many believe that we are in the end times, and for good reason. Either way, we should always be prepared. Not a believer? Take heed: the senior climatologist for Environment Canada says that even if we cleaned up our act with respect to the environment, it is probably too late, the damage is done and it is irreversible.
    But of course, it will not reverse, and will in fact - get worse. So either way, it is soon the end and your running out of options. Besides, there is no future here on earth. There is of course, eternal life in Heaven, which is offered to everyone - freely. It comes down to choice: Heaven or Hell. You can only get to Heaven through Jesus Christ. All roads to Heaven lead to Him, but you must go through Him. You better start now.
  • Have frequent Eucharistic adoration at your parish.
  • Place Holy Rosaries at the ends of every pew.
  • Invite at least one person to your Church each week. Let the priest, greeters and/or welcoming committee know beforehand so they can prepare. Give them an information packet to take home. Follow up with them.
  • Discuss upcoming readings with family and friends.
  • Fundraise to finance your evangelization efforts, campaigns, and/or missions: bottle drives, flea markets, auctions, dances, plays, concerts, dinners, bake sales, movie night (Christian movie), card socials, canvassing, calendars, collections...
  • Invite those who live near the parish to mass. Since the Church exists in order to evangelize (according to Pope Paul VI), it is a travesty not to evangelize or at least extend an invitation, especially to those closest to it. The advantages of doing this are numerous including a ripple effect in the community.
  • Organize a parade. Floats and costumes can include those of the saints, or even the Holy Family.
  • Organize a parish walk-about in the neighbourhood after mass.
  • Sponsor a sports team from the local parish with the parish's info on the jerseys.
  • An outdoor LED display sign would be a great investment for each parish, and an attractive and convenient way to advertise and promote the parish. Changing the information on the sign would only take a few key strokes on the computer. It would be well worth the money to invest in one.
  • Run an ongoing public information session at your parish or other venue (and online).
  • In whatever way you can, draw positive attention to Christ (use your imagination). However, conflict is sometimes unavoidable and we must stay true to our faith. What is the worse they can do to us?
  • Minister to inmates. Not only is it our duty, but we must also evangelize the incarcerated.
  • Evangelize the LGBTQ community and remind them that God's mercy extends to all. The Universal Church is inclusive. But like everyone else, they too must turn away from sin. It is not a sin to be gay (since most are born that way), but it is a sin to act on those feelings, and/or fantisize about them, just the same as a heterosexual male would be if committing those sins if he were not married. Keep in mind: same sex individuals cannot be romantically involved (period).
  • In these end times, it would be a great time to be a priest! Do you have a calling? Pray on it.
  • The Lord showed us how powerful parables are. So why not make up some of your own parables to drive home a Christian point. The parables could be some themes taken from your own life to illustrate an important Christian point.
  • Challenge someone to read a couple bible verses. Tell them to randomly open a page and start reading. I did that once and received inspiration to read the whole bible. I did, from cover to cover, Old and New Testament, every typed word contained therein!
  • Sponsor a Christian refugee family. Christian refugees are now the most vulnerable of all refugees in many regions.
  • Use missionary principles** such as transforming festivals, rites and customs into Christian feasts, and retaining local customs as far as possible.
  • When doing missionary work in challenging or inhospital lands, heed St. Aidan's advice when he recalls what St. Paul says: first teach them simple lessons, then when the people have grown stronger on the Word of God, they can begin doing the more perfect things of God's holy law.***
  • It is also important to learn the native language when doing missionary work.
  • We are Heaven's hands, feet, mouth and eyes here on earth. We just have to make the effort and God will do all the heavy lifting.
  • We hear about all kinds of things going viral on the internet, but the Holy Spirit is immensely more effective, if we are willing to draw on His inexhaustible resources.
  • No matter who says we should not boldy evangelize and promote our faith... don't believe them.
  • As an invaluable resource, read our book, which covers every aspect of evangelization (and promotion of the faith) including: starting an evangelization campaign; learning how missions work and how to prepare for one; transforming and assimilating local cultures, rituals, customs and beliefs to Christian; how to evangelize door to door - what to say in every situation and what tools you'll need (a step by step coaching tool for door to door evangelization); a complete marketing campaign; how to use any promotional product for evangelization and/or promotion of the faith; sure-fire ways to keep costs down; how to bring up the gospel in any situation; how to involve the Church in every aspect of evangelization; learn all about evangelization committees, the full-time evangelist, welcome committees, evangelization funds etc.; how to get parishioners involved; how to increase the number of parishioners in your parish no matter how dire the situation seems; how to use almost any form of media for evangelization; how to create social media pages (Facebook, Twitter etc.), websites, blogs, forums, podcasts, your very own internet radio and television programs and stations; how to deepen your faith;  the conversion of others; how to make the most out of your prayer life, and how to use prayer as a powerful tool for evangelization; a list of intercessory prayers; how to overcome pitfalls and setbacks; how to prove to naysayers God's existence through the many miracles He has given us (miracles were given to us for a reason); how to get others to believe in the gospel - on faith; how to remain positive in the face of criticism, negativity and hostility; how to live your faith everyday; advice from the saints; a free Come and See* invitation to use; assistance and guidance at every step of the way, and much much more...

The much anticipated book is now available! Catholic Evangelization Painstakingly written to provide Catholics all the necessary information to spread the gospel, build up Christ's church, while at the same time strengthening their faith. When all these magnificent aspects of evangelization are happening, more and more people will hear and respond to the calling to the priesthood and consecrated life, and so - the blessed cycle continues.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, this book will show you in no uncertain terms how to get fired up for the Lord. It is also the ultimate book on practical ways of spreading the gospel, giving the reader a step by step guide for application and execution of evangelization methods and principles in innumerable situations. Not only is this book the most definitive resource on practical ways of spreading the gospel and building up the church, it is also an excellent aid to renew and revive your own faith and that of others!

CATHOLIC EVANGELIZATION: PRACTICAL WAYS OF SPREADING THE GOSPEL AND BUILDING UP THE BODY OF CHRIST

 the book - Catholic Evangelization by Christopher MacDonaldThe much anticipated book is now available! Catholic Evangelization. Painstakingly written to provide Catholics all the necessary information to spread the gospel, build up Christ's church, while at the same time strengthening their faith. When all these magnificent aspects of evangelization are happening, more and more people will hear and respond to the calling to the priesthood and consecrated life, and so - the blessed cycle continues. With the help of the Holy Spirit, this book will show you in no uncertain terms how to get fired up for the Lord. It is also the ultimate book on practical ways of spreading the gospel, giving the reader a step by step guide for application and execution of evangelization methods and principles in innumerable situations. Not only is this book the definitive resource on practical ways of spreading the gospel and building up the church, it is also an excellent means to renew and revive your own faith and that of others!
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Evangelization is so important that even God walked among us to do it. He led by example then commanded His disciples to proclaim those life-saving words to others. Two thousand years ago Christ was the message, and He still is today. We too, as members of the Body of Christ, are obliged to continue spreading the life-giving message of the gospel. However, the alarming trend is: decreasing faith, less parishioners, fewer churches, and a downturn in the number of vocations to the priesthood. Couple this with increased secularism and other forces at work, and the urgency becomes glaringly apparent. We are at another critical point in history of the Catholic Church, which is why I wrote this book. It is not a superficial analysis, nor does it pay lip service to this urgent subject. Catholic Evangelization is the most comprehensive book on practical methods of evangelization that has ever been written.Evangelization is so important that even God walked among us to do it. He led by example then commanded His disciples to proclaim those life-saving words to others. Two thousand years ago Christ was the message, and He still is today. We too, as members of the Body of Christ, are obliged to continue spreading the life-giving message of the gospel. However, the alarming trend is: decreasing faith, less parishioners, fewer churches, and a downturn in the number of vocations to the priesthood. Couple this with increased secularism and other forces at work, and the urgency becomes glaringly apparent. We are at another critical point in history of the Catholic Church, which is why I wrote this book. It is not a superficial analysis, nor does it pay lip service to this urgent subject. Catholic Evangelization is the most comprehensive book on practical methods of evangelization that has ever been written.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, even if you applied only one or two of the countless examples, approaches and easy-to-follow steps outlined in this book, it would bear fruit. At just $9.99 it may be the most practical and beneficial purchase you'll ever make.
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“This book is truly inspiring, insightful, and an invaluable resource for all Catholics.” E. McDonnel, M.Ed., Religious Ed. Instructor, N.S.

*Come and See - we were one of the first to start using the “Come and See” catchphrase from John 1:46 in relation to evangelization. Often imitated, we are flattered but yet humbled.

About us

Catholic Evangelization is part of the Mind Body Soul Christian Wellness Group. In keeping with the Roman Catholic faith, our objectives are to assist in the proclamation of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to everybody, and at the same time, invite those individuals to the Catholic Church.
We believe our church cannot grow unless there is effective and ongoing evangelization. We also believe that it is necessary for everyone to learn about the faith, take the necessary steps to become a Catholic and fully partake in the mass, and in turn - evangelize others.
In this increasingly secularized world, we find the truth at times usurped by a culture of greed, apathy, deception and hatred. Without the promulgation and growth of our faith, there will surely be something else that fills the void. Something other than the truth.
It's all a matter of priorities. Ask yourself, “What did our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His apostles spend most of their time doing?”

And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring (the) good news!” Romans 10:15

The Book - Catholic Evangelization, Painstakingly written to provide Catholics all the necessary information to spread the gospel, build up Christ's church, while at the same time strengthening their faith. When all these magnificent aspects of evangelization are happening, more and more people will hear and respond to the calling to the priesthood and consecrated life, and so - the blessed cycle continues. With the help of the Holy Spirit, this book will show you in no uncertain terms how to get fired up for the Lord. It is also the ultimate book on practical ways of spreading the gospel, giving the reader a step by step guide for application and execution of evangelization methods and principles in innumerable situations.

“The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.ˮ Luke 10:2

How to become a Catholic

The first thing you do: Contact a Catholic parish near you to let them know that you are interested in finding out more about the Catholic Faith.
Find a Catholic parish anywhere in the world!.

God calls all individuals to live the Gospel. If you are an adult and want to become Catholic, you will participate in a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Adults or children who have reached the age of reason (7 years old), learn about the teachings of the Catholic Church. The RCIA prepares you to become a Catholic in what we call the sacraments. Remember, you will not be alone, you will be going through this process with other like-minded individuals. You can learn more about the RCIA or the RCIC programs by calling any Roman Catholic Church. The RCIA process typically lasts for several months. Candidates generally meet once or twice each week, however, each parish schedule varies. You will not be pressured into this process as you should enter into it freely. Remember until you are a member of the Catholic Church, you are not allowed to receive Holy Communion, however you can attend Mass.
Thank you for visiting this site and remember it is important to pray in order to know God's will.

 

The Saints

Since the angels and saints have a closer connection to God, we pray to them to intercede for us through their prayers. We should also pray for other people, interceding on their behalf.
The communion of saints refers to us all belonging to one family (Family of God) and that we need to love, help and pray for each other (whether we are in heaven, purgatory or on earth).
We honour the saints by reserving a day on the calendar and calling it their Feast Day (the day they were admitted into heaven). There are many saints so one day in the calendar may be the feast day for more than one saint. Mary is the most venerated of saints and we should pray to her every day. In Canon Francis Ripley's book This Is The Faith, he states that “no grace descends to men except through the hands, that is the intercession of Mary.”
Patron saints are those Saints that have some type of connection to the individual(s). They are able to intercede on behalf of mankind in specific circumstances. St. Francis of Assisi is the Patron Saint of Animals and Ecology so an animal protection or nature group might choose St. Francis as their patron saint. Many Christians are named after a particular saint. When the feast comes up in the calendar of that saint - it is said to be that person's "name day".
It is on the day of the (saints') death and birth into Heaven.
The ranking of feast days: Solemnity - highest rank of celebration Feast Memorials - There are Obligatory Memorials and Optional Memorials Feria - ordinary weekday; latin for "free day"
Steps to sainthood:
Servant of God - A deceased Roman Catholic under consideration.
Venerable - a title given by the Catholic Church to holy men and women of "heroic virtue" who have not been beatified or canonized. Prayer cards and other materials may be printed to encourage the faithful to pray for a miracle wrought by his or her intercession as a sign of God's will that the person be canonized.
Beatification - in order to beatify an individual (give the title of blessed), there had to be one posthumous miracle associated with them. A martyr or someone who has died for the faith need not have a miracle attributed to them. In order for a Blessed to become a Saint, they need to have a second miracle attributed to them.
Canonization - after the second miracle is investigated by the Church and the Devil's Advocate, and found to be genuine, the person is canonized (officially declared a saint).
Both blessed and saint are in heaven and intercede for us before God.
The Roman Catholic Church does not create saints but only recognizes them.

January 1: Octave of Christmas, Mary, Mother of God - Solemnity January 2: Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, bishops and doctors - Memorial January 3: The Most Holy Name of Jesus - Optional Memorial January 4: Feria January 5: Feria January 6: Epiphany January 7: Saint Raymond of Peñafort, priest - Optional Memorial January 8: Feria January 9: Feria January 10: Feria January 11: Feria January 12: Feria January 13: Saint Hilary of Poitiers, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial January 14: Feria January 15: Feria January 16: Feria January 17: Saint Anthony of Egypt, abbot - Memorial January 18: Feria January 19: Feria January 20: Saint Fabian, pope and martyr; or Saint Sebastian, martyr - Optional Memorial January 21: Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr - Memorial January 22: Saint Vincent, deacon and martyr - Optional Memorial January 23: Feria January 24: Saint Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor - Memorial January 25: The Conversion of Saint Paul, apostle - Feast January 26: Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops - Memorial January 27: Saint Angela Merici, virgin - Optional Memorial January 28: Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor - Memorial January 29: Feria January 30: Feria January 31: Saint John Bosco, priest - Memorial

February 1: Feria February 2: Presentation of the Lord - Feast February 3: Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr or Saint Ansgar, bishop - Optional Memorial February 4: Feria February 5: Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr - Memorial February 6: Saints Paul Miki and companions, martyrs - Memorial February 7: Feria February 8: Saint Jerome Emiliani, priest; or Saint Josephine Bakhita, virgin - Optional Memorial February 9: Feria February 10: Saint Scholastica, virgin - Memorial February 11: Our Lady of Lourdes - Optional Memorial February 12: Feria February 13: Feria February 14: Saints Cyril, monk, and Methodius, bishop - Memorial February 15: Feria February 16: Feria February 17: Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order - Optional Memorial February 18: Feria February 19: Feria February 20: Feria February 21: Saint Peter Damian, bishop - Optional Memorial February 22: Chair of Saint Peter, apostle - Feast February 23: Saint Polycarp, bishop and martyr - Memorial February 24: Feria February 25: Feria February 26: Feria February 27: Feria February 28: Feria February 29, occurring only in leap year:

March 1: Feria March 2: Feria March 3: Feria March 4: Saint Casimir - Optional Memorial March 5: Feria March 6: Feria March 7: Saints Perpetua and Felicity, martyrs - Memorial March 8: Saint John of God, religious - Optional Memorial March 9: Saint Frances of Rome, religious - Optional Memorial March 10: Feria March 11: Feria March 12: Feria March 13: Feria March 14: Feria March 15: Feria March 16: Feria March 17: Saint Patrick, bishop - Optional Memorial March 18: Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial March 19: Saint Joseph Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Solemnity March 20: Feria March 21: Feria March 22: Feria March 23: Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo, bishop - Optional Memorial March 24: Feria March 25: Annunciation of the Lord - Solemnity March 26: Feria March 27: Feria March 28: Feria March 29: Feria March 30: Feria March 31: Feria

April 1: Feria April 2: Saint Francis of Paola, hermit - Optional Memorial April 3: Feria April 4: Saint Isidore, bishop - Optional Memorial April 5: Saint Vincent Ferrer, priest - Optional Memorial April 6: Feria April 7: Saint John Baptist de la Salle, priest - Memorial April 8: Feria April 9: Feria April 10: Feria April 11: Saint Stanislaus, bishop and martyr - Memorial April 12: Feria April 13: Saint Martin I, pope and martyr - Optional Memorial April 14: Feria April 15: Feria April 16: Feria April 17: Feria April 18: Feria April 19: Feria April 20: Feria April 21: Saint Anselm of Canterbury, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial April 22: Feria April 23: Saint George, martyr or Saint Adalbert, bishop and martyr - Optional Memorial April 24: Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest and martyr - Optional Memorial April 25: Saint Mark the Evangelist - Feast April 26: Feria April 27: Feria April 28: Saint Peter Chanel, priest and martyr or Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, priest - Optional Memorial April 29: Saint Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor - Memorial April 30: Saint Pius V, pope - Optional Memorial

May 1: Saint Joseph the Worker - Optional Memorial May 2: Saint Athanasius, bishop and doctor - Memorial May 3: Saints Philip and James, Apostles - Feast May 4: Feria May 5: Feria May 6: Feria May 7: Feria May 8: Feria May 9: Feria May 10: Feria May 11: Feria May 12: Saints Nereus and Achilleus, martyrs or Saint Pancras, martyr - Optional Memorial May 13: Our Lady of Fatima - Optional Memorial May 14: Saint Matthias the Apostle - Feast May 15: Feria May 16: Feria May 17: Feria May 18: Saint John I, pope and martyr - Optional Memorial May 19: Feria May 20: Saint Bernardine of Siena, priest - Optional Memorial May 21: Saint Christopher Magallanes and companions, martyrs - Optional Memorial May 22: Saint Julia of Corsica May 23: Feria May 24: Feria May 25: Saint Bede the Venerable, priest and doctor; or Saint Gregory VII, pope or Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, virgin - Optional Memorial May 26: Saint Philip Neri, priest - Memorial May 27: Saint Augustine (Austin) of Canterbury, bishop - Optional Memorial May 28: Feria May 29: Feria May 30: Feria May 31: Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Feast

June 1: Saint Justin Martyr - Memorial June 2: Saints Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs - Optional Memorial June 3: Saints Charles Lwanga and companions, martyrs - Memorial June 4: Feria June 5: Saint Boniface, bishop and martyr - Memorial June 6: Saint Norbert, bishop - Optional Memorial June 7: Feria June 8: Feria June 9: Saint Ephrem, deacon and doctor - Optional Memorial June 10: Feria June 11: Saint Barnabas the Apostle - Memorial June 12: Feria June 13: Saint Anthony of Padua, priest and doctor - Memorial June 14: Feria June 15: Feria June 16: Feria June 17: Feria June 18: Feria June 19: Saint Romuald, abbot - Optional Memorial June 20: Feria June 21: Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, religious - Memorial June 22: Saint Paulinus of Nola, bishop or Saints John Fisher and Thomas More, martyrs - Optional Memorial June 23: Feria June 24: Birth of Saint John the Baptist - Solemnity June 25: Feria June 26: Feria June 27: Saint Cyril of Alexandria, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial June 28: Saint Irenaeus, bishop and martyr - Memorial June 29: Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles - Solemnity June 30: First Martyrs of the Church of Rome - Optional Memorial

July 1: Feria July 2: Feria July 3: Saint Thomas the Apostle - Feast July 4: Saint Elizabeth of Portugal - Optional Memorial July 5: Saint Anthony Zaccaria, priest - Optional Memorial July 6: Saint Maria Goretti, virgin and martyr - Optional Memorial July 7: Feria July 8: Feria July 9: Saint Augustine Zhao Rong and companions, martyrs - Optional Memorial July 10: Feria July 11: Saint Benedict, abbot - Memorial July 12: Feria July 13: Saint Henry - Optional Memorial July 14: Saint Camillus de Lellis, priest - Optional Memorial July 15: Saint Bonaventure, bishop and doctor - Memorial July 16: Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Optional Memorial July 17: Feria July 18: Feria July 19: Feria July 20: Saint Apollinaris - Optional Memorial July 21: Saint Lawrence of Brindisi, priest and doctor - Optional Memorial July 22: Saint Mary Magdalene - Memorial July 23: Saint Birgitta, religious- Optional Memorial July 24: Saint Sharbel Makhluf, hermit - Optional Memorial July 25: Saint James the Greater, apostle - Feast July 26: Saints Joachim and Anne - Memorial July 27: Feria July 28: Feria July 29: Saint Martha - Memorial July 30: Saint Peter Chrysologus, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial July 31: Saint Ignatius of Loyola, priest - Memorial

August 1: Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, bishop and doctor - Memorial August 2: Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, bishop or Saint Peter Julian Eymard, priest - Optional Memorial August 3: Feria August 4: Saint Jean Vianney (the Curé of Ars), priest - Memorial August 5: Dedication of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore - Optional Memorial August 6: Transfiguration of the Lord - Feast August 7: Saint Sixtus II and companions, martyrs or Saint Cajetan, priest - Optional Memorial August 8: Saint Dominic, priest - Memorial August 9: Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), virgin and martyr - Optional Memorial August 10: Saint Lawrence - Feast August 11: Saint Clare, virgin - Memorial August 12: Saint Jane Frances de Chantal - Optional Memorial August 13: Saints Pontian, pope, and Hippolytus, priest, martyrs - Optional Memorial August 14: Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest and martyr - Memorial August 15: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Solemnity August 16: Saint Stephen of Hungary - Optional Memorial August 17: Feria August 18: Feria August 19: Saint John Eudes, priest - Optional Memorial August 20: Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, abbot and doctor - Memorial August 21: Saint Pius X, pope - Memorial August 22: Queenship of Blessed Virgin Mary - Memorial August 23: Saint Rose of Lima, virgin - Optional Memorial August 24: Saint Bartholomew the Apostle - Feast August 25: Saint Louis or Saint Joseph of Calasanz, priest - Optional Memorial August 26: Feria August 27: Saint Monica - Memorial August 28: Saint Augustine of Hippo, bishop and doctor - Memorial August 29: The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, martyr - Memorial August 30: Feria August 31: Feria

September 1: Feria September 2: Feria September 3: Saint Gregory the Great, pope and doctor - Memorial September 4: Feria September 5: Feria September 6: Feria September 7: Feria September 8: Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Feast September 9: Saint Peter Claver, priest - Optional Memorial September 10: Feria September 11: Feria September 12: Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Optional Memorial September 13: Saint John Chrysostom, bishop and doctor - Memorial September 14: Triumph of the Holy Cross - Feast September 15: Our Lady of Sorrows - Memorial September 16: Saints Cornelius, pope, and Cyprian, bishop, martyrs - Memorial September 17: Saint Robert Bellarmine, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial September 18: Feria September 19: Saint Januarius, bishop and martyr - Optional Memorial September 20: Saint Andrew Kim Taegon, priest, and Paul Chong Hasang and companions, martyrs - Memorial September 21: Saint Matthew the Evangelist, Apostle, Evangelist - Feast September 22: Feria September 23: Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio), priest - Memorial September 24: Feria September 25: Feria September 26: Saints Cosmas and Damian, martyrs - Optional Memorial September 27: Saint Vincent de Paul, priest - Memorial September 28: Saint Wenceslaus, martyr or Saints Lawrence Ruiz and companions, martyrs - Optional Memorial September 29: Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels - Feast September 30: Saint Jerome, priest and doctor - Memorial

October 1: Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin and doctor - Memorial October 2: Guardian Angels - Memorial October 3: Feria October 4: Saint Francis of Assisi- Memorial October 5: Feria October 6: Saint Bruno, priest - Optional Memorial October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary - Memorial October 8: Feria October 9: Saint Denis and companions, martyrs or Saint John Leonardi, priest - Optional Memorial October 10: Feria October 11: Feria October 12: Feria October 13: Feria October 14: Saint Callistus I, pope and martyr - Optional Memorial October 15: Saint Teresa of Jesus, virgin and doctor - Memorial October 16: Saint Hedwig, religious or Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, virgin - Optional Memorial October 17: Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr - Memorial October 18: Saint Luke the Evangelist - Feast October 19: Saints Jean de Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues, priests and companions, Martyrs or Saint Paul of the Cross, priest - Optional Memorial October 20: Feria October 21: Feria October 22: Feria October 23: Saint John of Capestrano, priest - Optional Memorial October 24: Saint Anthony Mary Claret, bishop - Optional Memorial October 25: Feria October 26: Feria October 27: Feria October 28: Saint Simon and Saint Jude, apostles - Feast October 29: Feria October 30: Feria October 31: Feria

November 1: All Saints - Solemnity November 2: All Souls - ranked with solemnities November 3: Saint Martin de Porres, religious - Optional Memorial November 4: Saint Charles Borromeo, bishop - Memorial November 5: Feria November 6: Feria November 7: Feria November 8: Feria November 9: Dedication of the Lateran basilica - Feast November 10: Saint Leo the Great, pope and doctor - Memorial November 11: Saint Martin of Tours, bishop - Memorial November 12: Saint Josaphat, bishop and martyr - Memorial November 13: Feria November 14: Feria November 15: Saint Albert the Great, bishop and doctor - Optional Memorial November 16: Saint Margaret of Scotland or Saint Gertrude the Great, virgin - Optional Memorial November 17: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, religious - Memorial November 18: Dedication of the basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles - Optional Memorial November 19: Feria November 20: Feria November 21: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Memorial November 22: Saint Cecilia - Memorial November 23: Saint Clement I, pope and martyr or Saint Columban, religious - Optional Memorial November 24: Saint Andre Dung Lac and his companions, martyrs - Memorial November 25: Saint Catherine of Alexandria - Optional Memorial November 26: Feria November 27: Feria November 28: Feria November 29: Feria November 30: Saint Andrew the Apostle - Feast

December 1: Feria December 2: Feria December 3: Saint Francis Xavier, priest - Memorial December 4: Saint John Damascene, priest and doctor - Optional Memorial December 5: Feria December 6: Saint Nicholas, bishop - Optional Memorial December 7: Saint Ambrose, bishop and doctor - Memorial December 8: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Solemnity December 9: Saint Juan Diego - Optional Memorial December 10: Feria December 11: Saint Damasus I, pope - Optional Memorial December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe - Optional Memorial December 13: Saint Lucy of Syracuse, virgin and martyr - Memorial December 14: Saint John of the Cross, priest and doctor - Memorial December 15: Feria December 16: Feria December 17: Feria December 18: Feria December 19: Feria December 20: Feria December 21: Saint Peter Canisius, priest and doctor - Optional Memorial December 22: Feria December 23: Saint John of Kanty, priest - Optional Memorial December 24: Feria December 25: Nativity of the Lord - Solemnity December 26: Saint Stephen, the first martyr - Feast December 27: Saint John the Apostle and evangelist - Feast December 28: Holy Innocents, martyrs - Feast December 29: Saint Thomas Becket, bishop and martyr - Optional Memorial December 30: Feria (Sixth Day with the Octave of Christmas) December 31: Saint Sylvester I, pope – Optional Memorial

Did you know? That in the early days of the Church, when our religion flourished, people like Saint Patrick and others, were people of action, not talk. Learn from Saint Patrick and how he and others, assimilated Christianity into the culture to let it take hold.


RESPECT LIFE

“One stage of life is not more important than the other; you need one for the other.” (C. MacDonald, 2006)
baby at seven weeks old respect life anti-abortion picIn The Womb video
No one has a right to an abortion. If you did, that would imply that you own the person inside you and can treat him/her with less than human dignity by eradicating and disposing of him/her like you would with unwanted garbage. People are not possessions and the person you see to the right, deserves not to have any interference from anybody. The person inside you is expecting something however... to be loved.

(at right: baby at seven weeks - pic courtesy of Priests for Life)

 CLICK HERE for Crisis Pregnancy Alternatives to Abortion

“But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion...” Mother Theresa

You have options:
1) Raise your baby (there are people and organizations that will help you).
2) Adoption (many loving families are waiting to adopt).
These options are the most compassionate and loving for you and your baby.

Code of Canon Law Can. 1398: A person who procures a completed abortion incurs a latae sententiae excommunication.

PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL (for the conversion of abortionists)
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host
- by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Amen. 

stations of the cross


The Holy Spirit

the Holy Spirit“It must be said that the Holy Spirit is the principal agent of evangelization: it is He who impels each individual to proclaim the Gospel, and it is He who in the depths of consciences causes the word of salvation to be accepted and understood. But it can equally be said that He is the goal of evangelization: He alone stirs up the new creation, the new humanity of which evangelization is to be the result, with that unity in variety which evangelization wishes to achieve within the Christian community. Through the Holy Spirit the Gospel penetrates to the heart of the world, for it is He who causes people to discern the signs of the times- signs willed by God- which evangelization reveals and puts to use within history.” EVANGELII NUNTIANDI - APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION OF HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI

THE THIRD PERSON OF THE BLESSED TRINITY
He is a Person, distinct from the Father and the Son. He is God and consubstantial* with the Father and the Son. He is God, one and equal with the Father and the Son, of the same substance and also of the same nature. He proceeds eternally from both (God the Father and God the Son) as from one principle and through one spiration*.

“For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God” 1Cor:2-10

Catechism of the Catholic Church
CHAPTER THREE “I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT” 685 To believe in the Holy Spirit is to profess that the Holy Spirit is one of the persons of the Holy Trinity, consubstantial with the Father and the Son: “with the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified”6 For this reason, the divine mystery of the Holy Spirit was already treated in the context of Trinitarian “theology.”Here, however, we have to do with the Holy Spirit only in the divine “economy.” ARTICLE 8 “I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT” 687 “No one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”Now God's Spirit, who reveals God, makes known to us Christ, his Word, his living Utterance, but the Spirit does not speak of himself. The Spirit who “has spoken through the prophets” makes us hear the Father's Word, but we do not hear the Spirit himself. We know him only in the movement by which he reveals the Word to us and disposes us to welcome him in faith. The Spirit of truth who “unveils”Christ to us “will not speak on his own.” Such properly divine self-effacement explains why “the world cannot receive [him], because it neither sees him nor knows him,”while those who believe in Christ know the Spirit because he dwells with them.

Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Counsel, Fortitude, Piety, Fear of God

Fruit of the Holy Spirit: Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-control, Chastity

Prayer To The Holy Spirit:
Come, Holy Spirit Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful, and enkindle in them the fire of Your Divine love.
Send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created, And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, instructed the hearts of the faithful,
grant that by the same Spirit, we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation,
we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Names synonymous with the Holy Spirit include: Paraclete (Consoler), The Helper, The Spirit, Spirit of Truth, The Healer, The Comforter, The Guide, Holy Ghost, Spirit of God, the Advocate and the Spirit of the Lord. Symbols of the Holy Spirit: water, anointing, fire, cloud and light, the seal, the hand, the finger and the dove.

*notes: spiration - procession consubstantial - the same in substance or essence Sources: St. Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica. Second and Revised Edition, 1920.

“Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory.”
“Our Lord showed St. Gertrude a vast number of souls leaving Purgatory and going to Heaven as a result of this prayer which the Saint was accustomed to say frequently during the day.”

Source: “READ ME OR RUE IT” by Father Paul O'Sullivan O.P. The pamphlet “Read Me or Rue It” was approved by Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon on March 4, 1936.

And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring (the) good news!” Romans 10:15

Inside the book: CATHOLIC EVANGELIZATION: PRACTICAL WAYS OF SPREADING THE GOSPEL AND BUILDING UP THE BODY OF CHRIST By Christopher MacDonald
Copyright © 2012 Christopher MacDonald. All Rights Reserved
ISBN 978-0-9867878-1-2
300 pages

Let’s fill the churches, then build some more!

CONTENTS

Preface

Introduction
Chapter 1 - ABOUT EVANGELIZATION

Chapter 2 - PRAYER

Chapter 3 – FAMILY, FRIENDS, CO-WORKERS & CLASSMATES

Chapter 4 – DOOR TO DOOR AND IN THE COMMUNITY

Chapter 5 – OTHER METHODS OF EVANGELIZATION (LOCAL)

Chapter 6 – EVANGELIZING THROUGH MASS MEDIA

Chapter 7 – BUILDING UP THE CHURCH

Chapter 8 – LIVING OUR FAITH

Chapter 9 – THE SAINTS

Conclusion

Evangelization Resources   References

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“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

“It must be said that the Holy Spirit is the principal agent of evangelization: it is He who impels each individual to proclaim the Gospel, and it is He who in the depths of consciences causes the word of salvation to be accepted and understood. But it can equally be said that He is the goal of evangelization: He alone stirs up the new creation, the new humanity of which evangelization is to be the result, with that unity in variety which evangelization wishes to achieve within the Christian community. Through the Holy Spirit the Gospel penetrates to the heart of the world, for it is He who causes people to discern the signs of the times- signs willed by God- which evangelization reveals and puts to use within history.” EVANGELII NUNTIANDI - APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION OF HIS HOLINESS POPE PAUL VI

Preface

Jesus taught us the importance of evangelization by word and deed. And, as Matthew 28:19:20 reminds us, we are to make disciples of all nations, baptising them and teaching them to observe all that He had commanded them. Since we are Disciples of Christ, we carry on with that directive knowing, as Jesus told us, He is with us to the end of the age. This is what He expects of us and failure to do so will have its repercussions, which we of course, bring upon ourselves. And with that in mind, we know what is necessary and important in this life, and that is to bring the life-giving good news to others.

God walked among us and spread His life-giving message to everyone He faced. He also commanded us to proclaim those life-saving words to others and to build up His church. He even led by example so no one can really shake his or her head and wonder what to do or how it should be done.

In looking for a topic to write a book on, I chose one of the most important topics – evangelization. The greatest thing that ever happened in the world happened two thousand years ago: God sent His only begotten Son to earth with the greatest news we will ever hear. It was a difficult mission because Jesus had to convince everybody that they could have eternal life in His name. God is giving this freely, all we have to do is accept it, and all Christ had to do was to die in order for this to happen. No small feat! Through His life, death and resurrections we may obtain eternal life.

I cringe at the fact that Mary had to watch her only son get tortured, for us, and then die on a wooden cross.

Most Catholics have forgotten or don’t even know that they are to carry on in His footsteps by following His ways - which of course includes, spreading the good news. Two thousand years ago Christ was the message, and He still is today. We too, especially as members of the Body of Christ, are obligated to continue by spreading that life-giving message that our Lord began.

We are at a pivotal time in the church’s history: churches closing, parishioners getting older, secularism, apathy, scandal, decline of the family, weakening of faith, etc. What happens in this decade will be of the utmost importance, but now is the time to take action because we have lost valuable time. Do we continue to stand by like helpless spectators or do we do something meaningful about it?    The alarming trend is: decreasing faith, less parishioners, fewer churches, and a downturn in the number of vocations to the priesthood. It doesn’t take a prophet to tell you that there will be less parishioners, less churches, and less clergy in the coming years. Couple this with increasing secularism and other forces at work, and the urgency becomes glaringly apparent.

I wrote this book because it appeared to me that most Catholics are lost when it comes to evangelization. Still, others seem to set themselves up for failure in their approaches to evangelization.

As  a writer, I would never have thought that I could write a book on such a topic as Catholic Evangelization, but realizing that evangelizing is one of the most important tasks we can do, as well as the state of the church and Catholicism in general, I felt compelled and inspired.

I would also like to add that evangelization, evangelism, evangelist and even evangelical, are not dirty words, and that they are used throughout this book as they relate to Roman Catholicism.

Introduction

The objectives of this book are as follows: provide easy and practical ways to spread the gospel, build up the church, and to present how a deepening of the faith can be a simultaneous and ongoing process. It doesn’t contain a lot of sublime terms or complicated procedures; they are simple methods that almost any Catholic can employ. Since all aspects of evangelization and their benefits are interconnected, it also includes ways to increase vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.

The aforementioned goals of evangelization are a means to an end to our ultimate goal in this life, which is to be one day united with God in Heaven. In order for this to happen we must come to know and follow Christ because all roads to Heaven lead to Him.

All God’s people are called to be disciples of Christ. This therefore binds us to our earthly duty to proclaim the gospel to everyone, while at the same time, inviting those individuals to join the church and take part in the mass. We cannot just proclaim the gospel and then leave individuals to their own devices without any support; no, we must direct them to the Catholic Church which will allow us all to commune and build each other up. Not only does this build up the Body of Christ, it also helps to deepen our faith which has an additive effect of increasing vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life. Each aspect feeds and grows the other. They are not to be tried just once, but are ongoing processes and goals until the end. No one can say, “Our numbers are sufficient, we no longer need to evangelize” or “I do not need to work on my faith anymore for it is strong enough to sustain me from now on” or even, “We have too many churches and priests, let's scale back.”

It's all a matter of priorities. Ask yourself, “What did our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His Apostles spend most of their time doing?”

This book contains innumerable and detailed examples of ways and opportunities we can spread the gospel, build up the church, and at the same time - strengthen our faith. The methods one can employ to evangelize are only limited by one's imagination. By reading this book, my hope is to stir up the Spirit in the reader to employ these techniques and ideas, and with their creative juices flowing - come up with even more on their own.

You will not find another resource anywhere that gives you the practical means to spread the gospel, build up the Body of Christ, and at the same time, deepen your faith, like this book does.

Where there is a need

The Catholic Church has always been there to assist the lowly and despised. Consider Peter Claver, a Jesuit who worked as a missionary in the Caribbean during the slave trade. By the time the slaves arrived in the new world from Africa, they were barely alive. They were also looked upon as mere cattle; however, neither the Catholic Church or Peter Claver felt that way, and over the course of his forty year ministry, he Baptised an estimated three hundred thousand slaves.8 He chose to do this type of work and had the free will to leave at any time.

In answer to Christ’s call, “Whom shall I send?”, many like Peter Claver and those before and after him responded with a resounding, “Send me Lord!” Would anybody else go if those saints didn’t? There has usually been someone from the Catholic Church to aid in almost every important cause known to man and woman – including the slave trade.

Many individuals today that have descended from the African slave trade may not even be aware of what Saint Peter Claver did back then, and how his actions have shaped their faith for future generations. They can thank God for their faith as well as His faithful servant, Peter Claver. It’s important that everyone know what the Catholic Church and saints like Peter Claver have done, for all people, including those of African descent.

Peter Claver did not look down on any person, and even though these individuals were slaves, he looked upon all people as having worth. And since the slaves were now Baptised Christians - by him, he fought for their spiritual and civil rights. Not that they had to be Christians for him to stand up for them, but he knew that their new Christian status may elevate them to be looked upon as more than mere property among men and women. But of course he knew that their Baptism and faith would save their souls – which is the most important reason.

What makes a person do all the right things when others don’t? Many would have despised Peter Claver as much as they would have despised the slaves; and to be in that situation for forty years would have caused a lesser man to abandon his ideals. Living a life with high morals and ideals often causes others to look at them with apprehension and bitterness. Even though it is petty and hypocritical, some members of the same order have been guilty of this. On the one hand, they’re taught to be faithful and follow His will, but on the other hand, the detractors believe another’s piety diminishes them. However, it is actually God working in future saints, and the detractors are working against God.

Certainly no human could stop Peter Claver and other saints like him from doing His will; and Peter’s good works are shown as an example of the good that is in the world amongst the evil.

This saint lived his faith and was eager to preach in public places to both rich and poor, free or enslaved. Saint Peter Claver is the Patron Saint of African Americans, Slaves and Colombia.     Where there is a need in the world you will often see a Catholic helping out – just like Saint Peter Claver did.

Let’s get started

As mentioned in the previous chapter, it is important to pray everyday. A good habit to get into would be to attend daily mass and to also pray at least one decade of the Rosary. The Devil doesn’t take a day off so neither should we.

Prayer and meditation will lead us and give us direction for our particular roles in evangelization. You have to remember and have faith that you are not alone in this crucial task; God will provide you with what you need if you have faith… and ask.

Let the Holy Spirit guide and create excitement in you. Sharing the good news should be fun and exciting because it is… GOOD NEWS! Catholics are allowed to feel good about our religion; we don’t have to hide or curb our enthusiasm about Jesus Christ.     And we don’t have to be priests, bishops or cardinals to talk about our faith. If you love someone, it shouldn’t be that hard to talk about them. What do you love about Jesus? What has he done for you? What is your conversion story; was it exciting or did it happen gradually over time?

Our armour is our faith (which includes our conversion story). Other tools we use are prayer, Confession, scriptural readings, a review of Catholic catechism, and a book on Catholic apologetics.

I don’t believe someone needs to take classes in evangelization in order to effectively evangelize. If people are wary or do not trust in their own abilities or knowledge, they could go for on-the-job training with a seasoned Catholic evangelist/missionary. That way, no time will be lost getting willing participants up to speed. If you are willing and able to evangelize and have had the proper preparation as outlined above, then you don’t need a course in evangelization. If you know Jesus, you know how to evangelize!

If evangelism were a trade, the only training would be by apprenticeship. We’ve overcomplicated evangelization to the point where most Catholics don’t even know what the term means.

And as Catholics, we have to ask ourselves why our religion got so hard to explain, if we were to talk about it with others. I don’t think it is supposed to be that way, and it doesn’t have to be. That is why it is very important for the evangelist to familiarize him or herself with basic apologetics. It is also important to remember that if we cannot answer a question about our faith, we can be forthright and say we don’t know, but we will find out, and get back to them.

Remember, it is our obligation to evangelize, and our Confirmation gives us a special strength of the holy Spirit to proclaim the Gospel. (CCC, 1303)

Preparation

To prepare for the mission (or day of evangelizing) in the community, it is important that each team consisting of two (or three) members have reviewed basic apologetic concepts such as: where the Bible comes from, sola fide, sola scriptura, the Eucharist, and Mary.

Try to make it to Confession and mass that morning.

Pick appropriate gospel passages chosen from Catholic apologetics in order to obtain their proper meaning. You will need to understand and be in a position to quote them.

Make sure to have clean mission t-shirts, a mission cross, and that all team members are appropriately dressed and presentable. Review goals, mandates and mission statements: surrender to His will; living out the Baptismal call to evangelize and other mission statements. Be cognizant of the mandate to go into the world and proclaim the good news. Extend the invitation to join the Catholic Church and stress its inclusiveness.

What makes you ready to evangelize? Answer: the effects of Confirmation: gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross. (CCC, 1303)

Scenarios: go over common questions and responses and role play. You and your partner must also have a sign to leave for various reasons including time constraint or if the conversation becomes heated or your audience becomes confrontational.

Weather: plan for homes and public places on fair weather days, and apartments and businesses on unusually cold, rainy or snowy days. Occupants, may not want to invite you in (you should never go into a home alone) and would rather not have the doors open for extended periods of time in cold weather. Keep it brief in those situations. On hot days, make sure to wear sunscreen and a hat. Bring along water on hot days as well...

The above is just a small sample of what you'll find in this book. There are hundreds of pages that will demonstrate practical and effective ways of evangelizing.

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The major political threats of our time , Communism, Nazism and Fascism, have been replaced by Islamic fundamentalism.
But because Islamists have been so successful at playing "underdog" to a liberal media, and because of the "politically correct" Western governments, the world ignores what is standing in front of its collective face and calls Islam a "peaceful" religion.
Shoebat, W. (2005) Why I Left Jihad. U.S. Top Executive Media.

Our True Goal

In this secular world, it may be hard to fulfill our true calling: to be in perfect union with God.
Faith can often be a struggle; even saints struggled with their faith at times. So don't be dismayed or discouraged if our true calling has not been fulfilled on earth. We know that in heaven, it will be.
For all practical purposes, we strive for this perpetual union of love, and in the hope of eternal life.

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The bible is not to be taken literally. How to read and understand your Bible: (excerpts taken from the New Amerian Bible)

"To search out the intention of the sacred writers, attention should be given, among other things, to 'literary forms'. For truth is set forth and expressed differently in texts which are variously historical, prophetic, poetic, or of other forms of discourse.."

"For the correct understanding of what the sacred author wanted to assert, due attention must be paid to the customary and characteristic styles of feeling, speaking and narrating which prevailed at the time of the sacred writer, and to the patterns men normally employed at the period in their everyday dealings with one another."

"For all of what has been said about the why of interpreting Scripture is subject finally to the judgment of the Church, which carries out the divine commission and ministry of guarding and interpreting the word of God."

"All kinds of literary forms: history, historical novels, parables, allegories, poems, midrash (edifying interpretations of events), and more are often intermingled. Even if you read your Bible in an up-to-date American translation, such as this one, you need guidance. Therefore read the introductions to the Bible books and pay attention to the footnotes! Know that, if you want to understand what God has to tell you through Scripture, you must first understand what the writer wants to say. The Bible is God's word and man's word. One must understand man's word first in order to understand the word of God."

 

MIRACULOUS AND SUPERNATURAL SIGNS AND WONDERS

Apparitions before 20th century  Guadalupe, Mexico - 1531 | Laus, France - 1664 | Lichen, Poland - 1813, 1850 | Rue du Bac, Paris, France - 1830 | La Salette, France - 1846 | Lourdes, France - 1858 | Pontmain, France - 1871 | Knock, Ireland - 1879

20th century apparitions
Fatima, Portugal - 1917 | Beauraing, Belgium - 1932 | Banneaux, Belgium - 1933 | Kibeho, Rwanda - 1981

Coptic approved apparitions: Zeitoun, Egypt - 1968-1971 | Assiut, Egypt - 2000

Eucharistic MiraclesEucharistic miracles: The Real Presence
“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. If not, believe because of the things I do.” John 14:11

 


Our Lady of GuadalupeRight: the miraculous image given to us by God, through Blessed Mary (A larger image below)

Many people may ask: “With all the religions in the world, how do we know what one to follow? What is the true religion?” The answer to those questions is that we are given proof for our unbelieving nature through the miracles and apparitions that God Himself has shown us - that are for all His people. But make no mistake, they were given to Catholics first, and to testify to the truth of the Catholic faith.
For all those detractors and sceptics out there; how do they explain the miracles? Even the books that have been written to try and disprove or obfuscate the miracles - can't explain them. These are of course, the miraculous that have been validated by the Church, which are in fact God's messages. These individuals are however, doing the devil's work, and out of stupidity, are opposing God! Not that we are required to believe in them (miracles and apparitions), but we sure as heck should not try to oppose them publicly. Would these sceptics and detractors dismiss all the miraculous signs from God through all the saints? If fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and it is, it might explain some individuals lack of insight.
“KNOW FOR CERTAIN, DEAREST OF MY SONS, THAT I AM THE PERFECT AND PERPETUAL VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF THE TRUE GOD, THROUGH WHOM EVERYTHING LIVES, THE LORD OF ALL THINGS, WHO IS MASTER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, I ARDENTLY DESIRE A TEOCALLI (TEMPLE) BE BUILT HERE FOR ME WHERE I WILL SHOW AND OFFER ALL MY LOVE, MY COMPASSION, MY HELP AND MY PROTECTION TO THE PEOPLE. I AM YOUR MERCIFUL MOTHER, THE MOTHER OF ALL WHO LIVE UNITED IN THIS LAND, AND OF ALL MANKIND, OF ALL THOSE WHO LOVE ME, OF THOSE WHO CRY TO ME, OF THOSE WHO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN ME. HERE I WILL HEAR THEIR WEEPING AND THEIR SORROWS, AND WILL REMEDY AND ALLEVIATE THEIR SUFFERINGS, NECESSITIES AND MISFORTUNES... DO NOT BE TROUBLED OR WEIGHED DOWN WITH  GRIEF. DO NOT FEAR ANY ILLNESS OR VEXATION, ANXIETY OR PAIN. AM I NOT HERE WHO AM YOUR MOTHER? ARE YOU NOT UNDER MY SHADOW AND PROTECTION? AM I NOT YOUR FOUNTAIN OF LIFE? ARE YOU NOT IN THE FOLD OF MY MANTLE? IN THE CROSSING OF MY ARMS? IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU NEED?” (Our Lady to Juan Diego - from the Wonder of Guadalupe by Francis Johnston.)

Science Sees What Mary Saw From Juan Diego’s Tilma - Zenit
Digital technology is giving new leads for understanding a phenomenon that continues to puzzle science: the mysterious eyes of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The image, imprinted on the tilma of a l6th-century peasant, led millions of indigenous Indians in Mexico to convert to the Catholic faith.
Earlier this month in Rome, results of research into the famed image were discussed by engineer José Aste Tonsmann of the Mexican Center of Guadalupan Studies during a conference at Pontifical Regina Apostolorum Athenaeum. For over 20 years, this graduate in environmental systems engineering at Cornell University has studied the image of the Virgin left on the rough maguey-fiber fabric of Juan Diego's tilma. What intrigued Tonsmann most were the eyes of the Virgin. Though the dimensions are microscopic, the iris and the pupils of the image's eyes have imprinted on them a highly detailed picture of at least 13 people, Tonsmann said. The same people are present in both the left and right eyes, in different proportions, as would happen when human eyes reflect the objects before them. Tonsmann said he believes the reflection transmitted by the eyes of the Virgin of Guadalupe is the scene on Dec. 9, 1531, during which Juan Diego showed his tilma, with the image, to Bishop Juan de Zumárraga and others present in the room.
In his research, Tonsmann used a digital process used by satellites and space probes in transmitting visual information. He insisted that the basic image "has not been painted by human hand." As early as the 18th century, scientists showed that it was impossible to paint such an image in a fabric of that texture. The "ayate" fibers used by the Indians, in fact, deteriorate after 20 years. Yet, the image and the fabric on which it is imprinted have lasted almost 470 years.
Tonsmann pointed out that Richard Kuhn, the 1938 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, found that the image did not have natural animal or mineral colorings. Given that there were no synthetic colorings in 1531, the image is inexplicable.
In 1979, Americans Philip Callahan and Jody B. Smith studied the image with infrared rays and discovered to their surprise that there was no trace of paint and that the fabric had not been treated with any kind of technique. "[How] it is possible to explain this image and its consistency ... on a fabric that has not been treated?" Tonsmann asked. "[How] is it possible that, despite the fact there is no paint, the colors maintain their luminosity and brilliance?" Tonsmann, a Peruvian engineer, added, "Callahan and Smith showed how the image changes in color slightly according to the angle of viewing, a phenomenon that is known by the word iridescence, a technique that cannot be reproduced with human hands."
The scientist began his study in 1979. He magnified the iris of the Virgin's eyes 2,500 times and, through mathematical and optical procedures, was able to identify all the people imprinted in the eyes. The eyes reflect the witnesses of the Guadalupan miracle the moment Juan Diego unfurled his tilma before the bishop, according to Tonsmann. In the eyes, Tonsmann believes, it is possible to discern a seated Indian, who is looking up to the heavens; the profile of a balding, elderly man with a white beard, much like the portrait of Bishop Zumárraga painted by Miguel Cabrera to depict the miracle; and a younger man, in all probability interpreter Juan González. Also present is an Indian, likely Juan Diego, of striking features with a beard and mustache, who unfolds his own tilma before the bishop; a woman of dark complexion, possibly a Negro slave who was in the bishop's service; and a man with Spanish features who looks on pensively, stroking his beard with his hand. In summary, the Virgin's eyes bear a kind of instant picture of what occurred at the moment the image was unveiled in front of the bishop, Tonsmann says. Moreover, in the center of the pupils, on a much more reduced scale, another scene can be perceived, independent of the first, the scientist contends. It is that of an Indian family made up of a woman, a man and several children. In the right eye, other people who are standing appear behind the woman. Tonsmann ventured an explanation for this second image in the Virgin's eyes. He believes it is a message kept hidden until modern technology was able to discover it just when it is needed. "This could be the case of the picture of the family in the center of the Virgin's eye," the scientist said, "at a time when the family is under serious attack in our modern world."

this article printed with permission from Zenit.org

An explanation of why this image is truly a miracle The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE PATRONESS OF THE AMERICAS

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE - PATRONESS OF THE AMERICAS

BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, PRAY FOR US.

OUR LADY AND ISLAM: HEAVEN'S PEACE PLAN

TO BE FILLED, YOU MUST FIRST BE EMPTIED

Blessed Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit:
Who am I that I should ask of anything?
I am a nobody, an inconsequential, powerless person;
I am one of HIS least brothers, maybe the least;
I have no authority or influence, not even a bit;
I have very, very little to offer;
I could absolutely make no difference on my own because of my insignificance;
I am but the lowliest worker in Your army, and should be treated as such.
I am nothing!

 

*. (NCR - Guide to the Rosary)
** Pope Gregory the Great, Pastoral Care (Book of Pastoral Rule).
*** http://holyspiritinteractive.net/kids/saints/0831_aidan.asp

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