As the Holy Spirit teaches us all things (1 John 2:27) we in turn share our gifts of Christian understanding and God’s love with others. Grounded on the teachings of the Catholic Church, the evangelizing ministry of Patriarch Ministries reaches out to share the Good News in media including books, radio, internet, and public appearances.
We follow the command of Jesus, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature” Mark 16:15, and the proclamation of the Church “Evangelii Nuntiandi” [Evangelization in the Modern World-Paul VI, 1975] to evangelize. “Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize, that is to say, in order to preach and teach, to be the channel of the gift of grace, to reconcile sinners with God, and to perpetuate Christ’s sacrifice in the Mass, which is the memorial of His death and glorious resurrection.” EVANGELII NUNTIANDI, ON EVANGELIZATION IN THE MODERN WORLD, Apostolic Exhortation by His Holiness, Pope Paul VI, December 8, 1975, 14.
“-The Church is an evangelizer, but she begins by being evangelized herself. She is the community of believers, the community of hope lived and communicated, the community of brotherly love; and she needs to listen unceasingly to what she must believe, to her reasons for hoping, to the new commandment of love. She is the People of God immersed in the world, and often tempted by idols, and she always needs to hear the proclamation of the “mighty works of God” which converted her to the Lord; she always needs to be called together afresh by Him and reunited. In brief, this means that she has a constant need of being evangelized, if she wishes to retain freshness, vigor and strength in order to proclaim the Gospel. The Second Vatican Council recalled and the 1974 Synod vigorously took up again this theme of the Church which is evangelized by constant conversion and renewal, in order to evangelize the world with credibility.” EVANGELII NUNTIANDI, ON EVANGELIZATION IN THE MODERN WORLD, Apostolic Exhortation by His Holiness, Pope Paul VI, December 8, 1975, 15.
“The whole Church, pastors and lay faithful alike, standing on the threshold of the Third Millennium, ought to feel more strongly the Church’s responsibility to obey the command of Christ, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15), and take up anew the missionary endeavor. A great venture, both challenging and wonderful, is entrusted to the Church-that of a re-evangelization, which is so much needed by the present world. The lay faithful ought to regard themselves as an active and responsible part of this venture, called as they are to proclaim and to live the Gospel in service to the person and to society while respecting the totality of the values and needs of both.” CHRISTIFIDELES LAICI, Lay Members of Christ’s Faithful People, Ecclesial Pronouncement by Pope John Paul II December 30, 1988, V. That You Bear Much Fruit, The Formation of the Lay Faithful, A Continual Process of Maturation
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