The New Evangelization Begins with Us
Catholics, it is said, are called to a New Evangelization that involves re-proposing the Faith to a world that is falling away from it. In that effort we are all expected to do our part.
But what does that mean for the average believer? We have always dealt with our obligations to those outside the Faith in different ways. Paul was at one extreme. He traveled the world in hopes of winning souls, breaking new ground and speaking to anyone who would listen. Even so, his letters don’t tell believers to proselytize pagans, go out to the peripheries, or storm the centers of power. Instead, they advise them on maintaining a settled life as Christians in communities ordered toward God.
That makes sense as a pastoral matter. If the Church wants to evangelize she has to offer something to people of all sorts. She needs to be a Church for all seasons, and a well-founded way of life in a community ordered toward God is something in which everyone can find a place.
What then should ordinary and even mediocre Catholics, who recognize no special gifts in themselves, do for evangelization? No matter who we are, we owe those outside the Faith justice