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SCHEDULE!!!!! Friday, September 6, 7pm: Welcome, and introduction—Very Rev. Kris Stubna, rector of St. Paul Cathedral, and Fr. Michael Roche, parochial...
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Beginning each catechetical session with a witness talk - a great strategy for evangelization from Jared Dees.

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"I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate the wicked; you have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and discovered that they are impostors. Moreover, you have endurance and have suffered for my name, and you have not grown weary.

Yet I hold this against you: you have lost the love you had at first."
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Revelation Chapter 2. 1: 1 2 "To the angel of the church 3 in Ephesus, write this: " 'The one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks in the midst of the seven gold lampstands says this: 2: "I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate the wicked; ...
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"We could briefly state the core of Saint Paul's intuition in something like the following words. In order to enter into God's will, in order to live his will, I do not have to become a Jewish proselyte; I do not need to submit to the mass of prescriptions contained in the Torah. It suffices to convert to Jesus and to live in communion with him."
~Ratzinger, from "Paul's Gospel" in Gospel, Catechesis, Catechism: Sidelights on the _Catechism of the Catholic Church #Gospel   
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"The four basic texts of the New Testament are not simply books but the written record of a proclamation. […] We could thus say that to evangelize means to acquaint men with Jesus as we come to know him in the Gospels. To evangelize is to introduce men into a communion of life with him as well as into the fellowship of disciples, the community that journeys with him." 
~Ratzinger, from "The Gospel in the Gospels" in _Gospel, Catechesis, Catechism" #Gospel  
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“I expected — and wanted — to find bigotry and illogicality that would vindicate my atheism,” she wrote in the English newspaper the Catholic Herald. “Instead, I was presented with a God who was the Logos: not a supernatural dictator crushing human reason, but the self-expressing standard of goodness and objective truth towards which our reason is oriented, and in which it is fulfilled.” 
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"What I have suggested is that it is not supposed to look like a war or an argument. Rather, it is supposed to look like an invitation which is both personal and deeply cultural at the same time—reflected in everything one does and makes, from the family on up. The New Evangelization will reflect the serenity of Christian hope, avoiding whatever is self-conscious, defensive, pugnacious or shrill. It will proceed not so much through logic and proofs (though these should be offered gently and without rancor when requested or needed), but through the deeper reasons that love alone possesses." 
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What does it mean to be "People of God"? First of all, it means that God does not really belong to any people; for it is He who calls us, who summons us, who invites us to be part of his people, and this invitation is open to all, without distinction, because God’s mercy “desires all people to be saved "(1 Tim 2:4). Jesus does not tell the Apostles and us to form an exclusive group, an elite group. Jesus says: Go and make disciples of all nations (cf. Mt 28:19). St Paul says that within the people of God, in the Church, "there is neither Jew nor Gentile ... for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Gal 3:28). I would like to say to those who feel far from God and the Church, to those who are fearful or indifferent, to those who think they can no longer change: the Lord is calling you too to be part of his people and he does it with great respect and love! He invites us to be a part of this people, the people of God
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What is the New Evangelization? The answer might surprise you. http://ow.ly/2xjl46
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"It often happens that Christians are more concerned for the social, cultural and political consequences of their commitment, continuing to think of the faith as a self-evident presupposition for life in society. In reality, not only can this presupposition no longer be taken for granted, but it is often openly denied. Whereas in the past it was possible to recognize a unitary cultural matrix, broadly accepted in its appeal to the content of the faith and the values inspired by it, today this no longer seems to be the case in large swathes of society, because of a profound crisis of faith that has affected many people." 
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"Jesus' proclamation was never mere preaching, mere words; it was 'sacramental', in the sense that his words were and are inseparable from his 'I'— from his 'flesh'. His word opens up only in the context of the signs he performed, of his life and of his death. The sign— the culminating point of his life that reveals the center of his 'I'— is the Paschal  Mystery. The Catechism says here that 'above all in the Paschal mystery— his death on the cross and his Resurrection— he would accomplish the coming of his kingdom. 'And I, when lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.' [Jn 12:32] He himself is the kingdom, he is the nearness of God to and with us of which we have spoken. The center of Jesus' figure [Gestalt] is thus his death and his Resurrection. In these events, God's kingdom comes, ever anew." 
~Ratzinger, from "Jesus' Gospel" in Gospel, Catechesis, Catechism: Sidelights on the _Catechism of the Catholic Church #Gospel  
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"Human life cannot be realized by itself. Our life is an open question, an incomplete project, still to be brought to fruition and realized. Each man's fundamental question is: How will this be realized—becoming man? How does one learn the art of living? Which is the path toward happiness?

To evangelize means: to show this path— to teach the art of living. At the beginning of his public life Jesus says: I have come to evangelize the poor (Luke 4:18); this means: I have the response to your fundamental question; I will show you the path of life, the path toward happiness— rather: I am that path.

The deepest poverty is the inability of joy, the tediousness of a life considered absurd and contradictory. This poverty is widespread today, in very different forms in the materially rich as well as the poor countries. The inability of joy presupposes and produces the inability to love, produces jealousy, avarice— all defects that devastate the life of individuals and of the world.

This is why we are in need of a new evangelization—if the art of living remains an unknown, nothing else works. But this art is not the object of a science—this art can only be communicated by [one] who has life— he who is the Gospel personified."

Address to Catechists and Religion Teachers. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Jubilee of Catechists, 12 Dec 2000.

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