Hector Molina (the new director of the Office of the New Evangelization in St. Louis, an awesome new effort by Arch. Burke) gave his energetic challenge to become evangelists, all of us. Check this out:
The disciple of Christ must not only keep the faith and live on it, but also profess it, confidently bear witness to it, and spread it: “All however must be prepared to confess Christ before men and to follow him along the way of the Cross, amidst the persecutions which the Church never lacks.”Service of and witness to the faith are necessary for salvation: “So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”
Where do you think this comes from? Probably a surprise answer: this is from the Catechism of the Catholic Church! (paragraph 1816). The reality is that this is only a surprise because so few Catholics actually live it … our bad. My bad.
Actually, this leads to the best joke of the morning –
Q. What happens when you cross a Jehovah’s Witness with a Catholic?
A. Someone who knocks on your door and has nothing to say.
But this is changing, and entirely by the grace of God will continue to change.
One final thought – the greek word for power is dunamas, where we get the word dynamite from. We are called to live dunamas power … allowing God to fundamentally change the world. And it’s happening!