According to a recent blog post from Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, “the whole Church is missionary territory.” In much of the Western world numbers are dwindling, parishes are closing, and secularism is pressing in at all sides.
That’s why we need a New Evangelization. And that’s why we’re all missionaries now:
“Guess where we’re at: We’re with the apostles on Pentecost Sunday as we embrace the New Evangelization.
No more taking our Catholic faith for granted!
No more relaxing in the great things the church has accomplished in the past!
Cynicism is replaced by confidence . . .
Hand-wringing by hand-folding . . .
Dullness by dare . . .
Waiting for people to come back replaced by going out to get them . . .
Presuming that people know the richness of their Catholic faith replaced by a realistic admission that they do not . . .
From taking the Church for granted as a “big corporation,” to a tender care for a Church as small and fragile as a tiny mustard seed Jesus spoke about. . .
Keeping our faith to ourselves to letting it shine to others!
This is the New Evangelization!”