Archbishop John Dew blogs from the Synod on the New Evangelisation and the transmission of the Christian Faith in Rome.
Another day down and it has been a intense day of listening to many interventions, sitting most of the day and listening to one intervention after another is hard work, especially as they are given in Italian, Spanish, French, Latin and English, but today there have been a number of things which have made it seem a bit like a retreat.
I’d like to share with you all some striking one liners which I’ve found inspirational.
“The goal of all evangelisation is to awaken in people the possibility of an encounter with Jesus, to help people to be caught up with the fascination of Christ.”
Now it is time for us to “return the Church to Christ and Christ to the Church.”
“New Evangelisation means taking on the love of God who loved me and gave Himself for me... Christ made friends and consecrated friendship at a very personal level, showed great affection of heart and dedicated himself to time and being open to those he befriended, those first friends became disciples and then went to tell others about Jesus. Therefore we need to put great importance on personal transmission of faith and on authentic friendship; it is a matter of heart to heart and personal apostolate."
The New Evangelisation is a call for new charity, “proclaiming lips must be accompanied by outreaching hands”.
“The world takes delight in simple witness to Jesus.”
A world leader visited another country and commented on the Church’s presence, serving the poor, educating, caring for the sick, speaking up for justice, providing shelter, and helping people to find meaning and hope in life, his response was “I want to be part of something like this”.
These thoughts which have resonated me I will utilising in my own personal prayer and reflection as I journey into the ideas of the New Evangelisation. I hope you too will reflect on these in prayer.
From Rome, best wishes and every blessing