How do I become a new evangelist? + GIVEAWAY (Updated!)

With the start of this Year of Faith last week, we are going to be hearing a number of words and phrases again and again. One of them is new evangelization. To get to the heart of what this phrase means and what it looks like, stay tuned during the rest of this week for resources, quotes and materials on it. (And, if you happen to be in your 20s or 30s, come on out to next month’s Theology on Tap. I’ll be there to share how to share the good news with joy and swagger. It is on Thursday, October 25th from 7:00 – 9:00pm!)

To get us started on the learning, let’s hear some words from our Holy Father as quoted by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, who is the President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization:

The faith has to be thought out and especially lived out today in a way which is new, in order to become something which belongs to the present. But it is not the dilution of the faith which helps us here, but only living the faith fully in our world today.

To help further your excitement on this topic, watch this great interview with Fr. Robert Barron posted today on the 7 qualities of a new evangelizer. His six-minute explanation is succinct, beautiful and motivating.

As for the GIVEAWAY, enter a comment on this post sharing which point you found to be most enlightening or inspiring and you will be entered to win a set of two books that you can use to help you spread the good news! To be eligible for the giveaway, enter your comment by 11:59pm CST on Thursday, October 18th!

Go out there and work on becoming a new evangelizer today! You’ll be in my prayers. – Lindsay

UPDATE: Thank you so much to Lisa, Doug and Michelle for participating in the first of many GIVEAWAYS on the blog. Below is the photo of the official drawing.

Congratulations Michelle! You’ll be receiving your books soon.

3 thoughts on “How do I become a new evangelist? + GIVEAWAY (Updated!)

  1. I was struck by how Fr. Barron actually encourages us to immerse ourselves into the culture (points 4 & 7), with the caveat that we remain grounded in prayer and learning the faith in the ‘old ways’. I sometimes shy away from the culture for fear of misusing it or weakening my faith, but to know that it is essential to do so invited me to pray about how I can stay grounded in my faith while using new media and knowing the culture in which we live.

  2. This was an inspiring video – so glad I took the time to view it.
    #2 was my favorite and I must admit I did not know the ARDOR before this moment.
    To be a person of Ardor ( one that is passionate and excited about something )
    If I am not sharing the message of Christ with ardor – others would not be draw in to listen.
    so SHARE the message with ARDOR !

  3. Thanks for sharing this video! I think the first trait, having a relationship with Jesus Christ, speaks the most to me about the mission we all share of being a new evangelist. You can’t give what you don’t have, so love for our Lord and all that He teaches us is certainly what makes all the other traits even possible. Excitement in sharing the good news through the various modern methods is a natural flow from that love! Let’s get those 75% of Catholics back to Mass! 🙂

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