Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Pointers From the Cardinal

Chosen by the Pope to address the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Timothy Dolan issue these pointers as New Year resolutions:
1. Remembering that even those who boast of their secularism have an innate longing for the divine, the first step of evangelization must be to keep the quest for God alive.
2. "Be not afraid"- confident, without being triumphalist, since it is the power of God who sends His people to evangelize.
3. Knowing that the new evangelization is not about presenting a doctrine or belief-system, but a Person whose name is Jesus!
4. Neverless, this Jesus is the Truth. Hence, evangelization is linked to catechesis.
5. An evangelist must be a person of joy - someone who smiles!
6. The new evangelization is about love - the love of God made concrete in service.
7. Finally martyrdom. A reminder that the Church is now people by those who are suffering persecution for their faith and these martyrs give impetus to the new evangelization.

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