As we head into the Conclave, I’d like to add a “must read” to your wish list: New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Relator of the Synod of the Bishops on the New Evangelization.
Here’s the blueprint:
This is a new moment in the life of the Church, a new Pentecost. It’s our turn now, to share the great gift we have been given, the gift of our Catholic faith, and renew the face of the earth. Cardinal Donald Wuerl
For the first time since the term New Evangelization was coined by Blessed John Paul II, 250 bishops from all over the world were called to Rome by Pope Benedict XVI to discuss it, define it, and determine what it really means to Catholics today. In an exclusive first-hand summary of the three-week Synod, the leader of the gathering, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, provides a succinct, specific and tactical roadmap for where Catholics and parishes and dioceses go from here, including:
—What’s the point? The three most important priorities of the New Evangelization
—What am I up against? The three isms that get in the way of sharing and growing the Faith
—What do I do? How to galvanize people around one simple truth of the Gospel message
—Where it all began: The four theological foundations of the New Evangelization
—Learning from the best: The four characteristics of great evangelizers
In addition to personal and group reflection questions at the end of every chapter, Wuerl also shares his own personal faith sharing experiences with non-Catholics and Catholics alike and how the insight he gained shaped his own view of the New Evangelization. A must-read for all parish communities.
Priced under $5 and concise enough to read in an afternoon, Cardinal Wuerl’s latest book is the perfect way to tune up for what’s going to take place in the weeks ahead. In a recent article, the OSV Daily Take blog excerpts the book’s preface here. Grab it on Kindle or in paperback and be ready for the New Evangelization opportunities that are sure to come your way this month.