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Evangelization and Human Speech

First appeared on 07/03/2012. Insights is also available to members via email delivery.

In Romans 2, St. Paul asks how people can believe the word of God if they have not heard it, and wonders how they can hear it if no one is sent to preach it to them: “For faith comes by hearing” (Rom 10:17), he says.

It comes ultimately by hearing in the heart, of course, but St. Paul is also highlighting the special effectiveness of human speech. This bears reflection as the Church prepares for the 2012 Synod of Bishops on the theme of “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith”.

Those who are unclear about the nature and purpose of the Synod of Bishops will benefit from my latest On the Culture commentary, The Synod of Bishops, an Instrument of Collegiality. But I thought I should also call your attention to some of the outstanding speeches we've added to our library in recent weeks.

A good example is Charles Rice's commencement address at Christendom College in May. Rice, always both direct and humorous, is Professor Emeritus at Notre Dame Law School: God Is Not Dead. He Isn't Even Tired.... [more content for subscribers]

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