Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $41,010 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Humility, 'small steps' are keys to evangelization, Pope tells Wednesday audience

Catholic World News - November 28, 2012

“How do we speak of God in our times?” Pope Benedict XVI asked the crowd in the Paul VI auditorium as he opened his weekly public audience on November 28.

The Pope answered his own rhetorical question by saying that we “encounter the face of God” in the Person of Jesus Christ. “God has spoken to us,” he said, “not an abstract or hypothetical God, but a real God, a God Who exists, Who entered history and remains present in history.”

In the work of evangelization, the Holy Father said, “we must return to the simplicity and essential nature of proclamation: the concrete Good News of God Who cares about us, the love of God which Jesus Christ brought close to us, even unto the Cross, and which in the Resurrection opens us to life without end, to eternal life.”

In spreading that Good News to our world, the Pope continued, Christians must be mindful that the Holy Spirit will supply what our efforts lack. “To speak about God, we must make space for Him, confident that He acts upon our weakness.” He recommended taking “small steps, trusting in the leaven that makes the dough rise.”

The best possible model for evangelization, the Pope remarked, is Jesus Himself, and Christians today should recall how Jesus communicated his message to the world. “In Him, proclamation and life were entwined: Jesus acted and taught, always taking as a starting point His intimate relationship with God the Father.” All Christians should follow the same pattern in communicating with their neighbors, the Pope concluded.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($128,857 to go):
$150,000.00 $21,142.70
86% 14%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: koinonia - Nov. 28, 2012 8:32 PM ET USA

    "In the work of evangelization, the Holy Father said, 'we must return to the simplicity and essential nature of proclamation: the concrete Good News of God Who cares about us, the love of God which Jesus Christ brought close to us, even unto the Cross, and which in the Resurrection opens us to life without end, to eternal life.'" This describes true love. In these words is life, and it is our vocation to share this life with others. There is something quite old in this new.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Cardinal Kasper's nose is growing again October 18
Challenge Grant Begins as Synod Ends October 17
What's wrong with this Synod, IV: Unprepared for marriage October 17
No, mainstream religious orders aren't attracting vocations as fast as younger traditional orders October 17
The Synod: Is the sky falling? October 17

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6