I was blessed to have had the opportunity to participate in this year’s New Evangelization Summit (NES) held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Only in its second year, there was a lot of excitement, and I anticipate its continued growth through the upcoming years. As both a sponsor of the event and a participant, it was quite inspiring to see all the good work that other ministries and lay people are doing. I was speaking with a few different ministries about how easily we can get so focused on our own work that we forget there are many others doing great work for the same worthy goal. It was very encouraging to see we are part of that bigger picture.
I was pleased to see all the participants of varying ages willing to give up a weekend to attend NES – from people in their 70s, to college-aged young adults, to even children under 10. A lot of great information was shared, and we left on fire for evangelization, eager to “get out there.”
In previous posts, I have written about the opportunities that I’ve found in my daily life for sharing the faith. Attending the NES conference simply reinforced this need for us to evangelize. We can’t sit back anymore and just hope that people will learn about the faith on their own, or that they’ll hear about it from someone else. I encourage you to make it your mission to go and keep your eyes and ears open for the opportunities to evangelize. Listen for moments when you can add something about your own journey to Christ in your everyday conversations.
If you don’t know where to begin or how to keep evangelizing even when it seems like you’re not bearing fruit, I would like to share with you one of our newest titles: Go! 30 Meditations on How Best to Love Your Neighbor as Yourself. This is the latest book written by Father John Bartunek, author of The Better Part and Seeking First the Kingdom. In Go!, Fr Bartunek covers everything from how you can evangelize, where you should begin, what to do if you feel discouraged, and more. It’s very practical, and I highly recommend checking it out! You can read a sample here: CLICK HERE.
I’d also like to give you an evangelization goal for this week:
Think of two people that you know who you could share the Good News with. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you plan how you want to approach them. For example, you could invite them to Mass or your small group. If you know they’re going through a difficult time, you could share how your relationship with God shaped the way you handled hardships in your own life. Be open to seeing and taking opportunities to evangelize, and when the time is right, share the Good News!
May God bless you.