One of the tenets of the Year of Faith has been an emphasis on the New Evangelization. Russ Shaw posts on the OSV Daily Take blog:
The Bible study group had been discussing the Sunday readings, which
naturally led to the subject of evangelization, which naturally led to
our responsibility for preaching the Good News. Suddenly the subject was
evangelization and us. A woman had a question.
"I heard the diocese was putting together an evangelization plan," she
said, "but I haven't seen anything about it in the parish yet. Do you
know anything about that?" And she turned a quizzical eye on me.
Now, right here I should say that when it comes to real-life
evangelizing, this good woman can run rings around me and just about
everybody. She's a woman of faith who's eager to share her faith with
others and has plenty of practice doing that. Nothing I said should be
taken as a putdown of her.
"I don't know what the diocese has in mind," I replied. "And I certainly
agree that a plan is needed if people are supposed to work together in
evangelizing teams. But really — there's no reason why individual
Catholics must wait for the word from on high before they evangelize.
The right and the duty to do that come to each one of us with baptism
and are reaffirmed and strengthened by confirmation.
Read the entire post here.