The New Evangelization and Ecumenical Commitment 2000, 2001, 2003

The New Evangelization

    “Evangelisation through the Eucharist, in the Eucharist, and from the Eucharist—these are three inseparable aspects of how the Church lives the mystery of Christ and fulfils her mission
    of communicating it to all people…In addition to the preaching of the message, the consummation of evangelisation consists
    in the building up of the Church, which has no real existence without the sacramental life culminating in the Blessed Eucharist.”—Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II—New Evangelization

    Excerpt from Pope John Paul II’s “Apostolic letter Novo Millennio Ineunte” given at the close of “the great jubilee” of the year 2000.

    11. “…Since the Eucharist is the sacrifice of Christ made present among
    us, how could his real presence not be at the centre of the Holy Year…intended…to be “intensely Eucharistic”, 6

    15. “…It is important however that what we propose…should be profoundly rooted in contemplation and prayer.

    20. “…Only the experience of silence and prayer offers the proper setting…

    23…The mystery of the Incarnation lays the foundations for an anthropology which…moves towards…the goal of “divinization”

    33. “…our Christian communities must become genuine “schools” of prayer…contemplation, listening and ardent devotion…Intense prayer

    39. “…It is especially necessary that listening to the word of God
    should become a life-giving encounter, in the ancient and ever
    valid tradition of lectio divina.

    IV Witnesses to Love: Ecumenical commitment
    48. “…This unity is concretely embodied in the Catholic Church

    55. “…we should consider the great challenge of inter-religious dialogue to which we shall still be committed in the new millennium, in fidelity to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. 39

    “…the Church has sought to build…a relationship of open-
    ness and dialogue with the followers of other religions.
    This dialogue must continue.

    “…it is obvious that this dialogue will be especially important in establishing a sure basis for peace…

    56. “…this cannot be the subject of a dialogue understood as negotiation

    58. “…The missionary mandate accompanies us into the Third Millennium…

    “On this journey we are accompanied by the Blessed Virgin Mary to whom…I entrusted the Third Millennium.

    “During this year I have often invoked her as the ‘Star of the New Evangelization'”
    —from the Vatican, on 6 January, the Solemnity of the Epiphany, in the year 2001, the twenty-third of my Pontificate.

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger on the New Evangelization

”…The Church always evangelizes and has never interrupted the path of evangelization. She celebrates the eucharistic mystery every day

    “New evangelization means: never being satisfied with the fact that from the grain of mustard seed, the great tree of the Universal Church grew…

    “…evangelizing is not merely a way of speaking, but a form of living…

    II. The contents essential for new evangelization
    “…To proclaim God is to introduce to the relation with God: to teach how to pray.

    “…This is why schools of prayer, communities of prayer, are so important.

    3. Jesus Christ: “The first one is the Sequela of Christ—Christ offers himself as the path of my life…The Sequela of Christ has a much higher goal: to be assimilated into Christ, that is to attain union with God…

    “…Man is not satisfied with solutions beneath the level of divinization….The only path is communion with Christ, achieved in sacramental life

    4. Eternal life: “A last central element of every true evangelization is eternal life”.
    Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Address to Catechists and Religion Teachers, Jubilee of Catechists, 12 December 2000

“Ecclesia de Eucharistia” of Pope John Paul II
On the Eucharist in Its Relationship to the Church (April 17, 2003)

    43. “In considering the Eucharist as the sacrament of ecclesial communion, there is one subject which…must not be overlooked…the relationship of the Eucharist to ecumenical activity.

    “It was an efficacious grace which inspired us, the sons and daughters of the Catholic Church and our brothers and sisters from other Churches and Ecclesial Communities, to set forth on the path of ecumenism.

    “Our longing for the goal of unity prompts us to turn to the Eucharist, which is the supreme sacrament of the unity of the People of God, in as much as it is the apt expression and the unsurpassable source of that unity. 90

    44. “…the Church’s unity, which the Eucharist brings about through the Lord’s sacrifice and by communion in his body and blood, absolutely requires full communion in the bonds of the profession of faith, the sacraments and ecclesiastical governance,

    “it is not possible to celebrate together the same Eucharistic liturgy until those bonds are fully re-established…

    “Every commitment to holiness, every activity…must draw the strength it needs from the Eucharistic mystery and in turn be directed to that mystery as its culmination…

    “The path taken by the Church in these first years of the
    third millennium is also a path of renewed ecumenical commitment


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