WHAT DO WE MEAN BY EVANGELIZATION & FORMATION
"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age." (Mt 28:19-20)
A Catholic vision of evangelization was set out by the USCCB in 1992. The document Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States sets forth that vision and calls all of us to heed this command of Christ found in Matthew. St. John Paul II, and more recently Benedict VI and Pope Francis, in promoting the New Evangelization call us, as baptized members of Christ’s body to deepen our own faith and go forth to proclaim the Gospel - this begins by renewing our own relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church.
"I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!" (Lk 12:49)
10. The simplest way to say what evangelization means is to follow Pope Paul VI, whose message Evangelii Nuntiandi (On Evangelization in the Modern World) has inspired so much recent thought and activity in the Church. We can rephrase his words to say that evangelizing means bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human situation and seeking to convert individuals and society by the divine power of the Gospel itself.6 At its essence are the proclamation of salvation in Jesus Christ and the response of a person in faith, which are both works of the Spirit of God.
11. Evangelization must always be directly connected to the Lord Jesus Christ. "There is no true evangelization if the name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the Kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God are not proclaimed." Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan And Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States.
Faith Formation is the life long process of deepening our relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church through a deeper understanding of our faith and it’s traditions. Living Christ’s command of evangelizing the world calls us, as re-iterated in the New Evangelization, to lifelong participation in formation the Christian life. It is not reserved simply for children and/or those preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and/or Eucharist); rather “Faith must be known celebrated, lived, and expressed in prayer. So catechesis comprises six fundamental tasks, each of which is related to an aspect of faith in Christ. All efforts in evangelization and catechesis should incorporate these tasks.” (NDC 20)
These six tasks include