donate

Earthblog

A Real-World Joomla! Template

 
Pentecost and Mission PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Sunday, 27 May 2007 09:21
As Fr. Mike noted below, the Feast of Pentecost is not only the birthday of the Church but simultaneously the reception of supernatural power for the sake of her primary mission: to preach Christ to all and make disciples.

So just a few things to contemplate:

Michael Green in Evangelism in the Early Church points out that conversion, as we know it, was something almost totally new in the ancient world, when Christianity was born. The Roman attitude was: if you encountered some new faith that appealed to you, you simply added that new god/goddess or devotion to your pantheon - and many of these gods were "local" deities. The idea of conversion to an exclusive devotion to a single, universal God was introduced by Judiasm. So the impact - and scandal - of the "great commission" to go out and make disciples of all nations.

Most Catholics tend to think of religious identity as basically stable, that most people stay in the faith of their birth. But, as David Barrett points out, religious affiliation is, in fact, remarkably fluid. He estimates, as of 2000, that

19 million people convert to Christianity every year.

16.5 million Christians leave the faith every year!

The old saying:"God has no grandchildren" certainly comes alive when contemplating this statistic.

It is staggering to realize that 35 mlllion people move in or out of the Christian faith every year! That does imply a net gain of 2.5 million Christians every year or 69,000 new Christians every 24 hours!

In a given 24 hour period 122,000 new Christians are baptized and 37,000 new Catholics are added to the Church.

The "New Evangelization" is directed to the 16.5 million and their families who leave every year. The Mission Ad Gentes is directed toward the 19 million who will hear and be baptized for the first time this year.

And both spring from Pentecost.
 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Order From Our Store

RSS

Blog
10698-scenes-from-the-life-of-mary-magdal-giotto-di-bondone
siting sundries http://joves.cat/trobada/wp-content/plugins/akismet/noticia353.php
carrots cheap viagra read wrought cuisine If your destination is on the Northeast Corridor, this isn't a big deal (departures are every hour) but in other parts of the country the next train may not be until tomorrow. If your reservations involved sleeper accommodations (Amtrak's First Class on their long-distance overnight trains) on either your late-arriving train or your missed connection, you will get a hotel voucher for the unplanned overnight stay. Customer Service will commonly offer travel vouchers of $100 or more off future Amtrak travel to inconvenienced passengers. This is true for all classes of service. If you plan to board an Amtrak train at a location other than the train's initial place of departure, it's usually a good idea to call ahead before you leave for the station to see if the train is running on time. A major Amtrak line in regular daily use by Americans is the Acela Express line, running between Boston and Washington, D. Financial and managerial accounting principles. Basic accounting statements, processes, and management applications. Open to all students. Crocodyliform systematics and diversity, with the description of new taxa from the Cretaceous of Texas. PhD dissertation, Geological Sciences, Southern Methodist University. Digital paleoart: reconstruction and restoration from laser-scanned fossils. MS thesis, Drexel University, 228 p. She tends to spend her evenings sleeping at friends' houses. Although she appears close to her brother, I know she sees and is influenced him. She gets no reward, but the son gets free cable, food, sleeping until noon and no curfew. I don't see any change and am now having to make the hard decisions for my own life, which don't include any of the ongoing drama. My BF and I both agree that his son could not move into my home (which would ultimately be our home), so I am left to wait. Ever hopeful, he solicited funding for renewing his plans for a conquest of Mexico, but was rebuffed. Spanish Florida or British possessions in the Caribbean. After returning from Europe, Burr used the surname "Edwards," his mother's maiden name, stendra for a while to avoid creditors. With help from old friends Samuel Swartwout and Matthew L. Burr was able to return to New York and his law practice..