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By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/27/2017 12:00 AM

As we have progressed deeper into the third Christian millennium, we have moved further and further into what Pope St. John Paul II called (and many other Christian thinkers agreed with him) a ‘Post Christian West.’ This was the heart of Pope Benedict XVI’s controversial ‘Regensburg Speech’ that rippled throughout the intellectual world.

In response, every Holy Father since Pope St. John XXIII has called for a ‘new evangelization’ of this post-Christian west. But whenever we talk of the ‘New Evangelization,’ the inevitable question arises: what is ‘New’ about the ‘New Evangelization’?

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/21/2017 2:27 PM
In our pursuit and understanding of the Church’s missionary efforts, we have reached a critical stage in Church History: the Protestant Reformation. Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther, a disgruntled Augustinian priest, nailed his 95 Thesis on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, and unleashed a firestorm of dissent and confusion across most of northern Europe and chaos across the entire continent as the Catholic Church struggled to respond. In short, we were ill equipped to answer his challenges in a thoughtful and respectful manner, and the Church suffered dramatically because of it.
By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/13/2017 12:00 AM

Last week, we walked through the history of the Early Church up to about the year 600 AD. By that time, the Roman Empire in the west was experiencing major challenges from the barbarian hordes, but there was another looming threat to Christianity that took everyone by surprise: the rise of Islam across northern Africa and into modern day Spain.

As we look to northern Africa now (the southern shore of the Mediterranean Sea), it is all predominantly Muslim in heritage. But it was not always so. Some of the great Early Church fathers who were staunch and strong defenders of the Faith were also from Northern Africa: St. Augustine is from Hippo, St. Anthony of the Desert lived in Egypt, St. Cyprian was from Carthage; among many others. They were some of the best and brightest thinkers in the Early Church and laid the theological foundations for so many who would come after them.

By Fr. Kyle Schnippel on 8/6/2017 12:25 AM

At the very end of Matthew’s account of the Gospel, Jesus gives the Great Commission to the Eleven, with the following words:

 

“Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”” (Matthew 28:18-20)

 

That commission has been passed down through the ages and continues to be at the heart of missionary efforts of the Church, which can easily be summarized as to bring Jesus Christ and His message of Salvation to all areas of our world.

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