Catholic Christianity teaches the daily reality of conversion. The secular Franciscan Rule of Life points to human frailty as the difficult context of living the Gospel. Catholic faith embraces life-long discipleship and causes us to chafe at the evangelical question: “Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior.” Fr. Frank DeSiano says this question isn’t a comfortable one for Catholics. “It seems pushy.” In the 35 minute DVD, “The Evangelizing Liturgy,” Fr. DeSiano, president of Paulist Evangelization Ministries, teaches that there is an authentic Catholic idea of evangelization as a response to the Good News. He cautions that this idea “may sound astonishing.” The Eucharistic Liturgy is this astonishing, authentically Catholic evangelization. In the Mass, we enter the call and response –the interactive experience- of Jesus’ dying and rising. “All of ministry,” Fr. DeSiano asserts “is helping people to die and rise.” He breaks open five points in the liturgy and considers their revelatory effectiveness. We die and rise with our dear Lord through the Profession of Faith, Offertory, Eucharistic Prayer, Communion Rite and Dismissal. In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus says, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God (Luke 9:62).” In this richly packed DVD, Fr. DeSiano invites us into a heightened understanding of ‘setting our hands to the plow.’ Order “The Evangelizing Liturgy” from the Media Resource Center. Please call Diane Gallagher or Dan Hardester @ 407-246-4897 (or 4895) for assistance in using audiovisual media in faith formation for all age groups. (Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.)
Catholic Christianity teaches the daily reality of conversion. The secular Franciscan Rule of Life points to human frailty as the difficult context of living the Gospel.