The Word Among Us

February 2009 Issue

Answering the Call to Evangelization

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Publisher's Letter

When Benedict XVI talks about his mission as pope, he often brings up issues like secularism, materialism, and respect for life. But he always says that the primary mission of the church is to take up the “new evangelization” that originated at Vatican II and was furthered by Pope John Paul II. More »


The Message of the Gospel

When we examine our attitude toward evangelization, it is clear that the degree to which we are willing to evangelize is linked to the degree to which we have understood the great work that Jesus has done in us and in the church. More »

Responding to the Call

The gospel really does have the power to save and redeem. It’s something that each of us can experience. And it’s something that each of us is called to proclaim. More »

Go and Make Disciples

Have you ever tried to evangelize someone? To share your faith in Christ with another person? Do you feel confident that you know how to do it? More »

Empowered by the Spirit, and drawing upon faith’s rich vision, a new generation of Christians is being called to help build a world in which God’s gift of life is welcomed, respected and cherished—not rejected, feared as a threat and destroyed. More »

Special Feature

Everyone Has Something to Give

The supermarket was crowded when I rushed inside, intent on getting my shopping done as quickly as possible. I was hurrying down an aisle, when a wispy voice asked, “Excuse me, Miss. Can you tell me where the coffee is?” More »

In April of 2005, like millions of others around the world, I watched with great interest the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to the papacy. More »

Tale of Two Friends

St. Francis Xavier—the sixteenth-century Jesuit who spread the gospel in India, Indonesia, and Japan—has been called the greatest missionary since St. Paul. This intrepid priest broke new ground and evangelized on a large scale, despite great dangers, deprivations, and hardships. More »