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CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization Study Guide

August 19, 20140 Comments

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The Catholic Faith is not about myths or legends, symbols or literary devices. It’s about an encounter so overwhelming that you want to tell the whole world. It is an encounter with Jesus Christ. Throughout history the call of Christ has sent people to the corners of the earth with a message of great joy, a message that has built civilizations, inspired cultures and even sent some to prisons and to their graves.

We have the same call — that’s the New Evangelization.

This new documentary series from Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire continues the story of CATHOLICISM and explores the Church’s mission and the challenges of contemporary culture. With the original CATHOLICISM series, Bishop Barron took us on a journey around the world deep into the Faith. Now, experience this Faith in action in CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization.

(A brief description of the six lessons contained in the study guide, produced to accompany the documentary series from Bishop Robert Barron, can be found here:)

Lesson One: Introduction

“What is the New Evangelization?", “Why is it worthwhile?", and “How does one do it?" Bishop Barron explains how the concept of a “new" evangelization began to take shape in the second Vatican Council.

Lesson Two: New Ardor

New enthusiasm, new energy and renewal from Holy Spirit constitute “new ardor." Bishop  Barron takes us behind the scenes at World Youth Day and shows us other energetic examples of new ardor. The deepest source of Christian ardor is the reality of the resurrection, which fuels us to actively reach out in love to others with the “Good News.”

Lesson Three: New Expressions—Part I
Lesson Four:  New Expressions—Part II

It’s not an expression of a different truth, but the same truth proclaimed and lived by Christ, that we have to express in a different cultural setting. Bishop Barron explains why secularism is on the rise:  Confusion about who and what God is; Trying to fill human longing for God with the temporal and materials things of this world; and Relativism that purports that there is no objective truth.

Lesson Five:   New Methods

Bishop Barron calls for “using the means and methods of our time to evangelize.” In today’s culture the Internet and social media plays a huge role. He encourages us all to use these new methods for the Lord.  We all can give testimony to Christ by the methods we use to communicate and by how we live each day.

Lesson Six: Faith in Action

The New Evangelization Formation Program includes a sixth workshop-style session that guides participants in developing their own new evangelization action plan, either as individuals or as a Catholic group/parish.  This section is based on selected clips from the interviews conducted for the series.


For more information and for supplementary materials to facilitate a study group, please visit CatholicismNewEvangelization.com.