Magisterium & Tradition
Online access to teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church, featuring many pertaining to evangelical thought, life and ministry. Also view the listing of the occurrences of the word “Evangelical” in the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers and in the Ante-Nicene Fathers
The Church’s first purpose is to be the sacrament of the inner union of men with God (775).
The sacred liturgy does not exhaust the entire activity of the Church. Before men can come to the liturgy they must be called to faith and to conversion…. (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 9).
Evangelization begins with the proclamation of the Gospel and the call to conversion, and in its fullness evolves into catechesis (61).
Evangelizing is in fact the grace and vocation proper to the Church, her deepest identity. She exists in order to evangelize (Evangelium Nuntiandii, 14).
Therefore, even when occupied with temporal affairs, the laity can and must be involved in the precious work of evangelizing the world (Lumen Gentium, 35).
This witness of life, however, is not the sole element in the apostolate; the true apostle is on the lookout for occasions to proclaim Christ by word, either to unbelievers to draw them towards faith, of to the faithful to instruct them, strengthen them, call them to a more fervent life (Apostolicam Actuositatem, 6).
A radical conversion in thinking is required in order to become missionary, and this holds true both for individuals and entire communities. The Lord is always calling us to come out of ourselves and to share with others the goods we possess, starting with the most precious gift of all – our faith. The effectiveness of the Church’s organizations, movements, parishes and apostolic works must be measured in the light of this missionary imperative. Only by becoming missionary will the Christian community be able to overcome its internal divisions and tensions, and rediscover its unity and its strength of faith (Redemptoris Missio, 49).
A video of Archbishop Dolan’s Presidential Address at the USCCB General Assembly. The address is on the first video, beginning at 39:45.
The manuscript of Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s Presidential Address to the USCCB General Assembly from November 14, 2011.
Proclamation is the permanent priority of mission. The Church cannot elude Christ’s explicit mandate, nor deprive men and women of the “Good News” about their being loved and saved by God (Deus Caritas Est 44.1).
“Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice, or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.” – Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est
Biographies and writings of the Fathers of the Church in an alphabetical listing.
The masterpiece of Thomas Aquinas.
Online resource of classic Christian spiritual and theological writings, including those of St. Ignatius, Teresa of Avila, Thomas à Kempis, and Brother Lawrence.