“You Catholics write about evangelization better than anyone, but you tend to do it worse than anyone!” exclaimed a Protestant speaker at a Catholic conference on evangelization I once attended. At first, I was furious with this seeming accusation, but have I repented. We do struggle with learning skills for “how-to” reach out with the good news of Jesus Christ to others, especially in ways that it sounds like GOOD NEWS to them!
To learn these skills, we need to develop new attitudes. We need to be teachable, to take the appropriate time to learn new skills, to be willing to turn from previous behaviors and attitudes we have toward evangelization, and to turn toward Jesus Christ’s ways to evangelize in our time in history.
(John J. Boucher is a Catholic evangelization consultant and trainer. He served for many years as the director of evangelization in the Diocese of Trenton. He has authored/co-authored over 300 religious articles and many books including, Sharing the Faith that You Love: Four Simple Ways to Be Part of the New Evangelization.)