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Sep 21, 2022

Don’t Just Teach the Faith (Redeemer of Man Part 3)

The Ascension Team

We are not called to just teach the faith. We must profess and live it! Mike and Dave explain how to make evangelization more than just teaching apologetics. They explain how to help people find themselves in Christ.

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After helping individuals find themselves in Christ, we need to help society become Christo-centric.


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Have questions for Mike and Dave? Email them at eksb@ascensionpress.com.

What You Need to Know

In this season of Every Knee Shall Bow, Mike and Dave are looking at some of St. John Paul II’s greatest works on evangelization. They are looking at these works to help you become a better evangelist. This is a masterclass from a master evangelist.

The three works Mike and Dave are going through this season are Redeemer of Man, Mission of the Redeemer, and Splendor of Truth. In Redeemer of Man, we will come to understand why the Incarnation matters. Mission of the Redeemer examines the missionary impulse of the Church and how it shapes everything we do. Finally, in Splendor of Truth, we will learn what it looks like to pursue discipleship. It will teach us to move beyond the Kerygma to catechesis on Christian living.

Read through the documents and follow along with Mike and Dave so that you can deepen your love and knowledge of actually proclaiming the faith.

It was St. John Paul II’s hope to see the whole of humanity united to Christ.

In this episode, Mike and Dave continue their discussion of Redeemer of Man. This was St. John Paul II’s first encyclical of his papacy. In it, he offers an authoritative interpretation of Vatican II, explains his hope to continue the work of Paul VI, and gives the framework for his papacy. In the remainder of the encyclical, he offers a thorough explanation of why the Incarnation matters and what it means for Christians.

Ponder These Things

“After helping individuals find themselves in Christ, we need to help society become Christo-centric.”

“Christianity is not just about winning arguments. It is not just about overcoming objections. In the end, it is a radical newness of life. And if we aren’t seen to be living that life, our efforts in evangelization will fall short.”

“The more you grow into your office of priest, prophet, king, the more we become aware of where we need to serve.”

“Christianity is predicated on the God of the universe revealing himself to us.”

“Parents, do not forsake your prophetic office. Do not become false prophets by just dropping your kids off at church.”

“When you wait to be a Eucharistic evangelist, it is like keeping the best thing hidden.”

“When we downplay or deny the sacrifice of the Mass, we actually rob it of its efficaciousness.”

“It is an incalculable vulnerability that the God of the universe would put himself into a tiny white host. Why does he do this still? Because he wants to be near us. Because he is love.”

“‘We are following Christ.’ That is what it means to be a community of disciples and to live our vocation.”

“The Church is a mother and the world needs a mother.”

Practical Takeaways
  1. Read this document. If you haven’t been reading along and you’ve just been listening, find the time to sit down and read Redeemer of Man.
  2. Be prophetic. Speak the Gospel. Understand the Gospel at an intellectual level so that you can believe it more.
  3. Have a devotion to Mary, Mother of the Church. Understand the maternal side of Mary.

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Meet Your Hosts


 

Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael has been leading evangelization and ministry efforts for the past ten years, both as a full-time parish staff member and as a speaker and consultant for parishes, dioceses, and Catholic campus ministries.

Mike is also the founder and creative director of LayEvangelist.com, and the producer and cohost of a Catholic young adult podcast Catching Foxes, which discusses the collision of Faith and Culture.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, and they have about 1,000 children and get about 3 hours of sleep a night, which is alright by him.

 

David “Dave” VanVickle

Dave VanVickle

Dave VanVickle fell in love with the Lord at the age of fourteen and has since dedicated his life to bringing others into a radical relationship with Christ.

He is a speaker and retreat leader who focuses on proclaiming the universal call to holiness, authentic Catholic spirituality, spiritual warfare and deliverance. Additionally, Dave has over ten years of experience assisting Priests with their ministries of exorcism and deliverance.

Dave resides in Pittsburgh with his wife Amber and their five children: Sam, Max, Judah, Josie and Louisa.

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