Knowing Isn’t Enough (Mission of the Redeemer Part 3)

Maybe you know what a missionary should be like, but is that how you live your life? In this episode, Dave and Mike explain what St. John Paul II teaches about missionary activity and spirituality.  It isn’t enough to know how mission works. You must actually live it.

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Christ loves the Church and gave himself up for her, so why don’t we?


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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: St. John Paul II.

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 on the Mission of the Redeemer. This document examines the missionary dimension of the Church and how it shapes everything we do as Catholics. This is a very “boots on the ground” and practical guide for Catholics in evangelization.

Ponder These Things

“If we just live simply like Christ asks us too, we will have a lot more encounters with the authentically needful poor and it will have revolutions in our own spiritual lives.”

“True spiritual poverty comes from a recognition that you cannot get through the day without Jesus Christ.”
“The whole community needs to be engaged in missionary work.”

“Loving the Church in humanity as Jesus did is the hardest thing to do.”

“You are not going to ‘feel it’ most of the time when you are evangelizing.”

“Love breaks barriers.”

“Christ loves the Church and gave himself up for her, so why don’t we?”

“The Kingdom of God builds in our hearts first and then spills forth into the world.”

Practical Takeaways
  • Get back to the Soul of the Apostolate. Let that be the foundation on which you build your missionary efforts.
  • Look at your parish. Look at your ministries. Are they oriented towards bringing souls into the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ?
  • Are you being docile to the Holy Spirit?


Meet Your Hosts


Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael spent 17 years in full-time parish ministry and is now the Mission Evangelist for That Man Is You!, a men’s apostolate for Paradisus Dei. Michael is a frequent speaker at conferences, retreats, and parish missions all over the US and Canada.

He is the founder and creative director of, and hosts two popular Catholic podcasts: Catching Foxes and Every Knee Shall Bow.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, and has four beautiful and hilarious children: Kateri, Cecilia, Noah, and Thomas.


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 married his late wife Amber in 2010. He now resides in Pittsburgh with his five children: Sam, Max, Judah, Josie and Louisa.

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