The Individual Is Greater Than Ideas (Redeemer of Man Part 2)

Mike and Dave continue their deep dive into John Paul II’s encyclical Redeemer of Man. How can we help someone know who they are? How essential is evangelization? What has replaced virtue? Find the answers to these and other questions in this week’s episode.

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Anytime you try to change the world without evangelization, it is not going to work.


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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.

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

For this section of the shownotes, we have pulled some of the most stand out, poignant, chewable quotes from the episode. If you weren’t able to take notes or you are looking for a couple of ideas to ponder from this episode, look no further!

“Everyone wants to know who they are, and as evangelists, we can help them discover that.”

“If you want a way into someone’s heart, show them Jesus. Follow Jesus into that heart and see that heart as Jesus does.”

“The reason why Jesus Christ is our salvation is because he is the union of God and man. He is the bridge. He is our reconciliation to the Father”

“The person who is in front us is the person whom Christ has redeemed.”

“Instead of virtue, we use technology.”

“Anytime you try to change the world without evangelization, it is not going to work.”

“We should be focused on individuals, but instead we are focused on ideas.”

“If you do not defend the individual rights of individual people, you will soon defend no one’s rights.”

Practical Takeaway

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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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