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Oct 5, 2022

Use Words (Mission of the Redeemer Part 2)

The Ascension Team

Are you prepared to proclaim the Gospel with words? In this episode, Dave and Mike share why it is essential that in evangelization, we actually verbalize our witness. They also explain how the Holy Spirit is the primary mover of evangelization.

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If you love Jesus, you are going to share Jesus.


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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: 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

“The Holy Spirit can work outside of special charisms and miracles. He is the ‘principal agent of mission of the Church.’”

“It is not possible to live as one heart and one soul without Christ giving you his heart and soul.”

“If you’re really good at liturgy, it does not mean you can fail at community. If you are really good at community, this does not mean you can fail at liturgy.”

“The Spirit cultivates the desire for Christ in our hearts.”

“Oftentimes, we do not even have to leave our homes or our parishes in order to preach the Gospel into the wounds that people hold.”

“You have to preach the Gospel. It isn’t enough to say ‘They’ll convert because of the witness of my life.’”

“If you love Jesus, you are going to share Jesus.”

“When you form disciples, they become missionaries.”

“When the God of all becomes a slave, when the Gospel radiates through the lowest of society, that is where cultural change happens at the quickest.”

Practical Takeaway

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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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