“Witness to the New Evangelization,” the Text of Archbishop Carlson’s DTF Lecture

Witness to the New Evangelization

Steubenville Conference—Apologetics & New Evangelization (July 27, 2012)

I. Introduction

When we find a good restaurant we want to share it with our friends, and we do.  When we hear a good song we want to share it with our friends, and we do. When we see a good movie or read a good book or find a good recipe we want to share it with our friends, and we do.  The fact that you can now do it on Facebook is just a new twist on an old theological principle: The good is self-diffusive. The good wants to be shared, and anyone who resists doing so is rightly called selfish.

It’s a curious fact about many Catholics, however, that there is one good thing that we’re reluctant to share: the good news of our faith in Jesus Christ.  For one reason or another, our culture tells us that it’s selfish to keep good things to ourselves, but rude to share the good news of Jesus Christ.  And, for one reason and another, we’ve grown comfortable with that double standard.

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