Characteristics of the New Evangelization
A) It is not new in its content; its theme is always Christocentric, that is, the one Gospel given in Jesus Christ, the Lord and savior of all mankind. Pope Benedict XVI has often reminded us that “being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the event of an encounter with a person – Jesus Christ, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction”.
B) It is inspired by the Holy Spirit who guided Jesus’ steps and, from the day of Pentecost, guides the Church. The gift of the Spirit is the prime mover, the first source, the first breath of a true evangelization.
C) It is the responsibility of all the people of God, not just the work of a few people with a special vocation. All the laity are co-responsible. As Christians, we cannot avoid the supreme duty to evangelize.
D) It is not just for foreign missions or only those who have not heard or believe the Christian message. The new evangelization is also for healthy Christian communities and for those Christians who have lost a living sense of faith.
E) It is directed to individuals as well as to entire cultures of people and a wide variety of socio-cultural and demographic sectors.
F) It is not only about proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom of God, but involves the comprehensive process of being Christian, ongoing conversion and catechesis, and creating a civilization of love.
G) It calls for a faithful missionary spirit that springs from prayer and holiness, hope and charity toward others.