THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
THE RAGING WORLD WAR
The call to the New Evangelization is in large part a response
to the new paganism that is upon us in the world. Most Christians
are no longer Christian. We live in a post-Christian world,
especially in the West, where Christians are nominal and many
are even antagonistic to the Christian faith. Most Christians
today are baptized pagans.
is such antagonism to the Christian faith manifested? “Why
did the Gentiles rage and the peoples entertain folly? The
kings of the earth took their stand and the princes gathered
together against the Lord and against his anointed.”
(Acts 4:25b-26). What Peter quotes is what David spoke of
(Ps 2:1-2). What are the aspects of this assault on Christianity
“... the Gentiles rage ...” This is not just
about the hatred for and massacre of Christians by radical
Muslims in the Middle East today. This is true as well of
the reproductive health and gender ideology forces, many
of whom are supposed to be Christians. They are intolerant
of religious freedom and particularly of Christian values.
They will do anything to intimidate and bring down those
who want to live their Christian faith, using social media
or the secular courts.
“and the peoples entertain folly.” So-called
Christians today have accepted contraception, divorce, abortion
and same-sex unions. This has resulted in the disintegration
of morality, marriage and family life. Today what was wrong
has become right and what was right has become wrong, and
traditional values that have brought stability and progress
to society have been rejected. Folly indeed.
“The kings of the earth took their stand ...”
Powerful forces are imposing the culture of death on the
world. These forces are led by the US government, the European
Union, elements of the United Nations, population control
billionaires and international liberal media. Their intent
is to impose their modernist agenda on the whole world.
They will use all means at their disposal, including political,
economic and military influence. The US for example has
directed its ambassadors to promote the LGBT agenda as a
primary element of its foreign policy.
the princes gathered together against the Lord and against
his anointed.” Since this is a work of the evil one,
the ultimate aim is to destroy the faith, or at least weaken
it, to make it irrelevant in a secular and progressive world.
Those who persist in living out their faith and refusing
to conform to the norms of modernism can expect to be ostracized,
oppressed, suppressed and persecuted. They will be sued
in secular courts, fined, imprisoned, and forced to change
matters worse is that the faith is being assaulted not just
from outside, but from within. Catholics themselves, including
nuns, priests, bishops and cardinals, have bought into the
liberal agenda. Thus the Christian faith and the Catholic
Church are being hemmed in and assaulted from all sides. “Indeed
they gathered in this city against your holy servant Jesus
whom you anointed, Herod and Pontius Pilate, together with
the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel” (Acts 4:27).
and Pontius Pilate represent the rulers of today’s world
that want to impose a secular humanist culture. The peoples
of Israel, including the Sanhedrin, represent Church people.
Assaulted by radical Islamists, secular governments and even
the enemy within, Christians are in a very dire situation.
these hostile forces are not just “gathered in this
city,” they are in all the cities of the world.
In the face of such dire circumstances, how can Christians
survive, and even thrive?
most Christians are nominal, they need to be renewed in their
faith. They must be “born from above.” (Jn 3:3b).
They must be “born of water and the Spirit.” (Jn
3:5b). This happens in the sacrament of Baptism. However,
many Catholics who have been sacramentally baptized are nominal,
secular, liberal, and even antagonistic to the faith. And
so their baptismal commitment needs to be renewed, as adults
rather than as infants for whom godparents made the commitment.
They need to repent and have renewed faith in Jesus, accepting
him as their personal Savior and Lord. And they need to be
baptized in the Holy Spirit. And so Jesus once again is telling
us, “Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must
be born from above.’” (Jn 3:7).
on whom the Holy Spirit descended on the day of Pentecost
were radically transformed from fearful men to valiant apostles,
from those who ran and abandoned Jesus to those who went to
the cross for his sake. The Holy Spirit empowers and strengthens
and gives endurance and perseverance. The Holy Spirit accompanies
God’s people as they go on mission, providing them with
what they need. “And now, Lord, take note of their threats,
and enable your servants to speak your word with all boldness.”
it is God who sends us to proclaim Christ, since it is God
who equips and empowers us, since it is God who depends upon
us to proclaim the gospel, then God will be there for us.
We just need to connect with Him and maintain our relationship
with Him, especially through prayer. God is the source of
our power and boldness. “As they prayed, the place where
they were gathered shook, and they were all filled with the
holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”
how about those powerful forces arrayed against us? “The
one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord derides them”
(Ps 2:4). God’s power is supreme. Jesus has already
won the victory. Thus for us in God’s army, “like
a potter’s vessel you will shatter them.” (Ps
We are tasked to proclaim the good news to every creature
and to make disciples of all the nations. It is God who sends
us. We just need to present ourselves as His willing instruments,
and ask for the victory that is already ours. “Ask it
of me, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
and, as your possessions, the ends of the earth.” (Ps