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The Joy of the Gospel
Fr. Nathaniel Haslam LC discusses the call of every Christian to evangelize

Share Your Good News

Fr. Nathaniel Haslam LC offered his insights into one of the writings of Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), at one of the local parishes in the Houston, Texas area. On August 6, 2014, to a group gathered at St. Cecelia’s parish, he discussed the implications of the document for all Christians.

One of the greatest weaknesses in the modern Church is the lack of missionary outreach, he said. Every person has a vocation to evangelize.

Quoting the Pope, Fr. Nathaniel said, “I am a ‘mission’ on this earth. That is the reason why I am here.  I am sent. You are sent.”

Highlighting the charism of Regnum Christi to form apostles for that very reason, he focused on what he sees as the main points of the Pope’s teaching.

“Jesus is the center of reality for a Christian,” he said. “God is central to who you are as a person.”

Christ invites all to share the “good news” of the Gospel, he said, and evangelization is always based on a love for Christ.

He said Christians must have a “personal, passionate encounter with Jesus” through the Eucharist, prayer, the sacraments and fraternal fellowship with their brothers and sisters.

He suggested his audience encounter Jesus in contemplation in Eucharistic Adoration, so they can remain filled with “the living water of Jesus.”

He reassured his listeners that evangelization does not always mean going out to a remote country. “Most of the work you do will be with the people around you,” said Fr. Nathaniel.

He told his audience that God has put certain people in their path, and they have opportunity to transmit Jesus to those people.

“Random encounters are not random.”

To listen to Fr. Nathaniel’s entire talk, click here.



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