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Apostolic Exhortations, Letters and Articles on Evangelization

NCCB Logo  Called and Gifted: The American Catholic Laity. Washington, DC: USCC, 1980.

Commemorating the Issuance of the Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity, this reflection, written by the American Bishops, offers beautiful insight into the importance of Lay Ministry in the Church and around the world. More »
 Vatican Cardinal William Levada. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Doctrinal Note on some Aspects of Evangelization. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2007.

The Doctrinal Note on Some Aspects of Evangelization discusses the challenges of evangelization among the followers of the Catholic Church. In response to this growing issue, Cardinal Levada offers deep insight to help Christians have a better understanding in sharing the Good News with others. More »
 ZENIT Pope Benedict XVI. On the Synod of the New Evangelization. Vatican City, 2010.

In this article, Pope Benedict XVI emphasizes the importance of the “New Evangelization” and proposes the future dedication of the next Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in 2012 to the theme “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.” More »
 Vatican Pope Benedict XVI. Ubicumque Et Semper (Of the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI Establishing the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization). Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2010.
Ubicumque Et Semper, an Apostolic Letter (in the form of Motu Proprio) written by Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, states that evangelization should be occurring always and everywhere. In response, a new Pontifical Council has been established to promote the spreading of Good News. More »
 Vatican Pope Paul VI. On Evangelization in the Modern World (Evangelii Nuntiandi). Vatican City/Washington, D.C.: USCC, 1975. Publication No.129-6.

On Evangelization in the Modern World (Evangelii Nuntiandi), a document written by Pope Paul VI, sheds a new light to the meaning of Evangelization for a Christian Catholic. Not only does it teach Catholics how to live out their faith through their actions, but it also provides beautiful insight to help them understand the mission of bearing witness to the good news. More »
 Vatican Pope John Paul II. Apostolic Exhortation on the Vocation and Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World (Christifidelis Laici). Vatican City/ Washington, DC: USCC, 1989.
Christifidelis Laici, a Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation written by Our Holy Father Pope Paul II, discusses the vocation and mission of lay followers in the Church. More »

Public Speaking

 The Speaker's Handbook Sprague, Jo., and Douglas Stuart. The Speaker's Handbook. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth, 2005.

The Speaker’s Handbook written by Jo Sprague and Douglas Stewart is a useful instrument for those seeking to attain better skills in public speaking. Through its offering of public speaking fundamentals such as planning, presenting, listening, and conversing, readers are able to speak more perfectly with poise and ease.

Reference Text

Catechism of the Catholic Church  Catechism of the Catholic Church: Revised in Accordance With the Official Latin Text Promulgated by Pope John Paul II. 2 ed. Huntington: Our Sunday Visitor, 2000. 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a great resource for those who are yearning to explore the Catholic faith. Written with the laity in mind, the Catechism instructs on the teachings of the Church through the use of scriptures, the Magesterium, and writings from the Church fathers. More »

Spiritual Theology

 Prayer Primer: Igniting a Fire Within Dubay, Thomas.  Prayer Primer: Igniting a Fire Within. Cincinnati, OH: Servant Books, 2002.

Prayer Primer: Igniting a Fire Within is written for those seeking to strengthen their relationship with God through prayer. Fr. Thomas Dubay not only explains the importance of prayer, but offers readers insight behind the true beauty that lies within prayer.
 Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska Kowalaska, Saint Maria Faustina. Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul. Stockbridge: Marian Press, 2005.

The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska is written as an inspiration for those who desire to grow and develop a closer relationship with Jesus. The hardships that Sister Faustina experiences offer readers newfound comfort in their own daily struggles.
When the Lion Roars  Rossetti, Stephen J. When the Lion Roars: A Primer for the Unsuspecting Mystic. Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2003.

When the Lion Roars: A Primer for the Unsuspecting Mystic allows readers to recognize mysticism as an open invitation for those who are truly seeking to deepen their relationship with God. Readers are also given an opportunity to better their prayer life in order to achieve the transformation they seek and become one with God.
 Divine Mercy Stackpole, Robert. Divine Mercy: A Guide from Genesis to Benedict XVI.  Stockbridge: Marian Press, 2008.

Divine Mercy: A Guide from Genesis to Benedict XVI is a good resource for those who are seeking to understand the grace of God’s Divine Mercy. Readers will have an opportunity to recognize how God has revealed his mercy throughout the history since the creation of man to this very day.

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