Fostering Missionary Discipleship/Evangelization Quotes

In Scripture

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Mt. 28:19-20

“Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” Mk. 16:15

“Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” Mt. 5:16

“There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” Acts 4:12

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.’” Mt. 9:37-38

“I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd.” Jn. 10:16 

In the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

80. How is the Good News spread? 

From the very beginning the first disciples burned with the desire to proclaim Jesus Christ in order to lead all to faith in him. Even today, from the loving knowledge of Christ there springs up in the believer the desire to evangelize and catechize, that is, to reveal in the Person of Christ the entire design of God and to put humanity in communion with him.

150. What is the mission of the Church? 

The mission of the Church is to proclaim and establish the Kingdom of God begun by Jesus Christ among all peoples. The Church constitutes on earth the seed and beginning of this salvific Kingdom.

172. Why must the Church proclaim the Gospel to the whole world? 

The Church must do so because Christ has given the command: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). This missionary mandate of the Lord has its origin in the eternal love of God who has sent his Son and the Holy Spirit because “he desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).

173. In what sense is the Church missionary? 

The Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, continues the mission of Christ himself in the course of history. Christians must, therefore, proclaim to everyone the Good News borne by Christ; and, following his path, they must be ready for self-sacrifice, even unto martyrdom.

188. What is the vocation of the lay faithful? 

The lay faithful have as their own vocation to seek the Kingdom of God by illuminating and ordering temporal affairs according to the plan of God. They carry out in this way their call to holiness and to the apostolate, a call given to all the baptized.

190. How does the laity participate in the prophetic office? 

They participate in it by welcoming evermore in faith the Word of Christ and proclaiming it to the world by the witness of their lives, their words, their evangelizing action, and by catechesis. This evangelizing action acquires a particular efficacy because it is accomplished in the ordinary circumstances of the world.


The Saints on Evangelization

“First let a little love find entrance into their hearts, and the rest will follow.” – St. Philip Neri

“I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the Church’s energies to a new evangelization and to the mission ad gentes.” – Pope St. John Paul II

“No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church, can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to all peoples.” – Pope St. John Paul II

“The future of evangelization depends in great part on the Church of the home.” – Pope St. John Paul II

“Evangelization will also always contain - as the foundation, center, and at the same time, summit of its dynamism - a clear proclamation that, in Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man, who died and rose from the dead, salvation is offered to all men, as a gift of God's grace and mercy.” – Pope Paul VI

“He who reads much and understands much, receives his fill. He who is full, refreshes others.” – St. Ambrose

“Lord, if your people need me, I will not refuse the work. Your will be done.” – St. Martin of Tours

“To teach in order to lead others to faith is the task of every preacher and of each believer.” – St. Thomas Aquinas

“The devil fears hearts on fire with love of God.” – St. Catherine of Siena

“Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.” – St. Anthony of Padua

“If we persuade even a few, our gain will be very great; for, as good husbandman, we shall receive the reward from the Master.” – St. Justin Martyr

“Let us haste, let us run, my fellow men—us, who are God-loving and God-like images of the Word—let us haste, let us run, let us take his yoke, let us receive, to conduct us to immortality, the good charioteer of men. Let us love Christ.” – Clement of Alexandria


In The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic

“If just 7 percent of Catholics are accomplishing more than 80 percent of what we are doing today, imagine what 14 percent could do. Not to mention what 21 percent of 35 percent could accomplish. Our potential is incredible. The Catholic Church is a sleeping giant. We literally have the power to change the world.” (The Four Signs, 14)

“If we can focus on engaging 1 percent more of our parishioners in a really intentional way each year, we can literally change the world.” (The Four Signs, 15)

“Are you an evangelist? This is one of the questions we asked the 7% in the interviews. Less than 1% replied affirmatively.” (The Four Signs, 22)

Evangelization: “It is, however, important to point out that of the four signs, even among the 7%, this is the most underdeveloped. This is where even our best and brightest are the weakest.” (The Four Signs, 23)

“Imagine what we could achieve if we mobilized. There are seventy-seven million Catholics in the United States today. Catholics could determine every presidential election in this country. We could direct the outcome of almost every election at any level in this country. Catholics could determine the success or failure of almost any product or company. We could direct legislation, influence the types of movies that are made, control the nature of television programming that is produced, and put an end to poverty in America.” (The Four Signs, 148-149)

“Relativism is the enemy of Evangelization, because if all ways of living are equal then there is no need to lead others to a better life.” (The Four Signs, 159)

“Of late we have been talking about the New Evangelization. It is a theme that we first proposed by John Paul II and one that has been further emphasized by Benedict XVI. But here in the United States one has to question if there was an old evangelization. The Church in America has for the most part only ever grown by birth, marriage, and immigration. Though it is waning now, the luxury of a vibrant birth rate and large numbers of Catholic immigrants allowed the Church to be strong and growing. In truth, the Church in the United States has always grown, but not because we were committed to sharing the genius of Catholicism with others—and not because we are particularly good at it. The percentage of true converts who make up the growth of the Catholic Church is minuscule, especially if you take out those who converted in order to marry a Catholic.” (The Four Signs, 174-175)

“People don’t do anything until they are inspired, and once people are inspired there is almost nothing they can’t do. Inspiring people is critical and something we have overlooked for too long.” (The Four Signs, 178)

“When Dynamic Catholics were asked what they did to try to share the faith with others, their top six answers were: 1) pass books and CDs around, 2) invite people to Catholic events, 3) bring a godly perspective to conversations, 4) learn the Catholic teachings on certain issues and be able to articulate them when the Church is attacked over those issues in social settings, 5) help people discover answers to the questions that cause them to doubt the Catholic faith, and 6) demonstrate the love of God through faithful and generous friendship.” (The Four Signs, 180)

“Astoundingly, when asked if anyone had ever taught them how to evangelize, 99.4 percent of respondents said no.” (The Four Signs, 180-181)

“The future of Evangelization depends upon our ability to win people for Christ and his Church, to build people in Christ and his Church, and to develop programs that teach people how to evangelize. Only then will we be able to send them out to change the world in any meaningful way.” (The Four Signs, 181)

“If every member of your parish did one thing each week to share the faith with others, how different would your parish be a year from now? If every Catholic in America did just one small act of evangelization each week, how would the Church grow over the next decade?” (The Four Signs, 183)

“One thing that occurs to me is that I don’t know of any sport that you can win by just playing defense, and the Catholic Church has been playing defense for an awfully long time. Most coaches will tell you that the best form of defense is a good offense. But we have been playing defense for decades, for longer than I have been alive. Christianity is by its very nature proactive. Our current passive and defensive posture is not Christian. It’s time for us to get out of maintenance mode and refocus on our mission. It’s time to start playing a little offense. We need a new level of thinking. The old thinking is defensive thinking.” (The Four Signs, 198-199)

Evangelización en la Escritura

“Vayan, pues, a las gentes de todas las naciones, y háganlas mis discípulos; bautícenlas en el nombre del Padre, del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo, y enséñenles a obedecer todo lo que les he mandado a ustedes. Por mi parte, yo estaré con ustedes todos los días, hasta el fin del mundo.” San Mateo 28:19-20

“Y les dijo: ‘Vayan por todo el mundo y anuncien a todos la Buena noticia.’” San Marcos 16:15

“Del mismo modo, procuren ustedes que su luz brille delante de la gente, para que, viendo el bien que ustedes hacen, todos alaben a su Padre que está en la cielo.” San Mateo 5:16

“En ningún otro hay salvación, porque en todo el mundo Dios no nos ha dado otra persona por la cual podamos salvarnos.” Hechos 4:12

“Pero cuando el Espíritu Santo venga sobre ustedes, recibirán poder y saldrán a dar testimonio de mí, en Jerusalén, en toda la región de Judea y de Samaria, y hasta en las partes más lejanas de la tierra.” Hechos 1:8

“Dijo entonces a sus discípulos: ‘Ciertamenta la cosecha es mucha, pero los trabajadores son pocos. Por eso, pidan ustedes al Dueño de la cosecha que mande trabajadores a recogerla.’” San Mateo 9:37-38

“También tengo otras ovejas que no son de este redil; y también a ellas debo traerlas. Ellas me obedecerán, y formarán un solo rebaño, con un solo pastor.” San Juan 10:16

Evangelización en el Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica Compendio

80. ¿Cómo se difunde esta Buena Noticia?

Desde el primer momento, los discípulos desearon ardientemente anunciar a Cristo, a fin de llevar a todos los hombres a la fe en Él. También hoy, el deseo de evangelizar y catequizar, es decir, de revelar en la persona de Cristo todo el designio de Dios, y de poner a la humanidad en comunión con Jesús, nace de este conocimiento amoroso de Cristo.

150. ¿Cuál es la misión de la Iglesia?

La misión de la Iglesia es la de anunciar e instaurar entre todos los pueblos el Reino de Dios inaugurado por Jesucristo. La Iglesia es el germen e inicio sobre la tierra de este Reino de salvación.

172. ¿Por qué la Iglesia debe anunciar el Evangelio a todo el mundo?

La Iglesia debe anunciar el Evangelio a todo el mundo porque Cristo ha ordenado: «Id, pues, y haced discípulos a todas las gentes, bautizándolas en el nombre del Padre, del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo» (Mt 28, 19). Este mandato misionero del Señor tiene su fuente en el amor eterno de Dios, que ha enviado a su Hijo y a su Espíritu porque «quiere que todos los hombres se salven y lleguen al conocimiento de la verdad» (1 Tm 2, 4)

173. ¿De qué modo la Iglesia es misionera?

La Iglesia es misionera porque, guiada por el Espíritu Santo, continúa a lo largo de los siglos la misión del mismo Cristo. Por tanto, los cristianos deben anunciar a todos la Buena Noticia traída por Jesucristo, siguiendo su camino y dispuestos incluso al sacrificio de sí mismos hasta el martirio.

188. ¿Cuál es la vocación de los fieles laicos?

Los fieles laicos tienen como vocación propia la de buscar el Reino de Dios, iluminando y ordenando las realidades temporales según Dios. Responden así a la llamada a la santidad y al apostolado, que se dirige a todos los bautizados.

190. ¿Cómo participan los fieles laicos en la misión profética de Cristo?

Los laicos participan en la misión profética de Cristo cuando acogen cada vez mejor en la fe la Palabra de Cristo, y la anuncian al mundo con el testimonio de la vida y de la palabra, mediante la evangelización y la catequesis. Este apostolado «adquiere una eficacia particular porque se realiza en las condiciones generales de nuestro mundo» (Lumen Gentium 35).

Los Santos en la Evangelización

“Tengo la sensación de que ha llegado el momento de dedicar todas las fuerzas eclesiales a la nueva evangelización.” – Papa Juan Pablo II

“Ningún creyente en Cristo, ninguna institución de la Iglesia puede eludir este deber supremo: anunciar a Cristo a todos los pueblos.” – Papa Juan Pablo II

“La evangelización en el futuro depende en gran parte de la Iglesia doméstica.” – Papa Juan Pablo II

“La evangelización también debe contener siempre -como base, centro y a la vez culmen de su dinamismo- una clara proclamación de que en Jesucristo, Hijo de Dios hecho hombre, muerto y resucitado, se ofrece la salvación a todos los hombres, como don de la gracia y de la misericordia de Dios.” – Papa Pablo VI

"Señor, si tu pueblo me necesita, no rehusaré el trabajo." - San Martin de Tours

“Enseñar a alguien para traerlo a la fe es tarea de todo predicador e incluso de todo creyente.” – Santo Tomas de Aquino 

“Las acciones hablan más que las palabras, deja que tus palabras enseñan y sus acciones hablan.” – San Antonio de Padua