Gospel in Action
How do people know you are a Christian? We are evangelized by the living example of others. Gospel in Action tells the stories of ordinary people making choices in the course of ordinary events – bartending, teaching at a university, working as a nurse, as a priest in a parish, among school friends, in competitive business environments, at the neighborhood block party. But, since these people make choices based on their desire to put the gospel into action, their choices have unique effects on those around them. The result is a colorful mosaic of the communion of saints – of both timeless and timely examples of how small choices rooted in God-Love evangelize the world around us.
From the opening section:
“Take a Christian or a handful of Christians who, in the midst of their own community, show their capacity for understanding and acceptance, their sharing of life and destiny with other people, their solidarity with the efforts of all for whatever is noble and good. Let us suppose that, in addition, they radiate in an altogether simple and unaffected way their faith in values that go beyond current values, and their hope in something that is not seen and that one would not dare to imagine. Through this wordless witness these Christians stir up irresistible questions in the hearts of those who see how they live: Why are they like this? Why do they live in this way? What or who is it that inspires them? Why are they in our midst?”
Pope Paul VI,,
On Evangelization in the Modern World, 76
Gospel in Action helps to bridge the gap that so often exists between the Gospel message and our daily lives. By providing short and compelling personal stories from real men and women, young and old, we see what it looks like when the Gospel is applied to real life and lived out. This personal witness is key, because only when others see the Gospel proclaimed through the word and witness of our lives does it achieve its full impact and help draw others into the life of the Church. The personal stories that comprise Gospel in Action are surrounded by short helpful teachings from Benedict XVI, John Paul II and Paul VI, among others, that remind us the Gospel must be put into practice and not simply remain an untried ideal. The unique nature of the book sets it apart from others and readers will find the personal stories helpful as they try more fully to live out the Gospel in their own lives and so take up their place in the work of the New Evangelization.
Most Reverend William E. Lori,
Archbishop of Baltimore
About the Author
Rev. Brendan Leahy is Professor of Systematic Theology at the Pontifical University of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, in Ireland. He is a von Balthasar scholar and an ecumenist, and has authored articles and books on interreligious dialogue, issues facing the Church in the 21st century, the life and teachings of Pope John Paul II, renewal in the Church, and the priesthood.
|Author||Gary Brandl and Thomas Ess, OFM (eds.)|
|Publication Date||Jan 8, 2013|