Archbishop Gomez Calls Us to 'Witness to the New World of Faith' In Pastoral Letter on the New Evangelization
Good Bishops like Archbishop Gomez are gifts for the whole church
The world needs a new evangelization! The people of our city, our nation and our continent are waiting for the encounter with Jesus Christ who makes all things new. In every age, Jesus draws near to offer his salvation to all people. He calls: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock!"
Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CA. (Catholic Online) - Readers of Catholic Online know the admiration I have for the Archbishop of Los Angeles, California, Jose H. Gomez. I have followed his service to the Lord and the Church for years, long before he assumed the Office in Los Angeles. I refer to him as a "New Evangelization" Bishop. He has a deep and infectious love for the Lord Jesus Christ which is expressed in his pastoral warmth, clear teaching, dynamic orthodoxy and courage in standing firm for the truth.
The Archbishop is a man of genuine prayer who possesses a deep love for the Liturgy. This flows directly from his vibrant relationship of communion with the Lord and his priestly soul. His insights on the Revisions to the Roman Missal were among the finest offered last year. I wrote about them in an article entitled We Become What We Pray: Archbishop Gomez and the Revised Roman Missal Through his excellent teaching, the Archbishop helped many to understand the importance of these revisions when they were still generating controversy.
The fruit of the Revisions is now evident everywhere. The water level of our Liturgical worship has deepened and the beauty and uniqueness of the Eucharistic Liturgy has been re-secured. Good Bishops like Archbishop Gomez are gifts for the whole church. His instruction on the meaning of the Revisions helped thousands beyond his Diocese to seize the moment as an invitation to recover our Catholic identity and respond to the call to a deeper experience of the beauty of liturgical worship.
His teaching on the complex and often charged questions arising out of immigration also revealed a wisdom which is desperately needed in the United States. I wrote an article entitled Archbishop Gomez Addresses Immigration with Prophetic Insight and Clarity. I called particular attention to his vital insight into how we must approach all public policy issues first, last and all in between, as Catholics, and not with limiting political labels. The Archbishop did a brilliant job of presenting the Social teaching of the Church and placing immigration within the context of the New Evangelization.
Archbishop Gomez is also a passionate advocate for the poor. He teaches the authentic Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church. His 2011 address to the Napa Institute entitled "Immigration and the "Next America": Perspectives from Our History" should be read by anyone who seeks to inform their political, cultural, social and economic participation in fulfilling our obligation to faithful citizenship, informed by the truth as taught by the Catholic Church.
This Bishop of the New Evangelization has just issued his first pastoral letter since assuming responsibility for the faithful of the Archdiocese of the Angels, Los Angeles, California. He released it on the Feast of the Guardian Angels, October 2, 2012. He begins with this enthusiastic proclamation:
"The world needs a new evangelization! The people of our city, our nation and our continent are waiting for the encounter with Jesus Christ who makes all things new. In every age, Jesus draws near to offer his salvation to all people. He calls: "Behold, I stand at the door and knock!" Jesus invites men and women to follow him and seek the Kingdom of God. He calls them to live as God's children in his family, the Catholic Church."
In this letter, Archbishop Josť H. Gomez has called the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to lead a "new evangelization" of the Americas. He writes, "The men and women of our time need someone to show them the way to Jesus. .They need someone to help open up the door of faith for them. They are waiting for us," he writes in "Witness to the New World of Faith."
The 5,000-word letter was issued to coincide with the start of the "Year of Faith" declared by Pope Benedict XVI. Archbishop Gomez is in Rome where he is taking part in a month-long meeting of the world's bishops called by Pope Benedict to discuss the Church's mission in a time of growing secularism and indifference to religion.
Archbishop Gomez was one of 35 persons selected personally by the Pope to serve as a full member of the Synod of Bishops on "New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith," currently underway at the Vatican. In his new letter, the Archbishop acknowledges that many people today "are losing their awareness of God's presence in the world and in their lives." ...
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