Greetings from Australia!

 Greetings from Australia where I spoke alongside Archbishop Fisichella, the President of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, at PROCLAIM 2012 this past week/end! The Lord has sent me to be His witness “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1) – literally! It was a delight to share the podium with the Archbishop as keynoters for this great new evangelization event (www.proclaimconference.com.au/speakers), and it was a great joy to interview him for my San Antonio TV show (shows that I upload to Vimeo and YouTube) and to spend time with him petting koalas and feeding wallaroos and talking to parrots.

Archbishop Fisichella delivered two keynote addresses on the New Evangelization and the Year of Faith, and was interviewed by a leading local secular newspaper: http://www.news.va/en/news/abp-fisichella-we-need-new-evangelizers.

I gave a keynote address on personal conversion and holiness; a seminar (workshop) on the New Evangelization; conducted four television interviews; served as a panelist; and was interviewed for an online Catholic media outlet and a newspaper.

I shared with the participants why conversion and holiness are indispensable for personal maturity and for an effective New Evangelization, and using a heartburn commercial and spiritual heartburn analogy shared how just like with certain foods we may experience heartburn sooner or later, in the spiritual life too, sooner or later our hearts will need to burn for love of God and neighbor. God will purify our hearts (as the song “Refiner’s Fire” says) here or later. So, “do you want heartburn now or later?” In speaking of the central place of the Eucharist in my life, I shared that in receiving “the Bread come down from heaven”, Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist, though we don’t actually become the bread of life, we do become like Him! As the saying goes, “you become what you eat”: in our case, we become like Him whom we eat – holier today that yesterday and holier tomorrow than today! 

Find photos and coverage of the talks at www.bathurst.catholic.org.au/?i=617&stronger-higher-faster-path-to-sainthood and http://s1116.photobucket.com/albums/k564/catholicmedia/Martha%20Fernandez%20Sardina/. Find 30 Ways iEvangelize and 12 Tips for an Effective New Evangelization elsewhere in this blog.

Conference participants were able to send their questions to keynote speakers and panelists via Twitter, and to enjoy highlights of the conference via Facebook in real time. They will soon be able to enjoy the three keynote addresses again via video, alongside the texts of each talk: http://www.proclaimconference.com.au/. The joys of modern technology well used!

Pray that there be much fruit from the words spoken and the insights provided by Archbishop Fisichella, myself, and the couple of dozen seminar presenters to the 400 plus attendees (which included the Papal Nuncio and several bishops and priests from throughout Australia and New Zealand – see picture below.) May the Lord be glorified in all we said and did, and may the Church in Australia receive abundant grace and grow, and may we all “duc in altum!” – “put out into the deep for a catch” (Luke 5), especially during the Year of Faith. 

The Year of Faith is less than two months away! And so is the XIII General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith”! Ready?! Visit the Vatican’s website (www.annusfidei.va – click on EN in the upper right hand corner for English.) And watch my weekly television program, Prepare The Way, on Catholic Television of San Antonio (CTSA, Channel 15, Time Warner Cable) on Mondays (11:30 am), Wednesdays (10:00 am), and Fridays (9:30 pm). For information and some thoughts on the Year of Faith, and for other Catholic news and views, reflections and inspiration, and various New Evangelization resources, visit my blog, and our website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Vimeo accounts: www.Vimeo.com/channels/iEvangelize; www.YouTube.com/users/iEvangelize1.) Our website is being redesigned: you’re going to love it: www.archsa.org/Evangelization.

The “men in black” in the group photo are the bishops of Australia (most), the Papal Nuncio to my right, and Archbishop Fisichella to my left, seated, and an Aboriginal lay leader (far left of the photo) and the national Missions Director in the back (left.)

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