Laity Called to Step Up for New Evangelization

"You Will Be My Witnesses"
Pastoral Letter of Archbishop José Gomez of San Antonio

Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio, Pastoral on Lay Vocation, new evangelization

SAN ANTONIO, TX, February 15, 2010 -- On the fifth anniversary of his installation as archbishop, the Most Rev.José Gomez released a pastoral letter reminding the laity of their privilege and obligation to serve Christ and His Church in a very unique secular role.

"The proclamation of Christ is not an option or an obligation reserved for bishops, priests, deacons and religious. It is the duty of every believer," the archbishop wrote.

"The primary apostolate of lay people, since the early Church, has always been to spread and defend the faith among their families and neighbors and to bring the teachings of Christ to bear on the issues facing their communities," he said.

And lay believers have a "priestly soul," with a primary mission in the world, "not inside the sanctuary of the church or inside a Church office."

"Your first duty," he stated, "remains to heed the commission every one of us receives at the end of every Mass -- to go out into the world to love and serve our Lord.

"Nourished by the gift of his Body and Blood, you are called to bear witness to this gift by making your lives a form of worship to God. Your evangelization must always be profoundly ecclesial and intensely Eucharistic. You are calling people to Christ and to his Church -- and to the heart of the Church, which is the Eucharist."

Full Text of the Pastoral Letter, "You Will Be My Witnesses"

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