Papal preacher calls for return to apostles’ methods

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa is the official preacher to the Papal household and his Christmas meditations this year focused on how we need to return to the methods and means of the apostles to evangelize. According to the The Catholic News Agency:

The three meditations gave a response of faith, with the help of Blessed John Henry Newman’s writings, to three of the “underlying obstacles” that today’s culture puts in the way of accepting the Christian message: Atheistic scientism, secularism and rationalism.

In his first meditation, Fr. Cantalamessa discarded the possibility of explaining that God does not exist using science. In the second, he spoke of how Christians can counter the “eclipse” of God and the eternal with faith and evangelization. In the third reflection, the Capuchin noted that the best way to speak to those who make an idol of reason is through concrete Christian witness.

The means and tools the apostles used, according to Cantalamessa, means preaching the Gospel “‘in Spirit and power of the Paschal mystery of Christ dead and risen, united to the testimony of life.”

Fr. Cantalamessa’s meditations are available on his website.

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