Evangelization in the Middle Ages – August 12 and 13 Bulletin Column

Last week, we walked through the history of the Early Church up to about the year 600 AD. By that time, the Roman Empire in the west was experiencing major challenges from the barbarian hordes, but there was another looming threat to Christianity that took everyone by surprise: the rise of Islam across northern Africa and into modern day Spain.

As we look to northern Africa now (the southern shore of the Mediterranean Sea), it is all predominantly Muslim in heritage. But it was not always so. Some of the great Early Church fathers who were staunch and strong defenders of the Faith were also from Northern Africa: St. Augustine is from Hippo (more…)

The Great Commission to Evangelize – August 6 Bulletin Column

I’ve been a little remiss in posting these columns here lately:

At the very end of Matthew’s account of the Gospel, Jesus gives the Great Commission to the Eleven, with the following words:

“Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:18-20)

That commission has been passed down through the ages and continues to be at the heart of missionary efforts of the Church, which (more…)