"What is one thing I can do to teach kids about the New Evangelization in my classroom?"
After Pentecost, the Church shared Jesus’ message with the world. Today, the Church calls on Christians to live this message of love and forgiveness with new pride and enthusiasm, using every opportunity and new means like iPads, digital technology and computers to make his message known. The Church calls this effort the New Evangelization.
As teachers, we begin by living the New Evangelization by the personal witness of our lives. This is basic to everything else we do. Our care of a troubled child or willingness to forgive a student who offends us plays an important role in the New Evangelization. Personal witness is essential, for we teach children about God’s love, first and foremost, by how they recognize Jesus’ love in us.
Based on the testimony of our lives, we teach students the importance of the personal witness of their lives. In this concrete way, we make clear the meaning of evangelization. Put simply, it is sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. He teaches us that God loves us and forgives our sins. He wants us to do the same and to love him and our neighbors in return. God loves us so much that he gave us Jesus, his only Son, so that we might live a good life on earth and eventually be with him forever in heaven.
We encourage children to share Jesus’ good news by the personal witness of their good lives and by being proud that they are Catholic. As Christ’s disciples, they convey Jesus’ message largely in their relationships with family members, teachers, classmates and friends. They show Jesus’ way of living through good example, kindness, forgiveness and compassion. Helping their parents and siblings is a most basic way for them to set a firm foundation for the new evangelization. So is reaching out to assist classmates, acting kindly to students whom others avoid, and opposing bullying.
To receive the strength to be faithful witnesses to Jesus, the New Evangelization encourages children to pray daily, go to Mass on Sundays, and receive the sacrament of Reconciliation often, asking God for forgiveness and the spiritual guidance to live Jesus’ example of love.