Is Hell Crowded or Empty?

“Rob Bell is an evangelist and pastor – a leader in this emerging church movement. He’s written a book called Love Wins and it’s a book about eternal life. And he stakes out a more or less Universalist position meaning everyone get’s saved, so in the end, everyone gets to heaven. And it’s kicked up a controversy…Watch and listen to Fr. Barron’s commentary discussing ‘Is Hell Crowded or Empty?'” at IntegratedCatholicLife.org!

Wisdom from the Holy Father

Some thoughts by Pope Benedict XVI on evangelization:

“How many people also in our time are in search of God, in search of Jesus and of his Church, in search of divine mercy, and are waiting for a “sign” that will touch their minds and their hearts! Today, as then, the Evangelist reminds Pope_Benedict_XVIus that the only “sign” is Jesus raised on the cross: Jesus who died and rose is the absolutely sufficient sign. Through him we can understand the truth about life and obtain salvation.”

“[Evangelization] is not something optional, but the very vocation of the People of God, a duty that corresponds to it by the command of the Lord Jesus Christ himself”

“One of the promising indications of a renewal in the Church’s missionary consciousness in recent decades, has been the growing desire of many lay men and women […] to cooperate generously in the ‘missio ad gentes.’ As Vatican Council II stressed, the work of evangelization is a fundamental duty incumbent upon the whole People of God.”

Pope says Church’s mission a duty of every Catholic (Catholic News Agency)

Pope_Benedict_XVICheck out this news article on Catholic News Agency on His Holiness’ “message prepared for the annual day of prayer and promotion of the Church’s missionary activity, to be celebrated this year on Oct. 24.”

In it, the Holy Father implores Christians to recognize and participate in the Church’s mission to evangelize all people.

“The Father calls us to be sons and daughters, loved in the beloved Son, and to recognize that we are all brothers and sisters in (Christ), who is the gift of salvation for humanity.”

Marriage and Salvation

Click to read a Catholic News Agency story about Our Holy Father’s recent comments on marriage as an instrument of salvation.

Here is an excerpt from the article, reminding us of the valuable role that marriage and family play in drawing umarriages closer to virtue and salvation:

“‘Marriage is truly an instrument of salvation, not only for married people but for the whole of society,’ he underscored.

“He went on to explain that ‘like any worthwhile goal,’ it is demanding, challenging and calls us to sacrifice for the good of another while also inviting us to “nurture and protect the gift of new life.’

“The stable family, the Holy Father added, is the ‘first and most fundamental school for virtuous living and the qualities of good citizenship.'”