This eSingle was originally published in To All the World: Preaching and the New Evangelization, edited by Michael Connors, CSC.
Cardinal Wuerl identifies four qualities required for the homilist in the context of the New Evangelization: boldness, connectedness to the church, a sense of urgency, and joy. He reminds us that each person is privileged to be called, and, in the context of the church, to be empowered to be a witness today to the risen Lord. It is our Catholic faith that we proclaim with renewed adherence, awakened conviction, and great joy.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl is the archbishop of Washington, DC. He is the author of New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today.