The New Evangelisation reminds us that the active agents of evangelisation – you and me – will never achieve an abundant harvest unless we are willing and eager to first be evangelised ourselves. Only those evangelised themselves can then go on to evangelise. As St. Bernard put it so well, "If you want to be a channel, you must first be a reservoir.
I would suggest that this reservoir of our lives and ministry, when it comes especially to the New Evangelisation, must first be filled with the spirit of interior conversion born of our own renewal.
That's the way we can become channels of a truly effective transformation of the world - worthy of the Lord's name. With the Lord - we can do great things - as we share in His Mission.
So - let's start! God bless you all.
Rt Rev Michael Campbell OSA
Bishop of Lancaster