Articles by Al Mansfield

EVANGELIZATION – WHAT IT IS AND IS NOT

My wife Patti and I once served on a committee of about 20 people to assess evangelization in our Archdiocese. At one point each person was asked what he or she thought evangelization was. There were as many concepts as there were people – vastly different and sometimes almost contradictory!

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NOT TO US, O LORD…NON NOBIS, DOMINE

“I don’t think the teacher will let me say that, Mom.” Our son had the lead in a school play- a musical – many years ago. He did a lot of singing and dancing and was pretty good at it. He came to enjoy the appreciation, compliments, and crowd response he was receiving. His mother, concerned about his “hat size”, had counseled him to recite Psalm 115:1, “Not to us, not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.”

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“YOU CAN’T HURT ME – I’M ALREADY DEAD”

I remember hearing this rather striking statement years ago from a friend of mine who ministered with me in the Charismatic Renewal. He meant that his “old man”, his “sin nature”, his “flesh”, was “dead with Christ,” and could therefore feel no more pain from insults, slights, etc. And in his case, it was really true! A deeply Christian man and full of the Holy Spirit, he not only “talked the talk” but “walked the walk” as well. He exemplified virtue, holiness and the fruit of the Spirit.

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“AIN’T DERE NO MORE”

Have you ever heard the song by Benny Grunch and the Bunch called “Ain’t Dere No More”? It’s about some iconic New Orleans stores that are no longer in business, such as Maison Blanche, K&B Drugs, Schwegmann’s, etc. I sometimes have a vague feeling like that when I hear homilies and other religious talks. I wonder why certain subjects so rarely, if ever, get attention. It’s like they “ain’t dere no more….”

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GOD’S WAY OR MAN’S WAY?

Imagine that you have come to a fork in the road. (I’m reminded of Yogi Berra’s famous saying, “When you come to a fork in the road – take it!”) Anyway, we do come to many forks in the road – matters to decide, choices to be made, changes to consider, etc. Now imagine two signs: one saying God’s Way and the other Man’s Way. You would be tempted to think, that’s a simple choice, right? Wrong!

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