“Jesus on the Missionary Vocation,” Holy Apostles Mission and Evangelization Class Paper by Cameron Daly

Holy Apostles College & Seminary

Jesus on the Missionary Vocation


Cameron Daly

Dr. Marianne Siegmund

PAS 511: Mission and Evangelization

1 February 2018


Everyone is called, in some way or another, to partake in the Church’s mission to mankind. “All who are called to follow Christ are sent by Christ.”[1] This doesn’t mean that everyone’s required to go to South America or Africa to try and evangelize tribal peoples. While this is surely what some are called to do, what everyone is called to do is to recognize and act on the fact that they are sent by God to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to anyone around them who has not yet properly heard of Him.[2] Thankfully, Our Lord does not leave us unprepared for what He asks us to do. At the end of the fifteenth chapter of the Gospel according to John, Jesus gives both encouragement and the starting point of an explanation for our missionary vocation.

In verse eighteen, Jesus points out that “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before you” (RSVCE). He further notes that we should

“Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But all this they will do to you on my account, because they do not know him who sent me” (vv. 20-21, RSVCE).

In saying all of this, He offers us a sort of boost of morale during the tougher parts of evangelization, essentially saying “If they treat you like dirt, it’s not necessarily because you did something wrong, but because you’re doing well at representing Me.” This is important for us to remember when those we try to evangelize seek to drag us down with resentment or coldness or by trying to make us feel guilty or stupid. They did the same to Christ before us; and we know He was right in what He said.

Our Lord was also right in saying that “If [He] had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin” (v. 22). But this might arouse a very important question, which will lead to a key way of viewing the Church’s mission: if His speaking to certain people would cause them to have sin, then why would He go to them? Isn’t sin what He came to save us from? He most certainly did; but one of the effects of sin is ignorance.[3] God gave mankind the gift of free will, to choose to be with Him or against Him. It is His will that all of us should be able to use it. Ignorance of God, however, prevents a person from doing this. Therefore, in a certain sense, even if one were to use his will to reject God (though hopefully he would not), it would seem to be better than if he were to remain ignorant concerning God—for the latter would mean that his God-given gift of free will was being stifled. This, then, could be said to be one reason why we are called to evangelize those who would otherwise be ignorant of God and of objective moral values, and might end up being “saved” on account of their ignorance. While it is certainly true that “in ways known to himself God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, to that faith without which it is impossible to please him,” ignorance is ignorance, and is thus still an inhibition of the free acceptance of Himself God desires for us. “[T]he Church still has the obligation and also the sacred right to evangelize all men.”[4]

Christ not only prepares us for evangelization, but is “with [us] always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20). Along with this being the case as far as His being in our hearts and in the Tabernacles of our Churches, He is also with us in His words of advice and insight, and in His Eternal Word as a whole. We are not left alone in our part in the Church’s mission; quite the contrary, He Who sends us is with us every step of the way.



[1] Marianne Siegmund, class notes on The Trinitarian Foundation of Mission and Evangelization (Cromwell, CT: Holy Apostles College & Seminary, distributed 15 January 2018), q. Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary.

[2] Marianne Siegmund, class notes on The Nature of Mission and Evangelization (Cromwell, CT: Holy Apostles College & Seminary, distributed 15 January 2018).

[3] Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd ed., 418, at St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, at http://www.scborromeo.org.

[4] CCC, 848, q. AG 7.



Catechism of the Catholic Church. 2nd ed. At St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, at http://www.scborromeo.org.

Siegmund, Marianne. Class notes on The Nature of Mission and Evangelization. Cromwell, CT: Holy Apostles College & Seminary, distributed 15 January 2018.

Siegmund, Marianne. Class notes on The Trinitarian Foundation of Mission and Evangelization. Cromwell, CT: Holy Apostles College & Seminary, distributed 15 January 2018.

The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition. At Bible Gateway, at http://www.biblegateway.com.

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Happy Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day/Check Out Our New Prayer Request Page

Wishing you all a happy and blessed Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day! Remember that, though Ash Wednesday actually is not a Holy Day of Obligation, the faithful are required to fast (eat only one normal sized meal and two smaller meals amounting to no more than the normal-sized one) and abstain (refraining from eating meat) today. No Valentine’s Day candy for snacks!!!! Please save it for Thursday, and offer up not eating it as Lenten penance!

Also, please take a look at our new prayer request page, put together mostly by Grace Marie (who did great work as usual! See https://camerondaly.wordpress.com/prayer-requests/)! Please read through it, and feel welcome to post any prayer request in the comments section! (And a note on that … for anyone who tried to post something in a comment on the suggestions page but could not, I have fixed that. Turns out I made a page asking for comments that didn’t allow comments….)

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Merry Christmas from RCR/Short Reflection on St. Southwell’s “The Burning Babe,” by Cameron Daly

Merry Christmas to all our followers and readers, and Happy Birthday to Our Lord Jesus!

I wanted to share with you a short, beautiful poem by St. Robert Southwell, entitled “The Burning Babe” and quoted at length from http://www.luminarium.org/renlit/burningbabe.htm

“As I in hoary winter’s night stood shivering in the snow,
Surprised I was with sudden heat which made my heart to glow ;
And lifting up a fearful eye to view what fire was near,
A pretty babe all burning bright did in the air appear ;
Who, scorchëd with excessive heat, such floods of tears did shed
As though his floods should quench his flames which with his tears were fed.
Alas, quoth he, but newly born in fiery heats I fry,
Yet none approach to warm their hearts or feel my fire but I !
My faultless breast the furnace is, the fuel wounding thorns,
Love is the fire, and sighs the smoke, the ashes shame and scorns ;
The fuel justice layeth on, and mercy blows the coals,
The metal in this furnace wrought are men’s defilëd souls,
For which, as now on fire I am to work them to their good,
So will I melt into a bath to wash them in my blood.
With this he vanished out of sight and swiftly shrunk away,
And straight I callëd unto mind that it was Christmas day.”

The fire of Christ’s Heart is His love, according to the poem; yet, truly, far too few of us make the effort to regularly draw close to this blazing flame, to warm our hearts and feel the fire of His own selfless, sacrificial, sometimes painful love for others. This Christmas Season, let’s strive to do just that: to let that burning love of Christ’s into our own hearts, making sacrifices for those around us as is necessary for the sake of that love.

God bless you, and again, Merry Christmas!

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“What Do I Know?”—Epistemology PowerPoint Presentation by Cameron Daly

Attached is the Epistemology PowerPoint to go along with the annotated bibliography I had posted previously. I’ve also included the transcript for what is said in the audio for the presentation. To access the audio for a given slide, please click on the speaker icon underneath the title for the given slide. (FYI–there may be an error in my reasoning here concerning one’s perceptions. I intend to look further into that and to update my presentation and/or this post if necessary.)

What Do I Know

Transcript for What Do I Know

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Connect with Roman Catholic Reflections Through Other Media Networks!–by Cameron Daly

Please connect with Roman Catholic Reflections through some of the other social media networks it’s been linked to!

Find it on Facebook @RomanCatholicReflections.

Follow @RCR_Blog on Twitter.

Connect with it on Tumblr at RomanCatholicReflectionsBlog.

Follow me personally on Path (the fact that RCR blog posts have been linked to my profile should be a dead giveaway that it’s me); and while you’re at it, if you have any advice about better using Path, please let me know! I may try getting the blog its own Path account and page at some point in the future.

I’m curious (actually as part of the aforementioned class project) to see which of these media networks yield the greatest response to the blog, so if you can, please connect with it on whichever ones you have accounts on. Thank you!

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Request for Assistance with Class Project—by Cameron Daly

As part of a project I’m working on in my Catholic Formation and New Media class, I’m looking for suggestions on how to improve Roman Catholic Reflections! I’m trying to make it a better, more effective tool for evangelization.

If you can, please take just a short time to take a look around the site and offer any constructive suggestions that come to mind; I would really appreciate it. Should the blog look different? Should there be more posts of certain kinds or about certain things? Is there anything that could make the site look more appealing or welcoming? Anything at all you can think of.

Thank you very much in advance for any help you’re able to provide!

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Annotated Bibliography for Upcoming Epistemology Presentation—by Cameron Daly

I’m working on a presentation for Epistemology (the topic of my presentation being what the human mind is capable of knowing—and it includes attempted refutations of denials of the human ability to know), and to my understanding, I am required to post my annotated bibliography for the presentation to my WordPress blog (which, as you can see, I conveniently already have). Thus, my bibliography is as follows:

Apodaca, Christopher. PowerPoint on Can the Existence of God be Proved? Cromwell, CT: Holy Apostles College & Seminary, distributed 4 September 2017. In this PowerPoint, Apodaca refutes any good reason to adhere to determinism, a principle that would basically cancel out genuine knowledge; this refutation may be useful in my own PowerPoint.

Augustine of Hippo. De Trinitate. At New Advent, http://www.newadvent.org. This is where St. Augustine states the “Three Things Concerning Itself” that “Every Mind Knows Certainly” (10, 10), which was a basis from the start for the topic of this project.

Copleston, S.J., Frederick. A History of Philosophy: Volume II: Medieval Philosophy: From Augustine to Duns Scotus. New York, New York: Image, 1993. Fr. Copleston cites some very key points of St. Augustine’s thoughts on knowledge (in contrast to skepticism) that I think might be useful in my lecture/PowerPoint.

Yates, Philippe. Class notes on Week 7 Can we Know? Wonder, skepticism, and method in Epistemology: Skepticism. Cromwell, CT: Holy Apostles College & Seminary, distributed 9 October 2017. I think that Yates’s refutation of skepticism could be a useful thing to add to a PowerPoint advocating the ability to know/what one can know, perhaps especially since it includes the skeptic’s claim to merely doubt the ability to know.

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