"How can you miss me? You don't even know who I am."
"By abandoning the Church and the sacraments you are putting your immortal soul in dire jeopardy of burning in hell with Lucifer and all of his fallen angels for eternity."
"Oh! Oh... Uh... I'll be there this weekend."
A lot of this New Evangelization stuff strikes me as an effort to expand the Catholic brand cachet. It reads like recruiting literature for a secular organization.Our mission is to preach the Gospel. ALL of the Gospel, and not just the parts people like to hear:
...It's difficult to overstate how much Hans Urs von Balthasar dominates contemporary Catholic theology. Ask your parish priest a question about the nature of Christ and I guarantee he'll respond with some half-remembered blurb that stuck in his brain after a cram session at the seminary. This is a real pity as some of von Balthasar's ideas are deeply problematic. I'm pleased that more and more Catholics are starting to challenge von Balthasar's monopoly on the seminary classroom.
I swear, before I entered the Church it was like pulling teeth to get Catholics to share their faith with me. Their attitude toward potential converts was like that of an Orthodox Jewish rabbi: "You don't want to convert. You don't know what it means to be one of us. You'd be taking on a lot of laws and obligations. You have a much easier time of it as a gentile." If all dogs go to heaven, then it does seem a bit odd to have missionary fervor. I mean what's the point? If anything you should work to keep men ignorant of the Catholic faith. If they're ignorant, or one of Rahner's "Anonymous Christians," then why introduce them to something that will only saddle them with a lot of moral obligations they can't live up to? Someone should write a book about that.
In the end, everyone will spend eternity either with God or with Satan. To not fear hell at all is a greater danger than to fear it too much.