"I sought among them for a man that might set up a hedge, and stand in the gap before me in favor of the land." Ezekiel 22:30

Saturday, March 22, 2014

This is the New Evanglization

You've probably already seen this amazing video.

If not, watch it right now...

For us Catholics, we talk a lot about the "New Evangelization." But what does that mean exactly?

[Steps onto soap box; begins rant]

Well, here you have it. THIS is the New Evangelization.


Because it shows Catholics - a nun in full habit "nun"theless - can be part of society. It proves that we don't have to hide who we are any more than any other group out there.

See, you don't have to be of the culture, but you do have to be in the culture if you're going to make an impact. You don't convert anyone by living in a bubble. Sometimes, I'm guilty of that myself. We construct walls around ourselves and create safe zones. We don't venture out to the world. But didn't Pope Francis recently challenge us to create a "messy" church?

Go out! Be bold! Live your life as a Catholic (or as a Christian of any sort) in public for people to see. Take your 6,7,8,9, or 10 kids to the grocery store. Say a prayer before meals every time you eat out. Tell your friends you have to go to the Stations of the Cross on Friday before you go out. Invite a friend to Church.

Christendom wasn't built by withdrawing to our nice little pre-made "Catholic Land." It's never been done that way and it never will be. Go on the offensive! Don't be afraid of the culture. Know the pitfalls, and be prepared for them, but participate in the culture to the extent that you can. Meet souls where they are, at the coffee shop, at the grocery store, or heck, even in the pew next to you. That person next to you might be wondering about all this God stuff, and need some encouragement. Perhaps they have become too enculturated. It's easy to resign ourselves to let the Holy Spirit do it, or simply to say "someone else will." Nonsense.

Live your faith boldly. This sister is showing us how. I know I can do better. Won't you join me?

[End rant; steps down off soapbox]

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