Becoming Evangelizers

Posted by svobadm8230a on 07/16/14

How, then, can we in a Benedictine way, for us who are
Oblates or monks become better evangelizers?
Many of us
probably never considered ourselves to have a call to
evangelize. Growing up as Roman Catholic in the 1950’s and
1960’s, I don’t think I even heard the word “evangelization”
until I went to college (in 1967) or perhaps even much later.

Up to the fifth or sixth grade, we even began each day with a prayer,
“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee, and we beg
Thy blessing upon us, our parents, our teachers, our school,
and our country. Amen.”

These days are very different. The “culture of death” is
prevalent. Large numbers of people, perhaps a majority, are
practical atheists or agnostics. We Christians might be tempted
to throw up our hands in frustration over the growing trend
of unbelief and the official approval of acts of immorality by
legislation and court decisions. These are sad times for us believers.

However, the Church urges us to look to the early
Christians, who were a leaven to a largely decadent world
and
who, with their radiant and joyful faith, transformed that world
with the values of the Gospel. We, too, must do what we can to
live our faith boldly and to proclaim our faith openly, even if that
means suffering. We must seek to draw others to Christ,
especially by showing them Christ centered kindness.

 

Fr. Donald S. Raila, O.S.B.,
Director of Oblates

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