My new evangelisation is simple now but not naive. Once a week I send out a page of Augustine’s uncovering of veiled prophecies of Christ in the OT to a total stranger with no return address so that donations are patently not a motivation. Just one per week. My main job is to pray repeatedly throughout the week that God penetrates the person with the page. I love it….used to do it on the street at rush hour to hundreds per night. Now it’s one per week with prayer as the greater focus…not multitudes.
I’m not ringing doorbells. I would, as one commenter was, be then faced with interrogations about sex abuse and about recently our Msgr. meth from New England or our self handcuffed priest from the midwest or the Cardinal from Scotland. No thanks. I am simple…not naive.
I’ve been thinking a lot about Fr. Barron’s assessment of a good way to go about the New Evangelization, move from beauty to goodness to truth, in relation to Benedict’s pontificate. Most expected him to begin with truth and he did, love in truth, namely beauty. He has ceaselessly shown beauty then goodness then truth to a world that wanted him to demonize the world so the world would be justified in demonizing him. It still does but after his beautiful pontificate the world doesn’t have a reptilian leg to stand on.
Lovely post! As members of our parish’s 2 1/2 year old Legion of Mary Praesidium, another parishioner and I have been doing door to door evangelization once a week (a traditional aspect of Legion work since it was founded in Dublin in 1921). We are very low key (propose, don’t impose). If nobody answers, we leave a copy of our parish bulletin. Our main focus is on lapsed or non practicing Catholics, but we reach out to anybody. It’s difficult work – planting seeds and watering them with prayer.