Today, we took the bus down the hill from Assisi to S. Maria degli Angeli, the location of the Porziuncola of St. Francis.
Afterwards we were at McDonald’s – so sue me, it’s the first time in about 2 weeks and it’s right there by the train station/bus stop – dining in the midst of a couple dozen Italian high school students and a few young families.
Time to evangelize!
This group of mostly sisters, with a few young laypeople, had been handing out flyers in front of the Basilica – I said “no Italiano,” as I do many times a day, but just my quick glance indicated that it was advertising for a youth/family event of some sort.
And what better place to spread the word than a McDonald’s full of young people at lunch?
They hit every table, spent time with those that responded, regrouped at the end, then walked off together back to the Basilica.
It was impressive.
Reaching out, inviting, dialoguing, going into the place where young people gather in person, not just virtually, not just waiting for them to come to you.