I’m thinking about the Year of Faith’s challenge of New Evangelization, which means reaching out to the baptized Catholics who have become distant from practicing their faith. I admit that I have to be evangelized again since I’ve been away from the Church for years, just to go back to it with the help of my formation under the Marist Brothers. To promote New Evangelization, here are my three little ways of witnessing:
1. To be an example of an ongoing conversion
As a one who strayed from our faith, I hope that my life right now can be a living testimony for someone who got lost also. I’m still in the process of re-discovering my faith and I want to be in my journey with someone undergoing the same experience I’m going through. I start doing this with my friends, especially those in Manila.
2. To bring back at least one person who strayed away from Catholicism
It hurts to know that one of my closest friend, a former Catholic, is very vocal about his atheistic views. It’s ironic that he even graduated from University of Santo Tomas, a 400-year old local Pontifical University. I don’t know if it’s because of having weak roots from his family since I know that his family is not practicing their Catholic faith. I hope that I could spend time with him once I go home for vacation. I’ve been looking forward to meet him and just talk about his views and how he became an atheist.
3. To strengthen the roots of a Catholic child’s faith
The good memories of teaching catechism with the kids near the novitiate house during the Flores de Mayo last May still inspires me until now. As much as I want to do that again, I hope that I can nurture a child’s faith by my presence as a brother in the school, where I’m currently having my exposure. That’s right! The simplest and guaranteed way of witnessing for me is to be a brother. I hope to keep in touch with the kids of Flores de Mayo during Sunday masses once I get back there.
Question: Have you thought about how you can promote our faith?