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Bringing the Gospel to Every Person and to Every Situation

As a pastor, it is easy to gravitate in the direction of the people we see every day, or the people we like, or the people that can carry on an educated conversation about their faith.  However, these are not the people who need my attention or need me to reach out to them.  The people who need me the most are the people who I have never seen at church, or the ones who only come at Christmas or Easter.  When I became the General Manager of The Printery House two years ago, I discovered a creative and interesting way that Pastors reach out to their parishioners.  At Christmas and Easter time, Pastors would choose a card and have us imprint the Mass/Services schedule on the left inside of the card.  They would also write a little message of their own and sign the card.  They would then send this card to every member within the parish.  This is a small way of reaching out to everyone within our community, but it is also a powerful way to let people know that you are thinking of them.

While approaching someone about their faith can make for an awkward conversation, it is even more awkward to be on the receiving end of that conversation.  The invitation to faith comes to each of us in a different way, for some it is a tiny whisper and for others it comes to us like a bolt of lighting with the crack of thunder that follows.  There is no secret formula in coming to faith.  However, we can ask ourselves some important questions that can help us invite others to faith: Where am I currently at within my own faith journey? With whom do I put my faith and hope in?  How do my actions lead others closer to Christ, or do my actions lead people away from God?  If I were to invite someone to go to church with me who would I invite?  Why them?  How do I invite them so that they are not threatened (or feel that I am judging them), but are able to see me authentically asking them to journey with me in seeking God?

In asking these questions we will have a better understanding of our own faith and where we authentically are at within our own faith journey.  Having answered these basic questions we will not be thrown off when asked and we will be more confident with who we are and who we are in relationship with God.

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Bringing the Gospel to Every Person and to Every Situation

“Evangelization is the mission of the Church to tell the world the truth of God revealed in Jesus Christ.” St. John Paul II said these words in November 2001, and in 2008, Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson, N.J. echoed these words and defined evangelization as “bringing the Gospel to every person and to every situation.”

We as baptized Christians are to bring all people to Christ, to proclaim the good new of salvation to the whole world. This is easier said than done… we are taught at a young age to avoid talking about religion and politics in polite company. However, the mission of the monks at Conception Abbey and the work done here at The Printery House, is to bring that message to every person and to every situation. This does not mean that we are going to rub your nose in the Gospel, but rather bring you the good news of salvation through the beauty of art and the word of God.

The Printery House has a story to tell, and we are wanting to share our story with all of you. It is our hope that each week we will write on our blog things that are going on here at the Printery House. I have asked different members of our staff to take part in writing each week, so that you may get to hear different perspectives of what is going on and how we are proclaiming that good news.

This coming Sunday we celebrate the tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, and we hear Jesus say: “For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” (MK3:35) In newspapers and on television across the country we hear of school shootings and shootings at different establishments, and the question that is on my mind is; “WHY?” Just after I joined the monastery someone asked me if I ever run out of things to pray for? I have been in the monastery for sixteen years, and I have not run out of things to pray for. The monks of Conception gather six times a day to pray, and before we begin, we are to cast our eyes across the world and pray for those most in need. This past year I have been doing a lot of praying over the question of: “WHY?” This has not diminished my hope, nor has it lead to depression. Rather it has strengthened my resolve as a monk. It has given me knowledge of a greater propose in the world and has shown me that God is truly at work in our lives. I don’t have an answer to “why” but I have discovered that I don’t need an answer to that question. If I truly see the person next to me as my brother, and sister, and mother, then I have no need for violence. We are all on a journey as we walk with our brothers, and sisters, and mothers, and we are to help each other grow in our relationship with one anther and with God.

Peace,

 

 

 

Fr. Guerric Letter O.S.B.

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