Evangelization as It Used to Be September 28, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, manhood, priests, sanctity, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
From the book A Saint Among Us on Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun, a little blast from the Catholic past:
Seminarian Kapaun spent many evenings reaching out to souls in this novel bit of outreach and apologetics back in the late 1930s. I think this is a brilliant idea, though it might go over as well today as it did then, given the increasing hostility towards any form of Christianity held by growing numbers of souls.
I think this form of evangelizing is superior to most of today’s technology-enabled efforts by priests to do similar work for the following reasons:
- It is much easier to blow off a blog post or Youtube video than someone standing in your presence
- Interaction and argumentation are much easier, and much better conducted, face to face than over the internet or even radio
- There is no substitute for human interaction, where a soul could, hopefully, experience the warmth and charity of a devout priest, seminarian, or religious
- This is also excellent training for a real-life apostolate, having to interact on the fly with people who may be hostile, questioning, or simply ignorant.
Downsides to this approach include:
- It’s much more challenging to interact with doubtful or hostile souls face to face than over the internet
- It’s demanding of priest’s/seminarian’s time
- It may reach fewer people than a blog, social media, or other “modern” means
- It takes a true man to stand in public and declare his faith, and all the supports for it. Not sure how many of those are around anymore
But, for all that, I think this kind of personal interaction, necessary at the time due to lack of technology, is still superior to most of today’s attempts at the same. I’d love to see our priests witnessing in public more than they do at present. Of course, some of that absence here locally has been due to deliberate diocesan policy. Perhaps that will change to a more fortuitous approach in the near future, too.
What do you think?