VinFormation provides hints for “New evangelization” The Shortest Route To Evangelization Is Through Service
Superior General Fr. Gregory Gay has dedicated this coming year as the Vincentian Year of New Evangelization. Unsure how you can begin proclaiming the Gospel to those you know? As St. Vincent de Paul said, “It is not enough for me to love God if my neighbor doesn’t love him.” (SV, XII, Conf. May 30, 1659). ]
You must proceed carefully, not harshly attempting to convert someone but instead allowing them to make a free choice.
In his recent Top 10 Secrets to Happiness Pope Francis warned “Don’t proselytize; respect others’ beliefs. “We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: ‘I am talking with you in order to persuade you,’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing,” the pope said.
Of all possibilities, service creates the most fruitful opportunity to open others to God. Get some quick tips on evangelizing, Vincentian style, in our new two-minute video: “Launch Out Into the Deep”.