The search for the elusive “silver bullet” that will transform our parish is very real. We tend to have a list of things we circle around over and over: New Website! Social Media! Evangelization Committee! Hospitality Ministers! One thing that is always at the top of our silver bullet list is…SMALL GROUPS!!!!
Church, we have on our hands a unique evangelization moment! It’s likely in the days ahead that Notre Dame Cathedral will be the subject of work-time small talk, an informal discussion among friends, or Easter Sunday dinner conversation… In that moment, what will you say?
In his Introduction to the Devout Life, St. Francis de Sales writes that genuine, living devotion exists when a person not only does good, but does it carefully, frequently, and promptly. This kind of instinctive, loving action is also called "docility of the spirit." As Scripture reveals, an excellent role model of this docility is St. Joseph.
Think of some of the busiest, most energetic, most fruitful Missionary Disciples of our time (people like Bl. Mother Teresa, St John Paul II, and Pope Francis) all of these Evangelists had one thing in common – they dedicated an inordinate amount of time to personal prayer.