Sometimes we also uphold them with gatorade and cheeseburgers...
As the work has piled up, I was once more reminded that this has to be a local apostolate. I simply don't have the time to help would-be evangelists in other cities (the exceptions being David in Eugene and Josh in Louisville). As I wrote to Felix the other day, St. Paul Street Evangelization has a genius for getting lots of people up-and-running in evangelization. They have excellent resources and are backed by the rushing wind of the Holy Spirit. They have all you need. Sometimes I can be of help, like last weekend when David joined us on the streets before he sets-up St. Paul Street Evangelization in Eugene. He is always welcome to join us up here, and I hope to join him on occasion down there. David liked our tunics and is thinking of sewing a simple shirt with the Jesus Caritas heart and cross. It sends the perfect message when you're evangelizing in public.
And yet there seems to be one other place where the Lord keeps calling me: San Francisco. I don't mean I'm moving there--absolutely not! It's not my town and I don't have any particular affection for it. But God keeps signaling that I'll be called down one day to set up a little crew of evangelists. This even erupted into the open yesterday after I happened upon Fr. Illo's blog from Star of the Sea parish in the Richmond district of Frisco. I started reading through many of his past posts since I hadn't known he kept a blog. At one point he was lamenting the contrast on any given weekday between the busy streets and his empty but open church. He thought he should just stand outside the doors with his cassock and welcome the passers-by. At reading this, my soul involuntarily leapt and I said the words, "Don't worry, we're coming soon!" I surprised myself by this cry, not least because we're no answer to a pastor's prayer. We're good at planting seeds and "confirming the brethren", but we won't fill up a pew with converts. Well, maybe one day. In any event, I have little doubt that one day I will be called down to Frisco to greet some waiting evangelists. I'll bring an armful of tunics because Frisco is a city that would respond to the Jesus Caritas approach.
This may have to wait for five years...because that's what our Lord usually means when he says "soon"!
|I snuck this photo of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa last time I was in the Bay Area. Young nuns at the old Latin mass!|