for extra credit
By Diogenes (articles) | Oct 14, 2007
Six Orthodox ecclesiastics with a collective mass of 500kg traveling eastward at 90 mph encounter a midwestern auxiliary bishop who is stationary and weightless. Assuming a frictionless plane, calculate the displacement caused by their ecumenical collision.
A young Orthodox priest member of that team explained his own birth in a Baptist missionary family, and his investigation of Catholicism before finding a suitable place in an Orthodox community with a strong vibrant commitment to the missionary character of every parish community. I must say that I was truly excited by his personal witness and his enthusiasm for sharing the faith he had embraced so enthusiastically.
From our Catholic side of the dialogue, a Paulist Father gave a fine presentation on the history of Catholic evangelization. One thing I noticed, however, as I tried to listen through the ears of my Orthodox colleagues sitting at the same table, was the absence of emphasis on the power of the Eucharist in drawing people together and sending them forth. I made that note for myself as we initiate a powerful new effort of evangelisation of our own here in southeastern Wisconsin.
OK, just from that description: You've got the keen ex-Baptist who considered Catholicism but ultimately popped for Orthodoxy, and the Paulist who manages to do his evangelisation number without mention of the Eucharist. Which one is more likely to convert a functional pagan in Kazakhstan -- or, for that matter, southeastern Wisconsin?
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