Robert Barron calls for evangelization that lights a fire

Living a Christian life, too often seen as adherence to a list of “do’s” and “don’ts,” is better understood as creative participation in the artistry of the Holy Spirit. Each of us is given a mission in God’s eternal plan, a mission we are called to carry out with love, creativity and joy.
Over the years, I have grown convinced that the manner in which we present Catholic moral teaching pushes more people away from our faith than it draws toward it. 

In my previous column in The Register — which focused on the debate over sex education in Alberta Catholic schools — I said the best Catholic teaching is not legalistic, but invitational. We ought to call believers and non-believers to the fullness of life in Christ more than steering them away from the path to perdition.

Since then, I have read much of the new book by Bishop Robert Barron, America’s foremost evangelizer, co-authored with Catholic journalist John Allen. In To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age, Barron maintains he wants to draw people to Catholic faith and practice because it is so beautiful, good and true “that your life will be infinitely better because of it.”

 

(For the rest of the article see The Catholic Register.)

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