Love Impels Us to Proclaim the Truth Which Saves
Today a Christian man came to the store and began to tell our friend, the sales clerk, that the saint prayer cards he saw on display are "idols." He then repeated it and said that "Catholics worship idols." With much composure and biting of her inner lip, our friend gently attempted to explain what the communion of saints is about and how Catholics ask for intercession of our brothers and sisters in heaven, not worship them! (That would be in direct violation of the first commandment and Catholics tend to be sticklers about the Big Ten!)
I admired our friend's composure and ability to answer charitably. I don't think I would have done as well!
Earlier this month, Cardinal Levada came out with a Note on Some Aspects of Evangelization.
Respect for religious freedom and its promotion “must not in any way make us indifferent towards truth and goodness. Indeed, love impels the followers of Christ to proclaim to all the truth which saves.
Ecumenism does not have only an institutional dimension aimed at “making the partial communion existing between Christians grow towards full communion in truth and charity". It is also the task of every member of the faithful, above all by means of prayer, penance, study and cooperation. Everywhere and always, each Catholic has the right and the duty to give the witness and the full proclamation of his faith. With non-Catholic Christians, Catholics must enter into a respectful dialogue of charity and truth, a dialogue which is not only an exchange of ideas, but also of gifts, in order that the fullness of the means of salvation can be offered to one’s partners in dialogue. In this way, they are led to an ever deeper conversion to Christ.