MAKATI City, Aug. 26, 2015 – So you want to be an effective evangelizer? Learn to listen first, says a Catholic prelate.
In a recent interview over TV María’s Know The Truth, retired Novaliches Bishop Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr. underlined the important role listening plays in New Evangelization.
Power of listening
“Before you go about preaching, take time to listen to people, to know their concerns, their worries. Make them feel they are special,” he said in FIlipino.
Bacani went on to point out that listening and being present to others, especially those whom Pope Francis considers living in the peripheries like the poor and the unchurched, is a must for all who want to take on the task of proclaiming the Good News.
He stressed, however, that this should be a presence that reflects that of Jesus.
“This is fundamental to evangelization. An effective evangelizer is one who lives out the Gospel, and who reflects God’s word in his life … a witness,” he explained.
The bishop noted the faithful are more receptive to the Good News if they see it gives meaning not only to their spiritual, but to their everyday lives as well.
“This is what we call integrated evangelization,” he declared.
According to Bacani, real salvation is not limited to the soul, but also concerns the well-being of the body.
“Our salvation must not only be in the afterlife, but also in this life,” he said.
“All of us must aspire for a holistic spirituality,” he added. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)