Friday, January 26, 2007

Christians are “too silent” in Bearing Witness to the World

Pope Benedict's message to close the week for Christian Unity. The address as remarkable as any this Pope gives raises interesting questions about the ecumenical movement in this country. Have we joined forces to speak out against politicians who continue to support abortion--or have we chosen to observe a polite silence--that is impolite to the many lifes destroyed by the policies of those who support abortion.
Have we joined forces with those who reject war and violence?
Have we raised our voice with those who stress forgiveness to the penitent?
Have we ?

From Asia News Italy:

Christians must ask themselves if they “have become too silent” and “lost the courage to speak and bear witness”. The Pope raised these questions in his address today during vespers on the Feast Day of the Conversion of Saint Paul, apostle, which is the traditional event that marks the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Rome’s Basilica.

In addition to the need to pray, engage others in dialogue, ask for God’s help and better know our fellows in the faith, the Holy Father laid emphasis on the need to “bear witness” and of doing so together.


“But the seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit (cf Mt 13, 22). We must ask ourselves: Have we Christians perhaps become too silent? Have we lost the courage to speak and bear witness?”

“Our world needs this witness. It is especially waiting for Christians to bear witness together. Hence listening to God who speaks requires us to listen to others and to the other Churches. An honest and loyal dialogue represents the typical and essential means to seek unity. The Decree on Ecumenism by the Second Vatican Council II emphasised that if Christians do not know each other progress towards communion is unimaginable. In dialogue we listen and communicate, we compare and, with God’s grace, converge around his Word, accepting its demands, which are valid for all.”