Alright, so perhaps you have read the preface to this post, if not it is here: http://wp.me/p3PuwI-bJ
Anyways, this post is my idea, as to how to respond to Pope Francis’ call to the New Evangelization. People do not fall in love with the rules of things, they fall in love with it’s beauty. That is how we have to grab the attention of the people who are seeking Christ. The people walking the streets, just waiting for Christ’s warriors to grab their attention. It is this attention grabbing that bring St. John Bosco to mind.
St. John Bosco had a dream that led him to minister to poor and neglected boys, to use the love and guidance that seemed so impossible at age nine to lead them to faithful and fulfilled lives. He started out by learning how to juggle and do tricks to catch the attention of the children. Once he had their attention he would teach them and take them to Mass. This is what I think we need to organize and do in today’s world. We should become “Fools for Christ”(1 Corinthians 4:10). A necessary addition to the New Evangelization, and to me it seems to be inline with Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus’ call for spreading the Good News as well.
My vision for this “club” is very culture oriented. Filled with reciting poetry, or preforming small plays, juggling, diabolos, singing, instruments and dancing. All of which, can be done for the glory of Christ.
So, here are some guidelines as to how to begin:
- Get a group together. Guys, Girls or both, everyone has a particular talent, and everyone can contribute. Make sure everyone you accept into the group is a solid Catholic. Remember you are evangelizing, representing the Christ and the Good News. Get a Spiritual Advisor for this part, if one is not available. Give it your best judgement.
- Pick a Patron Saint and make your name. I think it would be cool if all the groups had this structure: St. “name”’s Fools for Christ, so for example, St. Gregory’s Fools for Christ, or St. Comas’ Fools for Christ.
- Practice. Practice. Practice: At least once a week with a set time. Don’t try to create the time democratically. Have a set time, if people want to participate, they will make time to join.
- Choreograph: Plan a show, it can be ten minutes, thirty minutes or an hour. Just make sure that it is active and always re-grabbing the audiences attention.
- Get your parish priest on board, and as many parish priests as you can. Schedule preforming dates and times for the local churches (Don’t tire yourself out, maybe preform just once/twice a month). Also people that would join a group like this, may be scarce. However, it would certainly be appreciated by all the members of the church communities, so go all over to all of the parishes in your dioceses. The more members and shows you can preform the merrier, and if two groups have to be created, due to an excess of people, that is great. Maybe you all could start some friendly competition, in quality of performance.
- Get out of your comfort zone: After you have preformed a couple of times for the Catholic Churches, start going to non-catholic churches and preform. (Try not to charge money,but if you do: give at least 10% to the church. The rest should be divided evenly or used to buy more equipment: juggling pins, diabolos, so on.)
- Hit the Streets: From their the last and most climatic step is to register time slots with the government to street preform. Actually get out in the open.
- Relax, have fun, develop a good skill and some fellowship. You don’t have to go to steps 5 and 6, 4 is enough. Also be careful, you don’t want to shove the fact that you are Catholic down everyone’s throat. Be subtle, but always be on fire for Christ. Otherwise, your group won’t last very long.
- Know your stuff, be armed with some decent knowledge of the Church as well. Ask a priest or spiritual advisor to tag along at your performances. Always be humble when talking about Christ’s Church, always be loving.
If you do end up creating a "Fools for Christ" club please tell me about it. Take pictures and send us emails! Here on the Dormitory we will post guides on how to juggle, diabolo, play some songs on guitar and as you have hopefully already seen, we have a lot of poetry up. God Bless everyone! And good luck!
“I remember, when I used go to Germany in the 1980s and ’90s, that I was asked to give interviews and I always knew the questions in advance. They concerned the ordination of women, contraception, abortion and other such constantly recurring problems. If we let ourselves be drawn into these discussions, the Church is then identified with certain commandments or prohibitions; we give the impression that we are moralists with a few somewhat antiquated convictions, and not even a hint of the true greatness of the faith appears. I therefore consider it essential always to highlight the greatness of our faith – a commitment from which we must not allow such situations to divert us. ”
– Address of his Holiness Benedict XVI
– Thursday, 9 November 2006
“We cannot keep ourselves shut up in parishes, in our communities, in our parish or diocesan institutions, when so many people are waiting for the Gospel! To go out as ones sent—it is not enough simply to open the door in welcome because they come, but we must go out through that door to seek and meet the people.”
– Address of his Holiness Pope Francis
– World Youth Day July 27, 2013
“We are fools for Christ’ s sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honourable, but we without honour.”
-1 Corinthians 4:10
“We may never put down our cross, day or night, not even for an hour or a minute. For, as our Divine Savior said in the Holy Gospel, “If anyone wants to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)”
– Don Bosco
“The teacher who is seen only in the classroom and nowhere else, is a teacher and nothing more; but let him go with his boys to recreation and he becomes a brother.”
– Don Bosco