In another event observing the Year of Faith, Franciscan University of Steubenville brought Catholic apologist and author Steve Ray to campus for a talk recently.
Ray spoke to the Franciscan University community about taking early Christians as models for converting the culture. From the University:
“The early Christians, very carefully and very slowly, were able to turn the whole world upside down for Jesus Christ. How did those early Christians, in that pagan culture that they lived in, how did they actually change the world and bring it to Christianity?” he asked.
Ray said that evangelization begins by building personal relationships with others and by living a distinctive kind of life. He said that the early Christians were not allowed to speak about Christ in public, so they had to live out their faith in unique ways. Through their radical lifestyles, the early Christians made a significant impact on the pagan culture of their time. for their ultimate happiness."
According to a Cardinal Newman Society report on Catholic colleges participating in the Year of Faith, Franciscan University themed the current academic year on 1 Corinthians 16:13: "Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong." Read more about Franciscan's participation in the Year of Faith here
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