Benedictine College's Institute for Missionary Activity recently completed its second Symposium on the New Evangelization, titled “Building a Culture of Freedom,” attended by nearly 300 people.
Speakers addressing religious freedom included Bishop Robert Morlino, Fellowship of Catholic University Students president Curtis Martin, and Jonathan Reyes, director of the U.S. bishops' Office of Justice, Peace, and Human Development.
According to The Gregorian Blog:
Bishop Morlino suggested that beauty is a good entrée to the truth. “Beauty is not, in fact, simply in the eye of the beholder, from the viewpoint of reason,” he said. “For reason tells us that beautiful, good, true, and one are interchangeable; therefore, whatever is beautiful is also good and true, and expresses unity and harmony.”
Martin called for a greater commitment on the part of Catholics to evangelization. “Our greatest impediment is within us we've been tasked with raising the dead but we are in a coma,” said Martin. “Do not presuppose the faith, but propose it. The Church exists to make people children of God, not to make them behave.”
Finally Reyes stressed the primary importance of service to the poor to the mission of the Gospel. He said “we have a rather amazing moment to preach the Gospel to the modern world, in spite of all the challenges … namely, the Church’s mission to the poor and the preaching the Gospel.”
...David Trotter, director of the Institute for Missionary Activity said he was pleased with the symposium, but that the real test of the conference comes after it is over. “Benedictine College sent students on 34 mission trips this year,” he said. “The real fruit of the Institute for Missionary Activity is in the fields, where we put into practice the ideas and plans we make at events like the Symposium.”
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