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May 11, 2009
Avoid 'halfway Christianity' – Chaput
Denver archbishop urges Nothing More Beautiful crowd to know and love Church's teaching
Mary Rose Bacani
“This takes real courage. There are all sorts of pressures, subtle and not so subtle, to sell out Jesus. To water down or diminish his Gospel. To pick and choose his teachings. But we can’t do that.”
Chaput was the catechist and Bacani the witness at the April 30 session.
Bacani, 33, spoke of how she answered three calls from God in her life – spiritual, intellectual and emotional.
“I relish and enjoy the wonderful relationships and the great opportunities to create beautiful things at Salt + Light Television,” she said of her life today.
“I work towards becoming a Christ-centred person more and more each day, and I use every TV program and story I work on as an opportunity to share my faith with the world.”
Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith thanked Chaput and Bacani for their talks.
“They spoke movingly tonight about our new life in Christ,” he said at the conclusion of the Vespers service.
That new life changes everything for us. It fills us with such peace and joy that we cannot hold it to ourselves and must proclaim it to others, Smith said.
Dave Simpson, a microbiology student at the U of A, was one of those in the full basilica.
The evening talks left him with a challenge “to live your Christian life outside the Church, to be Catholic everywhere.”
“The campus is a good place for evangelization among your friends,” Simpson said.
Patricia Stephen of Assumption Parish said she was encouraged by the talks. “It makes you want to share your faith with everybody – to spread that love, to not let one person come in our path without touching them with the love of Jesus.
“It’s a hurting world. It’s only with Jesus’ love that the world is going to be healed,” she said.
Jack Mallett of Vegreville said Chaput “was very gentle and right to the point. It was a call to commitment to our Catholic faith.”
Mallett said the evening’s talks encouraged him to increase his study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Catholic apologetics.
Archbishop Smith gives a focus reflection on the April 30 presentations on Page 17.
The final Nothing More Beautiful session of 2008-09 will be held at 7 p.m. on May 21 at St. Joseph’s Basilica.
It will feature Bishop John Corriveau of Nelson, B.C., as the catechist and Patrick Stewart, director of Edmonton’s Marian Centre, as the witness. The theme: Towards a Culture of Life.
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