Monday, February 4, 2008

Out on the Streets

This weekend Kevin and I took a trek down to New York City for the Catholic Underground, an apostolate of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. The Catholic Underground is an event that brings prayer, eucharistic adoration, and the arts together for the community. The first part of the evening is Eucharistic adoration with chanted prayer, music, and priests, available for confession. The second part showcases Catholic artists, an experience of the new evangelization-faith and culture coming together as a witness to the gospel. Check out the friars in musical action:

For me, the Friars are a reminder that life is not about being comfortable and rich in possessions; it is about being in love with the One who created life and sharing that love with others.

“Do not be afraid to go out on the streets and into public places, like the first Apostles who preached Christ and the Good News of salvation in the squares of cities, towns and villages. This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the time to preach it from the rooftops. Do not be afraid to break out of comfortable and routine modes of living, in order to take up the challenge of making Christ known in the modern 'metropolis.' It is you who must 'go out into the by-roads' and invite everyone you meet to the banquet which God has prepared for his people. The Gospel must not be kept hidden because of fear or indifference. It was never meant to be hidden away in private. It has to be put on a stand so that people may see its light and give praise to our heavenly Father.”(Pope John Paul II, World Youth Day '93)

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