The Augustinian Order’s path of preparation and formation for the Jubilee Year of Mercy goes forward. In the video, Fr. Edward Daleng Daniang, OSA, the president of the Order’s Commissions for Youth Encounters and for Evangelization and Pastoral Ministry, looks at the theme of evangelization in the light of the next Holy Year.
“Evangelization is an essential part of the vocation of the Church and the People of God: we are called to give witness to the love of God”, emphasizes Fr. Daleng. He points out the example of Christ, who in his earthly existence did not turn away from the company of sinners, but rather sought out occasions to offer them the mercy and compassion of God the merciful Father. Fr. Daleng also reminds us that this time of grace, which will shortly be upon us invites us all to live in the grace and the mercy of God. Moreover, we are called by means of this Jubilee to a spiritual rebirth so that all the faithful can experience new life in Christ and new life in the Church.
Saint Augustine was touched by the grace of God and his life was changed by the mercy of God. As Bishop, he worked tirelessly so that this love would be experienced by all. He also worked for unity in the Church. As Augustinians we want and we must value this spiritual treasure and open this treasure to every woman and man in this special moment of the life of the Church: “this is a time of grace and all people can live the love of God through us in our communities.” In order that this can truly bear fruit, we must have the certitude that we are forgiven by God, that we are loved by God. This powerful force renews us so that we can live the same feelings with our neighbor, thus sharing with them the joy and the beauty of the Gospel.
Only in this way will our work of evangelization be fulfilled and bear fruit!