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  • Deacon Dan Wright serves the Diocese of Austin, Texas. His work outside the parish is as a special education teacher serving students with significant cognitive disabilities.

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January 22, 2007

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Francis went first to a Bishop, then to a Sultan.. to convert him. Overtly. (Clare defeated intruders by wielding the Monstrance.) Many of us older RCs are probably close to being that basic or that Traditional, but aren't quite as much in love? It's not like Francis wanted the Sultan to embrace his own religion; he wanted the Sultan and his people not to miss out on embracing Life and Love in full. I presume that would be called evangelization?

But what you speak of, the slow and easy, is the route that the penultimately-Catholic Mother Teresa took, and we see what God did with that, once she answered that very call.

There is nothing more painful than being born, than being re-born (perhaps dozens of times vis-a-vis ongoing conversion), nor than dying. Why does it seem so hard to die for the faith, to even risk it -- as did Francis.. we know that the Sultan not only let him live, but said if more were like Francis, he'd have considered it. I tell my shivery self I ought to love everyone enough by now to give them Christ overtly. I am too pc. I can only hand it over and ask for courage.

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