Saturday, October 24, 2020

The paths of evangelization

Popular religiosity, if it is well oriented, above all by a pedagogy of evangelization, it is rich in values. It manifests a thirst for God that only the simple and poor can know. It makes people capable of generosity and sacrifice even to the point of heroism, when it is a question of manifesting belief. It involves an acute awareness of profound attributes of God: fatherhood, providence, loving and constant presence. It engenders interior attitudes rarely observed to the same degree elsewhere: patience, the sense of the cross in daily life, detachment, openness to others, devotion. By reason of these aspects, we readily call it “popular piety”, that is, religion of the people, rather than religiosity.

(Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI, No 48, December 8, 1975.)