Missionary ActivityThe Apostles,
P 51 17 17 He (Paul) disputed, therefore, in the synagogue with the Jews, and with them that served God, and in the marketplace, every day with them that were there. P Acts
The great Apostle travelled all over the known world preaching the Good News, including Athens (as above) the city wholly given to idolatry. (Acts 17:16)
As we are aware from history, Catholic missionaries, during the first centuries after Christ, went to every nation in the known world, following the example of Paul and the other Apostles, and of course these nations were absolutely ignorant of Christianity, having numerous religions and gods and temples.
and the missionaries after them,
visited towns, entered
whatever venue was available,
and spoke about God and His Christ.
That is how The Church spread--by missionaries preaching anywhere and everywhere, to peoples and places, previously given over to idolatry and/or atheism.We observe clearly
P 50 4 40 So when the Samaritans were come to him (Jesus), they desired that he would tarry there. And he abode there two days.
50 4 41 And many more believed in him because of his own word. P John
As a result of Jesus talking to the Samaritan woman at the well--Jacob's Well--near the city of Sichar, in Samaria, He went into their town and lived amongst them for two days.
that Jesus Himself
ventured into pagan regions
and lived amongst pagans,
so as to bring them Salvation.
Spirit of AssisiThese pious people
Nowadays we have pious people, such as the leaders of the SSPX schism condemning St. John Paul the Great, for gathering at Assisi with various leaders of non-Christian religions, joining with them in the hope that understanding and love may be exchanged and that some collaboration may be obtained amongst them that might lead to world peace and freedom--that might lead to conversion.
question the quality
of this great Saint,
this greatest of Popes,
because he worked
amongst people not of his Faith!!!
This is one of the reasons the leaders of the SSPX used to voice their disapproval of The Church declaring John Paul the Great to be a Saint!!!carrying out missionary work
Here we have the leader of Christendom reaching out to non-Christian leaders of other religions,
of the highest order
where he may provide
the greatest influence.
This great Pope had already contributed, as had no other, to the downfall of communism in Russia and elsewhere. And no, I do not read
In this, we can observe the great man in action and the incredible, miraculous results of his influence.
that this Pope should not
because of his association
with communism leaders!
On the other hand, his work amongst non-Christian religions is thought to be a reason to refuse him sainthood!!!The Church
Do these slanderers think that the Pope wilfully joined in pagan ceremonies or promoted paganism in some way?
No, I think the reason is--as I have previously mentioned--that
(according to SSPX leaders)
is not supposed
to be producing great Saints
because The Church is no longer
To their dismay, in producing a Saint of the highest order, as is John Paul the Great, they are obliged to observe additional, certain proof that The Church has not lost Her course at all.
P 1 4 9 And the Lord said to Cain: Where is thy brother Abel? And he answered, I know not: am I my brother's keeper?
1 4 10 And he said to him: What hast thou done?
the voice of thy brother's blood