We live in an age when the medium is often the message. Our world is used to the sound bite and the three minute song. Most of us don’t have time to listen to a complete Beethoven or Mozart symphony. Indeed, our lives are extremely busy. But what about the spiritual life and mission work? How are we supposed to reach people in our day and age when time seems to be at such a premium?
A couple of days ago, I was thinking about this same topic. As some of my readers know, I attend a small Jesuit college in the town where I live. It’s neither an extremely conservative school nor is it very liberal. In my very humble opinion, I would say that it is middle of the road. Therefore, I believe, some evangelization is necessary.
As I was pondering these things, I noticed a large stack of booklets that had been stashed in a corner of the large student lounge. I didn’t think much of them at first. I really believed that they were throw aways from a professor. Then I looked at them and I saw that they were devotional pamphlets and leaflets. There were novenas to St. Benedict, brochures for the Rosary Archconfraternity, the Magnificent Prayers of St. Bridget of Sweden, and the prayer of St. Gertrude the Great for the souls in Purgatory. Almost instantly, I knew where they had come from.
The student center on campus used to be attended to by a Jesuit brother named Adam Weisgerber. Among the many things that he used to do on campus, he worked in the Student Life office of the university. In his spare time, he used to compile these leaflets and pamphlets. I think he may have collated some of them himself, cut them, and pasted them. Brother Adam passed away several years ago and, apparently, the leaflets had found themselves in their present location.
I suddenly realized that perhaps I should take these leaflets and start distributing them. Perhaps a couple in every campus building. It would make some sort of impact and it would definitely help the university’s Catholic identity. Indeed, pamphlets are the best way for us to reach out to others in our own time, when time is so limited.
For more information on Brother Adam Weisgerber, SJ, click here.
Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us!
St. Ignatius Loyola, pray for us!