“Go into all the world and preach the Gospel; and if necessary, use words.”
— St. Francis of Assisi
Perhaps you’ve heard the above quote before. It’s gotten a lot of millage. I’ve heard it in many homilies, in several classes during my formation as a deacon, and at many a church meeting from the lips of well-intentioned Catholics.
I’ve got a couple of big problems with this quote.
First off, St. Francis never said it. Or, at least, it’s not in any of the writings we have from him or even within a couple hundred years of his death.
Second, too many Catholics use it as an excuse.
The mandate from holy Scripture is clear: “Go into the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark...READ MORE