Accompanying those entrusted to us to the discovery of truth is the way to communicate what we have encountered: a testimony from England.

A couple of months after our arrival in England we were invited by the diocese to participate in a course organized by the English Bishops’ Conference for foreign priests. The aim was to help priests who had just arrived in the United Kingdom to get to know the culture of this place. During the meetings, we were told: “You have to be very careful about what you say to people. Above all, we advise you not to use certain words, such as “truth”, because someone could be offended and you could give the impression of not being welcoming and of creating unbridgeable distances”. This sentence provoked me a lot. In those first few weeks of mission, in fact, we had begun to get to know a lot of people and to talk to them about everything, from politics to the education of children, to family life. It happened to me, and it still happens, that when I tried to communicate something that I believed to be true, immediately I received replies of this tone: “I understand what you say but it is your opinion”; “We must agree to disagree.” Phrases like these, in reality, closed the conversation, suggesting that it would never be possible to talk to each other about that topic.
A big question came to my mind: “How can we communicate what we have encountered? Which method can we follow? “. In my life, through everything that has happened, I have discovered that Christ is the Truth, the only one able to create unity among men, to reveal what we have in common. How is it possible to witness this?
Another episode helped me to find an answer to these questions. When I got home after that course, I started to arrange the moving boxes. While I was working, my eye happened to fall upon the title of one of my favourite books of Fr. Giussani: The journey to truth is an experience. These were words that I had heard so many times and suddenly they were appearing to me in a new light. I slowly began to understand the significance of the title of that book and to rethink our proposal of evangelization: to propose shared experiences, to accompany people to discover the truth within a life lived together. This is the method of Christian mission and it is also, among other things, the way in which Christianity has reached me: the discovery of some unchangeable truths about the nature of man, and therefore about morality, were things I found out over time, participating in the life of the Church.
Last week we spent an afternoon together with children of the primary school. We had organized the proposal thinking of games, songs, the commentary of the Sunday Gospel, preceded by a question that we asked them. That Sunday, the Gospel was the one where Jesus says that if you let yourself be guided by a blind man you end up in a ravine. We asked them: “Which people do you follow in your day, and why?” A boy, during the games, told me about the Momo, an online game where you are invited to follow what the computer tells you to do. Step by step, the computer asks you to do more and more things to the limit, until the last request, which is to kill yourself. Some went all the way and committed suicide. The boy told me almost laughing.
During the time of answering the questions, I asked him to repeat what he had told me. Then we read the gospel together. So they discovered that what Jesus had said 2000 years ago is still true today for us. You have to follow the right people, the ones that make you see the beauty of the world, otherwise you end up in a ravine. It was a moment of truth.
Luca Speziale is assistant pastor of St Swithun Wells, in Eastleigh (United Kingdom). In the photo, Luca is with some boys from the parish.

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