Father Robert Maloney, C.M., writes:

More than a century before the word “inculturation” became popular, Justin [St. Justin de Jacobis] was a master of the art. He said to his listeners: “…if anyone should question you: ‘Who is this stranger?’, answer: ‘He is a Roman Christian who loves the Christians of Ethiopia more than his mother and more than his father; he has left his friends, his family, his brothers, his father and mother in order to come to visit us and to show his love for us.’”

This Vincentian Saint, whose feast day is July 30, rejected the concept of evangelization as a one-way street and instead embraced a missionary process that was interactive and complementary. His message to the Ethiopians: “When I speak to you I hand you the key to my heart.” Learn more in the presentation below.

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2 Comments on “St. Justin de Jacobis: The Art of Dialogue”

  1. Excellent presentation–all missionaries would love this—says so much about respect for the other in religious dialogue. Thank you!

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