Blessed Cesar de Bus
Brothers, what does St Peter admonish us to do? 1 Peter 3:15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;. Meet a Catechist for our time Cesar de Bus.
In his Beatification Address of April 27, 1975, Pope Paul VI brought out the Blessed Cesar's significance for the Church and catechesis in our own time:
In the year of his birth at Cavaillon (February 3, 1544), the Christian world is in a crisis, one of the most serious crises in its history. A crisis that is not only a religious and doctrinal one, but also a crisis of civilization, with the afflux of new movements of thought, not all negative, but which confuse the mass of the faithful. Cesar de Bus came into the world in this troubled period when men are gradually opening up to culture, to the arts and to the reign of pleasure.
Blessed Cesar realized that we need a simple, core teaching of the faith. Something easy to understand and easy to remember. I have such a core set of beliefs, that I can share at a moment’s notice. What about you? Are you: always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence?
If you interface with youth, are you ready to introduce simple Catholic principals that resonate with them, that draw them in?
Pope Francis refers to the Catholic Church as a field hospital for the spiritually wounded and dying. This may explain many of his actions and words, as Jesus once said “The healthy don’t need a physician”. Most people I meet know something is wrong in their lives, but they can’t put their finger on what or even where to look for help. This is where we have to be ready, Triage – stabilize them and let the Holy Spirit draw them in.
Cesar de Bus was excellent at this. He has simple catechetical rules for sharing the faith, examples, stories, principals; ready to share. Brothers: Are we up to the task?
For more on Blessed Cesar de Bus see: www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/blessed-cesar-de-bus-patron-for-modern-catechists-5367