Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jul 28, 2013 / 08:48 am
Catholics should live out their everyday lives in a way that witnesses to those around them, offering hope in a world of darkness, said Bishop John Ebebe Ayah of Ogaja, Nigeria.
“We are all missionaries,” the bishop said to a group of English-speaking pilgrims at World Youth Day.
He urged them to “re-evangelize the world, bring the world back to Christ.”
Bishop Ayah spoke at one of the July 25 World Youth Day catechesis sessions in Rio de Janeiro. The sessions offer formation to participants through a talk and question-and-answer period with a bishop, as well as confession, Mass, testimonies, song and prayer.
The bishop noted that life is a mixture of good and bad experiences, and we must have spiritual maturity to accept this.
“There is sweetness with the bitterness,” he explained.
Growing up with high expectations, we become disappointed when life does not go according to our plans, he observed. Faced with broken families, unemployment and other modern challenges, some people despair and seek happiness in drugs, pornography or other damaging behavior.
As Catholics, we are called to be a light to these people, Bishop Ayah said.