DON BOSCO CENTER OF STUDIES
INSTITUTE OF THEOLOGICAL FORMATION
Paranaque City, Philippines
Author: Fr. Rosmon M. C. Valenciano, SDB
Title: Prophetic Witnessing: One Effective and Relevant Method of New Evangelization Starting with the Family to be a Renewed Church
Adviser: Fr. Anthony Nguyen, SDB, MATh, SThL
Degree: Master of Arts in Theology
Specialization: Pastoral Theology
The Second Plenary Council of the Philippines (PCP II) challenges the Church in the Philippines to be a Renewed Church and to commit to the mission of integral evangelization to build up a new civilization of life and love. This paper explores the effectivity and relevance of Prophetic Witnessing—i.e. the witness of authentic Christian life—beginning with the family as a method of New Evangelization in helping to bring about a Renewed Church. It makes use of the Historical Hermeneutic Method, which includes the collection of the meaning and method of evangelization from Church documents; data analysis and scrutiny of the method of witnessing; correlation of analyzed data with the witness of life of exemplary persons; and finally, presentation of a proposal that serves as a guide for Christian parents.
As a method of new evangelization, Prophetic Witnessing includes the elements of an integral evangelization that PCP II advocates—namely Renewal of Catechesis, Apostolate, and Worship, which also significantly coincide with Evangelii Nuntiandi’s view of the effective and integral evangelization of the human person that entails Proclamation, Conversion, Incorporation, and Service. Prophetic Witnessing involves both living the Gospel and giving testimony to the experience of God’s grace. It consists of following Christ more closely through a witness of faith, a witness of love, and a witness of hope, thereby targeting the three learning domains of the evangelized—i.e. cognitive, affective and behavioral. Through Prophetic Witnessing in the family, the vision to be a Renewed Church is already nurtured at the basic and fundamental level. The Renewed Church in the Philippines is significantly the Church of and for the Poor because Christ put on a poor image when he took on human nature. As prophetic evangelizers, parents can help their children be more conformed to Christ who became poor by faithfully living out their Christian vocation as priest, prophet, and king.