• “Initial proclamation brings the person ‘into the love of God, who invites him to enter into a personal relationship with himself in Christ’.42Initial proclamation brings about conversion, when those who have not previously encountered Christ, or have dismissed him, open their heart to his love.43Sometimes it is a simple word offered, an experience of neighbourly love, or the witness of life on the part of a companion or an acquaintance that enables the person to see Jesus in a new light. As Pope Benedict points out: ‘A Christian knows when it is time to speak of God and when it is better to say nothing and let love alone speak. He knows that God is love”

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