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28 February 2010
Faith needs to be incarnated to become credible. It has to be lived daily and fed by the sacraments and it should never stop in transmitting the Word of God to those who listen.
Sunday Time of Malta, 28 February 2010
By Mgr. Charles G. Vella
Q. I have visited your community in Bose, which I find unique, inspiring and true to the monastic tradition. However, I am very glad you are coming to the Island of St. Paul. Is it your first visit?
A. Yes. It is a visit that I have longed to accomplish, but I never had the opportunity.
Q. Why have you chosen to speak at the Augustinian Institute on the Word of God in the life of Church and of the Christian?
A. I believe this is a fundamental theme, where the Church shows the quality of the contemporary world and its ability to transmit the faith to the new generations. It is not by chance that the theme was chosen by Pope Benedict XVI for the Synod of Bishops in 2008, to which I had the privilege to take part as an expert nominated directly by the Holy Father .
Q. Malta, being in the majority a Catholic Island is in the process of secularization and the number of Maltese non-practicing is on the increase, especially among the new generations. How can in concrete terms the Church strengthen the Christian faith?
A. Faith needs to be incarnated to become credible. It has to be lived daily and fed by the sacraments and it should never stop in transmitting the Word of God to those who listen.