Monday, July 24, 2006

What did you do on your summer vacation?

Folks usually don't put a trip to the confessional on their summer beach schedule, but an Italian priest wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to reconcile while lazing in the sand, according to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. Father Vito Cantó, the 33-year-old founder of the "salvavidas de Jesus"--which translates to something like "life preservers of Jesus" (I could be wrong; maybe "life guards"?)--has started a new ministry on Italian beaches. Showing up in boats equipped with altars for Mass and wearing brown T-shirts that say "Jesus, our salavation," the goal of the group is to spread the gospel among the sun worshipers.

Responses have been mixed, though: Some take the "salvavidas" up on the offer, while others aren't sure if the whole thing is a joke. And though I'd give Father Vito points for creativity, his ministry does sound suspiciously like something Jay Leno might do for a laugh. Still, when it comes to meeting people where they are, the Life Guards of Jesus get extra credit from me.


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