The first step in any dialogue is to listen to the other, the dialogue partner. Engaged in a dialogue with the local culture and involved in the work of evangelizing through popular religiosity, it is imperative that we first listen attentively and carefully to the people and understand what they try to communicate in their expressions of popular religiosity. The people’s real life stories – their anguish and fears, hopes and dreams, their everyday struggles and their deepest human needs, and above all their thirst for God and their need for salvation – find expression in their practice of popular religiosity.
The first step in our work of evangelizing through popular religiosity is to listen to the people’s stories and their deepest human needs expressed in popular religion/religiosity. This is the moment of encounter with the people.