Many years ago, a priest writing for a clerical bulletin, recalls a trip he made for a wedding Mass. He hailed a taxi whose driver seeing the clerical garb greeted him warmly telling him he also was Catholic and recounted his change of heart in recent years.
was baptized as a child but did not take it too seriously. Recently,
however, it all changed and he found great joy and meaning in everything he
did as a member of the JOC.
(Young Christian Workers, Jeunesse
Ouvriere Chretienne in French) is a movement for young workers that began in France. The taxi driver was a member of this movement and his taxi became his
altar where he offered up his daily work, greeting all graciously and
supporting his family. He was living the lay apostolate as a
He mentions a women member of the JOC who left
her office job to work in a factory. Pay was poor, the work difficult
but she felt on a mission. She had more persons to show her love and
concern. At Mass, she would associate with those who were in their work
clothes and did much to increase the numbers in the JOC movement and
give meaning to the life many were living.
JOC was very active in most of the
countries of the world but that is no longer the case. Society has
changed and so has the membership in the movement. In Korea, it was
very active but now there are just about
10 groups that are still meeting.
Young people are at the
learning stage so we may ask how can they participate in the apostolate
of the Church. Young peoples' world is different from that of the
adults. They study, play and work together. A difficult place for adults
to enter. Only the young can enter and influence the direction of
life.The group meetings are not education from above with cramming but
young people sharing with other young people about their lives.
of those who in adult age continue to work in the lay apostolate of the
church have their beginnings in the JOC. They were formed in way that
gave them confidence and a joy that comes with concern for others in making a better world,
statistics that the priest has seen show that 50% percent of those
asked feel that religion is not necessary for society. With the passage
of time the numbers who have a negative feeling towards religion
continue to rise, Many are the reasons for this but the bad example
given by religious people is great.
than one non-believing philosopher has mentioned that Christians work
to increase their numbers but more than efforts to evangelize, living what they preached would
be the best method of evangelization.