In the midst of the din of life, in the chaos of the streets, in the roughhouse of the football stadiums and the Carnival, at music concerts and other big gatherings you will find the young missionaries of the community Do Caos à Glória (From Chaos to Glory) making known the Good News, both visibly and audibly.

The community is only 16 years old – and sprang from the work in the favelas and in response to the spiritual poverty of the masses, ‘because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd’ (Mt 9:36). The Spirit blows where he wills, even in the midst of the noise.

These young missionaries are convinced that ‘God wishes to show forth his love and grace there, through us’. They do not want to see the Carnival become an excuse for carnal excesses, the passionate enthusiasm for sport turned to heedless violence, the joy of music leading to idolatry of performers. ‘We counter the modern idolatry with God, the chaos with the ordered beauty of love.’

he community has attracted considerable interest; but their new members need theoretical and practical formation in theology – and also in dance, theatre, preaching and the new media. This modern form of the New Evangelisation has its own skills that need to be learned.

We have promised them support to provide this formation.

This article can be found in Mirror 0415.