I came across this great 3 minute video from Igniter Media called Strangers (check it out here at www.ignitermedia.com/mini-movies/2201/Strangers)-- and it illustrates the impact that individuals have over people they will never meet. This happens every day -- and for good or bad we have an influence that echoes in the lives of others.
What can we do as parish communities to echo the Gospel in our wider communities? Is it getting involved in community actives that benefit those outside our churches? Crafting a mission statement so the direction of the parish is clear? Stepping out in faith and doing something nice for a neighbor who wouldn't give us the time of day? Making a real effort to be wise stewards of parish resources? Welcoming in families, widows and orphans in an intentional way?