We must speak such that they hear. It does us no good, and we do not spread the Good News, if when we speak those we speak to do not hear us. It is for this reason that St. Paul Street Evangelization does not shout at those passing by. Shouting from a street corner, with a Bible in one hand and a megaphone in the other, is now a cliché. Men are inoculated against anything such a man says. We need a different approach, rooted in truthfulness, to get the attention of passersby.
This no weakness. This is a strength: In evangelization, Catholics do not need theatrics or gimmicks to let the truth shine forth. We do not need impressive gyrations or conspicuous sobbing. All we need is to twine closely to Christ. For He who gave us the Church, and gave us the Sacraments, who gave Himself totally on the Cross, who on the Cross gave us the Blessed Virgin as our Mother, gives us Himself in the Eucharist, gives the Church a guarantee of truth.
With Catholic confidence in the truth of Christ as expressed by the Church, St. Paul Street Evangelization is committed to letting the Truth speak for Himself as much as possible. Shouting clouds our mission, and therefore clouds our Christian witness, and therefore clouds Christ. Because those who hear us shout do not hear Christ speaking, we do not begin our conversations by shouting.