And that’s what’s happening. I will give you an example of a type of change in mentality that can be achieved by meeting people, by sharing daily life, as is the case in our three houses where Austrians and refugees live side by side. The latter are surprised that it is possible, in the same house, to accept the expression of different points of view on social and political issues. They are also surprised that we dare to question each other, to question what we do.
Our approach is gentle and is based on the experience of a Jesuit colleague, who advised me on how to reach people from other cultures, especially those who are Muslims. The first year, you only tell them “You have the right to think.” The second year, you add: “You have the right to say what you think.” And in the third year, you can start discussing issues related to faith.
With that in mind, I like to go to the mosque and I have accepted a good number of invitations to families at the end of Ramadan. Little by little, with a delicate touch, I invite those I have known to come and see our church. I really believe that it is through being together that we can get to know each other better. This is the meaning of the Locugee project."