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Conquering the World

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They who want to win the world for Christ must have the courage to come into conflict with it.
          - Blessed Titus Brandsma (1881-1942) martyr



Today's Blessing was the above quote.  It got me thinking about a conversation I had earlier in a youth ministry meeting regarding a Diocesan-Wide survey we did.  We were discussing Apologetics, whether teens have been in conversations with Protestants (that ended well or not), and what they can do in the future to have more fruitful discussions.

We also want to ask if they begin these conversations or if their interaction has been to only respond with the other person is clearly on the offensive.  And it got me thinking about my own life.  Do I purposefully spread the message of the Gospel and invite others into the Catholic faith or am I more of the "keep quiet and maybe no one will notice and leave you alone"?

Honestly - I'm more the later, not sure I proud of that - but it's definitely the truth.  I believe 100% in the teachings of the Church, that the Catholic Church is the one, true Church, and I would never consider leaving - ever.  Involvement in the Church is one of the 'deal-breakers' for a future spouse.  If we cannot serve together, if our children will be choosing between dad's church and mom's church, or if he just 'doesn't feel like church on sundays' - those are definitely deal-breakers.

I could never survive the rest of my life if that were the case.  Maybe that's why I'm still single - with so few prospects.  Although - as much as I lament my singleness - I would lament an unhappy marriage even more.  So, I digress...

Back to the topic at hand:  How can I share my faith?  How can I have the courage to come in conflict with the world as I transform the world?

This week I pray that when an opportunity presents itself I will be prepared to share the faith - to encourage someone into a relationship with the Lord through the Catholic Church.

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