Skip to main content

Conquering the World

http://carmelites.info/citoc/citoc/janmarch2006/citoc.jan_march_2006.news_3.htm
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.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

I Look Into my Inbox and What Did I See?

I receive the weekly notes from the Catholic Match Institute since my unsuccessful dabble in Online
Dating some time ago (link) and today's included the face of one of my favorite priests. A man who helped me become the Catholic woman, for better or worse, that I am today. He is doing a series of five videos for CM through Advent. The first two are below ... I encourage you to watch them and stay tuned for the next three! Fr. Ananias, OSB - what an Advent treat!




When Others Despise You

In general I appreciate when people like me, as I think most people do. For me, it's really hard when people dislike me, even if I don't have to be around them all of the time. I get anxious thinking about the next time we will be in the same location and if I'll be able to just kindly avoid them or if there will be an awkward confrontation. There's a line in scripture about how blessed we are when others despised us because they hated Him first. Him, being Jesus, of course.

But is that always the case? Am I applying a section of scripture to a situation to which it has no relationship? Am I using a passage of scripture to make myself feel better about the actions that I'm going to take, to justify it to myself and others? Am I manipulating the Lord's words to promote my own agenda in the name of the Lord?

I wonder this regarding many things. Passages like "The Lord will fulfill His promises" in relationship to my relationship status. Did He promise t…

Thoughts from A Color Run Volunteer

Well, we did it!  It's over and I'm back to my regular color.  All it took was some scrubbing in the shower and a big load of laundry!

So, how was it?  Well, we began looking like this:


and ended looking like this:


Yes - VERY pink!!!  It was awesome!

Now, the thoughts (play-by-play) of the day:

We began at 7am (actually an hour later than first expected).  When we arrived a few minutes early we went over to the Volunteer Registration tent (even though we were told to go to the color station first) and they were super disorganized.  Although they had a lot of volunteers, the check-in process was not amazing.  It's a place for some definite improvement on their part!  However, it was the first time in Charlotte and the only expectations were from the volunteer coordinators who hadn't experienced the run yet, so understandable.

We got to our PINK station - the first color station, where we were assigned and found out it was BLUE!  We were given instructions (only dip into…