What is the best way to share the Faith with a family member?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions and it is also one of the most difficult to answer and to accomplish.  Obviously to be a joyous, faithful witness of the Hope of Christ is the first thing you can do for your family member.  You will also be the best judge of the temperment of your family member as to whether they are open to a dialogue.  Plus you can judge whether you could handle such a dialogue.  One of the best approaches is to point them to good resources like books or internet sites.  Encourage them to watch a movie or listen to a song that has Catholic principles in it while not being overtly Catholic.  Most of the time our family members know where we stand on the issues.  Therefore, unless there is immediacy required, we ought to just make ourselves available whenever they have questions.  But the best thing we can do is PRAY.  While that might sound like a cop out, it is always the most effective tool for evanglization. Take the example of St. Monica.  She prayed, and prayed, and cried, and prayed.  And God answered her prayers with St. Ambrose who ould dialogue with her son, St. Augustine.  Prayer is not some pie in the sky concept. It is the utlimate weapon in the spiritual battle field for souls.  St. Monica, Pray for us!!!

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