10 Things to do in 2019 to Bring a Loved One Back to the Church [PART 1]
Casting Nets with the Saints (Coming Soon!)
The Ripple Effect of Faith
Eleven years ago I sat with my wife at the edge of the baptismal font with our hands on Ryan’s back, along with the priest’s. Three dunks later he was a child of God. It was no small journey. He, like St. Augustine, was a philosopher. His questions flowed like an endless stream over late night beers. He became our dear friend, though we knew he might never become a brother in Christ.
It wasn’t until Holy Thursday that Ryan willed to believe in God. While listening to the Nicene Creed at Mass, he allowed grace a small opening when he asked himself, “Do I believe that? And if not, what do I believe in?” His walls of resistance fell, one after another, as the creed went on, “Yes! I believe in God the Father almighty. …Yes! I believe in the resurrection of the body! ... Yes! I believe in the forgiveness of sin, too! …Yes! I do believe!” Two days later the waters of baptism rippled with yet another convert.
< Five years later Ryan fell in love with a beautiful Taiwanese Buddhist woman. During their engagement they were praying together before a statue of Mary. About to give up their conversations about Christianity, Ryan prayed in the quiet of his heart, "Mary, should I be trying to bring her into the Church? Should she even become Catholic?" A voice filled his soul with a loud and loving, "Yes!" He started weeping. When he noticed that she had been weeping as well he asked what was wrong, she said, "I asked Mary if I should become a Catholic and she said, 'Yes!'"
I’ve been trying to share my Faith, but what do you do when you feel like all your efforts are coming up empty?
Everyone experiences this at some point: you feel you are trying your best, but nobody seems to be changing. You have been joyous and kind; you have been patient and firm; you have been praying for people and always keeping an eye open for the opportunity to share the Faith, yet no one has signed up for RCIA.
I struggle with being confident enough to share my Faith. I don’t feel I have enough knowledge to do that, how do I overcome this paralyzing fear?
There are really two parts to this question; the first has to do with ‘enough knowledge,’ the second has to do with ‘fear.
Enough Knowledge – We gave an answer to similar question about being ‘smart enough’ in another Q&A. You are encouraged to check that out but we would like to add just a few more points since this is such a common emotion.
1) We as Catholics know our Faith better than we think. If you have been raised Catholic then you have been going to Mass since before you can remember and thus have the heard majority of the Bible read. You have heard songs and you have heard homilies about the Faith; you know more than you think.