theoneobserving · 2 days ago
Yesterday at church the priest was saying God gives us opportunities to witness to our faith and help people around us. He said we can’t do everything but we can help and should discern what we can and can’t do
Lord, please help us help anyone you want us to help
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magicreatorsland · 2 days ago
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momentsbeforemass · 2 days ago
How you live your life
(By request, my homily from Sunday)
I’d like to talk with you today about evangelism.
For those of you who immediately turned off when I said the “e” word, I understand why you did. If you’ve been around the Church for any length of time, you’ve run into an evangelism program. Most of the ones that I’ve seen are pretty off-putting.
Maybe they’re super salesy. Or they make Church sound like multi-level marketing. And even if they don’t have an “ick” factor to them, their focus is usually all about having the right answers and saying the right things.
For those of us who are introverted, and for those of us who don’t always have the right answers, that’s intimidating.
And even if you are the most outgoing person in the world, and you always have the right answer, that focus is – well – a little off.
Because that’s not how it works. The secret to evangelism is in today’s second reading (1 Timothy 6:11). Where Paul tells his protégé, Timothy, to “pursue righteousness, devotion, love, patience, and gentleness.”
What does Paul’s advice for how Timothy should live his life have to do with evangelism? Everything, as it turns out.
Because how you live your life is sending a message to everyone around you, even if they don’t know you. More than having the right answers. More than saying the right things. What people really pay attention to is how you live your life.
I don’t mean how much you make, where you live, what car you drive, what clothes you wear, whether you’re single or married, if you’ve got kids, or any of that stuff.
What I mean is how do you and I respond to adversity? How do we treat others? How do we make them feel? How consistent are we?
That is how you live your life. And that is what people remember about you.
It really doesn’t matter what you and I say – if we haven’t sorted out how to live our lives.
You and I can come to Mass every Sunday, get here early to pray the Rosary, help out with the street ministry, keep a Holy Hour of Adoration every week, cover the car in Catholic bumper stickers, and quote the Bible. But if we’re complaining about our spouse/SO, trash talking our friends behind their backs, playing office politics, posting angry, hateful stuff on social media, and treating people like things?
Our everyday example will override anything you and I do or say here at Church.
Because evangelism isn’t what you do in Church. Evangelism is how you live your life after I say, “the Mass is ended, go in peace.”
You’ve seen the reports, about how the fastest growing religious group is the “nones.” People with no religious affiliation. They’re a lot like the people in the Gospel (Luke 9:31), the ones who wouldn’t pay attention even if someone came back from the dead. You know what that means?
They’re never going to hear a homily. But they didn’t stop listening.
What they are going to hear is what you say about your neighbor behind her back. What they are going to hear is how I treat the clerk at the store.
They’re never going to see us praying. But they didn’t stop watching.
What they are going to see is the cruel and degrading stuff we post on social media about people and issues we disagree with. What they are going to see is me, a guy in a collar, cutting someone off in traffic.
They’re not reading their Bibles. But they didn’t stop reading.
What they are reading is your life and my life.
Which is why how we live our lives is so important. It’s the only message that will ever get through to the people who need it the most.
Which means what?
First, don’t worry about what they’re doing or what they’re saying. If they’re trash talking the Church. Whether they’re sinning in a way you and I can’t stand, or in a way that we understand all too well (because we’re doing it too), it doesn’t really matter.
Because our job is the be the light of the world. Not to add to the darkness by railing against them, letting them know how bad they are, how wrong they are, how right we are.
But to light it up, By living our faith with the joy that is your birthright as a Catholic.
So how do you and I do that?
Begin your day with God. By thanking God for all that He has given you. Not generically, name each thing you’re thankful for. No matter how big or small. Make a list of at least 10 things. Because it’s impossible for us to not be joyful when we’re grateful.
Don’t waste your time with God dumping that list of grievances that all of us have on Him.
Don’t rehash everything that’s gone wrong. It won’t do you any good and God already knows about all of it. Even the stuff you and I don’t like to think about. Instead, thank Him for bringing you through it, for never abandoning you even in the very worst parts, even when you couldn’t feel Him there.  
Don’t try to pray away the difficult people in your life. Instead thank God that He’s already put everything in place to handle them – whether that’s by moving them away from you or by giving you the grace to deal with them.
Then trust God. Actually trust God. With all of that. And fill your heart with the joy that comes only from trusting Him.
Take that joy – the joy that God cannot wait to fill you with - and let it overflow into every part of your life.
Don’t treat someone the way they deserve to be treated. Stay in the joy that God has given you, and treat them like someone Jesus died to save. Because He did.
Be the one who breaks up someone’s bad day with a kind word. Even if you don’t know they’re having a bad day, give them that kind word anyway. A lot of us are very good at hiding when we’re hurting.
Bring that joy with you wherever God sends you, to whomever God sends you.
Even when it would be easier to be upset. Even when it feels like you’ve got every right to be angry. Or depressed.
Be the light of the world. Be who God made you to be. By sharing that joy of God with everyone who’s part of your day. Whether they deserve it or not.
Do it consistently and you will be surprised at who responds.
As Madeleine L’Engle puts it, “We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.”
Sunday’s Readings
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Reims, France
Source: gothic esthetic
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helloparkerrose · 2 days ago
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broken-academia · a day ago
please pray for a member of my student body who killed themselves this morning
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southern-gothic-soul · 2 days ago
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Marie Laveau Casting a Spell by John Turner
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paula-of-christ · 5 months ago
Thus is your sign to become Catholic ☺
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lohengramm20 · 4 months ago
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St. Brendan the Navigator giving Holy Communion to a mermaid
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nicotinwhore · 22 days ago
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momentsbeforemass · a day ago
“How do you handle rejection?”
It was an honest question. Being the smart *ss that I am, I went for the laugh with my answer.
Witty. Sarcastic. And completely true.
Because my standard response to rejection involves replaying it over and over. Trying to figure out why they rejected me, what I could have done differently, and why I always do this to myself (both getting rejected and replaying it).
Getting stuck in a moment that I didn’t like the first time. And (as an added bonus) making myself feel awful in the process. “Badly,” as it turns out, is pretty accurate.
Why? Because I’ve fallen for one of the classic life traps. Without really meaning to, I’ve chained my opinion of myself, my well-being, to what other people say and do.
What makes this trap easy to fall into is that it lies so close to one of the wisest things we can do in response to mistakes and rejections – giving ourselves an honest and compassionate review. So that we don’t repeat our mistakes. Making sure that we’re following the will of God, that we’re fulfilling our purpose.  
But instead of focusing on whether what we did actually should have been rejected (because it was a mistake, because we were off course), we get stuck in our feelings about it. Because rejection hurts.
So how should we respond? Jesus shows us in today’s Gospel, by how He responds to being rejected.
Jesus and the disciples are headed to Jerusalem. Jesus is following the will of God. Fulfilling His purpose.
When they’re rejected by one of the villages on the way? The disciples are hurt. They’re angry.
And they respond in a way that is all to familiar for most of us. They lash out. They want to get back at the people who rejected them.
But not Jesus. Jesus checks the rejection against what God has called Him to do. Using it as a moment to make sure that He is still fulfilling His purpose. Letting the rejection serve its only useful role.
And then? Jesus keeps doing what God has called Him to do.
Without ever responding to the people who rejected Him.
After using the rejection to check His course, to make sure that He’s still following the will of God. Jesus doesn’t get upset at the people who rejected Him, much less try to get back at them.
Jesus keeps His focus on where it needs to be. On God and God’s purpose for His life. And moves on.
Jesus even rebukes the disciples who want to bog down in the moment, who want to get upset about the rejection. Why?
The rejection has served its purpose. There’s no need to even remember it, much less get upset about it.
Because rejections are just mile markers on the highway. And nobody gets upset about mile markers.
Today’s Readings
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broken-academia · a day ago
He must increase, i must decrease
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mynawyspie · 6 months ago
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Pope Francis thanks Polish people for opening homes to Ukrainians fleeing war:
"I cordially greet all Poles. You were the first to support Ukraine by opening your borders, your hearts and the doors of your homes to Ukrainians fleeing the war. You are generously offering them everything they need so that they can live in dignity, despite the drama of the moment. I am deeply grateful to you and I bless you from my heart!"
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