A while ago I gave a talk in Ann Arbor Michigan. It was about the New Evangelization. As part of my talk I explained how Janet and I have our “evangelism antennas” up first thing in the morning – alertly watching for open doors and ways to share our Catholic Faith throughout the day. And the Christmas season is such a great time to do it!!
I explained that God sets up “divine appointments” for all of us and then holds his breath to see if we will do his bidding. If we don’t, it disappoints God, someone fails to hear the good news, and our days are more boring. Sharing the gospel is a great joy of life once we get over that hurdle of fear and self-consciousness.
After my talk I received this e-mail from Marnie. It was too good not to share. Learn from this! Take her ideas and use them yourself throughout the day. Enjoy!
Sue passed along your email. I was telling her about the day after your Evangelization talk at Christ the King that I prayed in the morning about my antennae being up and had three occasions to share my faith on Wednesday.
Here is how it went. I am M and the other person is J for Jennifer. Jennifer works in the laundry room at Schoolcraft College where David and I go to work out.
M- (walking past big window of laundry/custodial room) Oh, I love your purple decorations. Purple is the color of Advent. Are you Catholic?
J- smiling says, yes, and added that purple is for royalty
M – Jesus is royalty! I’m a convert to the Catholic Church because Jesus did not want disunity; He did not create divisions or denominations. Merry Christmas!
J – Thank you for sharing that.
(The man in line, waiting to be handed a towel by Jennifer looked bewildered!)
After working out, the young girl at the gym desk told me that I knew her boyfriend from my teaching days. I said I remembered what a good student her boyfriend was and how he had a nice, church going family. I told her I knew all about Ward Presbyterian and Oakpoint where the boyfriend now attends.
I told her how David and I were Kids Kamp directors at Ward for 14 years (she was a camper), but now we are Catholic and love the faith. Went on to explain how Ward friends don’t understand why we are converts but that we still love Jesus, perhaps more. Then we talked about whether or not she had a favorite Bible verse, which she didn’t. I challenged her to find one and report back to me!
Later in day was checking out at Lord and Taylor, purchasing a gift. I told the clerk that her accent reminded me of my friend, Ula, who is from Poland. When she declared that she is Polish, I told her about Ula from Krakow, Poland who had met John Paul II.
She smiled and I told her how much I loved the Catholic Church and that I was a convert. I asked her if she had been to the gift shop at The Shrine of the Little Flower that sells hand painted Polish ornaments? That led to talking about the Eucharist and praying the Rosary. Meanwhile another customer was waiting and I felt like I should not hurry :-)
So….thanks for all the encouragement at the Tuesday talk! Your talk was excellent, exciting and made me think. I was taking notes as that is my ADD way of listening better! In about 2001 or was it 2002, your Defending the Faith talk (@Steubenville) about the Pope, had a huge impact on me. That is the moment when I finally “got it” – about having a Pope.
On Thursday, at CSS Joshua study, I shared all this with my small group, and at our next fellowship lunch in January, the women decided we would all bring an antennae story to share.
Thanks for using your God given gifts to reach and teach so many of us! May God bless you and your family this Christmas time.