Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Don’t be shy, open up, share the Truth

by Steve Ray on February 6, 2019

Janet and I decided long time ago that we would start conversations about the Catholic Faith whenever we have an opportunity. The Lord wants us to share the truth wherever we go.

Today we are on our way to Jordan-Israel to lead a group of pilgrims. When our Metro Cars driver arrived we knew he was from the Middle East which means he was either Muslim or Catholic.

4A971590-DE00-49E3-A43B-582BA2739226So we chatted with him for a few minutes and then discussed our conversion. By the way, you don’t have to be a convert to start conversations like this :-)

Instantly he was excited that we were talking to him about Christ and he told us about his father who had come here from Iraq and still spoke the language of  Aramaic, the language of Jesus. He was proud to be Catholic. Wonderful conversations ensued.

He was also very excited to tell us he loved Trump. We certainly joined in his enthusiasm. We especially loved the State of the Union Address. He said his whole family loves Trump and will vote for him again.

When we got to the airport our ticket agent was a nice lady. As usual we decided to tell her what we were doing. We told her we were going to the Holy Land to walk in the footprints of Jesus. She got so excited I thought she was going to jump over the counter and join us :-)

So in one short hour we encouraged two people in the Catholic faith.

All of us should be doing this every day. The world would be a different and better place if all of us devoted Catholics would be proud of the truth and share it with others.

You think people will be upset. Not so! Everywhere I go when I express our faith in Jesus Christ people are excited and say, “I am a Christian too!”

St. Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith” (Romans 1:16).

Sharing Jesus Christ will make your life all the more exciting and fulfilled!. Plus, you may save a soul and be thanked when you get to heaven :-)

Our plane is taking off. Wonder who we will talk to on the plane. Follow us through Jordan and Israel. God bless you all!

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Catholic World Report Interview:

Visit a street fair in San Francisco’s Castro district and you’re likely to meet Joseph Sciambra, 45, wearing a “Jesus loves you” t-shirt and handing out copies of his book,Swallowed by Satan. It tells the story of how, as a boy growing up in a lax Catholic family in Napa, California, he became addicted to pornography.

Sexually confused at age 18, Sciambra made his way to the Castro, a “gay mecca,” and immersed himself in the gay lifestyle for 11 years. He lived it to the extreme, even acting in gay porn. But rather than the happiness, acceptance, and fulfillment he sought, he found a life of misery.

With the help of Courage, the Catholic Church’s ministry to people with same-sex attraction, Sciambra embraced chastity and returned to the practice of the Catholic faith. Today, he makes a modest living running a Catholic bookstore in Napa, and devotes himself to a personal apostolate helping those in the gay lifestyle, “to offer them the hope that there is life after being gay,” he says. Sciambra also blogs regularly and shares his story in both the Catholic and secular media.

He recently spoke with CWR.

CWR: Some people argue that pornography does no harm to the viewer or to society. You believe instead that it was a factor that led you into a self-destructive gay lifestyle…

For the whole article, click here.

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