Being a Catholic is not easy; being a Saint is even harder. Not that I would know about being a Saint, but I do know about being Catholic.
As Catholics we are called to live our faith in our everyday life, we are called to praise God in all we do. When we wash the dishes, or clean the house, we are called to offer it up to the glory of God… Every waking moment of our life, we are to praise God in our actions and our words.
The term New Evangelization is being thrown around a lot with in the Catholic circles; the Church is calling us to reinvest ourselves in our faith. We are called to find new ways to teach the world what being Catholic is all about. But really is it new?
Not really, we have always been called to live out our faith in all we do, we may have forgotten it, but we have always been called to do it. Catholics are told that we evangelize by the way we live, the way we deal with others and how we respond and react to life around us. It is by how we act that we are to evangelize, others are to see us and ask ”What makes them so happy?” or state “There is something different about them” but ultimately they should as “How can I be like that?” and of course the answer is, Become Catholic.
But the sad truth is, most of us do not live a life like that, we have lost that Catholicity about us, except on Sundays.
On Sundays we dress up, go to church, and then go to breakfast afterwords. Everyone sees us dressed up and knows that we just came from mass. So we feel we have done our part.
How sad is that!
One of the blessings of being Catholic is that we are not called to go door knocking, we don’t have to ask people if they are born again (by the way, if you are ever asked that question, as a Catholic you can say yes, because you where baptized). Nor do we have to stand on the street handing out “tracks” on the bible. We are called to be as Christ in all we do…
Jesus called us to live a life of perfection, a tall order for a fallen race, but it can be done, Jesus showed us the way. It’s not easy, and we will fall many times along the path, Jesus fell 3 times along the path to Calvary.
But he made it!
And so can we!
We convert others not by words, but by actions, the problem is, we don’t do that many actions. We need to have our actions glorify God, and to do that we need to believe it! But sadly we don’t.
We feel that the actions of a true and holy Catholic must be grand, like the Saints. We must have visions and hear the voice of God, or perform miracles and cure the sick. But very few do that, most of us are called to just live the simple life of ordinary humans. And that is a grand way to live!
To be ordinary and to live a simple life is what God wants for us, because if everyone was performing mericals and cured the sick, it wouldn’t be a big deal, it would be an everyday mundane happening.
But to live a truly simple life, now that is truly a blessing in today’s world, and what a message of grace we would be sending out to everyone else. To be truly happy in the simplicity of life what a blessing!
Me and my 2 other partners in a business venture are experiencing this, we stared a company called STATIC Youth, LLC (for more info on STATIC Youth, LLC select the tab at the top of this page). In starting this company, we had grand visions and great success all figured out. But God has other plans. We are currently struggling to stay in business, our personal lives have also been hit, the economy in Michigan (our home state) is, well its just say very bad, and we are all trying to pay our own bills, yet alone the companies. But the lesson has be learned, we all know that we need to simplify our lives.
Each of us, in one way or another have begun that process, and I would say that each of us have grown because of it. We have been blessed by God, and continue to be Blessed! Our dream for the company remains alive and well, yes there are days we are discouraged, but we know God has a plan, so we hold on to the dream, and let God be God.We all are very thankful for the opportunities we have been given, and we all try to live out our faith in all we do. Each of us are on different pages, but we are all reading the same book, the book of Faith!
I get asked all the time, as I am sure we all do, “How are you” and I refuse to respond any other way then “I am Great!” It may not be true, but it’s always my response. I was asked the other day at work, why I was always great.
Because life is good, God is good, and He has blessed me in many ways…
That was me evangelizing, living the simple life of faith, walking up the path to perfection. I converted many of hearts with that simple statement. They may have only been converted for a few seconds, but they were still converted!
As a Catholic, I wear my faith on my sleeve, I evangelize in all I do, and I call everyone home to the One True Faith in a small and simple voice…
The voice of God whispers your name….
How do you respond?