I don’t normally get my “great spiritual insights” from websites like The Onion, but I saw this article and it made me think about something. Last month I wrote about the 8th commandment and my reflection on what it means to “Bear True Witness.” Then I saw this satire about how “more than half the population live their entire lives without adding to the story in a meaningful way.” I got to thinking about the story of our parishes in the world.
I had three thoughts on evangelization that I wanted to share this week. Now is the right time to share because now is the right time to evangelize!!!
A few months ago I was struck by a guest essay in the New York Times about languishing. An emotion we were feeling collectively as a culture that we didn’t quite have a name for it. Adam Grant defined it as Languishing – not quite depression, but also not happiness or joy. This past weekend a Catholic leader shared another guest essay from Adam Grant about the other side of languishing: Collective Effervescence.
What room do you spend the most time in at your home? I’m going to guess your answer is either the kitchen or the living room (or the family room). The family room is the heart of the home where the family comes together at the end of the day to laugh, bond, talk, watch tv, play games, and more. Imagine now that your parish has a family room where you can sit to rest, catch up, and come together. What a dream!
I fondly remember family dinners as a kid … my dad worked 7pm to 7am, so we would sit down at the table those nights at 5:30 to a home-cooked meal before he headed off to work the graveyard shift. Great memories of family time, not so great memories of being forced to load the dishwasher!
I have two good friends who are discerning religious life. A friend who lives here in Charlotte entered on November 1st. She joined a small community of just 3 other women stationed in the mountains of eastern NC. Another entered into a month long observership in a Byzantine community in OH just a few weeks ago. What prompted them?
A friend introduced me to this grassroots initiative out of the Archdiocese of Denver called More Than You Realize. They released their first of many videos a few weeks ago. Check it out: These are great for sharing on your social channels, just tag MTYR’s account on whichever channel (YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.). We don’t have to…
One of our deepest desires is to be known. This begins with the simple act of learning someone’s name and using it. One time in a sales training we were told that “A person’s favorite sound is that of their own name.” Since I have a pretty common name, I hear it all the time and it speeds my heart rate up just a few beats because it signals that someone is about to talk to me, and that makes me pretty happy!
I had my first experience of Eucharistic Adoration when I was in Catholic elementary school. Our associate priest began an all-day Friday adoration program after the 8:30am Mass that we attended as a school. It began a life-long love for this type of prayer: just sitting with Jesus where He looks at me and I look at Him. We need more of this in our world!!
Evangelization: What is it? Do we have to do it? Can’t someone else take care of it? I’m not comfortable, can you do it?