A Catholic Convert in Ottawa

Sharing What We Love

Posted on: February 18, 2016

Whether on a Pinterest board, on our Facebook wall, or through other social media such as Twitter or Instagram, sharing what we love with our friends and family—or the world at large—continues to be popular.

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Pixie and Skittles, my two cats, enjoying a sun patch. Clearly, I love photos of cute animals.

Perhaps we’re inspired by photos of beautifully plated food, stunning architecture, panoramic city views, fashionably decorated homes, or designer clothes and accessories. Or maybe we’re drawn to natural images: adorable young animals, snow-capped mountain peaks, cascading water, breathtaking sunrises or sunsets, or views of Earth (or even Pluto) from space.

We feel almost compelled to share something that makes us laugh, takes our breath away, or moves us in some way.

We might feel gratitude for all that God has done for us, renewed strength in receiving the Eucharist, and relief and lightness of spirit when we receive the sacrament of reconciliation; do we then feel compelled to share our faith?

I’m not saying we should all be evangelizing on street corners or writing faith-based blogs; not everyone feels called to these things. But we have options for sharing our faith in a low-key way:

  • caring for our neighbours, whether close by (such as by helping someone clear a snow-covered driveway) or not (by volunteering at a soup kitchen, for example)
  • inviting a relative, friend or neighbour to enjoy a pancake breakfast or multicultural dinner or to take part in a yard sale or craft fair held at our church
  • displaying religious art in our home and garden
  • wearing a cross or saint medal on a chain
  • inviting someone to join us for lunch or dinner “after Mass”
  • sending greeting cards that say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Easter” instead of a seasonal message
  • offering to pray for someone experiencing illness or loss or struggling with a difficult decision

Not only might we quietly witness to those who haven’t received God into their hearts or haven’t heard the good news, we might also encourage fellow believers in their faith (see Romans 1:12*).

I pray that God would guide us in sharing our faith with others, whether we’re called to witness in a quiet or a not-so-quiet way.

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.”

~ Mark 16:15

(*Scripture reference and quote taken from the Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version, 2nd Catholic Edition.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Food for Thought

(Y)ou do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that.” ~ James 4:14-15

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