Why Be Silent?

January 9, 2023 | NEW MINDS

If you experience great food, service, and atmosphere at a restaurant, do you keep silent?

If you experience an amazing all-inclusive vacation destination, do you keep silent?

If you’re expecting a long-awaited birth of a child, do you keep silent?

If you tell others good news, do you feel imposing? Do you feel it’s none of your business to share with others the good news? Are you embarrassed to share the good news? Do you feel you don’t know enough to share? Catholics often give these reasons for not sharing about their faith. As Christians we believe we have been given the best news ever:

As a result of human sin, God became man and came to live among us and showed us the tools for eternal life in heaven with Him. He was crucified and died for our sins and then rose from the dead and now sits in heaven. He invites each of us to come and share in His life, here on this earth and later when our souls leave this earth. This is incredible news for every human soul!

When you feel you are imposing or you feel it’s none of your business to share your faith, remember this.

Jesus said, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

When you feel embarrassed, remember this.

Then he said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself? Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. Truly I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:23-27

When you feel you don’t know enough, remember this great advice found in Catholic Answers:

We must remember that God is able to use anyone he wishes, so long as that person believes in and trusts him. Scripture is replete with individuals who were called by God to fulfill a mission yet feared themselves to be ill-equipped for the task—Moses, Jeremiah, and Simon Peter, to name a few. Each of them recoiled from his calling because of fear, yet God confirmed the fact that he can use anyone to accomplish his purposes, in spite of one’s shortcomings. With him, nothing is impossible. (excerpt from Catholic Answers…not sure if we can use.)

Reflect on the following questions to help you for the moment when you can share your faith with someone.

Who is Jesus to you?

How has He impacted your life?

Why is being Catholic important to you?



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