A Rightful Place (Steve Angrisano)
Living My Faith Out Loud
This Christmas, like so many before, I gathered with my extended family. We don't have family traditions that include playing games or singing carols together. My family likes to 'visit.' These visits include telling stories and catching up. They also include lots of food -- and a glass of wine (or two.) Our visits can last for hours -- probably my favorite part because we live far apart and definitely do not have as much 'together' time as I would like! While I try to practice temperance the duration of the visit can sometimes 'trip me up,' and I find myself drinking just a bit more than I probably should. Alcohol is not an evil in and of itself. Wasn't Jesus' first miracle providing a fine wine for party goers to enjoy? However, I am called to enjoy with prudence.
So, what does this have to do with 'living my faith out loud'?
Who I Was vs Who I Am Now
I go astray [especially when enjoying a beverage or 2] in living my beloved faith in all circumstances. Although I want to be an authentic witness as I follow Christ in this world and it is perfectly fine to show my weaknesses and imperfection, I can not stay in my errors and sins. Christ is calling me to constant conversion. HE wants to continually work at being a better version of myself (*thank you Matthew Kelly for that perfect verbiage.)
And while my family is well aware of my love of Christ and the Catholic faith, when I am with my loved ones who knew me before my reversion, I struggle to be the 'new' me. I am not called to stand on a soapbox and evangelize all day, but I am certainly called to witness to the power of Christ to transform a life. My words and actions should illustrate the grace abundantly given, but my struggle comes in them knowing me for a really long time -- and mistakenly believing they know who I really am, when actually they really only know who I was.
What's a Girl To Do
Something to Ponder
I've been a #FanGirl of Steve Angrisano for a long while now...
I am fairly confident after spending some time listening to his inspiring, worshipful and praise-worthy music, you will be one too.
To learn more about Steve and his music visit www.SteveAngrisano.com.
Copyright 2017 Allison Gingras
About the Author
Allison Gingras created the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women (OSV), including "The Gift of Invitation" and "Seeking Peace: A Spiritual Journey from Worry to Trust." Her ministry focuses on the grace of prayer, Scripture, and sacrament. Allison is the national WINE Steward for WINE: Women In the New Evangelization and hosts A Seeking Heart podcast.