- Pray. When someone tells you they’d appreciate your prayers for a situation they are struggling with, take their hand and ask if you could pray for them right then either silently or aloud. Then just say what is on your heart and what you would say in the privacy of your own home, or ask the Holy Spirit to give you the words. If you don’t feel ready for this, promise to pray for them and make sure you follow through by praying and then asking about them in the upcoming days. Also, be brave and pray grace in public restaurants before meals. Pray spontaneously more frequently on your own to get more comfortable with it.
- Talk about faith. Whether with family, friends or strangers, be willing to talk about God and what blessings He has brought into your life. Have faith-filled topics at the ready to discuss (book you are currently reading, movie you have seen recently, homily that touched you). Use the word “blessing” instead of luck or fate in discussions.
- Be bold. Talk about the importance of church attendance, prayer in schools and sports, the grace of the sacraments our church offers, godly values needed in our government, and the importance of respect for marriage and life.
- Study the Scriptures. Take a class if you aren’t comfortable but it is valuable to know your way around the Bible, to memorize favorite verses for sharing, to use it to grow in knowledge of Christ and the history of salvation. Learn about the St. Ignatius method of reading Scripture (by placing yourself into the story or using your senses to really involve yourself in it). Meditate after reading verses and try to apply what you learn to your life.
- Be proud of our Catholic Church. Even with the abuse issues the Church is dealing with, we have so much history and Tradition and good priests to uphold the strength of our faith. Jesus started our Church and there are so many rich treasures in our sacraments and Holy Eucharist. We have a vibrant Pope leading us to be like Christ and he is influencing people all around the globe in a positive way.
- Discuss with your children the differences between Catholic and Christian denominations so they understand and can uphold their faith. Pray aloud with them, read a children’s Bible with them, and be part of their sacramental preparations.
Since we have such hope, we act very boldly. (2 Cor. 3:12)
Copyright 2020 Colleen Mallette
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Colleen lives in Ohio and is the proud mother of three young adults. She loves being a full-time stay-at-home mom and a part-time bookkeeper for her husband. She likes to read, write, scrapbook, and volunteer, and is excited to use her talents to share God’s love and the hope of His promises through CatholicMom.com. Colleen is co-author of “In Godʼs Hands, Miracles in the Lives of Moms” and blogs at Colleen's Contemplations.