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Today's Gospel: Luke 12:8-12 - Memorial of St. Ignatius of Antioch
I used to have a habit of non-committally agreeing with people, even when they were saying something that went against my faith. It came from a desire to keep the peace, to not be shot down, to avoid arguments that I might not win. At some point in high school, I realized that I didn't like the fact that I wasn't actually standing up for my beliefs.
Then, of course, I went to the other extreme -- picking a fight with those who said something I didn't agree with, even if it wasn't directed towards me. Sigh. I think I've finally grown out of both of those, but only because of a hearty dose of reality as I matured as a human and in my faith.
These are scary times to be a faithful Catholic, especially if you care what other people think about you. So what are we supposed to do when we're faced with a situation that forces us to acknowledge our faith in Jesus publicly? Well...the best option is to start with a little prayer to the Holy Spirit to speak in and through you! A little humility -- and trust that the Spirit's words are better than ours -- goes a long way in allowing the Him to work in your heart and in the hearts of others.
When was the last time you chose to joyfully and prayerfully engage in a discussion about the faith? Did you ask the Holy Spirit for help?
Holy Spirit, help me not to worry about what other people think about me and my faith. Speak through me, move through me, so that I can share Your grace with others.
Copyright 2020 Rebecca W. Martin
About the Author
Rebecca Martin serves as Associate Editor for Our Sunday Visitor’s trade books, and Daily Gospel Reflections editor at CatholicMom.com. A native Hoosier and Christendom College alumna, she lives in southeast Michigan with her husband and three cats. She is a Lay Dominican, book addict, Shakespeare fangirl, amateur baker, and musician.