Are You an Attractive Catholic?

“When [the nations] hear from our lips the oracles of God, they marvel at their beauty and greatness; but afterwards, when they discover our deeds are unworthy of our words, they turn to malign the faith, declaring that it is a fable and a delusion.”—St. Clement

Holiness attracts. I distinctly remembering watching the funeral of Blessed John Paul II and remarking to my wife how amazing it was that a Catholic funeral Mass was aired on national television and seen throughout the world. The secular media covered this event because of the life of the man who had been pope for over a quarter century. His life of holiness—through pain, suffering, and joy—attracted even those who were not Catholic to Christ.

One doesn’t have to be pope to live a life of holiness or draw others to Christ. A listening ear to a friend in trouble, a smile to a stranger, spending time with the lonely; these are all ways in which we can live our Faith in everyday situations. Through our actions, we can either attract people to the Church or repel them.

When our lives radiate Christ, people desire to know him and the Church, like a moth is drawn to a light. If we say we love Jesus, yet do not act on his commands or the teachings of his Church, then we extinguish that light and repel people. We have been given a mission to shine the light of Christ to the nations; we accomplish this through deeds and words. This is the call for all of us at this time in history.

Action Step

How can you live an active faith of deeds and not just words?

About the Author

Steve Weidenkopf

Steve Weidenkopf is the creator of the faith formation program, Epic: A Journey through Church History. He is also a Lecturer of Church History at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College in Alexandria, Virginia and the author of study guides on Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae and Lumen Gentium.

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  • kevin

    they will know we are christians by our love, by our love. yes they will know we are christians by our love. this little light of mine, i am going to let it shine!

  • Nick

    Very nice Kevin that is one of my favorite hymens and I can
    remember singing it many many years ago as a child. The words really do say it all, especially in
    relation to today’s topic.

  • donna g.

    Those I look to are faithful. I see them in Mass, I see them at adoration, but they don’t just pray. I see them in the nursing home taking the residence to Mass. Touching them, talking to them. They are working in our parish, working in our communities and almost always with a smile. They forgive those who hurt them and they are trying to make the world they live in just a little better by living the gosple. They are the one I look to and want to be like.

  • Joe

    I have had people upset with me to the point where they wont smile or wave as we pass on the road. But I keep waving and smiling and after some time they will come around and at least realize that when we can not perfectly agree we can still work on perfectly love thy neighbor.
    Joe

  • DianeVa

    I must keep reminding myself because I slipped up all the time…by being gentle with everyone I meet. ” I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see”. I once believed and walked just as society today believes and walks, I was in the world big time! Only by the grace of God have I become aware of God’s unconditional Love calling me out of the world and into His Kingdom to be His disciple. “Follow me” He asks of all of us!