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