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  • #955

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    When presenting the Catholic faith to someone what do you often say? Is it something about what we do as Catholics or do you talk about the message of the gospel of Jesus and salvation?

    Thoughts please. <img src=” title=”Smile” />

    #3665

    Benedict
    Member

    I am not sure if I have ever presented the Catholic faith without being asked questions. And you already know the usual questions.

    #3666

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    but do you ever talk just about the overall message or how the specifics fit into the big picture? Or is it more of a “here’s how this piece works” and that’s it?

    #3686

    SOGFPP
    Member

    I try to bring the Church up as much as possible without seeming intrusive.

    One of the best ways I have found to start a conversation without saying a word is openly carrying my decade rosary (hanging from my hand)….. “what’s that?” usualy gets me talking about the rosary, the Church, and possibly more.

    I try to stay away from the big stuff… try to talk more about what being Catholic has done for me… my faith in Christ bringing me peace….. etc.

    I don’t think I’ve converted anyone….. <img src=” title=”Sad” /> ….. but I hope it’s got a few people to think!

    Scott

    #3690

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    [quote:3ma95dof]I try to stay away from the big stuff… try to talk more about what being Catholic has done for me… my faith in Christ bringing me peace….. etc.[/quote:3ma95dof]
    This is what I was wondering. I think that is a great way to help people think about Jesus by sharing what your faith has done for you.

    For some people they start explaining the system of the Church (i.e. the sacraments, Church laws, etc.) and expect that to convert people. I think for some that works, but only for those that are looking for that kind of thing.

    I think to destroy the old stereotypes of Catholicism we need to talk more about what our life in faith is like – what has Jesus done for us and what do we do for him.

    #3692

    SOGFPP
    Member

    [quote:s2s02apf]I think to destroy the old stereotypes of Catholicism we need to talk more about what our life in faith is like – what has Jesus done for us and what do we do for him.[/quote:s2s02apf]
    Amen to that, my friend.

    I find that our Protestant brothers confuse their church culture with theology (our Sacramental life, the Magesterium vs. the individual) and we agree on more things than they realize.

    Scott

    #3693

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    [quote:31evoqce]I find that our Protestant brothers confuse their church culture with theology (our Sacramental life, the Magesterium vs. the individual) and we agree on more things than they realize.[/quote:31evoqce]
    That’s very interesting – I hadn’t quite thought of it that way but I agree.

    Reminds me of a foldout guide I have written by James G. McCarthy. It’s called “The 62 Primary Errors of Roman Catholicism”. It compares what the Catholic Church supposedly teaches with what [i:31evoqce]he thinks[/i:31evoqce] the Bible teaches. Well, needless to say that many of his comparisons come up short. In fact, sometimes he is saying the same thing as the Catholic Church without even realizing it.

    Blows my mind.

    #3697

    SOGFPP
    Member

    [quote:12sa8cyh]In fact, sometimes he is saying the same thing as the Catholic Church without even realizing it. [/quote:12sa8cyh]
    Yep…. happens all the time in my interaction with Protestants. I had a discussion recently on my other forum with a man who’s theology was 100% in agreement with original sin….. but flat out rejected it.

    I tried in vain for 20 or so posts to explain that we were in agreement, but were being blocked by the constraints of the English language <img src=” title=”Very Happy” />

    A great article that touches on our differences as it relates to Marian devotion:
    [color=blue:12sa8cyh]The Mother of the Son: The Case for Marian Devotion
    By Mark P. Shea
    http://www.crisismagazine.com/december2004/feature1.htm[/color:12sa8cyh]

    Peace in Christ,
    Scott

    #3725

    Ani Ibi
    Member

    [quote:1mmybtlp]I am not sure if I have ever presented the Catholic faith without being asked questions. And you already know the usual questions.[/quote:1mmybtlp]

    Me neither. I can’t remember myself ever going door to door and saying ‘Are you saved?’ for instance. <img src=” title=”Very Happy” /> I just bumble around wearing my crucifix (and medals), doing the shopping, going to Mass, going to work, and so on.

    Sometimes someone will ask me a question or engage me in a discussion about being Christian. As soon as I have the sense of this being a teaching moment, I am diligent in restraining my own need to articulate. Instead, I try to grasp where the questioner is coming from. I then gear my answer to question asked. I then encourage the questioner to give his or her own opinion and, if they are able, then to defend that position. Often I leave it at that. Many people are not prepared to debate. They are only testing the waters. Once people know I am Catholic, then they watch me. That is enough for the Holy Spirit to do what he does so well.

    If, however, someone asks a disingenuous question or if they trash Church teaching, then the gloves are off. They are fair game. If after correcting them on what our teaching actually is and they continue to trash our teaching, then I shake the dust.

    #3726

    Ani Ibi
    Member

    [quote:1jreqnks]I try to stay away from the big stuff[/quote:1jreqnks]

    Me too. I am careful to remember St Paul’s caution about milk and meat. Many people who like to trash the Church tend to ask the big questions: the sexuality, creation/evolution, Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura, and so on. I may or may not enter this kind of discussion, but I frequently remind the questioner that these are advanced topics which require quite a bit more background than the questioner is able to bring to bear. And then I refer them to some basic reading. They may or may not experience this as a put down. I intend it as a boundary requiring some respect and requiring a show of good faith. This show of good faith looks like actually doing the basic reading.

    #3892

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    [quote:34m5ybvi]Many people who like to trash the Church tend to ask the big questions: the sexuality, creation/evolution, Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura, and so on. I may or may not enter this kind of discussion, but I frequently remind the questioner that these are advanced topics which require quite a bit more background than the questioner is able to bring to bear.[/quote:34m5ybvi]
    Yes, I feel the same.

    Many times in order to explain a larger topic you have to explain all sorts of little things first. Only from an understanding of those other things can one truly understand the bigger topic.

    And sometimes the little things take a while to explain. :shock:

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    [And sometimes the little things take a while to explain. ]

    This is a test message to see if I am copying someones response correctly

    #10406

    [And sometimes the little things take a while to explain. :shock:]

    this is test

    #10407

    Okay I definitely do not know what I am doing wrong and cannot copy an exerpt of a previous response.

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