Friday, September 18, 2009

Defending the Catholic Faith, one prayer at a time...

Recently, while having a very civil conversation on a friend's blog regarding the faith, and digging deep into understanding predestination and free will, someone decided to post a very anti-Catholic comment in a response to a comment that I posted, where I admitted to use the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a reference.  Out of respect for my friend's blog, and the topic at hand, which had already taken a turn, I decided that it would be more appropriate to post my response here.

If you would like to get the full context of the discussion and comments, please feel free to visit his blog post, titled Seeker Friendly.  Now....onto the my response....

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.
Lord, there are many people in this world that are actively searching for you.  Many want to know you more and have the desire to share your good news with the rest of the world.  The have the religious zeal that is prayed for during the Fifth Joyful Mystery.  Help them to share your Love in a way that is not offensive, but instead peaceful.  Truly, How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!", Help them to fully live the instructions in Scripture for how to share your good news:

...Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander 1 Peter 3:15,16.

Help to bring them ever closer to the Truth.  Pour into their souls the grace that is necessary to find that Truth, and once they find it, to recognize it.  Thank you God for hearing my prayer.  We love you Lord.  Amen
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen

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