Virtually everywhere I go I get asked for some quick and easy tips to get someone’s loved one(s) back to Church.
My answer is always the same — love Jesus more tomorrow than you did today.
To often, with our loved ones, we make evangelization about saying the right thing, or worse, simply winning the argument. That’s NOT how to evangelize.
When we get in the way Jesus gets left out. And as we continually remind each other–it’s not about us. It’s about him. The sooner we fall in greater love with Jesus, the sooner others (i.e. family and friends) will want what we have and love him, too.
So this week, get to know Jesus better. Know him in the Eucharist. Know him in his mercy in the confessional. Know him in Scripture. Know him through his mother. Know him so well that your heart burns for him each and everyday (see prayer below).
Others will see, and hearts will change. Be confident in Christ’s mercy and love.
Dear Jesus, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others. Amen. (Blessed Mother Teresa)
(Jon Leonetti, Youth Minister, Holy Trinity Parish, and international Catholic speaker, author and radio host.)