Please share with me what you find most challenging about Church ministry and evangelization!
Personally I find many challenges. For one, I get very stressed trying to do too much - or perhaps control too much. It is such a big job, and there is always so much more that can be done! Also, trying to do things very well, and stressing over the little details, or trying to anticipate the things that could draw criticism..
I look forward to hearing from each of you. Feel free to respond with advice to my challenges as well! Thanks and God Bless!
Hello dearest brother,
I have only just begun to explore the beautiful website you've created. I am very proud of your efforts.
God works in very beautiful ways, and there is a great stirring from the Holy Spirit; a great call to evangelize in Christ. Just yesterday, I completed signing up for an online forum with the School Sisters of Christ the King. The article of study (found here http://heartsonfire.arlingtondiocese.org/me/) was written, I believe, by the bishop of the Arlington Diocese. I left a comment last night referencing the article, which I will repeat below:
What a blessing to reflect upon evangelization, especially having just celebrated Pentecost! I was convicted from the very start of the article, (praise God!) When I realized that the first eight questions to ask myself were true…I don’t often think of myself as an evangelist, and often struggle with how to share my faith and love of Christ with different social circles, such as in the work place. There were two main points that struck me:
1)”we can think of evangelization as a two part endeavor- initiative and process.” —God has blessed me with a sense of initiative, but I think I become discouraged throughout the process of evangelization. Sometimes, when I don’t immediately see a conversion or some positive measure, I blame myself for saying the wrong thing or not doing enough to help a person along. But, just as in any friendship or relationship, it takes time to get to know someone, and while Jesus is ever-eager to deepen His relationship with us, we may be hesitant to get to know Him, for any variety of reasons. As a woman who can testify to the great love and mercy of our Lord, I think there is temptation to become discouraged when I don’t think things are going according to plan…when the process seems to be shut down. I have a renewed understanding that it is in these very moments when Christ is most actively present, and my call to evangelize may mean to just hold steady, supportive, and prayerful; to accompany souls to Christ as a friend…no more, no less.
2) the second point that resonated with me was”evangelization may mean a mission trip, but will most likely mean re-envisioning your zip code as mission territory.” I recently completed my second year of teaching in the iowa public school system, and at times I joked with my husband throughout the year that I felt like my classroom was my own little mission…my”Calcutta” as Blessed Theresa would call it. This phrase in the article served as a great affirmation and also a greater call from God…to really commit to the school community he has entrusted to my care.
All glory and honor be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Mary, mother and queen, pray for us.