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Evangelization – God is Always Giving Us Opportunities to Do So

June 13, 2010

But do we respond? Offer a kind word? Lend a helping hand? What is God leading us to do?

Patrick Madrid posted a story from his friend, Tom Peterson, the other day.

I want to share a personal story with you that happened a few weeks ago while on a flight. It inspired our entire Catholics Come Home team, and I hope it inspires you, too!

I boarded an early morning flight to return home, following a Catholics Come Home presentation in Wichita the night before.

After take-off and the beverage service, I took a second to thank the two hard-working flight attendants for their exceptional hospitality. A little later, one of the flight attendants stopped to tell me how much she appreciated and needed that kind word of affirmation at this time in her life.

Prior to landing, I felt led to take out one of our evangelization cards. On the back of the card, I wrote, “The hope you are seeking can be found only in Jesus and His Church.” I signed my name and held the card in my hand, waiting for an opportunity to hand it to her, if it was meant to be.

As we began our descent into the Atlanta airport, that flight attendant stopped one last time to thank me as she headed to the back of the plane for landing. I took a leap of faith and handed her the CCH evangelization card and note, asking her to read it when she got home.

Thanks to God’s abundant grace, last week our office received a wonderful letter from that flight attendant! In it, she explained that she had suffered loneliness since her divorce a year ago, and she was looking for answers. She went on to say that she desperately needed that Catholics Come Home card and hopeful note on the back, and that she hadn’t stopped crying since she received the little card. Amazingly, she confided that she had been away from the Catholic Church and from God for many years. After receiving the Catholics Come Home card and note, she returned to Mass last week, and had finally found exactly what she had been looking for—God!

As Patrick stated in this post: It’s a great reminder of how important it is for each of us (this means you) to live out the message of 1 Peter 3:15-16, all day, every day: “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks  you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”


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  1. June 14, 2010 7:54 pm

    Mustard seeds.

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