Concerning Lay Preaching and Such
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(12-29-2009, 06:46 AM)Jacafamala Wrote: Peter, Andrew, James and John, were all fishermen from Capernaum. That's some very good company right there.  :)

They were 1) clergy, and 2) endowed with special gifts to preach and convert by virtue of Pentecost.  The rest of us need to worry about our abilities, education, and prudence.

Which is why Protestants make me nuts.  Beating someone with a Bible and quoting Scripture at them is not how the Apostles converted people.  The Apostles converted people by their Christian Charity, their love of neighbor, their examples, etc.  You don't have to be book smart to do this; you just need to be a good Catholic.  People will remember a kind act long after a Bible verse is forgotten, and if you make it known your acts of kindness are out of love for Christ, people will remember Him, too.

The sad truth of the matter is that the free day care at Protestant mega-churches probably convert more people than Bible Zingers.  That day care gets the butts in the Protty Pew to hear the heretical indoctrination lesson, and, after all these people must be the real Christians - look how nice they are!

Grumpy old trads better learn to be happy old trads filled with the joy of being Catholic and kind words and acts for their neighbors or all the scripture memorization and apologetics training will get you nowhere.  There's a reason the Mormons send out nice clean cut lads in black ties and with polite manners - it works.

Bl. Teresa of Calcutta and Saint Thomas were both great Catholics, but Bl. Teresa probably got more people interested in the Church.  St. Thomas, however, taught them what they needed to know when they got there.  Both are important, but the approach is different for both as well.  Christ is all these things, but we are not Christ.  It would be very difficult to be all at once as He is.  Go with your gifts and what you know.  If you don't have a Doctorate in Theology, work at a soup kitchen and interest people in the Church so the theological pinheads can teach them the nuances of transubstantiation (and I say that with a great love for St. Thomas).

What I'm trying to say is we need to be realistic about our abilities, look at what gifts we have - because we all have gifts, and use them.  Bl. Teresa could not be St. Thomas, and St. Thomas could not be Bl. Teresa.  God loves them both, and they both served God.
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Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by Credo - 12-25-2009, 10:12 AM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-25-2009, 10:22 AM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by glgas - 12-26-2009, 08:36 AM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-26-2009, 11:38 AM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-26-2009, 11:58 AM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-26-2009, 12:29 PM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-26-2009, 12:34 PM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-26-2009, 07:45 PM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-27-2009, 05:51 PM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-27-2009, 06:27 PM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by glgas - 12-28-2009, 09:03 AM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-28-2009, 11:52 AM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-28-2009, 08:01 PM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by Historian - 12-29-2009, 08:04 AM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-29-2009, 12:16 PM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by SCG - 12-29-2009, 02:18 PM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by JayneK - 12-29-2009, 03:51 PM
Re: Concerning Lay Preaching and Such - by JayneK - 12-29-2009, 11:08 PM
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