Seeking Christ in the 21st Century

Gentlemen,

The two most important things we can do are to personally return to the Divine mercy of Jesus and encourage others to do the same.

I’ve often wondered what is the best and most efficient way to evangelize the current culture and it is becoming more obvious that the best way is to give people what they want. People want others to actually care about them and the things they do. I would also like to submit that we, the evangelized, possess the same desire.

God was a stranger to us, but by merit of our baptism He became our Father and we His sons. Let’s consider this for a moment; the greatest day in our lives. By God’s grace we were freed from original sin and accepted by God into His plans for salvation. No longer are we our own but completely belong to God through His Divine Mercy. God has shown us the model of sincerely caring for our needs and about the things that we do through our baptism… but it doesn’t stop there.

Now consider the sacrament of confession as the next greatest moments in our lives. God calls us from our own sinfulness to His divine mercy so that we might be saved from death yet again. Despite having offended Him through not trusting His fatherly instructions and instead following the easy pleasures of the evil one, He continues to restore us to salvation. Again, it seems that God not only sincerely cares about us, but He really does care about the things that we do.

If we are to answer the same call as Father Lacombe and evangelize this now neo-pagan culture to make disciples of our nation, we need to give people what they want. People want someone to sincerely care about what they do and who they are. Who cares more about these things than Jesus? Who knows better about this love than us? We need to show our own experiences of Christ’s mercy, obtained through the sacraments, to those near us.

I would like  to propose that once we’ve cultivated a relationship in which we sincerely care about the well-being of the person, both in this lifetime and the next, we use something comparable to the model of the conversation below to show them God’s Divine Mercy.

When the person mentions a difficultly, vice, or loss; always relate to an encounter (your own or a saint’s) with Christ’s mercy. This could take the form of any conversation. Whether it is a crude joke about an attractive woman, or a deep explanation of some anxiety, we must always be ready to point towards Christ’s mercy with actual words. You will know to what degree the person can handle a call to holiness and what should be said with charity. Be courageous and remember that God’s grace sells itself.

— Mark D.

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