Tuesday, July 10, 2012
How Do I Help Someone Get Involved at Church?
A - Thanks for the question. This is a somewhat delicate situation and there are several guiding principles that can help you.
1 - Respect his freedom.
The gift of our free will is a beautiful thing. We should always respect this gift in ourselves and others. This means that we must allow the person to make their own decisions, even if they are not what we believe is best for them.
2 - Continue to evangelize him.
Everyone needs to grow closer to God and we are all called to help others do so. You can help others by continuing to gently invite, talk about your faith (without being pushy), and ask questions. You also need to be a good example for your friend. Finally, try to engage him in dialogue about faith issues. But, don't get overly aggressive about it.
3 - Let God do the heavy lifting.
You must remain patient with your friend. It is an exercise of our faith and hope to believe that God wants something even more than you do for him. So, let God work on his heart and hope that in time it will happen.
4 - Stay positive.
This is very important. You don't want to guilt your friend into getting more involved. Remember that he is still coming to Mass and this is the biggest of all steps.
I know this isn't the magic bullet you might have been hoping for, but it really is the best avenue to evangelize another - by being a good friend and a good Catholic.
I hope this helps.