Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Michael Seagriff

10/29/2013 (2 years ago)

Harvesting the Fruits of contemplation (harvestingthefruitsofcontemplation.blogspot.com/)

Drawing others to Him and to His Church.

The call to evangelize has been an essential part of our Catholic nature and fiber since the time our blessed Lord walked this earth. He told His apostles to "go make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit".

Sharing the Word of God.

Sharing the Word of God.

Highlights

By Michael Seagriff

Harvesting the Fruits of contemplation (harvestingthefruitsofcontemplation.blogspot.com/)

10/29/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: New Evangelization, evangelism, pray, God, The Word, Jesus, share, Catholic, truth,


CANASTOTA, NY - He did not then, nor does He now, teach that one Church is as good as another. Jesus has called all of us to be members of His One, Holy and Apostolic Church.

Over the ensuing centuries, we Catholics have frequently failed to heed His command, even in current times mistakenly and tragically acting like this was no longer our mission.

In the early days of Christ's  Church, it was risky business to be Catholic - persecutions, lions, crucifixions, martyrs come to mind. Yet one by one, the early Christians willingly and courageously shed their blood, surrendering their earthly lives for the eternal one promised them by Jesus Christ.

It was their willingness to give up the bogus pearls this world offered for that unseen eternal treasure God promised them that attracted so many to follow their example. It was common for those observing the early Catholics to comment: "See how much they love each other". Their death evidenced the depth of their love for the God who created, loved and died for them.

Our Lord knew we would never have enough priests to satisfactorily harvest the souls He created. It was His plan from the outset that we lay Catholics, who profess to follow Him, would draw others to Him and to His Church by the manner in which we lived our lives.

Share the Word of God


How foolish it was, has been and remains that so many of us "Catholics" cling to the mistaken beliefs that it is our priests and religious who have the primary responsibility to evangelize the world, that our faith should be restricted to the confines of our parish Church buildings on Sundays, and that it should neither be evident in nor impact the way we live the rest of our lives.

Not so! By virtue of our baptism, every Catholic has had the duty to evangelize. This obligation did not originate with Vatican II, although that Council did its best to emphasize the essential and long standing (but often ignored) vocation of the laity: "to make the Church present and fruitful in those places and circumstances where it is only through them that she can become the salt of the earth".

The sad reality is that over the centuries we lay people have failed miserably in doing so.

Just look around. If we who profess to be Catholic even remotely lived our lives in a manner consistent with that which we profess to believe, we, our families, our communities, our parishes, our governments, our world would be far different than we, them and it actually are today. We lost the sense of our salvific mission and reattached ourselves to lies of this world. If we had just mirrored the love of Jesus Christ to all with whom we had contact, how different this earthy sphere would be!

Yes, we lay folk have dropped the ball. Now we are being asked once again to recognize that failure, to pick up that ball and carry it to the finish line - a time when all will be one under the banner and leadership of Jesus Christ and His Church.

Each of us who profess to be Catholic must do what the Master of the Dominican Order recently charged his Lay Dominican members to do:  Get up!  Go out and be Christ to others.
 
  Make an attempt to reach those far from Christ and His Church

  Experience the joy of teaching the Truth - by action and by word.


So where do we begin?

With ourselves!

We must be Christ-like, not just in our parishes on Sundays but everyday in our homes, at work, in our professions, at sporting and educational events, in our social and fraternal organizations, in the voting booth, at our city, town, village and county council meetings, in State legislative bodies, in Congress, in local, State and Federal courts. Everywhere! Everyday! - always striving to be Christ-like.

It is time to ask ourselves these questions:

What if total strangers entered our home today (or our workplace, our children's' sporting events, our parish, [for my Lay Dominican brothers and sisters] our monthly Chapter meetings, or in any other environment where we Catholics can be found would they say, or would they honestly be able to say:

"Look how much the members of this family, this parish, this office, this Lay Dominican Chapter (etc.) love each other" ?

  If not, why not?

  If not, what am I (or we) going to do about it?

  No more excuses.


Your answers to these questions and your future example, will impact not just the salvation of your soul but countless other souls as well.A birth foretold: click here to learn more!



---

A blog through which I promote zeal for the salvation of souls, awe and amazement for the Holy Eucharist and Eucharistic Adoration, and fidelity to the Truths of our Catholic Faith.



Comments


More Blog

Book Review: Encountering The Manuscripts

Image of

By Norm LeDonne

I never gave much thought as to how the New Testament came to be written. I had assumed that someone carefully compiled the various writings sometime in the late 1st century, and that an intact New Testament existed from that time. That being said, I was frequently ... continue reading


Jesus Loves You: Trust in Him!

Image of

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, CPC

There is so much to prayer beyond simply asking God for all that we need in this life. When we trust in Jesus, and subsequently praise and worship Him for all that He is, we are surprisingly and profoundly filled with hope for today and eternity, we encounter sublime ... continue reading


Who Am I

Image of

By Norm LeDonne

Humble people often have times in their lives when they receive an honor that they think they did not deserve. This praise may lead them to ask the question "who am I to deserve this?" They consider themselves unworthy of the glory for whatever reason and they question ... continue reading


The Storm of Resistance

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

The powerful winds swirled and twisted around my body as I stood there motionless. It danced so close to me, yet left me completely unscathed. It circled round me as if I was the eye of it's existence standing there in it's center completely calm and at peace. My arms ... continue reading


We Can't Give Up On Marriage

Image of

By Tara K. E. Brelinsky

Considering the recent focus on the family both inside and outside of the Church, it seemed fitting that we'd find ourselves under a spiritual attack, targeted directly at our Achilles's heel. Thus, I wasn't startled to sense that persistent nagging in my gut that ... continue reading


An Encounter With Jesus Through The Hand Of A Child

Image of (Blue Caleel/Pinterest).

By Jackie Stammen

Surprises. Our God is full of surprises. A mentor in my life once told me to expect surprises in life, you are sure to have them. Good or bad, you will experience surprises. Three weeks prior to the end of 2014 (good riddance, you crazy year, I am so glad you are well ... continue reading


The Nails

Image of

By Norm LeDonne

The Nails is a heartfelt ballad by Michael Schroeder, expressing the remorse and love felt by Christians when pondering the great sacrifice that Jesus made for our sins. The song itself is subdued and quite simple in structure and performance. However, this ... continue reading


On Being a Catholic Christian:

Image of

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, CPC

Being a Christian today can be riddled with challenges and awkward times. Being a believing Christian is not for the faint of heart, or for those looking for popularity or worldly reward. However, they are compelled to embrace the high road whenever humanly possible, ... continue reading


So Shines a Good Deed in a Weary World

Image of

By Jackie Stammen

Beginning on Saturday of this past weekend, the phrase made popular by Gene Wilder's character in the 1971 film, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "So shines a good deed in a weary world," has been dancing around in my head. I guess it would be logical for me to ... continue reading


My Winged Messengers

Image of

By Michael Seagriff

Whenever I have been blessed to spend time in the chapel at the retreat house at the Abbey at the Genesee, an assortment of birds always flies above and around the exterior of the chapel as I first begin to pray - carefree, chirping, doing what God created them to do, ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Amos 6:1, 4-7
1 Disaster for those so comfortable in Zion and for those so confident on ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 146:7, 8-9, 9-10
7 gives justice to the oppressed, gives food to the hungry; Yahweh sets ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 16:19-31
19 'There was a rich man who used to dress in purple and fine linen and ... Read More

Reading 2, First Timothy 6:11-16
11 But, as someone dedicated to God, avoid all that. You must aim to be ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 25th, 2016 Image

St. Finbar
September 25: He was the son of an artisan and a lady of the ... Read More