Thursday, January 3, 2019

“The greatest way to witness is through the life you live. Let the radiance of your Christian life be such that it will make [others] ask questions about your [faith].”

The world was won for Christ not by arguments but by sanctity: “What you are speaks so loud, I can hardly hear what you say.”
Peter Kreeft: (born 1937: is a professor of philosophy at Boston College)

Scripture Text: (1 JN 2:29–3:6)
If you consider that God is righteous,
you also know that everyone who acts in righteousness
is begotten by him.

See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God's children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.
Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure,
as he is pure.

Everyone who commits sin commits lawlessness,
for sin is lawlessness.
You know that he was revealed to take away sins,
and in him there is no sin.
No one who remains in him sins;
no one who sins has seen him or known him.

The Christian faithful are challenged to live a life which witnesses to our contemporaries the truth of the Gospel and of the Catholic Church in a culture whose world-view often questions, ridicules, or rejects the teachings of the faith. 

By following Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes, we can be confident that the “culture of faith” can not only overcome the “culture of secularism,” it can convert it! And by doing so, we will cooperate with God in building His Kingdom – a future reality, yes, but one which is already present in mystery, already present in embryonic form within the Church on earth. 

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