"Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." (1 Corinthians 11:1)
These words of St. Paul to the early Church capture a crucial insight into the Christian walk. We need examples. Real, living, and genuine examples of what it means to live a life of discipleship.
Too often holiness gets distorted as a lofty ideal, or a pie-in-the-sky fantasy for everyday Joe's. A chasm of practical reality gets in the way of our life in Christ and we find ourselves up against a secular wall of responsibility, expectation, and... well, preference.
First, we must bring the witness of the Saints into our own hearts, and then we must learn to tell their stories. There are saints for all occasions: teaching saints like Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, and John Bosco, political saints like Gregory and Leo, mothers like Monica and Elizabeth of Hungary, fathers like Louis IX, lawyers like Thomas More, doctors like Giles and Gianna, and the list goes on.
Have you heard about the heroic life of St. Gianna Molla? Or Chiara Luce Badano? Or Pier Georgio Frassati? How well, even, do we understand the more popular saints like Francis of Assisi or Ignatius of Loyola, Dominic or Teresa of Avila? These are stories that will change your life, by their examples but also through their intercession. Learn their stories. Pray for their intercession. Share their witness. Most important of all, be imitators of them as they are of Christ.
1 - Share Yourself 2 - Know the Kerygma 3 - Pray. Especially When You Don't Have Time.
4 - Collaborate 5 - Invite. Invite. Invite. 6 - Be Cheerful 7 - Do the Task at Hand
8 - Don't Forget Recess 9 - It Begins with a Smile 10 - The Topic is Always Jesus
11 - The WIIFM Principle 12 - Recapture the Enchantment 13 - Learn to Use Youtube
14 - The Art of Accompaniment 15 - The Art of Listening
16 - Eat Food. It's Part of Evangelization 17 - Everything Leads to Liturgy
18 - Self-love Can Still Be Other-centered 19 - It Will Never Be Perfect, Don't Stress
20 - The "Student" is the Whole Family 21 - Catechesis is a MEANS of Evangelization 22 - The 5 Means of Evangelization 23 - The Christian Life is Service 24 - Doctrine is for Prayer. 25 - From Evangelization to Immanuelization 26 - Humility, Love, and 'Eucharistic' Anticipation 27 - People Change People 28 - Salvation History is Our Story 29 - Mutual Forgiveness 30 - Fraternal Correction 31 - Build-Up Families 32 - Affirmative Orthodoxy 33 - Emphasize the Mission 34 - Talk about Tithing 35 - Recognize Bondage 36 - Encourage Ignatian Discernment 37 - Be Patient. It's a Process. 38 - The Thresholds of Conversion 39 - What... or, better yet, Who is the Parish? 40 - There's no place like a Home 41 - The Etymology of Respect 42 - Connect People 43 - To Receive is to Give 44 - Be Intentional. 45 - Three Birds, One Stone 46 - The Ecclesial Method 47 - The Liturgy of the Hours 48 - The Papal Take on the Preferential Option 49 - The Real Meaning of Apology