Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Being Bold

Yesterday was awesome. I went to a Catholic bookstore and I was like an ADHD kid in a candy store! I was beside myself at how much stuff they had! So many books! So many things...well, Catholic. I was there for like 2 hours! If I was there any longer I might have drained my bank account... ok, so on to the point of this.

While I was there I was just wandering and not really sure what I was still doing there but then this older guy came in and says to the worker, "Do you have a brown scapular? For the past 3 days I keep hearing this word: Brown Scapular. And figured I need to get one." The worker shows him their scapulars and so the man starts asking questions if he knew anything about them. At this moment I became interested, not because I am the foremost authority on the Brown Scapular, but because I wear my scapular with devotion and love for Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The worker was having a hard time trying to tell him about it. Unfortunately, you could tell he himself did not wear one. So the man asks, "do you think you can look it up on the internet?"

At this time, my Guardian Angel and the Holy Spirit are telling me, "Speak up, go and tell him." I just stood there. A few minutes pass and the worker is trying so hard to explain. Finally my Guardian Angel moved me to right where they were, and the Holy Spirit is yelling at me "BE BOLD! SPEAK UP!" The worker at this moment says, "Well some Catholics don't believe in the scapular..." I found this ridiculous, and said, "that's really sad." They both looked over and I was looking for a pamphlet for the scapular. The man looks right at me and asks, "you know about the Brown Scapular?" I told him yes and he wanted me to explain. I prefaced my talk about it by saying I don't know everything, but I do wear it and love it.

As I am telling him, he is asking questions and through the Holy Spirit I am able to answer them. He then shares stories about his life, about how so many times he should have been dead, and walked away from everything unharmed. I was amazed, but not shocked. The Lord has more planned for this man, he is not done yet. Come to find out, he belongs to the Ukrainian Catholic Church (Byzantine) in Denton. We talked for quite some time and it was awesome. I thank God for the opportunity!

So with this story I say this: Be bold! Be bold for the Kingdom of God!
Every single Saint/blessed/venerable in the history of the Church has been as such. St. Francis of Assisi, Bl. Pier Giorgio Frasatti, All of the Apostles, The ever Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Maria Goretti, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Damien of Molokai etc. All have been bold in one way or another. Why cannot we do the same? Why must we be so paralyzed with the fear of rejection? What's the worst that could happen? Death? One can only hope! So what are you waiting for? We are all called to Holiness. We are all called to be bold.

SPEAK UP! BE BOLD!

In Christ through Mary,
Joe

2 comments:

  1. Pater,
    I have found my own self in these sorts of situations. Glad you stepped up to properly inform on the subject. We need more informed lay people in the world to defend and advance the faith. God bless you and may He guide you in your everyday life!

    -Nova

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  2. Beautiful! I find that rejection is something I constantly struggle with. Even in the smallest of senses. Why do we refuse to make eye contact with strangers or constantly listen to iPods when walk around? What frightens us to the point that we can't even smile at people as we pass by? I ponder these things, especially lately. But don't worry, I'm trying to be better about it. I'm so glad you are willing to share your knowledge with everyone - especially those you don't know personally. Imagine if we were all so bold as to share such truth...the world would, indeed, be a better place. God bless you Joe.
    ~Always,
    Whitney

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