St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Many Catholics are reluctant to witness about their faith. We have an image in our minds of those who go door to door and tell people that they are going to hell unless they come to their church. This is far from what Catholics do. To witness for Jesus is to tell your story of how Jesus has entered into your life and helped you.

It could be a life changing event where the person discovered the Mercy of God in Confession, or just a simple prayer. One made that really changed their life. It might be a time when they were baptized and they felt God’s presence in a profound way. It might be something a good friend or a child said. Or, it could be an experience in serving the poor. It might be an answered prayer or even an unanswered prayer. It is a time to reflect on God’s goodness in your life and sharing in that joy.

You do not have to be an expert on theology or the Bible in order to give witness to Jesus and His impact on your life. All you need is a sincere heart and a story to tell about God’s goodness. Yet, it does help to build a knowledge in the faith. The more you read the Bible, the better equipped you will be in giving your testimony and the more powerful will be your message. You will be better at relating your story to the Bible.

Knowing what the Church teaches can also help in giving your testimony. The Church helps us discover the truths of the Catholic faith. When we tell our stories, we give flesh to those teachings. We can also start to see why the church teaches what it does. This is always a life struggle. When learning about the ways of Jesus, even priests of fifty years can learn more and struggle with learning these lessons that should be shared.

Prayer is essential when we learn from the Bible and through the Catholic Church. What do I mean by this? When we hear of the teachings of Jesus in the Bible or from the magisterium, we ask Jesus to help us understand. Sometimes we may not understand why Jesus says what He does or why the Church teaches what it does. Sometimes we misunderstand or are missing a piece of the puzzle. When we ask Jesus to help us understand, we also need to be open to listen to His answer. Sometimes the answer He gives does not please us. It is our duty to see where God has blessed us when God has not given us the answer we do not like. Prayer helps us to see those blessings and rejoice in them.

Contemplating the goodness of God and sharing the message gives us the strength we need and helps us grow into a deeper faith in Christ. It is what makes us strong and at peace no matter what may be going on around us.

Author: stjosephstmary

We are two Catholic Churches close to downtown Freeport, IL. Our communities are over 150 years old and have been dedicated to our lord Jesus Christ since our inception. We believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was concieved by the Holy Spirit, born of ythe Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

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