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I'm 30 years old, married to an IT Guy and a stay-at-home-mom to two spectacularly gorgeous children. While we attend Mass on Sunday mornings, I spend the entirety of the Eucharistic Prayer focused on making sure the baby uses her crayons on the bulletin, not the pew

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09/13/2010

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Megan

I once had someone ask me outside a movie theater if I was Christian. I said, "Yes. I'm Catholic" and she said, "Oh, that's not Christian!" It cracked me up.

I can't get my head around the idea of talking about religion with strangers, a la the movie theater girl. It would seem very odd to me. I am lucky in that I have a lot of friends from church...we have a moms group and my kids go to school there. But, my friends who I don't know from church...unless it comes up naturally I would have a hard time initiating a conversation about religion. I mean if they ask why my kids go to OLA or what I do on Thursdays (meet with the Catholic moms group) then we might talk about it but I can't imagine throwing a "what do you believe?" out there. It just seems judge-y and pushy. BUT then I think, I was not a practicing, confirmed Catholic until just 5 years ago, and until I was ready I would have found that question judge-y and pushy, but then at some point when the time was right I guess I didn't, and maybe you just have to keep throwing it out there in the hopes that one out of ten (a hundred?) are ready for it?
I agree about the "seeing something in me, the way I live my life" kind of thing. I just saw a bumper sticker today that said "Preach the Gospel....Use Words When Necessary". Maybe living our faith is enough? Or at least a beginning anyway. It could be as simple as praying the rosary in public (at the park? I have not done this but I think I could!) Maybe getting friends together to do it while the kids play?

Tara

Oh. I'm not exactly sure how to respond to this other than it makes me feel ill just thinking about approaching someone with a proposition or ANY sort of religious agenda (other than simply attempting to love them as Christ would). Partly because my personality shouts "No way!" and partly because I just don't really jive with that form of evangelism.

Growing up in an Evangelical Christian tradition it was ingrained in me to view Becoming a Christian with this sort of Divine Transaction where you pray The Sinner's Prayer and then once you've said that, you have "the golden ticket" to go to heaven when you die no matter how you live your life thereafter. So of course you are encouraged to share the Gospel with people and get them to say The Prayer so that they won't go to hell. I suppose I'm over simplifying, but not that much.

Maybe you've inferred that I don't exactly function under that specific operating system anymore... though I'm still a Christian. I feel like the way my life can have The Most Impact is by living differently. By loving other people, by my generosity, by my willingness to listen, by the choices I make, etc.

How's that for rambling? I am very much still trying to figure all this out myself...

lindsay

we went to christian youth centre where inevitably someone would get going about Mary, and creationism, but it never riled me up. It was clear to me these people were 'acting in love' and also my mom frequently talked to us about any religious conversations that might have happened while we were there.

When people say they are Christian I've usually interepreted it like they are just trying to cast a wide net. Like Christian is sort of familiar to even the most unreligious, whereas if someone said they were Episcopalian or Luthereans or members of the United Church, the person being evangelized might be a little more skeptical not knowing the nuances of those specific denominations. If any sort of progress is made maybe then the Evangelizer can get into specifics. You'd have to live under a rock not to have heard of Catholicism given its history and size so Catholics can just identify specifically as Catholics.

And lastly perhaps the word is not 'evangelizing' but I think one way to possibly bring people to a relationship with God is just to not hide the fact that one is religious, and then carry on one's life. If people see things they like about the way a person carries themself and knows that same person is religious I suspect it could get others to consider religion in their own life.

A'Dell

2 things:

1. At my parents house last weekend two teenagers rang the doorbell during naptime so they could try to tell me about Jesus via a postcard. I was really pissed off at them and their poorly contrived marketing (which I suppose they might call evangelizing?).

It was just so awkwardly INEFFECTIVE and inconvenient and I can't imagine a time (Saturday, 4 hours before kick-off in a college town) that is LESS LIKELY to result in a positive response. Plus? I hate solicitors.

And that kind of thing absolutely turns me off to church and organized religion. Mostly to Baptists (sorry, Baptists, but you seem to ring the doorbell a lot in Texas), but I just don't want anything to do with that. That kind of religion is tacky to me.

2. You are evangelizing via this space. You do realize that, yes? As a person with a sort of loose idea of religion and who is constantly tinkering with my notions in that category I'm completely FASCINATED by the things in your brain on this topic. It's not just you, lots of other bloggers trip this curiosity nerve for me.

And I find that I think about these posts and what you're aiming for and how you're doing it and I see how religion might fit more logically and appropriately into a modern life. You make me think and consider where I otherwise might not and I think that's fantastic.

I don't think spreading the good word has to be all awkward and Jesus Freak. I much prefer your method.

Chi

I'm a Catholic too and have often wondered the same thing. My bff who I couldn't imagine life without, is, well, not. She isn't anything and it kind of bugs me somehow. God, has been such a significance in our lives that I couldn't imagine him not being a part of hers. So, there is this kind of awkward dance we do as well. It's not bad by any means, she supports me, I support her. But I wonder if she ever feels the need for a little faith and is just afraid to ask me. I want to tell her in a way that isn't pushy or judge-y either so I keep my mouth shut. So during one of father's sermons he shed light on it all for everyone. You don't have to go knocking of peoples door to get them to listen. You don't have to convert everyone walking down the street. You can't make someone listen if they don't want to. All you can do is, be there and ready for when they do want to know. Don't be afraid when they are curious. When I heard this I was absolutely relieved and confident. When Nichole is ready to listen, I will be there to explain (as well as I can) and say a secret "Thank You" prayer to the Lord for bringing her around. Her or anyone else! So I guess the whole point is, I agree with you and everyone else. We teach by living it. And when someone wants to know, let them know.

Maggie, I don't have any sisters but if I did, I imagine or hope that they would have been like you. I started following you on Parenting and have enjoyed your writing so much. Keep 'em coming!

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