Posts Tagged ‘Evangelization’

The Unexpected Evangelist

January 22, 2014

Last night, as I was waiting for my husband to slowly inch his way to picking me up on First Avenue in practically standstill traffic, I saw a homeless man on the street. I went inside the nearby McDonald’s to get a coffee while I waited. The homeless man followed me inside.

Usually I’d be a little nervous to have someone following me.  But around his neck was an “I love Jesus” lanyard.

lanyard

That put me at ease.  He didn’t ask me for money even though outside he had been begging.  Instead he just sat next to me to talk.  We talked about the traffic outside and the snow, and he told me that he felt bad for all the drivers stuck on the street.

It was perhaps an odd way to wait for my husband, but an enjoyable one nonetheless. When I got up to leave he told me to stay warm, and I told him the same.  I hoped that his coat was warm enough against the cold.

Today, as I was thinking about the situation, I wondered why I didn’t offer him any money when I left.  Then I realized that by the time I was done talking with him I had completely forgotten that he was homeless.  He was just another person who also happened to love Jesus.

For me, he was a great evangelizer, even though we didn’t talk about religion at all.

Pope Francis and Facebook

December 10, 2013

Facebook recently released the topics that ranked highest on what people were talking about throughout this past year.  For the world list, although unsurprisingly Miley Cyrus was in the top ten, I was shocked, and happily so, that Pope Francis ranked number one.

 

That’s right.  Pope Francis beat out all other topics throughout the year in discussions—at least on Facebook.  It made me realize how much of an impact social media can have on the world.  If there are that many people discussing the pope, I think that’s good news for Catholics everywhere.  He also ranked highly on the list for the United States, although he didn’t earn the top spot. 

 

In speaking about evangelization, Pope Francis said at the most recent World Youth Day in Brazil, “Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent.”  Sometimes those “fringes,” or those “farthest away” or “most indifferent” can be right among us—our friends, our family, even.  Social media is a way that we can reach out to them in a way that is not overbearing. 

 

I am glad that Pope Francis made the list of topics that people are discussing.

 

What do you think about the use of social media today?  Are you surprised Pope Francis ranked so highly on Facebook?  Please share your thoughts! 


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