Witness With Us
Intentional disciples witness.
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives”
There is a big difference between talking a good game and taking action. Simply claiming to have a personal relationship with Jesus is no guarantee that there is genuine Gospel knowledge or integrity with the virtues that accompany such a bold claim. Jesus teaches that real faith is shared generously by practicing virtues including kindness, mercy and charity to everyone we meet. We lovingly extend ourselves in a most special way to those whose needs are especially pronounced and pressing.
“The righteous will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers or sisters of mine, you did for me’”
“If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead”
“It’s not enough to know Christ, we must bring him to everyone!”
Pope Saint John Paul II
How, exactly, do we best come to share or witness our faith? It is not what we say that matters as much as what we do. In other words, it isn’t teaching with words but living joyful and generous lives of prayer that make the greatest impacts. Faith is seen, it is witnessed. Actions speak louder than words. Yet, even in instances when words are remembered, the enduring influence takes shape from how the words are spoken; that they are sincere, compassionate, merciful and true.
Gospel love is witnessed in Saint Teresa of Kolkata who lavished compassion on lepers. It is witnessed in the total outpouring of love of the Franciscan priest Saint Maximillian Kolbe who offered his own life in place of a fellow concentration camp prisoner he did not even know. It is the relentless love of Jesuit missionary Saint Isaac Jogues who was tortured by the Mohawk, dumped penniless and nearly naked on the shores of France, asked to return to North America as a missionary out of searing love, and then was tortured again and finally martyred by the Iroquois.