“Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.”
You may have heard this quote before. It’s often misattributed to St. Francis. Yes, misattributed. Many scholars and researchers believe he may have said something similar, but not that. Many argue as well, that the quote doesn’t fit St. Francis, who was himself a great preacher and speaker. He used words all the time to proclaim the Gospel.
Catholics today often use this quote or this mindset as an excuse to never talk about their faith. Spreading the Good News means silently living it out.
The problem is that we often need to use words. Yes, we need to live the Gospel, but we also need to explain it, defend it, and share it… using words. We may need to share our faith with a friend or defend challenges to our faith from a colleague. In any case, we need to be prepared. We need to know why we believe what we believe.
A great place to start is by addressing the questions that we ourselves struggle with, or those that seem to come up a lot at Holiday gatherings with the family. In the past, I’ve mentioned Catholic Answers, “a media company that answers questions about what the Church really teaches.” They are a great resource to start the process. You can check them out at Catholic.com.
I briefly want to highlight a video series called Ready Reasons. Each video features one of the Catholic Answers Apologists answering a specific question in 2-3 minutes. Use this resource as a starting point. The videos are short so they won’t include ALL the evidence, but it’ll cover the basics. If you find a topic that interests you, go deeper. Trace it back to Scripture or the Church Fathers. Seek and you will find.
To find Ready Reasons, go to Catholic.com. Select Video. Then, right above the first video listed, you have the option to sort by Program. Select Ready Reasons.
Be the Men.