In a camp of young people they were sharing
their experiences of how to share the
with others. The testimony of Maria,
Africa was perhaps the most powerful.
don't have missions or give out pamphlets
or share multimedia projects. We just
two or three Christian families to
work in a village, and when people
Christians are like, then they want
Christians too." In the end the
all-conquering argument is the argument
a Christian life. Saint Francis of
says, Preach the gospel at all times,
necessary, use words.
A Chinese Christian was put into prison
night. It was bitterly cold, well over
degrees below zero. He was well dressed,
with thick clothes and a big fur coat.
non-Christian man was later thrown
him with hardly any clothes on him.
man began to pray that God would get
out of prison. While he was praying,
God spoke to him. 'I won't hear your
until you've taken off your fur coat
given it to this man who has none.'
if I do that, I'll be freezing dead
the man thought. 'Well, if you don't,'
seemed to hear God's reply, 'the man
be long gone by the morning.' So he
off his fur coat and gave it to the
Both of them survived the cold. Both
got eventually released from prison.
man was eternally grateful. "I
today," he always says, "
a Christian shared his coat with me
People are in need. People are suffering.
The winning of souls to Christ could
depend on how willing we are to share
The secret obviously is the inner conviction
that the Lord is wonderful. When I
in a countryside monastery in Malta,
having a trivial experience that enlightened
me a lot. I left a piece of chocolate
on a table and lightheartedly I picked
an ant and put it near the sweet. I
to see it take a single bite and then
off to inform the rest of the colony.
the little creature returned, followed
a long train of other ants that enjoyed
treat with him. Being a apostle is
outcome of being a Christian.
A man distributed Christian leaflets
many years on a street corner. Finally,
no visible results, he gave up. When
to the same spot two years later, he
surprised to see another individual
out Gospel leaflets as he had done.
up a conversation, he discovered that
man got interested in the Church through
a leaflet he received in that same
two years before. "Many times
come back here to find that earnest
and thank him, but he never returned.
he must have died, and so I have taken
As my spiritual mentor always tells
lose heart. Your next move may be the
stroke of a hammer that 'can break
in pieces' and open the heart to the
He is right of course. He always is!
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