HECTOR MOLINA explains the REASONS and the EFFECTS that Catholics in general don’t have the ‘Personal Encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ.’
I have experienced among Catholics the fear and insecurity because most of the Catholics I know, they doesn’t know they spend eternity in heaven or in the torments of hell and that fear paralyzes them.
The Catholic Answer Magazine has an excellent article Why Catholics Don’t Evangelize.
CAM had a joke on the cover which said,
Q: “What do you get if you cross a Catholic with a Jehovah’s Witness?”
A: "Someone who knocks on your door and says nothing."
Why Catholics Don’t Evangelize:
How to move the stumbling blocks of FEAR and IGNORANCE By Hector Molina
Quote: It’s no secret that Catholics aren’t renowned for their evangelistic prowess or missionary zeal.
This is despite the fact that the last several pontiffs, including Pope Francis, have written and spoken extensively on the subject, which has become a renewed priority for the Church.
In Matthew 28:19, our Lord enjoined the apostles, “[G]o therefore and make disciples of all nations.”
In Mark 16:15, Jesus commands them, “[G]o into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.” This is what is referred to as the Great Commission.
Sadly, for many Catholics, the Great Commission has become the Great Omission.
Why is this so? Why don’t Catholics as a whole evangelize?
If you were to survey a group of Catholics about what holds them back from sharing the Faith, the No. 1 response you would get is “Fear.”
FEAR PARALYZES many believers from living out their faith and sharing it with others.
There is a fundamental principle at work here, one summarized by the old Latin axiom Nemo dat quod non habet (“No one gives WHAT HE DOES NOT HAVE”).
One cannot share Christ if one has not first ENCOUNTERED CHRIST, or effectively share the gospel without experiencing its power in his own life. End quote.
THE DECISION IS OURS
We can present a Gospel which is a “bad news” which rains hell fire and brimstone and insecurity on the faithful and put them into a fear induced paralyzed state, or we can present a Gospel which is the “Good News” which liberates the faithful, connects them with Christ, gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.”
God bless you O_mlly and God bless every readers of the CAF.