[quote=jeffreedy789]‘Nowadays if you do not always use words (To witness the Onr True Church) as well as actions, no one will know that it is the Catholic in you that makes you live a certain way.’
i disagree completely. i think his words are at least as appropriate now as they were in his day. we are inundated incessantly with the brightest and best gadget - the slickest sales promo - the newest gizmo that we absolutely have to have immediately. we’re invited to parties that turn out to be amway meetings (no offense to amway folks - i’m sure you agree that bait and switch is deplorable). we get pop ups on our computers trying to sell us pop up blockers. everyone has an agenda. everyone has a REASON behind why they do ANYTHING for you. there’s ALWAYS a string attached.
until you come to Jesus’s words.
Jesus taught us to love. to love everyone - even our enemies. to bless everyone - even those who hate us. to love freely, with no strings.
i think one of the best actions a true follower of Christ can commit is to do something kind for someone - and NOT tell them why.
not require them to feel obliged to anything in return for the blessing that God reigns down on all of us, sinners and saints, just and unjust, everyday, free of charge or sermon.
We agree to disagree then, as you would have people stay ignorant of the One True Church and feel around in the dark with no sacraments to assist them. How cruel. Life is tough, we need Christ and his Church to get through the narrow gate.
Actions of course are important but without the back up of words, they can also be meaningless. Many humanist do good works. Christ says he who listens to you, listens to me, he who rejects you, rejects me and the one who sent me. If you LOve me, keep my commandments. One of these was the GREAT COMMAND (Mt 28), to teach ALL til the end of time.
If you mean word only with NO ACTIONS, I do agree. As a faithful Catholic however, both must go hand in hand. I often feel the people who oppose words, are slightly embarassed to be Christians. I could be wrong though. i believe in this day and age we must boldly wear our Catholicism on our sleeeves, so all can see.