“Always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you”–1 Peter 3:15
Greetings Mighty Catholic Apologists!
Recently, for the first time in my life, I was called to fulfill St. Peter’s words above to stand ready to give an account of the faith when questioned–and I’m so excited I just want to tell everybody about it! Well, at least anybody who’s interested in listening, so I figured I’d join the Forum and post my story. I’m hoping that other people can comment on how I did and also will post their first apologetics moment on this thread as well.
Before I begin with my first apologetics moment let me just give you a very brief background about myself. I was born and baptized Catholic into a very normal Italian Catholic family. I went to Catholic elementary and high schools. I received my first communion, first reconciliation, and confirmation. In spite of all this, I was still pretty much your average nominal Catholic who knew nothing about his faith. I don’t remember when it was that we stopped going to Church, but it was a long time ago. We kept going at Christmas time for a while, but then even that stopped. My knowledge of the doctrines of the faith was virtually nonexistent. I wouldn’t have been able to explain the Trinity, the Immaculate Conception, the sacrificial nature of the mass, the Eucharist, or any other fundamental belief of the faith. Then I went to University and I don’t think I ever thought about my faith even once while I was there. Not even for a moment. Then a couple of years ago, about the time I graduated, I started to ever so slowly come back to the church. I won’t get into why or how it was that I started to relapse into Catholicism, that’s a post for another thread, but during the past two years I have been studying a lot of Theology, reading lots of Catholic books, listening to Catholic Answers Radio, and watching EWTN. Unbelievably, I also actually started to read some of the Bible . So here I am today. I’m not completely all the way back yet, but it is an inevitibility now. A few weeks ago I started to go back to mass, and I am now about to prepare a general confession of my life (which I’m estimating will be about twenty pages long!).
So now to my first apologetics moment.
The other day at work (new job) one of my coworkers, I’ll call him Ravi, noticed this picture that I keep in my briefcase. That I even have that picture in my briefcase is kind of an accident. I just wanted to try out some free samples of super glossy photo paper that I got with my inkjet printer one day, to see how the printer performed. I just did some surfing on the web, downloaded a photo and hit print. The print turned out so nice that I kept it. Then when I got my new briefcase I decided it needed some decoration, so now I carry around the image of the Holy Father with me to the office.