Jesus offers the entire world salvation through the act of His dying passivley on the cross. He could have stopped His own Passion and Death…instead He chose to be the sacrifice that we all need so bad.
Jesus could have called a legion of angels to defend Him. He could have destroyed all non-believers on the spot–yet He came to serve us and to save us and He chose not to lash out at His enemies…He chose to show us what Love really is al about.
And through His passive acts, billions have known Jesus throughout the ages.
How can we do less?
Sure, the truth must be given in love and charity, we agree on that point. Yet, Catholics today set themselves up as warriors for Christ, and yet Christ was not a warrior.
There would be far more converts to the truth if Catholics simply lived their faith for all to see, and lived it in complete joy and openness. Jesus never hid His light, we should not either and if we let Jesus’ light shone through us, then people will notice and they will ask “US” questions about the joy and peace we hold.
We should pray for those around us, offer Masses, say rosaries, say novenas, and mortify ourselves all for the sake of their conversions…and then in the end be ready to answer questions if they approach us.
I appreciate your sentiments, but I think you are falling into a false dichotmy. It shouldn’t be either or, it must be both. Jesus may not have come as a “warrior” in the extreme sense you are alluding to, but at the same time he never failed to call a spade a spade and in no uncertain terms let people know they were in gross and dangerous error (Just ask the Pharisees who he pronounced seven woes upon for not practicing what they preached. In the Book of ReveIation it explicitly says he will be actively involved in smiting his foes. I won’t even get into the table-turning incident in the Temple, a stunt which if performed today, would get our Lord shipped off to sensitivity training pronto).
Again, resist thinking in either/or terms. One of the great things about being a Catholic is the ability to embrace balance. The balance between truth and love is one of those.