Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Devote Your Life to the Lord and Spread the Gospel

"Stephen" asked the following question in the Q&A board at Phatmass:
Hello, my name is Stephen Barrera. I have never really gone to churc, but have always put my faith in the Lord. Lately, I have felt the Lord in my life more than ever. A few weeks ago it was raining horribly where i live and it came about that i had a leak in my roof in my room, it left half of my room drentched. Then my family and I noticed that my ceiling was falling through from the water in it ( this is on about the third day of rain), so i prayed to the Lord and asked of him to take the rain away so we may fix our roof and have proper shelter, and come to pass the next day was as sunny as summer should be. It made my faith soar to know that our Lord and Savior takes care of those that don't even go to church, and ever since i have been wanting to devote my life to the Lord and help spread the word of the gospel,My question is how?
What an amazing question!

There are many ways to devote your life to the Lord and spread His word..............and thus, many possible answers to this question. I encourage all the Church Scholars to participate in this one. Here are my own thoughts on this.

Are you a Catholic? Would you like to become one? If so, there is a process that must take place. This will help you get started:
--How to Become a Catholic

That said, know first of all that prayer is important. Prayer is what converted you to the Lord, so remain in it. Even if prayer wasn't the catalyst for your conversion, I would encourage you to be steeped in it. A life of prayer strengthens your relationship with the Lord and is pleasing to Him. It is also the vehicle through which you can discern His will for your life, particularly the best way to be a witness to Him and His Church.

Secondly, embrace His word wherever it is found: in Holy Scripture, in the Sacred Tradition of the Church, and in Her Magisterial teaching. Learn what is True and why it is True. Read the Bible and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. You must know His gospel before you can spread it to the world.

Thirdly, take Paul's advice and "put on the armor of God":

Eph 6:10-18
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace;
16 besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.


With this armor, you will be fully equipped to go wherever the Lord may lead you.

Fourthly, remain close to the Lord in the sacraments, particularly the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. The sacraments are the sustenance we need to remain faithful and vigilant in our quest to do His Will. Love the Mass. Adore the Eucharist. Flee to Him for the forgiveness of your sins.

Fifthly, surround yourself with people of a like mind, who are devoted to the Lord and His Church. It is important for new converts to develop a support group that can encourage the seed within you and support you through the hard times. There will be hard times. This website is a good place to start. Get involved at your Church too, with youth/young adult groups, Bible studies, prayer groups, and activities of that nature.

Finally, welcome not only Jesus Christ into your life, but His mother as well. Mary always points to her Son, and a relationship with her can only lead to a deeper relationship with Jesus. Look to her as a model and a guide. She will never let you down.

With that, you should be well on your way. But don't be discouraged. A commitment to the Lord is a commitment for a lifetime. Salvation is a process, and all these suggestions take time, effort, and practice. So, do not feel that you must master them overnight. There will be times when you fail or when you feel like giving up, but it is in those moments when you must cling all the more tightly to the many channels of his grace: prayer, the Word, the Sacraments, and the saints, both on earth and in Heaven.

I hope this helps

Peace of Christ to you,
phatcatholic
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