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How to evangelize when you don't really want to, or are scared to, or just don't know what to do

You know you're supposed to evangelize. Share the Good News. Be part of the New Evangelization. But maybe you don't know how. Or you're scared. Or you really don't want to.

It's okay.

First of all, "Be Not Afraid."

Second, there are ways to evangelize that do not require you to stand on a street corner and shout out Bible verses. (In fact, don't do that. You'll just look odd.)

Here are some ideas:

  • Wear a crucifix or a cross.
  • Be kind. Always. Better to be kind than right.
  • Invite a friend or family member to go to Mass with you. No big deal, "Come to Mass with me and then we'll get breakfast."
  • Make sure your home reflects your faith. Do you have a crucifix in a prominent spot? A prayer corner? If a guest came to your home, would they know you're Catholic?
  • Does your work space reflect your faith? You don't need to have a rosary hanging off your computer, but you can have a prayer card taped on it. You can have a small cross on your desk, or a screen saver that reflects your faith.
  • Ask someone about their faith. Just be curious and polite. Share your views and say thank you when the conversation is done. 
  • Use social media to witness. Share a Scripture verse or prayer.
  • Pray for the courage to be more courageous about sharing the Catholic faith.
  • If someone says something wrong or off-base about the Church, kindly correct them. 
  • Help in your parish's religious education program.
  • Visit a nursing home and offer to pray with the residents. Offer to pray the rosary with Catholic residents. Trust me: you will be appreciated!
  • Volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center. You don't have to convert people; just be Christian. Use Bl. Teresa of Calcutta as an example.
  • Befriend a saint and ask for his/her intercession in being more bold about your faith.
  • Pray.
  • Pray.
  • Pray.

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