In the world but not of the world

In the world but not of the world

Attention devout Catholic or Protestant working folks out there:

If you work in a secular (meaning: non-church or religious) environment, how do you remain true to your religious convictions while complying with the political correctness expected in the workplace? This is a sincere question, and I would appreciate your insight.

In my new role, I am not supposed to discuss God, religion, or anything of that nature, yet I must listen to people talk about birth control, fornication, tubal ligation, tales of drug and alcohol abuse violence, and stints in the clink because it’s part of their “journey,” and is supposed to help me get a better understanding of where they’ve been and how they can acquire gainful employment to better their lives and those of their children.

Now, please, don’t get me wrong – I am not about to start throwing stones at anyone. I know that, given just slightly different circumstances and choices at various points in my life, I could be right there with them. I have some logs in my past, and I am not about to condemn anyone for some splinters. 

Maybe this is an absolutely tremendous opportunity for me to exercise Christ-like patience, compassion, kindness, restraint, and unconditional love with my brothers and sisters in Christ. I’m just wondering – how to evangelize without overtly evangelizing? I’m thinking about St. Francis of Assisi and his exhortation to preach the Gospel always, and when necessary, to use words.

What say you?

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RCM on the radio tomorrow!

RCM on the radio tomorrow!

Greetings and salutations, fair readers!

Just a quick note to let you know that David Renshaw, Executive Director of Real Catholic Ministries, will appear live on Catholic Radio tomorrow, 3/16/10 at 8:10 AM PST. Joining David and host Dina Marie Hale will be Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers of EWTN’s “Behold the Man,” and Michael Moiso from Our Lady of Peace Retreat. The trio will be talking about the upcoming RCM Retreat, “Are you ALL IN for Christ?” Click here for the retreat schedule and for registration info. If you’re outside the Portland area, log on HERE, turn up your speakers, and click the “Listen Now” link on the left-hand side of the home page for streaming media.

Enjoy, and God bless!

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Oregon missionary finds Jesus in the rubble of Haitian chapel!

Oregon missionary finds Jesus in the rubble of Haitian chapel!

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These priests (Fr. Pablo Sanchez, left, and Fr. Peter Arteaga, right), from the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, make me proud to be Catholic. Fr. Peter and Bro. Santos (not in photo) were Jesus’ hands, feet, heart, etc. to our brothers and sisters in Haiti recently, and their story was told in an article in today’s Oregonian newspaper.

My favorite part of the whole article depicts Fr. Peter’s discovery, amidst the rubble of a chapel, of a monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament. The monstrance and Eucharist were completely unscathed.  Fr.  placed Our Lord, present in the Eucharist, in the makeshift pharmacy where he worked to “remind the people that Jesus was with them in their suffering.”

Thank you, Lord, for holy priests and laypeople who strive to share your love. Hide us in the shadow of Your wings.

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Would Jesus buy an iPad?

Would Jesus buy an iPad?

Seriously. This is a real question.

If Jesus Christ were walking the Earth today, would he drop $400 or $800+ for an iPad?

Would He be disappointed or thrilled that some of His followers are coveting this new and amazing piece of technology?

Would He be excited that there is another way to reach out and evangelize those with little to no faith, or dismayed that we are becoming more connected in less “meaningful” ways?

I’m interested in your thoughts, both pro and con. Please discuss!

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