Sometimes, when a Catholic (including yours truly) engages in debate with people of other faiths, or no faith at all, it becomes less about our amazing Savior, and more about whose argumentative party can flex the bigger muscles. History, and facts (doctrinal truth) though vital, which are delivered without compassion, and a personal conviction born out in an experience with God's (please bear with my adoration filled hyperbole) unfathomable, abundant, gratuitous, majestic, and salvific Mercy, is nothing but opinionated and rhetorical blather.
For, my fellow flawed, but faithful, Catholic, it's really all about God, His Mercy, and His good news!
"For slaves we are, but in our servitude our God has not abandoned us; rather, he has turned the good will of the kings of Persia toward us. Thus he has given us new life to raise again the house of our God and restore its ruins, and has granted us a fence in Judah and Jerusalem." Ezra 9:5-9
The amazing thing about being Catholic isn't in our superior good looks or amazing personal talents--or, sadly, in our perfect and self-evident holiness--but in the seven sacraments and the abundant grace which flows from the Apostolic Church of the Crucified and Risen Savior. So, when a Catholic evangelizes the world, a world equally vulnerable to sin--yet, without seven sacramental fonts of grace in the wilderness of temptation to nothingness--the Catholic child of God bears witness (most powerfully to God) in the old hymn which states: 'amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.'
"So now consider what he has done for you, and praise him with full voice. Bless the Lord of righteousness, and exalt the King of ages.
In the land of my exile I praise him and show his power and majesty to a sinful nation." Tobit 13:2-4, 6-8
Evangelization is--necessarily--similar to the witness of St. John the Baptist. For it is delivered within an arid land, void of genuine faith in God, offered with the humility which demands that the evangelizer decrease, so that the coming Lord may increase. Our best witness to the faith, therefore, is the History and the facts (doctrine) of the faith; if only, however, they are delivered as His-story and the facts (doctrine) of the Savior of all sinners, to include oneself.
"Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick." Luke 9:1-6
So, power and authority, from God, is Apostolic. This we must respect. Yet we are called to participate in this apostolate (apostolic mission) through our baptism and confirmation, to overcome demons and heal human suffering, through God's good news for the reign of God's Kingdom, which reveals the true meaning of 'Catholic' as the Universal Kingdom of those who have freely accepted God, who is Love.
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