How to Bring Up Catholicism to Strangers

I have been trying recently to speak of Catholicism to everyone I meet. Though I haven’t been out much lately, preferring instead to stay home and study, I have met a few people and spoken with them about Catholicism. It is usually a short conversation with a store clerk. I say something like “Are you Catholic?” If they say no I tell them they would make a good Catholic because of some trait I see in them, maybe their kindness.

I had thought, before this, that mentioning Catholicism to random people would be met with some strong language, either positive or negative. But it has been the opposite. Most people come back with a lukewarm reply, something like, “I grew up Catholic and don’t go to church anymore.” Or, “My uncle was Catholic, but I’m not.”

I mentioned to a friend of mine that many of the people I spoke with seemed somewhat “blah” to Christianity when I mentioned it, and that I was expecting more forceful reactions, either negative or positive. He said, “Yes, that’s called spiritual lethargy, it is rampant in the world. Many people have never been introduced to Christianity and so have no idea about it.”

I think back to before I became Catholic, and what I would have said if someone had asked me about it. I too would have been lukewarm in my response, mainly because I didn’t know anything about Catholicism, I had never thought much about it.

Luke 10:2 –

And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

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