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5 Ways to Share Your Faith in the Year of Mercy

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5 Ways to Share Your Faith in the Year of Mercy

By Nancy Ward, of the Catholic Writers Guild. This reflection is reprinted from the guild’s blog.


In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis encourages us to show God’s mercy through our witness. The Holy Father called this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy to direct our attention and actions “on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s actions in our lives . . . a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.

Our faith story is our account of God’s mercy in our lives. We all have a unique faith story to tell. Sharing God’s actions in our lives is the best way to become an effective witness.

Our baptism began our faith story. We were commissioned to evangelize. We can fulfill our call to mercy and evangelization in part by sharing our faith story at every opportunity given us by God.

Throughout our faith story we tell of God’s mercy, his salvation, redemption and transformation of our lives. God expresses his love through our story. He created each of us as an unrepeatable expression of his presence. He builds our faith each time we encounter him. Each time we tell our story, we reveal a unique expression of God’s presence. We share his love and mercy.

Here are five tips for making our witness better in 2016, based on my favorite evangelization verse, 1 Peter 3:15:

How do I start evangelizing by sharing my faith story? How do I know what to say?

Begin journaling. Keep a spiritual journal with all the blessings the Lord has given you. Ponder the high and low points of your life, praying and listening to the Holy Spirit.

Knowing and pondering our faith story helps clarify our thoughts. We see how God intervened and steered us to the path he planned for our greatest happiness. We see his mercy.

You can get a good idea of the variety of ways to tell a story of conversion, return to the church, a healing or an answered prayers from more than 30 stories on JOYAlive.net. Check out the Joy Stories tab.

Start now with your spiritual journal. Let the Holy Spirit remind you of the marvelous blessings God has brought in your life.

Let me know how I can help you to:

Where can you go to pray, write and ponder your faith story?


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