Lawn Chair Catechism: Openness

28 07 2013

This is the best teaching on evangelism ever! Enjoy joy of nine9’s post – and then read some of her other articles. There is a whole buffet awaiting you, beautifully presented by this delightful woman of God!

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joy of nine9

LawnChairCatechism

 Session 8: The Third Threshold: Openness

When I speak with someone who is curious about the faith, I realize my revelations about the spiritual life in the Mystical Body of Christ are like speaking about a foreign country. Psychologically speaking, a person needs to hear a completely new concept at least three times before it even begins to register. Sharing about spiritual reality is like helping God make new electrical connections in their brains and this does not happen quickly. They have existed on surface, physical reality with God-filtered glasses on; the life in Christ that I share with them is completely alien. They have no reference point.

That said, slowly sharing my conversion story, epiphanies and inexplicable miracles in my life tickles their curiosity and opens their spirit to the Holy Spirit. I always remind myself that it is the Holy Spirit who knocks on the door of their heart, I…

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