Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
Prayer, Care, and Share
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Prayer is the foundation of any evangelization effort. The work of evangelization is accomplished through grace given by the Father through Jesus Christ and the working of the Holy Spirit. We are the vessel that has God chosen in this time and place to nurture His work in another. We pray and ask the Holy Spirit for divine appointments and then we leave the conversion up to God. Remember that for those who are married and those who have children, spouses and children should have the priority. In addition, priests have a primary responsibility to nurture the relationship of his parishioners with Jesus Christ. However, just as Ambrose was the catalyst for Augustine’s conversion, it can sometimes be easier to evangelize extended family, friends, co-workers and neighbors.
Care may sometimes look like a work of mercy like with the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:29-37) or a listening ear. Both are fundamental to caring and may be a bridge to trust. God meets us where we are, but doesn’t want us to stay where we are so we must do the same for others. People are not projects, so authenticity is important and can soften hearts. We all have a desire to be loved. We love because God first loved us (1 John 4:19).
Share is an exchange of stories after having prayed for this person. This is not about convincing someone to believe what you believe, but it includes your witness story of what God has done in your life. This will include both your struggles and joys. It could also be sharing the Gospel message/(Kerygma) when there is an initial trust and that person is spiritually curious. Accompaniment is a 4th action of evangelization that should not be overlooked. This can mean many things, but it is primarily concerned with helping other persons recognize God’s activity in their lives. Often, one is not aware of God drawing them into a personal relationship and it is helpful to humbly point out that God is showing them He loves them when they ask questions about certain teachings. The more one becomes aware of and experiences God’s personal care and activity in his or her life, the more one is encouraged to move forward. This encouragement opens the person’s heart of God to do new things for him.