Many people commit the mistake of thinking that they can convince Catholics or people from other religion for that matter to actively practice the faith through threats, scare tactics, or bribing with the promise of a specific benefit. Since everyone is being enjoined to be part of active evangelization to help bring back people to active practice beyond rituals and ceremonies, there is a need to discover the effective means that could help accomplish the goal. It is believed that the way lies in witnessing for Christ and in leading a life that is worthy of emulation by others.
Everyone who speaks in the name of Christ ultimately finds himself or herself being under the scrutiny of people he or she is reaching out to. The power of convincing will not depend on eloquence but rather on the manifestation of the presence of Christ in the lives of those who speak. This is the very reason why it can be difficult to witness for Christ. People will pass on judgment based on what they see.
If they see someone who deals with others with respect, empathy, and justice, the connection of such attitude with the service to Christ is easily appreciated. If they see someone who is able to accept difficulties while lifting them up to God, they will see the difference. If they see someone who is able to forgive those who wronged him or her, then they will see how the true grace of God works.
Passive Catholics are called upon to wake up and rise to the occasion of practicing the faith and then evangelizing. We can no longer afford not to be involved especially because of the many challenges being faced by the Church today. It is part of our responsibility to spread the good news of salvation, mercy, and love. Through example, we hope to help in encouraging Catholics to choose to practice the faith with more conviction and humility.