I made a new friend on Twitter today. He noticed I was Catholic and challenged me. I’m not one for debates via social media. It gets long and tiring. Maybe I’m just not that good at it.
For instance, yesterday, someone threatened to sue me if I used my interview with him. He was an ordained Catholic priest, but now is a rent-a-priest, performing religious services disobediently outside the Church. (I’m working on an article for the National Catholic Register on that sort of thing so stay tuned.)
I let him know I was a reporter and remained calm and polite the whole time. When I asked if he believed in the True Presence in the Eucharist, he was evasive. I asked it several times, trying to get an actual yes or no. There was never an answer but anger erupted. He specifically gave me some quotes with hostile remarks towards the Church but then later threatened to sue me if I used the interview. Whatever.
Today was a better day without all the bad language. I’m not even trying to debate anyone but sometimes, things just need to be said. I don’t know how to convert people—God knows I’ve tried—but I’m wise enough to know that it’s God who changes hearts and minds, not me. I just need to speak up when called upon. “…always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,” (1 Peter 3:15).
And then, nothing. I guess he got tired of the likes of me. Now, we pray.
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