Today, Ash Wednesday is one of the busiest days of the year. Today, everyone is Catholic. As many of us know many Catholics who normally do not attend Mass will be present. Although Mass times have been published on our website, bulletin and online newslettter, people will still call and ask "when are they giving out the ashes?" On a human level it can be annoying, but this is our chance to go fishing! No I don't mean literally fishing, I mean fishing for souls. This is one of those moments throughout the year in which with our kindness and charity, we can bring people back to the Church! There are many ways in which this can be accomplished. First, and foremost, I think simply being kind to the people, and not demonstrating how physically and mentally tired we are might work. People will see a happy priest. If the priest is happy, there must be a reason. As we know Jesus is the reason.
Another method of evangelizaiton is to hand out free Catholic cds, books and pamphlets from the Mary Foundation. They are offered at incredibly low prices, or for free at: http://www.catholicity.com/ These cds have worked well in my parish. Hopefully, they will change someones life tomorrow.
A third method of evangelization is to distribute the materials from CatholicsComeHome.org This organization has placed commercials on TV and they are dedicated to bringing people back to the Catholic Church. At the end of the day we might not see most of these people until Christmas. However, if just one person returns to Mass every Sunday, then all of the money, time and effort placed into bringing them back is worthwhile. May we all, bishops, priests, deacons, nuns, religious brothers, and all of God's Faithful, be his evangelizers today.
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This article was originally published on Ash Wednesday 2014 on FatherRosado.com