One Faith, One Day: One Faith Experience encourages, inspires and challenges

It wasn't a conference. Or a workshop. Or a convention. It was the One Faith Experience, and it made good on its promise to inspire, encourage and challenge Catholics to be disciples and share Jesus with others.

The April 23 event at the Chaifetz Arena included six Catholic all-star speakers — Father Larry Richards, Teresa Tomeo, Hector Molina, Adam Blai, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Tim Staples — who filled participants with inspiring words of wisdom. Catholic musicians Matt Maher and The Thirsting performed a concert later that evening. The event was sponsored by Third Millennium Media and hosted by EWTN's Jerry Usher and Debbie Georgianni.

"To be a disciple, we must be a people of prayer," said Father Richards, a popular speaker and author, and founder of The Reason for Our Hope Foundation. Therefore, we must ask ourselves: Is Jesus a part of our day? Is He in charge of our time? Surrendering to Jesus means laying down our lives and following Him, not giving up. "God wants you in heaven," he said. "God created you to be a saint. You need to surrender yourself to Him to become a saint." When you have a surrendered life, your job is to love others, not judge them, he said. Tell truth, but tell them with love.

@DeaconHarold (Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Catholic evangelist and preacher, www.deaconharold.com)

  • People say they leave the Catholic Church because they're not fed. But they're looking for junk food.
  • The sacrifice of the Mass offers good food through the Word and the Eucharist.
  • Catholics think evangelization is only effective if we change someone's mind.
  • Evangelization is more like the parable of the sower. Our job is to throw the seed. Let God do the rest.
  • A disciple hears, accepts and puts the teachings of Jesus into practice every day.
  • Rules for evangelizing family: Don't argue, love them more than ever before, pray and fast, show the joy of the Lord.
  • More ways to evangelize family: Study Catholic apologetics, pray others lead them to God, show them merciful love of God.

@hectormolinajr (Hector Molina, Catholic evangelist and CEO of Casting Nets Ministries Inc. www.hectormolina.com)

  • God wills for us to be great saints and set the world on fire.
  • We forget the first steps, to learn, be evangelized, before we go forth. "You can't give what you ain't got."
  • We as a Church have been sleeping for far too long. God wants to use us! Bring on the new evangelization.
  • If you want to set the world on fire, be who God created you to be.
  • Catholics are not striving to be great saints, because they don't know they're being called to holiness.
  • Too many people are subscribing to spiritual mediocrity. But God made us to make us into great saints
  • We must abide in God's love. To become saints, must do small things with great love.

Tim Staples (Catholic evangelist and director of apologetics and evangelization at Catholic Answers, www.timstaples.com)

  • Our culture is spiraling out of control. This generation is in great need of mercy.
  • Sin divides us from ourselves and isolates us.
  • Mercy is not just something we receive. It is something we are commanded to do. It's not an option.
  • Among the chief examples of mercy is giving of alms. It's a work of justice.
  • Mercy is not "sloppy agape." Without justice there is no mercy.
  • One of the main reasons we don't evangelize is because we don't realize the urgency of the situation.
  • The catechism says all of us have a right and a duty to evangelize (CCC 900). 
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