The Voice of Ability Series

Kerschen 3 - It's time for all Catholics to evangelize

Voice of Ability
By Matt Kerschen
This is the third of three articles by Matt.
I have many practical suggestions on how to live your life as a disciple. In my opinion, if you’re going to live as a disciple, you cannot live as a Sunday Catholic. You must live as an everyday Catholic. What do I mean by that?
To be a disciple means to go to Mass every day. It means going to the Sacrament of Confession regularly. It means spending time with our Lord in adoration – often. It means praying diligently, daily, and preferably more than once, if you have the time. It means being willing to stand out and do what isn’t popular. It means living your life with conviction and purpose. Knowing that your security does not lie in money, prestige, awards, recognition, or praise. The only weapon you need to defend yourself is prayer.
I have learned to disciple the same way Jesus did. Jesus went out and found 12 men, 12 sinners, that were willing to follow him to the end. That’s exactly the model to follow for discipleship.
I am currently leading a Bible study at Wichita State. We are not only reading the word of God and listening to what Jesus wants to say to us, but we are getting to know each other and enjoying real discussions. My hope is that one, if not a couple of the men, will find a desire to go spiritually deeper. I hope they will find in themselves, as I have found in myself, a desire to bring Jesus to the world, to create men willing to go out and find friends of their own who are willing to do the same. To pass on the word of God and make disciples of all nations. I want this whole world to know Jesus, because a life lived without Jesus is filled with so much sadness, fear, jealousy, and worst of all hate.
This is going to sound weird, but I am angry. I am so angry. I am angry with a passion to right a wrong. I am angry with the Protestant leaders who are feeding people with lies or an incomplete truth. I’m choosing to do this not just because I want to, but because I must. If the whole world knew Jesus we would be so much better off. There would be no war. No strife. No desire to hurt others or take advantage of them. We would all love each other exactly the way you were supposed.
I encourage you to seriously consider following this path. It will make you so much happier than anything in this world ever could. I say this from personal experience. I chose this vocation seven months ago because it was God’s will for me and I have never been happier. That day I encountered Christ like never before. As venerable Fulton Sheen once said, “when one encounters Christ he is never unchanged.”

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