It’s October 2017. This is the month that many Protestants will celebrate the so called “reformation” since it’s 500 years from the posting of Martin Luther’s complaints on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. I’ve been thinking of Protestants a lot this month. If Luther had not done what he did, the people who today call themselves Protestant would be attending the Roman Mass and praying the Rosary.
I will speak more about Luther later this month but I want to talk about sharing the faith. When someone has a conviction regarding the truth of the Catholic faith, they have a new zeal for their faith and a hatred for heresy. However, we often forget that we have to be prudent when we spread the faith. In Ecclesiastes we read about a time for war and a time for peace.
On the weekend, I had a young lady over for coffee at my house. She’s a faithful Protestant and churchgoer. She’s attended 3 or 4 different churches in her life. She’s floating around churches trying to find a home. We discussed quite a bit of things and found that we agree on quite a lot. We agree on cultural issues and some faith issues.
At one point during our discussions, she mentioned that she has never read a book about Catholicism written by a Catholic. I wanted to cure that problem. Before she went, I invited her into my study and gave her two books. The first one was St. Pius X: The farm boy who became Pope while the second book was the Catechism of St. Pius X.
Protestants don’t have a Pope or Saints. I wanted to get her acquainted with both at once. Also, I wanted to show her that there have been good Popes in recent history, which goes to show that one day we will have good Popes again.
Pope Pius X never compromised. My Protestant friend will read about this when she reads his biography and Catechism. This is very important seeing as how many in the Church today say that theology and religious differences don’t matter. The fact that many Catholics have chosen to celebrate the so called “reformation” this month only proves my point.
Overall, our conversation was very pleasant. There was no vicious debate. I can tell that she appreciated that since she knows that I’m deeply committed to Catholicism.
We can be friends with people of other faiths, speak with charity, and at the same time not compromise. When Pope Pius X was Bishop of Mantua, he got together with the local rabbi to help feed the poor. He was friends with the rabbi but he never compromised his faith.
I know a lot of people would prefer to just yell heretic but I think that we ultimately have to go with what works. Will this girl convert? I don’t know, but I personally don’t think that I could have done a better job witnessing to her when she was here.
As Catholics in October 2017, we should not be thinking about Luther. We should be thinking about those who have been affected by him. Make it your goal to share the faith with a Protestant once this month. Perhaps give them some good Catholic literature. Pope Pius X maybe?