Take someone by the hand…

“To convert somebody, go and take them by the hand and guide them.”

— St. Thomas Aquinas

Notice that St. Thomas Aquinas does not say drag them by the hand kicking and screaming.   Mentoring someone in the Way of Christ requires humility, patience, love, and mercy.  Generally speaking, people don’t tend to take in a message when it’s being yelled or they feel they are being forced or manipulated into believing.

It bears repeating, to guide someone to Christ on the path to holiness REQUIRES humility, patience, love, and mercy.  True charity must be your motivation and gentleness, your method.

At the same time, you cannot give what you, yourself, are not already pursuing.  If you are not praying, how then can you effectively teach someone how to communicate with God?   If you are not participating in the sacramental life of the Church, how then can you speak with any credibility about the graces that are conferred?  If you are not loving towards others, how can you show that both that you truly love God and that God truly loves?  If you are not living an authentic Christian life, how can your life serve as an example of sanctification?  In other words, as you guide disciples towards holiness, you, too, need to be working towards holiness.

Author: Christ the King Adult Religious Education

Christ the King Parish of Richland, WA has a vast array of opportunities for continued adult faith development and spiritual growth in Christian discipleship. No matter where people are in their journey towards the Lord, there is something for everyone at Christ the King Parish, including: Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), Adult Bible Studies, classes on the Catholic Faith, programs for returning Catholics, Young Adult Ministry, the Surviving Divorce program, Coming Home for returning Catholics, parish missions and retreats, parenting resources, information on Christian apologetics, etc. Bible studies, which are generally published by Little Rock, Ascension Press, or Word on Fire, average from 8-10 weeks long and are offered both in the mornings and evenings for your convenience. For more information regarding ongoing formation opportunities for adults, or to give us feedback on what you'd like to see offered at the parish to help you on your faith journey, please send us a message through our "Contact" link or send an email to ckadultre@gmail.com.

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