While it wasn’t a surprise learning about some Catholics walking away from the church and joining other denominations, I was alarmed time and again about their reasons for leaving. A woman of considerable wealth and influence openly shared that she was a practicing Catholic for thirty something years, did what she was supposed to do (never missed Mass on Sundays and received Holy Communion in the state of grace) but never felt redeemed, ecstatic and passionate about her faith in ways that would drive her to do something phenomenal. I wondered. Well, she confessed, she wasn’t well fed and lacked a personal relationship with Jesus. She learned a great deal about the scriptures only after a diligent study which in actual fact, led her to create a bible group. I’m not in any way espousing the notion of advertising but only presenting a scenario that the Holy Spirit is at work with people. I could have given a different example but there’s still tomorrow and will surely bring marvelous opportunities. As a Catholic priest working in the trenches, her story was an eye opener. It gave me lots of things to ponder particularly with regard to the method of preaching and style in ministry. The Acts of the Apostles chapter 4 verses 23-31 exhibits a story of the Disciples who after experiencing the irresistible power of the Risen Christ, couldn’t do anything less but lived the truth and preached it to the ends of the earth. Amen.