Quote of the Day: A lion in a cage

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“The Catholic faith is like a lion in a cage. You don’t need to defend it – you simply need to open the cage door.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Yet another brilliant insight from the great Fulton Sheen. It really communicates how when we just help people get past all of the misconceptions about the Catholic Church, they realize how beautiful and true it is. Convert after convert will testify to this.

We don’t need to pretty up the lion, call it something else, or dress up our dog in a lion suit.  It is quite the contrary.  We need to clear away the half truths and garbage out there and just let the lion be the lion.

In our evangelization, the goal is really for us to get out of the way and let God do His work through us.  The Truth speaks for itself.  We just need to humble our pride, open our hearts, and quiet our souls to hear it.

Whether we’re defending the lion or just meeting the lion for the first time, we need to have the courage and the faith to just open the cage door.

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Kelly Garner January 12, 2009 at 11:29 am

Well said! Today this blog is perfect for me because I have been feeling frustration and sadness due to a few things going on. Most of which is a constant need to try to defend my faith and causes(pro-life). I feel constantly under the gun, criticized and called names. I know that I just need to sit back, relax and let the lion be the lion. The truth really does speak for itself!
Thanks, Matt.

Manya January 12, 2009 at 11:55 am

Matt,
The following words hit home for me this morning, “…the goal is really for us to get out of the way and let God do His work through us. The Truth speaks for itself. We just need to humble our pride, open our hearts, and quiet our souls to hear it.” I’m not thinking of it in terms of evangelization, though. I’ve been working at giving up control of my life to God and these words also point to and help with that.

Thank you!
Manya

Cathleen Caratan Moses January 12, 2009 at 11:55 am

Matt,

You have said what I have been feeling for a long time now, only your words are far more eloquent than my muddled thoughts. Fulton Sheen was an incredible evangelizer. I keep haring people saying they wish the Faith could be made more relevant. If the cage door were just opened, then thy could see just how relevant it already is.

Thanks,

Cathleen

Matthew Warner January 12, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Thanks for the wonderful feedback all! I really do appreciate it. Great thoughts and insights – thank you for sharing with us.

reblev January 14, 2009 at 7:43 pm

great blog! I look forward to checking you out some more…

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