Everyone thinks that preaching the Gospel means having to actually be preachy and annoying but it doesn’t. You can preach the Gospel without using words, it’s easy. Just be nice, smile at someone in the hall, make someone laugh or lend a helping hand. One major way you can preach the Gospel and not use words is right in the encyclical, Humanae Vitae. Don’t use birth control, don’t have sex before marriage, don’t sell yourself, keep your body sacred, it’s a gift that God gives you, take care of it. Humanae Vitae says “In a word, the exercise of responsible parenthood requires that husband and wife, keeping a right order of priorities, recognize their own duties toward God, themselves, their families and human society.”
Jamie Tworkowski, founder of the non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms, said, “People need other people.” , it’s the truth. We do need other people but, when we put each other down by saying mean things, just “joking around”, or spreading rumors, we hurt others, ourselves and God. We’re not following the Gospels words. In paragraph 1804 of the CCC it says “Human virtues are firm attitudes, stable dispositions, habitual perfections of intellect and will that govern our actions, order our passions, and guide our conduct according to reason and faith. They make possible ease, self-mastery, and joy in leading a morally good life. The virtuous man is he who freely practices the good. The moral virtues are acquired by human effort. They are the fruit and seed of morally good acts; they dispose all the powers of the human being for communion with divine love.”
I myself have been struggling with depression for the past year and a half. I have felt firsthand the pain that comes from what people say or more so what is not said or done. Yes, words hurt, but sometimes it’s not what you say that hurts, it’s the things you leave unsaid, the actions, looks, and noises you make. I’m not saying this to get sympathy from any of you because trust me, it’s the last thing I want. I just want you to realize that the things you do have great effect on others. “The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” that’s what it says in Matthew 26: 41. Our hearts may know it’s wrong but our peers may pressure us to believe otherwise. “People need other people.” I need you, you need me. I challenge you to take a minute and smile at someone or help someone you normally wouldn’t.
Jamie Tworkowski - TWLOHA