Tuesday, March 6, 2018
SHOULD CATHOLICS LEARN TO WITNESS TO THEIR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, THEIR PERSONAL REALATIONSHIP WITH JESUS, LIKE ANSLEY EARHARD ON FOX AND FRIENDS DOES ON THIS THREE HOUR MORNING SHOW? SHE'S A GOOD OLE SOUTHERN BAPTIST WHO KNOWS HOW TO WITNESS
This morning on Fox and Friends, and many times in the past, Ainsley Earhard witnessed to Jesus Christ, her personal Lord and Savior. Today's inspiration came from her hawking a book that describes her life with its joys and sorrows and how her Lord, Jesus, her personal Savior got her through.
She often witnesses to Jesus as her personal Lord.
On either side of her are two Roman Catholics, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmead who simply don't know how to witness to Jesus like their partner Ainsley. I suspect, too, they might think that she is a holy roller, not having grown up in the south, like me, where what Ainsley does is what Southern Baptists do and do well. She's not a holler roller. She is an evangelist.
I learned something from the lovely Ainsley this morning about her trials and tribulations and how her personal Lord and Savior, her Friend, Jesus Christ, got her through it all.
She had a miscarriage and a failed marriage, but is happily married now and with a wonderful little daughter.
But the killjoy in me, a Catholic priest, and I suspect in many traditional Catholics who are conservative, thought to myself, is she an adulterer? Did she have an invalid first marriage and if so who decided that? If her second marriage isn't valid, is she living as a sister with her husband who should be treated as a brother until her first husband dies or turns Catholic and gets an annulment?
Thus, I wonder like Pope Francis, if our rules and regulations, our being doctors of the law, stands in the way of evangelization and the wonderful personal relationship so many have with their personal Lord and Savior Jesus.
Ainsley is happy in her second marriage and she thinks it is blessed by God. I know a lot of Roman Catholics in the same situation, who think their second marriage, without the benefit of a Catholic legal procedure, an annulment, think their marriage is blessed by God and they love the Lord, their "adulterous partner" and the children they have together out of what is considered a sacramental marriage.
Do we Catholic doctors of the law with our rigid rules and regulations take the joy out of witnessing to Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior as cheerfully and joyfully as Ainsley does?