“Today many stumble on a website or a book that leads them to God.”
I would add “to Truth”.
Quote from Chriss Rainey:
So what are we to do when our ideas conflict with friends, relatives, co-workers? Be exactly who you are — CATHOLIC. Never flinch. Never hesitate. Never silence yourself or allow yourself to be silenced, but avoid believing you will ever change their mind or somehow convince them of their errors.
But what, you may say, will happen to them, if I, or we, don’t show them the way to the truth? I have come to the conclusion that when people are ready to hear, when “they have ears to hear” God will give them exactly what they need. Anytime we turn toward Christ, he is there for us. A rather dramatic, almost comical example of this can be found in Acts 8:26-39. Philip is ordered by an angel to go on a desert road leading from Jerusalem to Gaza. Obediently, he did as the angel asked, and came upon an Ethiopian eunuch reading the book of the prophet Isaiah. The angel told Philip to join up with this man, which he did, and Philip asked him if he understood what he was reading. The eunuch invited him to get in his chariot and explain it to him. The eunuch had “ears to hear.”
The eunuch’s own curiosity, his own turning to knowledge of the truth, prompted the help of the angel. God answered his desire to know more by sending Philip, who revealed Christ to him and baptized him in water, which happened also to be available on this desert road, at the right time, for the washing away of his sins.
The most marvelous verse is 39, which says, “When they came out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, but continued on his way rejoicing.”
Our worry should not be over our ability to open someone’s eyes. Grace alone can remedy that and often in the most miraculous ways. Our hope and desire must be that we hear and listen to the voice of the angel. In every way we can, Catholics must strive for a better knowledge of our doctrine, our traditions, our history and our goal of heaven, so that when we are approached, we are equipped with the truth those open to hear can embrace.
Throughout the ages, lost souls have stumbled on their own into Catholic churches and fallen on their knees at the height of their confusion and despair. Today many stumble on a website or a book that leads them to God. Even on a desert road halfway to Gaza, they will not be denied what they seek, because God is there for them always.