Faith and Prayer/Family Take Home

That Awkward Moment: Sharing Your Faith With Your Family

The holidays are upon us again. Turkeys are thawing. Belts will be loosening. Stores will be opening. Credit cards sliding and personal debt rising.

I love the holidays and wish they were only about gratitude (Thanksgiving), preparation (Advent) and loving celebration (Christmas), but the reality is that if you live out your faith there will probably be some conflict and moments of very awkward silence.

Like that moment when your aunt tells you all the things ‘wrong’ with your Church . . . or your condescending cousin drills you on Catholic Church teaching and asks why you so ‘mindlessly’ follow it? Or when everyone encourages you to avoid talking about certain topics like abortion or politics?

Advice for Sharing Your Faith

Here are a few things that I’ve learned about sharing truth with family members:

  • Pray more before you see them. Pray that the Lord would open their ears and hearts. Pray that…

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Mark Hart

It is very difficult to walk away from a conversation with Mark Hart without a smile on your face. Mark has a genuinely joyful soul and is the creative mind behind a countless number of Life Teen resources. A twenty year veteran of youth ministry, Mark has served Life Teen since most of the staff was still in Elementary School, and currently serves as our Executive Vice President. When he’s not laughing, Mark can rarely get through a conversation without mentioning how amazing and beautiful his wife Melanie is or how his four children are the coolest kids you’ll ever meet. Oh… and he’s also an internationally known speaker and best-selling author, but, you know, that’s just how he spends his “free time.”