On a Mission: Lessons from St. Francis de Salesby Patrick Madrid
In this new book, Patrick Madrid uses the example of St. Francis de Sales to illustrate the zeal, spiritual principles, and attitude of one who sets out to live and share the faith. Christ sent his apostles into the whole world to make disciples of all nations, and by virtue of our baptism, we, too, are called to be apostles on this same mission. But how do we
In this new book, Patrick Madrid uses the example of St. Francis de Sales to illustrate the zeal, spiritual principles, and attitude of one who sets out to live and share the faith. Christ sent his apostles into the whole world to make disciples of all nations, and by virtue of our baptism, we, too, are called to be apostles on this same mission. But how do we start? How can we accomplish in today’s culture? In this book, Patrick shares his own time-tested methodology for teaching Catholics how to prepare themselves to:
- Explain their faith more intelligently
- Defend it more charitably
- Share it more effectively
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Patrick Madrid is a bestselling author with more than eighteen books to his credit. These include Does the Bible Really Say That? and Envoy for Christ: 25 Years as a Catholic Apologist. He hosts the popular Right Here, Right Nowshow, broadcast over the EWTN Catholic radio network as well as on SiriusXM satellite radio. Patrick and his wife, Nancy, live in Granville, Ohio, and have been blessed with eleven children and twelve grandchildren (so far).
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We’re all called Patrick Madrid introduces his new book, On a Mission, by describing St. Paul as a “nuisance” whose apostolic zeal irritated others ”because testifying to Jesus Christ and the proclamation of Jesus Christ makes us uncomfortable... It irritates us.” Paul’s fervor, Madrid writes, was based on a personal encounter with Christ rather than on intellectual, scientific knowledge. All Christians are called to act with this kind of fervor for bringing others to the Church. Madrid uses St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622) as his primary model, with additional lessons from St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis Xavier, Pope Francis I, and twentieth century apologist Frank Sheed. From these men, and others, Madrid says he has learned that anyone who is willing can become a channel of God’s grace to others simply by saying “yes” to God and neighbor with a loving heart. The first chapter, What an Apostle Looks Like, is devoted to the story of Francis de Sales, who is credited with “re-evangelizing” the people of the Chablais region of France after the Catholic Church had lost influence in favor of John Calvin’s brand of Protestantism. Madrid enumerates the steps de Sales took, the struggles he overcame, and his success in converting nearly 60,000 former Protestants on Calvin’s turf. Here, and throughout the book Madrid reiterates the qualities of an “apostolic heart” marked by a wellspring of charity, burning love for Christ and neighbor, and “willingness to live and speak the truth courageously yet humbly in a world that resists the truth,” based on deep knowledge of the teachings of Jesus and the Church. He offers a specific program for gaining that knowledge beginning with spending at least 10 minutes daily reading a chapter from the Gospels and three paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. He recommends several Internet sites, additional publications, CDs, and Catholic radio programs including his own show Right Here, Right Now.