Not long ago, I happened to hear Dr. Brant Pitre talk about his book, The Case for Jesus, on a podcast. He shared that so many people ask him if he has material that they can share with their kids who have left the faith. This caused me to think about my own experiences in college and how my own faith struggled.
I then thought about my wonderful parents who worked hard to educate their six children in the Catholic faith. My mother was very upset when my sister and her husband decided not to baptism my niece. I thought about my brother who does not attend mass regularly along with all of my friends who went to Catholic grade schools and are no longer participating in the faith. I’ve prayed for the past few years that the Lord provide me with some insight on how to help the people I care about most come back into the faith.
Convinced by the podcast that the book would help, I ordered it, beginning my read of it on Holy Thursday. I couldn’t put it down Thursday, Good Friday, or Holy Saturday, while traveling to Central PA with my girlfriend (she was driving.)
That evening, I watched the NCAA tournament with my girlfriend, her parents, and her younger brother, who had just returned home from college. They went to bed after the game ended around 10 pm and it was just me and him sitting in the living room. He turned the channel to watch another show as I pulled out Dr. Pitre’s book. He asked, “What are you reading?”
The next day, after Easter Mass, I was having brunch with my girlfriend, her parents and grandmother when they mentioned to me how tired I looked? They asked what time I went to bed the night before. I explained to them that I stayed up until 3 am discussing Jesus with her brother. They thought I was lying! They said, “He quit going to church years ago; there was no hope for him; he was agnostic.” I laughed, as an overwhelming moment of peace came over me. I thanked God for giving us men like Dr. Brant Pitre. I then responded to them with, “Really? You could have fooled me.”
Only time will tell if that night had any impact on this young man’s life, but in the end we can only use the tools the Lord gives us and then allow Him to let His Spirit work on the hearts of our loved ones. I strongly recommend that all of you order this book and pray that Jesus gives you the strength and words to be a better disciple when the opportunity comes your way.