When you hear the term “good Catholic” you may think of someone you know, or perhaps your old Aunt Betty who attends Mass daily and is never seen without rosary beads in her hands.
But what does it mean to be a “good Catholic?”
You are called to be holy, but holiness means to be who God created you to be. There is no cookie cutter mold for a good Catholic. Holiness for one person can mean something entirely different for another person. We all come from different walks of life, and so whether you’re a school student, video gamer, doctor, ballplayer, lawyer, shoemaker, or fisherman, the message of the Gospel is for everyone – after all the word Catholic means “Universal.” We are all called to the beauty of this message, even the regular guy next door.
I would like to introduce you to one of the speakers at this year’s Gathering of Catholic Men, Greg Willits. A lifelong pop culture junkie that was raised on Star Wars and 1980’s Spielberg movies, Greg Willits could be that guy next door. And like many of us, he went through his angst-ridden teen years and his subsequent college years stumbling through life and spending more time outside of classes than in them.
It wasn’t until his mid-twenties that his lukewarm faith eventually started to heat up, and it took marrying his beloved wife and having children to realize how much he needed God.
Throughout his life, Greg has used his wide range of skills to work as a paperboy, burger flipper, store manager, comic shop clerk, waiter, advertising firm accounting staff, tech support and consultant, web and software developer, you name it…
And through all of this, he considers himself a diehard Catholic, which may freak some people out, but his genuine love and belief in the Catholic Faith is 100%.
This belief and love for his faith is what led him and his wife Jennifer to host a daily 3-hour radio talk show on SiriusXM’s The Catholic Channel called the “Catholics Next Door,” author two books, and start their apostolate: Rosary Army. While Greg serves as the Executive Director for the Archdiocese of Denver’s Office of Evangelization and Family Life Ministries, he and his wife maintain a weekly podcast found at www.gregandjennifer.com, and still manage to raise their 5 lovely children!
You see, Greg is a regular guy just like any one of us. He has many interests in life, but it is his passion and love for the Lord that permeates and guides his daily life. It is precisely this love that has allowed him to be a disciple for the Lord, spreading the Gospel message in the ways God has given him the ability to do. So, yeah, ok, maybe he’s a good Catholic. We all have opportunities to be good Catholics as well…in all kinds of ways. I invite you to pick yours.
I invite you to come hear more about Greg who will be one of the speakers at this year’s Gathering of Catholic Men on November 12, 2016 at the David Lawrence Convention Center. The theme is “Go … Make Disciples of All Nations” (Matthew 28:19). In a day filled with the Holy Spirit, maybe you’ll hear something that will help you to go out and deliver the universal message to someone who needs it.