Friday, July 10, 2009

***Dos and Don’ts of Ask A Catholic A Question***


  • Smile.
  • Greet those passing by.
  • Introduce yourself and avoid immediately answering the question until you have a name and at least some other information about the person you are dialoguing with.
  • Be careful in the words you choose.
  • Tell use your personal testimony. It is a powerful tool.
  • Be as charitable as possible.
  • Use active listening techniques
    -Make eye contact.
    -Don’t worry about the answer you will give – but truly listen.
  • Put yourself in the other person’s shoes.
  • Invite to parish activities or into meeting to continue the discussion / friendship.
  • Try to find common ground.
  • Know your limitations.
    -The best answer you can give is “I don’t know”, when you don’t know
    1 – It is an act of humility, which we all need to practice.
    2 – It is an opportunity to follow up with the other person, thus forming
    a stronger relationship and another opportunity to evangelize.


  • Argue or try to win.
  • Feel as if you must continue the discussion if someone loses their cool or if it becomes fruitless.
  • Allow emotions to get the best of you.
  • Use sarcasm.
  • Make fun of another person’s beliefs.
  • Cut others off to make your point.
  • Be afraid to speak the truth – but do so in kindness and with the right intentions.