I never envisioned myself here. If you had told me 10 years ago that I would be working for a Church, using my theology degree to coordinate communications and digital media, I probably would have laughed. It wasn’t the path I envisioned for my life, but God has a funny way of redirecting your life to where He needs you most, and even more profoundly, where you need to experience Him most.
So here I am, working for a Church I love, helping people to develop a personal relationship with our Savior, who I love even more. And one of the most beautiful aspects of my role in communications here at the parish is that I get to hear and help pass on the faith stories of other members of this parish family. I have learned so much about Jesus and how he works uniquely and personally in each person’s life. It has been truly life-giving for my own faith, in some ways, even more than my theology classes were.
Recently, I met with some other moms of the parish and we shared our personal witnesses to Jesus’ workings in our lives. It was an extremely powerful experience for me. We have all been friends for several years, but by intentionally communicating our own journeys of faith, our relationships with each other and mutual trust was strengthened. Several moms realized they have had similar journeys in their marriages and conversions to Catholicism. Other moms opened up about past experiences they had never shared in a group setting before. And through this time of witnessing to each other, we were all able to build each other up and find deeper community together.
And that’s really what the heart of communication is all about – building community. These words do have the same root, after all. In Latin, they are derived from the noun communis, meaning “common, communality or sharing” or the verb communicare, meaning “make something common” or “to join, unite, participate in.” By communicating our personal witnesses of Jesus Christ in our own lives, we are essentially and powerfully sharing our own faith to “make it common,” so we can all more fully and fruitfully “join, unite or participate in” the community of Jesus Christ.
So, share your story of your personal relationship with Jesus Christ! Don’t be afraid to be a witness to His goodness, mercy, and love for you. Do this with your family, friends, coworkers, and even people you meet here at St. Francis. Trust that God will work through your words to help “unite and join” you with the person (or people) you are communicating with. Your bond to each other and with Christ will only be strengthened. And God’s goodness will continue to radiate through our homes, our parish, Grapevine and beyond such that we are more effectively building His Church here within our community.
And if you feel so called, I invite you to share your faith story with me, so that I can help you pass it on to our entire parish family, either through this parish blog or our parish newsletter. Maybe your story will strongly impact another person’s own faith journey, helping them to encounter Jesus today. For God truly works through communication, so that we can build a community of faith with each other and most especially with Him in the Eucharist (we do call it communion, after all).
Help me to feel an openness in my heart to share you with those around me. I want to witness to your goodness and mercy. Thank you for allowing me to play a small role in building a community of believers here on earth.
This blog was written by Danielle Milliken, Coordinator of Digital Media & Communications here at St. Francis of Assisi. Do you have a testimony to share? Reach out to Danielle at DMilliken@sfatx.org. If you’re interested in writing a blog for St. Francis of Assisi, please contact Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org.