As Soldiers of the Rosary one of your greatest missions besides praying your daily Rosary is to spread the Rosary. One of the best ways is to be able to tell stories of Graces that you have received through the prayer of the Rosary. So whenever you can send me your testimonials as I will spread the word when I can to everyone I can. The more the better.
Today I would like to review a wonderful book that will help you to be able to tell stories of Grace in a powerful and effective way. This book is called Witness and is written by Leonard Delorenzo, who is the director of Notre Dame Vision. Witness is a book designed to help you to be able to tell your own stories of grace in your life. One could ask the question, why do I need to tell such stories. I know I have received grace why do I have to go around telling everyone about it. The number one reason is that those who spread stories of grace receive stories of grace. Those who keep it to themselves eventually forget they ever received them. Those that believe in miracles get to see them all the time, those that don’t, don’t. While it seems simple to tell stories of grace, the reality is it is very hard to tell others about grace in your lives because it is elusive. Leonard says, “learning to speak of grace as grace is hard work…Grace is irreducible, incomparable, and altogether peculiar.” To become experts at speaking about stories of grace will take time and this book helps you to prepare and practice as expertise is acquired with practice and not given in advance as Leonard states. However, he does not give you a formula because there is never a cut and paste story to talk about grace. Leonard gives you the basic rules, then gives you many samples of different variations of the stories of Grace. Those rules are 7 in number and easy to remember but take a lifetime to master. 1 is to tell it as a story, 2 Begin with what happened, 3 Express it in style, 4 modify it for your audience, 5 ensure there is sufficient closure, 6 embrace natural emotion, and 7 is to pray and practice. With these seven basic rules taught in the book as well as many samples you will be on your way to telling and writing your own stories of grace before you know it. Creating and crafting your own stories of grace will help you open to grace in your life. As Leonard says, To be open to grace and to respond to it changes who we are. The one who grows in response to grace becomes one who is shaped in and by grace-that is graceful.” MAY ALL SOLDIERS OF THE ROSARY BECOME GRACEFUL!
I usually give ten quotes to inspire you to buy this book but today I will give one of the beautiful stories of grace that fill this book and hopefully will inspire you to get this book and start crafting your own stories of grace in your life. Here is a Story of Grace by Vinnie:
“Alcohol carried so much anger, so much sadness, and so much pain that for a long time I couldn’t drink from the Communion cup at Mass. I could not see that cup as holding the Blood of Christ; all I could see was alcohol. But sometime this past fall, I started to feel pulled toward that cup. In my prayer, I felt God was prompting me to make a choice about what my life is going to be about: Is my life about the demons that haunt me, or is it about accepting the loving embrace of God, who will fight my demons with me? Deep within I knew that I needed to get past the alcohol and receive the Blood of Christ who died for me, who loves me. Whether it’s alcoholic or not is irrelevant. It’s real.
The Blood of Christ has brought some healing to my relationship with my dad. I still can’t say that I have forgiven him completely. I know that any anger I harbor toward him is only hurting me and that I can never really repair my relationship with him unless I forgive him. But just as there’s no greater sign of truly real love, there’s no greater sign of truly real forgiveness than the Eucharist. God, who is perfect and needs nothing from us, forgives us of every depraved thing we do, every failure to love that we enact, and we are graced with this forgiveness in every Mass through the Eucharist. I haven't completely forgiven my dad, but I see no better way to work towards forgiveness than entering into the most real forgiveness of all.”
I wish to leave you with this quote which is the best way to keep the faith is to spread it. You can spread it through sharing your own stories of grace with others and this book will give you the tools to confidently do so. God bless Leonard for creating this masterpiece of grace. Spread Grace everywhere!