Was the Priest really surprised?
While delivering his Sermon a few days ago, he reached a point where he asked the entire congregation, “Are you on fire?
He asked a second time.
A few crickets woke up, but an overwhelming lack of outward expression.
Leaning over, i asked my Family, “Would you have been embarrassed if i had shouted?”
In a generally conservative, subdued Catholic Mass, it’s challenging to expect an audience to go from zero to 60 in the blink of an eye.
So Father John’s surprise surprised me.
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Why do people smile, and why don’t they?
- we smile to welcome people
- we smile because it feels good and looks good
- we don’t smile because we’re preoccupied with the smilers
- we don’t smile because we’re bitter
- smilers smile because it’s all they know
There, it’s been said.
Smilers smile because it’s all they know – and they know it beats the alternative.
And it’s a VIP pass to living gratefully. All day. Everyday.
The paradox of enthusiasm and what it means to us. The second most contagious thing in the world is the lack of enthusiasm.
The most contagious is the opposite of lack.
This is what a healthy spirit does for us – fills us with passion, gratitude.
All day, everyday.
Ever heard the phrase, “Everybody is in sales”?
Disagree if you’d like, but ignoring this fact does not change it – everybody is in sales. Period.
Sales is the transfer of enthusiasm.
If you want to “sell” others (aka evangelization), you should be filled with enthusiasm yourself.
Your personal enthusiasm is your greatest “sales tool” for Christian life, and the biggest reason people don’t want to buy.