Confidence helps us to ‘witness to our faith’. Pope Benedict came to the UK as a witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He witnessed through his words, prayers and actions and invited the faithful to do the same. In particular he suggested three ways of witnessing to the faith: through the use of visible signs (especially beauty), through the witness of how we live our lives and through the sharing of our own testimony and journey of faith. The Holy Father highlighted that witness springs from an experience of God’s love and friendship.
Every one of us has a story to share of when we have experienced God’s presence in our lives. It can be helpful to reflect and think about how we might share that experience with another person. It might have been or continues to be when we sit looking at the sea at sunset, or it could be a feeling of peace on a Christmas morning? It will be different for each one of us and these experiences are given not just for ourselves but are to be shared. As Archbishop Nichols wrote recently it is important that when we do share with another person we follow the Pope’s example:
"In speaking of our faith he was always so gentle and courteous, so sensitive to the achievements and anxieties of his listeners, so clear and reasoned in presenting difficult points, so humble and open-hearted. We must strive for these same qualities when speaking about our faith, in witnessing to its truth."
Pastoral Letter, 24 September 2010