We’ve been called by Pope Francis, and more importantly Jesus, to evangelize. A big part of that is being able to answer the question, “Why?” My faith was good but it was transformed when I read The Case for Christ and Rediscover Catholicism. I’ve also been studying at Grace University. This garnered a little concern from one of our priests, but learning Protestant doctrine has challenged me to study my Catholic beliefs and grow in my Catholic faith. It is incredible!
As a husband and father, before I evangelize to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8), I have a responsibility to evangelize to the domestic church. This has its foundation in our marriage. We invest into and work on our marriage. I highly recommend the books The Love Dare and The Five Love Languages.I use these probably daily, to continue to build up and strengthen the foundation of our family, our marriage.
Next we extend our evangelization to our children. More is caught than taught and we do our best to live our faith. What we instill in our children they reflect to us. Just as iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17), my children are quick to remind us to pray before meals, they genuflect reverently toward the tabernacle, and every year one of them asks to take a Christian music challenge.
One huge key in being an example for our family is humility. I make mistakes, but I accept responsibility and ask forgiveness. Probably at least once a week, I ask my kids to forgive my overreaction to what was simply them being kids. And, as the head of our family, whether or not a situation was my fault, I take responsibility for it. I’m sure there are other effective things we do, but humble service to my wife and kids is probably the most important way I lead and evangelize to them.
Whatever we do, we do our best to remember that faith isn’t enough. We have to know our reason for believing and we must live our faith.
Crystal and Andrew Fetter
AUTHOR: ANDREW FETTER
Andrew Fetter grew up in Council Bluffs, graduating from St. Albert High School in 2001. He is one of five boys and now raises five boys of his own with his wife, Crystal, in Carter Lake. He has an associate’s degree in K-12 Education from Iowa Western and is studying for a bachelor’s in business leadership from Grace University. He has coached all of his boys in their sports and since fall of 2011 has coached teams every season in baseball, football, and basketball. He and Crystal are the founders of UnFettered Athletics and he is head coach for the Hustlers teams.