It's September and you may not know it's also Support a Catholic Speaker Month. I'm giving away a free book (see end of post) by Blessed Pope John Paul II to help raise some support for Deacon Ralph Poyo, who I had the pleasure of video interviewing and writing an article about.
Being a Catholic speaker is hard work. They travel away from family for many days out of the year, giving all the energy and passion they have to a large group of people for sometimes hours on end, and don't always get the best pay or sometimes rely solely on the grace of God to provide them and their families with support.
Today's First Reading starts with St. Paul urging us to live a life worthy of the call we have received. He then goes on to talk about the many and varied calls given to us as followers of Christ:
But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
Being a Catholic speaker is a call from Christ to serve and build up the Body of Christ, the Church, in a specific way. The Church needs good public speakers to build us up, convict us, empower us, and to evangelize us.
The purpose of Support a Catholic Speaker Month is to give us a chance to give back to the speakers who have given so much to us by supporting and encouraging them as gifts to the Body of Christ.
I believe this is so important and I want to try to reward you for spreading prayers, love and support for the great Catholic speaker I had the honor of interviewing for this month, Deacon Ralph Poyo.
Deacon Ralph's speaking ministry is a passionate and spirit filled gift to the Church (if you don't know much about him, check out the video interview and blog post here), and there are some Churches and some Catholics who need to hear him speak, but have never even heard of him. (Check out the bottom of the post interview for some amazing examples of him speaking)
Help me spread the word about his speaking ministry and support him with prayer.
Here are two things you can do right now to support Deacon Ralph:
1) Pray for him, his family, and the call he is living out. It would only take a few seconds to send a Hail Mary his way. Maybe offer him up in your intentions at Mass. Say a Rosary for him. Comment below what you have offered up in support and we can start a spiritual bouquet for him and his ministry.
2) Share the post and video interview on the interwebs The post and interview can be found here. Facebook, twitter, email - however you can spread the word helps Deacon Ralph get to a parish that God wants to send him to minister at.
I am giving away a free Catholic book by Blessed Pope John Paul II, and you can enter for a chance to win it by commenting below on this post (or this post) and saying whether you shared the interview with Deacon Ralph on Facebook or twitter, or said a prayer for him and his ministry. The opportunity to enter ends October 1st, when I will pick and announce a random winner, contact them, and send them "Crossing the Threshold of Hope" by Blessed Pope John Paul II, free of charge.
Thanks in advance for your charity and support!
Catholic Book Giveaway to Support Deacon Ralph!
You can find the full post with the video interview and Book Giveaway >>>here<<<