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Easy Evangelization: Car Magnets

June 2nd, 2011, Promulgated by Ben Anderson

This method of evangelization is so stinkin’ easy, it’s almost like cheating.  Simply email info@thestationofthecross.com requesting car magnets and voila your car could look as cool as these.  The beauty of magnets is that it doesn’t require a commitment like those sticky bumpy stickers. Of course if you’re a reckless driver, this might actually serve the opposite purpose.  While we’re at it, hop on over to www.whicradio.com and pledge your support for the spring fund drive.  How many Catholics have come back to their faith because of Catholic Radio?  I’d guess a good many. For those outside of NY state, the license plate on the left is the new plate (the one on the right being the old plate).  If you’re not too pooped out from debating butt-baptism, let us know whether the new plates are ugly or lovely. Butt beware – many friendships have been lost over this debate.

 

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13 Responses to “Easy Evangelization: Car Magnets”

  1. avatar Persis says:

    Ok, Ben, I’ll take this bait!! 😉
    I don’t like either of these plates-
    although the blue & gold is kind of “retro”!
    My favorite was the one with the Statue of Liberty on it!! 😀

  2. avatar Mary says:

    I can’t believe you put the van on the Internet. Now I’ll probably have to stop and sign autographs in the Wegmans parking lot.

  3. avatar Dr. K says:

    “My favorite was the one with the Statue of Liberty on it!!”

    Agreed.

  4. avatar Bill B. says:

    It might accentuate the situation if either car was a U.S. name plate!

  5. avatar Ben Anderson says:

    Now I’ll probably have to stop and sign autographs in the Wegmans parking lot.

    Mary, those people didn’t want your autograph – they were signing you up for a credit card. Next time – just keep walking.

  6. avatar JLo says:

    It would be nice if we could KEEP the 1460 magnet on our car… it get’s stolen, just like the red/white/blue ribbon and pro-life ribbon were! Doesn’t seem that those who love our faith would actually steal an ad for Catholic radio, so I presume I find myself too often in “enemy” territory. BTW, I solved keeping the pro-life statement though… we installed one of the pro-life license holders! Love it. As to the plate, I like the new for the trip down memory lane, but I, too, wish it had the Statue of Liberty on it. I’ll bet New Jersey objected, and that’s why that lovely emblem disappeared! +JMJ

  7. avatar Sassy says:

    Being a proud New Jersey native, of course we did…we gotta get some respect. 😉

  8. avatar annonymouse says:

    Ben – these look good on the REARS of your cars, especially on the wagon’s Kia-ster.

    Seriously now, everyone, if you haven’t yet donated to the WHIC 1460 spring fund drive, why not?? They are coming to the END of the drive, and I think they might be BEHIND on their goals, so from the BOTTOM of my heart, I ask you to call and pledge.

  9. avatar Nerina says:

    The magnets are a great way to identify other serious Catholics at church.

    As for WHIC, we’ve been donating to them since they first came on. I don’t know how I would have survived in Rochester without it (or without Dr. Ray Guarendi – love that man!).

  10. avatar Eliza10 says:

    The new plates are the color of Ohio’s drunk-driver plates.

  11. avatar Ben Anderson says:

    Thanks for the chuckle, Mouse. I didn’t get the Kia-ster one until several hours later – it hit me while I was commuting home…. “ooooh – Kia-ster – ha!”

  12. avatar militia says:

    Does anyone know where I can buy car magnets that say: “Romans, Chapter 1”

  13. avatar brother of penance says:

    John Paul II’s Encyclical MISSION OF THE REDEEMER we read in part:

    The Initial Proclamation of Christ the Savior

    44. Proclamation is the permanent priority of mission…… “Evangelization will always contain-as the foundation, center and at the same time the summit of its dynamism-a clear proclamation that, in Jesus Christ…salvation is offered to all people, as a gift of God’s grace and mercy……(which introduces us) into the mystery of the love of God, who invites him to enter into a personal relationship with himself in Christ and opens the way to conversion. Faith is born of preaching, and every (church) community draws its origin and life from the personal response of each believer to that preaching.

    The subject of proclamation is Christ who was crucified, died and is risen: through him is accomplished our full and authentic liberation from evil, sin and death; through him God bestows “new life” that is divine and eternal.

    This is the “Good News” which changes man and his history, and which all peoples have a right to hear. This proclamation is to be made within the context of the lives of the individuals and peoples who receive it. It is to be made with an attitude of love and esteem toward those who hear it, in language which is practical and adapted to the situation. In this proclamation the Spirit is at work and establishes a communion between the missionary and his hearers, a communion which is possible inasmuch as both enter into communion with God the Father through Christ.

    45.
    Proclamation is inspired by faith, which gives rise to enthusiasm and fervor in the missionary. As already mentioned, the Acts of the Apostles uses the word parrhesia to describe this attitude, a word which means to speak frankly and with courage. This term is found also in St. Paul: “We had courage in our God to declare to you the Gospel of God in the face of great opposition” (1 Th 2:2); “Pray…also for me, that utterance may be given me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the Gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains; that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak” (Eph 6:18-20).

    (The missionary) knows that he is not proclaiming a human truth, but the “word of God,” which has an intrinsic and mysterious power of its own (cf. Rom 1:16).

    The supreme test is the giving of one’s life, to the point of accepting death in order to bear witness to one’s faith in Jesus Christ. Throughout Christian history, martyrs, that is, “witnesses,” have always been numerous and indispensable to the spread of the Gospel. In our own age, there are many: bishops, priests, men and women religious, lay people-often unknown heroes who give their lives to bear witness to the faith. They are par excellence the heralds and witnesses of the faith.

    46. The proclamation of the Word of God has Christian conversion as its aim: a complete and sincere adherence to Christ and his Gospel through faith. Conversion is a gift of God, a work of the Blessed Trinity. It is the Spirit who opens people’s hearts so that they can believe in Christ and “confess him” (cf. 1 Cor 12:3); of those who draw near to him through faith Jesus says: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” (Jn 6:44).

    From the outset, conversion is expressed in faith which is total and radical, and which neither limits nor hinders God’s gift. At the same time, it gives rise to a dynamic and lifelong process which demands a continual turning away from “life according to the flesh” to “life according to the Spirit” (cf. Rom 8:3-13). Conversion means accepting, by a personal decision, the saving sovereignty of Christ and becoming his disciple.

    The Church calls all people to this conversion, following the example of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Christ by “preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mk 1:4), as well as the example of Christ himself, who “after John was arrested,…came into Galilee preaching the Gospel of God and saying: ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel'” (Mk 1:14-15).

    ….. every person has the right to hear the “Good News” of the God who reveals and gives himself in Christ, so that each one can live out in its fullness his or her proper calling. This lofty reality is expressed in the words of Jesus to the Samaritan woman: “If you knew the gift of God,” and in the unconscious but ardent desire of the woman: “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst” (Jn 4:10, 15).


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