[Excerpt] I believe that one of the major problems we have in evangelizing our culture is that many Christians don’t walk with Jesus personally. Finally, evangelization is not a sharing of ideas—though this can be very important at the level of pre-evangelization or clearing the ground—but rather the sharing of a relationship. But as the old adage has it, “nemo dat quod non habet” (no one gives what he doesn’t have). If we don’t speak to Jesus as “thou,” we won’t draw others into a real friendship with him, and the establishment of that friendship is the terminus ad quem of real evangelizing.
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Personally, I believe a big problem with addressing God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is in this modern age, capital letters are not used such as Him, He, Himself, etc., etc. It sort of downplays the awesomeness and wonderful Mystery of the Triune Godhead. Also some parishioners, when praying the Hail Mary, use ‘you’ and ‘your’ instead of ‘thee’ and ‘thou.’ Where did they learn to pray like that, I wonder. Too many people seem to want to do their own thing instead of what the Church wants. I read somewhere that said: “Obedience gives great glory to God!”