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“We view sin as infection. Further, we are all connected whether we like to think so or not. Therefore, our sin, our infection, can spread. We can, through our words, actions and poor examples, lead others astray. The good news is that faith is contagious. When we truly believe in God, and our words and action reflect this devotion and we let our light shine (Matthew 5:16), our faith can be transformative to others…Faith is a contagious gift.” (Sacramental Living Blog, Dynamis 5/10/2019)

“Each action of faith in your life is like putting another peg into the Lite Brite pattern. People will notice that there is something going on in the way you live your life. At first it may not look like anything or it may even confuse people a bit. However, soon enough, the glow of your faith will shine through the darkness of the world and reveal a beautiful design, the Cross of Salvation. Don't worry about people not seeing the pattern. They will. Your challenge is to make sure that the light always shines brightly in everything you do.” (Vasie-Leigh Andriotis)

“When we study the spread of the new faith among early Christians, we are amazed at the decisive missionary role played by simple people like merchants, sailors, and soldiers. Having known Christ and grown in his grace and wisdom, these people shared their Christian experience and spoke about their new life in Jesus wherever they went. Even without speaking they let their knowledge of Christ, their communion with God, be visible through their lives. A real knowledge of Christ and experience of his grace is a mobile entity, it has a contagious nature; hence, it can be and actually is transmitted in a thousand ways, both verbal and non-verbal.” (Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis)

“Because people saw a faith [in the early Church] that people were not only willing to die for, but that people were willing to live for on a daily basis. The genuine love and joy that was lived in the lives of the early Christians was contagious. In modern society, our collective state of angst and mistrust, cynicism and ego make it hard to present a church that is attractive to the one who doesn’t know Christ. Doing what pleases God is a great way to recapture the joy of those early Christians, who, while not well learned in the faith, still lived with a contagious zeal. We are much more educated than they—we have an ability to read and to acquire information for ourselves that they didn’t have. And yet the church by and large is not growing. It’s not for lack of information. It is for lack of gratitude towards God.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)

“Be as Christ to those around you, just as Christ was with His disciples. Walk with them, talk with them, shower them with love, eat and drink with them, live with them, sacrifice for them, and die for them. This is how Christ taught us. This is what Christ showed us. When you live this life of love, which is what the life of self-denial is, another thing you may notice is that you will be offering the same freedom to those around you. They are in a sense being given permission to return to innocence, to deny themselves as well. You inspire them with your love to respond with love. The way of love becomes contagious, multiplying in other people. This is all why Jesus is able to say to us in Matthew 11:30 that His “yoke is easy and [His] burden is light.” Coming to Jesus is actually the way of rest, the way of peace.” (Father Andrew Stephen Damick)

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