This Easter, I am reflecting on this request: “Tell me a story.” We as Catholics have the greatest story ever told: Jesus’ Resurrection.

But we aren’t sharing this story. CLI’s Disciple Maker Index (DMI) survey reveals that 92% of Catholics believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead for us. YET…

  • Only 18% of Catholics feel strongly equipped to share this story.
  • 27% have never once shared the story of Jesus with another person.

What would a future be like if no one talked about Jesus and the joy we are about to experience on Easter Sunday? Catholic Leadership Institute is not willing to find out. Our goal is to lead souls to Heaven. For 31 years, we have accompanied 40,000+ clergy, lay parish leaders, and diocesan leaders in igniting parishes, emboldening clergy, and forging the future through world-class leadership development.

Because you support CLI, partner with CLI, and pray for CLI, you are empowering others to keep on telling this beautiful story of Jesus’ love and Resurrection.

On Easter, we celebrate and rejoice how Jesus gave his life so that we may be with Him in Heaven. That’s what CLI’s work is all about: helping more souls know Jesus. Whether we are helping parishes become more welcoming, coaching a pastor, or helping a diocese plan for the future, that goal is always present in our hearts.

As you continue to be partners in our mission, I truly believe and want you to know this:

Because of you, more people will know of Jesus’ sacrifice. Because of you, more people are walking together on that path towards Heaven.

When children ask, “Can you tell me a story?”…

Because of you, more Catholics are prepared to respond, “Let me tell you about a man named, Jesus…”

As you spend time with your loved ones, rejoice in the Resurrection, and celebrate Jesus’ great sacrifice for us, please know of my continued prayers of gratitude for you this Easter… and please join me in committing to share His story with another this holy season.

Imagine if every person reading this reflection told just one more person about Jesus. What a beautiful Easter gift that would be.

by Tim Flanagan

April 04, 2023

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