Worship is our duty toward God. We read in the Ten Commandments, “Thou Shall Keep Holy the Sabbath.” Catholics honor Sabbath by attending Holy Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation.
But worship is only part of the picture. In his letters, St. James mentions that faith and good works are important; they are not optional. In fact, he goes on to say that faith without works is a dead faith. Therefore, the Christian proves his or her love for God by works of charity. Look at any canonized saint from the Blessed Virgin Mary to a holy person of our present age; they are all living examples of how to live the Gospel of Christ. Christ warns the disciple that faith is a light that should not be hidden.
Missionaries have often performed works of kindness before preaching to people. Once people encounter the charity of God through Christian men and women they are more inclined to convert. Pope John Paul II, in his Encyclical on the Gospel of Life, calls for a new evangelism. By our Baptism and Confirmation, we are to be the ambassadors of Christ in our families, communities, towns, countries, and world. But it first starts at the local level with the individual.
Saint Frances of Rome, a seventeenth-century laywoman, wife, and mother, often engaged in good works just by caring for her family in a dignified and thoughtful way. Saint Therese of Liseux wrote in her “Little Way” that sanctity can be achieved in the little things we do every day. Christ went about caring for the sick, for the dying, and for the outcasts, and, as His followers, we must do the same.