Have you ever been to a Catholic Conference? If you are Catholic or just curious about the Catholic faith, or have no faith at all you should find one and attend as soon as possible. My family and I have been to several (more than 10 I am sure) and it is a unique and fun way to learn about Christ and his Church, in the process you also get to meet some great people who love the Catholic faith.
About a month ago, Matt Warner, sent out a call for bloggers (I guess I qualify since I have a blog) to consider writing an article about their favorite Catholic speaker and I accepted the task. Matt’s blog, fallibleblogma.com, had quite a list of well known and lesser know Catholic speakers for us bloggers to choose from. Towards the end of the solicitation phase, I decided to volunteer and was delighted to see that one of my favorite Catholic Speakers was still available – Tim Staples.
We attended our first Catholic Conference back in 2002 (I think) and it was called the Fullness of Truth, it was held in Houston, TX at the Catholic Charismatic Center and featured two and a half days of speakers and babysitting was provided. I think there were over 20 speakers and about 3500 attendees, it was an amazing event. It was at this event that we heard and met Tim Staples for the first time.
Tim Staples is a convert to the faith and a former Marine. He was raised as a Baptist, participated in various the Assemblies of God communities and God eventually placed a fellow Marine in his path that led him home to the Catholic Church. Tim loves Jesus passionately, and that love is contagious, he is so passionate about our Lord and Savior that you can’t help but be drawn closer to Christ after hearing him speak. In addition to his deep love for Christ, Tim is a gifted scripture scholar (former Catholic seminarian) and motivational speaker. (Okay, well maybe not exactly like the SNL skit with Chris Farley, but this is what comes to my mind first when I think about a motivational speaker, but I digress).
Tim has a true gift to motivate people towards an intimate relationship with Christ and in the process give them a deeper knowledge of the faith and the Catholic Church. To say Tim gets excited when he shares the faith is really an understatement, you really just have to see him in person to know what I am talking about. I don’t know of too many other Catholic speakers that have the gift that Tim has to rally the troops and make a call to action in quite the way he does. After listening to Tim don’t be surprised if you have a sudden urge to read your bible, go to confession and start attending daily mass and start sharing your Catholic faith with everyone you know.