On the last day of September (barely made it!), I'd like to talk a little bit about Crystalina Evert for Support a Catholic Speaker Month.
To see Crystalina and her husband Jason Evert speak, is to see the Gospel come alive. They radiate charisma, beauty, a real talent for speaking and especially their love for one another. Every coordinated move shows that they work as a team. Their union as a couple and family is what really shines through in their evangelization and speaking. "This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (Jn 13:35)
Crystalina and her husband have been giving talks on chastity and love ever since they met, at a conference in the Bahamas. They are full-time Catholic speakers for Catholic Answers, as well as authors of several books and DVDs. Starting from when they were engaged, they've toured high schools, speaking openly and honestly to teens about chastity. You can watch them on their DVD called Romance Without Regret. They also teamed up with Brian Butler to put together a wonderful, high-quality DVD series called Theology of the Body for Teens.
In that DVD series, Crystalina talks about how she went on a mission trip with a friend. When they came back, they each pursued their own vocation. Crystalina got married and her friend became a nun. Crystalina then says that even though their vocations are different, they are still fulfilling God's commandment of feeding, clothing and caring for Him (Mt 25:35). While her friend does it towards others that God puts in her path (on the street, in schools, etc.), Crystalina does it as a mother.
This statement has really stayed with me and I think it reflects Crystalina's humility and depth. She embraces being a woman, wife and mother with simplicity and therein lies her strength. Not everyone can share their sexual past with millions of teenagers in talks and online, but Crystalina does it with honesty and simplicity. She is the perfect example of boasting gladly in her weakness, for when she is weak, she is strong (2 Cor 12:9-10).
Crystalina has recently launched a new website, Women Made New, and it is full of testimonies and resources that reflect Crystalina's mission.
In one of the videos on the site, "Emotional Virtue", it says that a group of guys voted holiness and confidence as the most attractive qualities in a woman. These are definitely qualities that Crystalina exudes. One thing is for sure, there is a strong prayer life behind both Crystalina and Jason as a couple. In an interview in 2003 she says, "Well, every day Jason and I do an hour of adoration, the rosary, mass, confession every two weeks and honestly just trying to always maintain and keep Christ at the center of my life... the center of everything I do."