I commend you for doing what has to be a very difficult job with dangerous people. I also am impressed by how you make your points for Christ and His Church. I regret that I usually don't think as rapidly on my feet as you do; I usually think of the right thing to say hours later!
WOW.... you made my day Jim but I wish sometimes I was more like you, waiting a while to say the "right" thing. To be in aologetics, I have learned a lot. I wonder why me? A mere knucklehead at times.... I have myself under a microscope though. I dear older woman who is really Catholic, what I mean is she breathes the love of the faith out of every pore in her body.... She told me that in order for me to ever be effective as a militant Catholic, meaning standing up and defending the faith, I have to go to daily Mass and weekly confessions. She is so right, when I mess up is when I couldn't get to Mass.... She said Satan will be attacking me in any way he can and she is soooo right. When I look at the crucifix it just humbles me... That is where I get convicted as well as meditating on the Sorrowful mysteries. Jesus did not get mad at his opponents and while I pray them which I need to do more often, I see my ugly self not living up to how we are called to act, that is with love at all times... I get humbled when others say, what's up with you, you are being mean.... That really ruts.... I want to be a Saint, as Pat Coffin says on Catholic Answers Live, what else is there to be..... Your compliment means a lot, it really does, pray for me though so I can be a shining light even in the course of debating. Peter tells us to always be able to given an apologia/defense/explanation for our faith, but then he says, "but do it with gentleness and reverence...." Well, we have to keep our eyes on being a Saint, all of us, so we pray, repent and receive the sacraments...
God bless you,