It is often much easier to see a problem than to understand the underlying cause. Last week we brought to the surface the growing attrition within the Catholic Church of believers. Europe United States and even Lafayette show a consistent decline in Catholics actively practicing their faith. These numbers are especially higher in the young adults and teen demographic.
We begin our preaching series with a wake-up call. It’s no secret that there is a growing number of people who no longer practice their Catholic faith. Similar to a slow computer, our current mode of operation is simply not sufficing.
To the community of Sacred Heart of Jesus, I say, thank you! In youth ministry, we dream big with hopeful anticipation for the summer. With school, sports and extracurricular activities, summer is a significant time of year for us to provide opportunities for teens to encounter community and the person of Jesus Christ.
Earlier this year I asked you to support our teens financially on their trip to Summer Camp Covecrest. You responded loud and clear with your support of over $13,000.
There is a comedian I’m fond of listening to named Brian Regan. He has a piece on visiting the eye doctor for an exam. In thinking about getting new prescriptions, he laughs and says “How can instantly improved vision not be at the top of your to-do list?” This one-liner reminds me of how quickly I can forget that my vision may not always be clear or focused.
The loss of what’s sacred is often a topic of conversation of those in my grandparent’s generation. Whether it’s the way people dress at church or the laissez-faire attitude of many around such issues as abortion, the argument is that the spectrum of respect around life and God has dwindled considerably since they were children. The wisdom of their life experience should cause us to pause and ask if anything has changed, and if so is it for the better?