Although there is a place for memorizing core prayers, texts of scripture, formulas of faith, and moral codes, regressing to a question-and-answer catechism—or to any doctrinaire didaction of Christian faith—would leave our next state worse than this one.Instead, what is urgently needed is a comprehensive approach to religious education that is effective in the context of our time and user- friendly for both teachers and parents. Will There Be Faith? attempts to propose as much.
"We should recall that mediocrity has no place in Ignatius' world view; he demands leaders in service to others in building the Kingdom of God in the market place of business and ideas, of service, of law and justice, of economics, theology and all areas of human life. He urges us to work for the greater glory of God because the world desperately needs men and women of competence and conscience who generously give of themselves for others." - Pater- Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.
"The Catholic Church has changed and contributed to the cityfor two centuries, influencing the life, the culture, and the institutions of the Commonwealth," said Thomas O’Connor. Its legacy is rich; the future holds hope.
It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view. The Kingdom is not only beyond our efforts; it is beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is the Lord's work...
Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the Kingdom always lies beyond us.
No sermon says all that should be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness. No program accomplishes the Church's mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
That is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one day will grow, we water seeds already planted, knowing they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that affects far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do everything, and to do it very, very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the Master Builder and the worker. We are workers, but not master builders...minister, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future that is not our own. Amen.
"...We participate in the transformation of culture not by assuming that the Church has all the answers, but knowing that the Holy Spirit is at work in in the Church and in the world, bringing about the fulfillment of God's plan for God's creation. We are engaged in a process of discerning where are how Gospel values are actually at work and in place in the world and in the Church."
Robert R. Rivers
"Evangelization in the Contemporary Catholic Church"
C21 Resources Spring 2010