Just yesterday the Pope Benedict XVI spoke to some prelates from the United States as they concluded their ad limina visit. Excerpts from his remarks can be read here and are especially well timed for pages 14-16 talking about the Gospel and Culture. There were several areas that we could respond to. 1) “At the heart of every culture, whether perceived or not, is a consensus about the nature of reality and the moral good, and thus about the conditions for human flourishing.” 2) “The Church’s defence of a moral reasoning based on the natural law is grounded on her conviction that this law is not a threat to our freedom, but rather a ‘language’ which enables us to understand ourselves and the truth of our being.” 3) “…a worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience. ” 4) “…we see the need for an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-a-vis the dominant culture and with the courage to counter a reductive secularism…”
As you read the page of remarks what stood out to you? … Or, consider any of the above in the context of sharing the Gospel here in Southern Illinois.