We have a need for ongoing personal conversion (assisted by the Sacrament of Reconciliation we are studying) which in turn is what is needed also for a cultural shift toward remembering God, which is the invitation/challenge in front of us… This week from Cardinal George:
Behind the current political debate there is a cultural issue that has been building for decades. For the first hundred and fifty years of our country’s history, religion was considered a positive good that contributes to the social cohesiveness and the moral education of citizens. In the past several decades, religion has come to be considered a danger that creates social divisions and that needs to be controlled. In this vision of things, churches and other religious organizations are private clubs that can motivate people to undertake public service, but public activity has to be free of religious argument and action. This is called secularization of our culture. In the long run, a society that lives publicly as if God did not exist destroys not only religious institutions but also society itself. A society that shuts out religious influence closes in on itself and becomes totalitarian. This can happen even in the name of individual “rights.” Click here to read the entire article.