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- Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (July 5, 2012)
- Publication Date: July 5, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B008H4NAPI
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Weddell begins with a review of the data that should be familiar to all of us: decreasing Mass attendance, Catholics leaving the Church for Protestant communities, and a general "disengagement" from the life of the parish by many of the faithful. But she doesn't just leave us with cold, hard facts. Thanks to her work with parishes across the country Weddell is also able to weave compelling anecdotes that put a human face on the crisis. Most surprising to me were the number of people who have left the Catholic Church not because they were failing to moving closer to Christ but because, as they more fully embraced their call to discipleship, they had no one in their parishes to support them or who understood the sudden fire that had been lit in them. That the Church is losing both unengaged and highly motivated members -- leaking from both ends, as it were -- should alarm all of us.
Weddell's overarching question in reviewing the data and stories is this: How many of our parishioners are truly disciples of Jesus Christ? How many are committed to living a life of faith in an intentional way? Her answer, based on conversations with pastors and parish staff across the country, is that about 5% of Catholics can be described as "intentional disciples." This is shockingly low.Read more ›
1) Weddell uses a series of "thresholds" which tend to make judgements on a person's spiritual life. Although having such a list is good on a practical level as a shorthand when in professional ministry, these thresholds seem to be given too much concrete value. It can also lead to the awkward situation of a serious Christian sub-consciously (or consciously) of putting all of their friends and acquaintances into lists (e.g. Timmy and Suzy are Seekers, Bob is Open, and Jim is Curious). All the while, the person is comfortably listing themselves as “disciples”. Yet maybe Timmy the Seeker just seems like a Seeker, and is actually a Disciple, etc.
2) The book seems to de-emphasize the Sacraments. Yes, it talks about how wonderful they are, but the author openly disparages the argument of “letting the Sacraments work”. Although we must avoid a magical view of Sacraments, and must not deny the need for a personal relationship with Christ, including a strong prayer life, sometimes we need to remember to let the Sacraments work.
3) Her system does not seem to account for those disciples are seriously affected by sin. Those who truly love Jesus, but seem to love drink or women or money just a little bit more; those who struggle with themselves, but also struggle with Our Lord.Read more ›
Many ex-Catholics who move to another church complain that their spiritual needs were not being met in the Catholic Church. We MUST try to understand how this can be! Through years of pastoral experience with thousands of Catholics in parish leadership, Sherry Weddell has correctly identified the reality: too many baptized Catholics never become true disciples of Jesus Christ. They may attend Mass regularly, and may even be leaders in the parish, but too many do not know what it is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, at the grass roots level in many parishes, it wouldn't be regarded as "normal" for a Catholic to speak in this way--to claim to have a personal relationship with Jesus sounds foreign, even "protestant". But "cultural Catholicism" (or the so-called "Catholic identity") is no longer a compelling reason to remain in the Church. The new generation longs for authenticity and integrity. Thankfully, Sherry Weddell brings the good news that what they long for is not only possible, but necessary for every Catholic: a living relationship with Jesus Christ.
Weddell's theme resonates deeply with the direction that Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have established in the New Evangelization. A personal relationship with Christ is essential to a living faith, and the renewal of the Church.Read more ›
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