As you’ve been reading, I really enjoyed Tim Glemkowski’s book Made for Mission. He writes in such a plain, straightforward way that I was convicted to change up my own evangelization and discipleship efforts. I found myself asking these questions over and over:
- Why am I Catholic?
- What does my parish mean to me?
- Am I part of an evangelization effort?
- Am I a disciple of Jesus Christ?
- If so, how am I living that out in my daily life?
Good questions. Questions I believe most people think they know the answers to and might say the following:
- Because the Catholic Church is the one, true Church founded by Christ.
- It’s my community and place where I receive the Eucharist.
- Of course, I talk about Jesus all the time.
- Yes, why would you even ask that?
- By going to Mass, praying, etc.
But the answers to these questions might need deeper reflection. The Church is in a time of crisis. More people consider themselves nones than any other individual religious denomination. If that statistic doesn’t scare you a bit, I’d encourage you to read it again. It’s meant to keep us awake, not to have us throw our hands up in despair.
Over the last 50 to 100 years our culture has changed. The US is not as Christian as it used to be. We celebrate a form of secularism that hasn’t been seen in any of our lifetimes before. This means that our Church needs to respond differently to the culture and ensure our parishes are truly living an Authentic Catholic Life.
What’s an Authentic Catholic Life? Tim writes about it in his book. He calls the Church to live her mission: Go and Make Disciples. It’s a simple as that … it’s not easy, but it’s simple. Is that the primary purpose of your parish? Is it the primary purpose of every single ministry in your parish? If the answer to either of those questions is not a “Fist in the air, enthusiastic YES” then I’d recommend you read this book.
We are called to be renewed in our efforts of preaching the Gospel in our own lives and in our parishes.