25 August, 2010

Taking the Summer Series: The Commissioning and Dismissal to bring Christ to the World.


As summer draws to a close, it's appropriate to come to the end of my summer meditation project on the Mass. I've accompanied this prayer time with a reading of a social gospel classic text by Walter Rauchenbauch: Christianity and the Social Crisis of the 21st Century. This book, published in 1907(!) is amazing preessencent for what has transpired in the past number of years. Writing in the first decade of the 20th century he spoke of the need to re-engage the prophetic voice of the Church to remind society of the existence of truth as understood by Christians. He predicted that the voice of faith would be challenged both externally and weakened internally resulting in a privatization of faith, driving it from the public square. This Baptist convert from Lutheranism prefigured the arguments of a latter convert from the Church of Luther, Richard John Neuhaus. Catholics (and Christians of all denominations,) need to heed these voices. I pray that this short inspirational video might help to convey our mutual obligation to bring Christ out of the Churches and into our daily lives, for it is for this reason (and not simply for our own personal salvation) that we have been fed by Christ himself in the sharing of his word and Body in the celebration of the Eucharist.

I hope you've enjoyed this short series as much as I have in preparing it! Now, onto the start of the new school year... and beyond.

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