Faith is an interesting thing. Where does it come from? How do we receive it? Where does it go sometimes?
As we are faced with the sobering reality that so many of our young people are either leaving the Church or being brought up in a secular world, we can see how delicate the faith we possess is. Though nearly two millennia in age, it would take but one generation for it to disappear. If no one receives it today, who will be around to pass it on tomorrow?
Now, I should say that I do not believe that we are in such a bleak situation as to say that the Christian faith is being wiped off the face of the earth. Worldwide the number of Christians continues to rise and is stronger than ever in some places. But I do think, especially in the West, it is a question we have to ponder: are we doing enough to make sure that the faith we possess will live beyond us. While it may not disappear completely, there isa good chance that it will be left weaker than when we received it.
For me, that’s just not good enough. Sure, we are facing a secular society that might be as volatile towards religion as it was at the time of the French Revolution. Of course, levels of atheism or non-affiliation may be the highest they have ever been. These are realities for sure, but they are not excuses. The world has seen troubled times, and our Church, trust me when I say, has been through worse. The issue is not the world; the issue is whether or not we have the faith and charisma and effort to infuse that world with something we know is worth handing on.
Will you help me hand on what you have found to the next generation? You can start by clicking here to watch this week’s vlog.