LET IT aLL sTART hERE
For Catholics who care...
I applaud the content of The New Emangelization website and the blogs it offers. Bravo! Recently, I was given a bulletin from Saint Peter's, Merchantville, NJ. In it I was introduced, through The Pastor's Corner to: The Catholic "Man-Crisis".
Thank you Matthew Christoff for all the information and statistics! Your article will inspire many future Blog Bits at my own site: www.letitallstarthere.com. I am a parishioner at Sacred Heart Parish in Stamford, NY. I am one of the faithful women that the article speaks of. I am one of the faithful women who have morphed into "the face of today's Catholic Church". And this is what I know about the faithfulness of Christian women as compared to the faithfulness of Christian men: Women tend to be more prayerful, more willing to believe, more dedicated to Jesus and His mission..."that of being constantly ready to bring His love to others", perhaps because we have been give the grace from God to carry life within our bodies and deliver miracles into the world. We live a particular mystery that men are not able to. Many of us have experienced the divine in birthing children. We get it! And because we have carried (or have the ability to carry) another life inside our bodies we may also be capable of more readily embracing the super natural elements of prayer, The Mass, and the Eucharist.
We readily believe (the word "readily" is an essential part of this sentence since there are many, many men who come to believe in their own time)and are moved by the various aspects of the Mass, most specifically the Eucharist because of the miraculous gift God has given us through motherhood. Okay? Okay.
Now for the crisis at hand: Catholic men going MIA. I feel strongly that the answer to this crisis is in the Gospels. Why not read and study Jesus' methods of drawing disciples to Him? The solution to our problem is there, in our Bible. The Gospels offer "practical insights on how Jesus engaged and trained His apostles, His disciples... His Church. Thank you again for all your work. And I will be back. Evelyn Augusto (www.letitallstarthere.com)