The catechical programs are beginnning in many parishes these days. Circumstances for formation in faith are so different for young people today than they were in my day.
I was raised in a Catholic neighborhood, in a Catholic school and in a Catholic family. My youth revolved around our church and our parish. The Catholic faith was in the air I breathed.
Today’s so different. We live in a pluralist society, with people who have many different ways of seeing life. Our schools are pluralistic; they try to present things fairly, without favoring one philosophy or way of looking at things over another.
To get along today you have to respect everyone’s point of view.
One weakness of pluralism, however, is that you don’t pursue your own spiritual tradition or draw from its wisdom. You can get lost in a world of many ideas and never follow one of them. You listen to the latest teachers and watch for the newest trends.
Or, worst still, you end up listening only to yourself and what you think and what you want.
Our Catholic spiritual tradition comes from Jesus Christ. We believe he is the Son of God, who came to teach us the way to live here on earth and to prepare us for a life to come. He is God with us, our Teacher, our Guide, our Companion all our days. He is the great sign of God’s love.
He is more important than Gandhi, or the Dalai Lama, or Oprah, or the latest celebrity at the top of the charts.
To know him, to love him and to be like him is the most important thing we can do in life. He’s the Rock on whom we stand; the Bread that feeds us; the Love that dies for us.
In Sunday’s gospel (Mark 9,30-37) Jesus tells his disciples to become like little children and learn from him. Young or old, we’re all called to do that.