As you receive this newsletter, we at Paulist Evangelization Ministries are packing to head to Los Angeles for the LA Religious Congress.
|Closing Liturgy at the LA Religious Congress – Photo courtesy of The Tiding
Whatever statistics we read, or even local experiences of church we have, this Congress is an eye-opener. For four days, tens of thousands of Catholics will converge on Anaheim. Thursday features youth; Friday-Sunday are concentrated on leaders and catechists. Altogether, it’s a great cross-section of the wider American Church – and a great demonstration of the vitality of Catholicism today. Multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-generational, Catholicism shows its proudest face as people come to be enriched, educated, and to participate in powerful liturgies that involve thousands of people.
Images like this are helpful to keep in mind as we go through what can sometimes seem like a grind in our local settings: parents we wish would participate more, youth who seem hard to corral, multiple funerals in a week. We can see the struggles but not the achievements which our daily pastoral and evangelizing activities are accomplishing.
In this issue we continue reflecting on the Spiritual works of mercy, find out about a new devotional resource to further discipleship in the daily life of Catholics, explore social media with our friends at the Catholic Apostolate Center, have an opportunity share our stories of mercy, and offer a video to talk about a new program (The Journey/El Camino) to help Catholics, and others, reaffirm their personal relationship with Christ.
Here, in the middle of Lent, we rejoice for the path of conversion we have undertaken, and look ahead to Christ’s glorious Resurrection.
Sincerely in Christ,
Father Frank DeSiano