Reflection by Fr. Slowiak

Reflecting on Pope Benedict’s (XVI) comment that the Church will become smaller in the future and, an adult faith does not follow the waves of fashion and the latest novelties, this note from outside of Catholicism bears our reflection. “One component of passing on the faith from one generation to another is the creation of a distinctive “culture” within a parish. Culture is the collection of practices, beliefs, and stories that carve out a sense of distinctiveness among believers. Unfortunately, too often believers are transformed by the surrounding dominant culture rather than creating a distinctively Christian culture.  . . . we are more “cultural consumers instead of culture makers.” How does our task as “culture makers” affect how we effectively catechize Christians (in the making)?” —Andy Crouch, Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling