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These are times of immense challenge and immense opportunity for the Catholic Church. Consider these statistics for the United States.
- Only 30 percent of Americans who were raised Catholic are still practicing.
- Fully 10 percent of all adults in America are ex-Catholics.
- The number of marriages celebrated in the Church decreased dramatically, by nearly 60 percent, between 1972 and 2010.
- Only 60 percent of Catholics believe in a personal God.
If the Church is to reverse these trends, the evangelizers must first be evangelized-in other words, Catholics-in-the-pew must make a conscious choice to know and follow Jesus before they can draw others to him.
Drawing upon her fifteen years of experience with the Catherine of Siena Institute, Sherry Weddell leads readers through steps that will help them enter more deeply into a relationship with God and the river of apostolic creativity, charisms, and vocation that flow from that relationship for the sake of the Church and the world.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Our Sunday Visitor
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 7.90 X 5.20 X 0.70 (inches)|
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I went to Mass every Sunday. I was on two committees at my parish. I read the Catechism of Catholic Church. I didn't eat meat on Fridays during Lent
Too often we approach our faith like we would a checklist or a resume.
While the knowledge of our faith and the experience of faith is certainly important, how would our lives be different if we had a real, living relationship with God?
As a Catholic, a lay leader, a parish staff member, or a pastor, it is critical to understand this growing chasm that is allowing even active parishioners to slowly fade away from the Church.
This book provides parishes and individuals with a foundation on which to build a new formation process that establishes a relationship with God. Ultimately every person can become a true disciple of God, leading to a profound change in the individual and the parish, creating a vibrant and active faith community.