MAY 18 : I have seen a NEW PENTECOST IN THE MAKING.

In several places in the world I have seen examples of a new Pentecost, in the form of scripture/spirit as source, and worship as summit. In these cases, the source of inspiration is NOT the Sunday liturgy per se but its scripture readings shared in small groups. It is the Spirit that is the source, not the church-made liturgies. Second, when people are prepared by weekly scriptural readings, the Sunday liturgy is the summit to which they converge; then people want to attend, because they experience attendance as spiritual growth.  Thirdly, there is a new sense of church as community. READ MORE

The pre-Vatican II church was strong when the source of inspiration was devotional piety in family and devotional groups. Then the Sunday Latin Mass was community devotionalism and most people felt the need to attend. Once devotions faded away without being replaced, the Sunday liturgy often became a hollow shell.

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Coming topics: A NEW PENTECOST IN THE MAKING - Intellectual and Spiritual resistance



ARTICLES OF THE MONTH:

Is Latin America Still Catholic? by Andrew Chesnut
The ecclesial imperative of educating Hispanic children in Catholic schools by Hosffman Ospino
"Serving the Church by Changing Diapers, and other Mundane Activities" by Jeffrey Morrow

"Parish as Institution or Communio?" by Marti R. Jewell