Posted by: L. E. Barnes | July 26, 2010

Monday Message

Fr. Robert Barron discusses how religion, especially in places such as western Europe, has come to be trivialized.

I wonder how western society ended up this way, especially Europe. Probably multiple factors are involved, but I find it both disturbing and puzzling. Your thoughts/experiences?

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  2. I have given this subject a lot of thought over the years and what comes to mind is what Jesus said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go to heaven.” With the dawn of the industrial age the standard of living rose for many more people than before, and with it desire for worldly things. Then the penchant for many to “fit in” called for abandonment of living the Gospel. The Church is ever at war with the world and while God gave us great saints like Vincent de Paul, Francis de Sales and others to care for the poor and the sick, the fact that they stand out in their times shows that the norm is selfishness and loose morals. Every generation seems worse than the last and so we have the status of today. This is how I see it, and I have oversimplified things because this is a very deep subject. The answer is simple, though – conversion of heart and saints to give the example that the world cannot deny – in our age, the Mother Teresas admired by many but whose motivations cannot be understood in secular terms.

    • Materialism doubtless plays a role–how strong of a role I’m not sure, but it’s bound to be a factor. But western Europe is dire need of spiritual revival.


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