Monday, December 10, 2012

Wake up, sleepyheads!

© 2012 Sarah Webb/Catholic Standard and Times
If a Catholic "Great Awakening" can happen in France, it can happen here, too.

That, at least, is what the US Conference of Catholic Bishops believes, and is trying to get moving.  San Francisco's new angel, Abp. Salvatore Cordileone, says that the USCCB's new five-part pastoral strategy is "not meant to be another program but rather part of a movement for Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty, which engages the New Evangelization and can be incorporated into the Year of Faith.”

Talk about engagement:  The plan, as currently laid out, envisages five ways to participate that, taken together, constitute a pretty thorough spiritual workout:

  1. Host or attend a Eucharistic Holy Hour (an hour spent in prayer and reflection in a chapel in which the Holy Eucharist is displayed;
  2. Pray a daily Rosary;
  3. Include prayers for life, marriage and religious liberty in the Prayers of the Faithful at daily and weekly Masses;
  4. Fast and abstain from meat on all Fridays of the year;
  5. Participate in the 2nd annual Fortnight for Freedom (June/July 2013).

 Not all the details are completely worked out, but they're forthcoming; see the USCCB website here for further details, and be sure to bookmark the page!