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Signs of hope (letter)
Congratulations to Fr Sebastian Camilleri OFM on his article in the May issue. As a seminarian that has recently begun his formation, I can't help but admire him for his uplifting and inspiring words. I see in the secular society in which we dwell that materialism has become the new God for the masses and I would be lying if I said that this has not disheartened my generation, not only in the past, but up to and including the present day.
My generation has been placed at the mercy of the leaders of the previous generation, both secular and religious, who instead of being guided by Christian values and Catholic doctrine, knelt down before the altar of political correctness and extreme feminism (how dare we refer to God as He).
At the same time, the Catholic education many of us experienced was little more than a sacrilegious joke, while some modern day churches look more like brick barnyards gone wrong than places to worship our Holy Redeemer - not to mention the succession of liturgical abuses that occur within them.
All these things have contributed to a great depression amongst the current generation, who are looking for the slightest glimpse of hope, but just can't seem to find it despite their efforts. Which is why Fr Camilleri's article was of such immeasurable importance. I honestly believe that Christ will never allow His Church to collapse, but we, as a whole Church, must start to project a message of hope for the future of the current generation and those to follow.
Eamonn Keane recently wrote a book on the poor state of Catholic education in Australia over recent years, titled A Generation Betrayed. He concluded with the phrase, "an entire generation came to the Church looking for bread and instead we gave them stones". Fr Camilleri's article helps reverse some of the bitterness this generation currently suffers, and for that I give him an unreserved and most gracious, "Thank You!"
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 17 No 5 (June 2004), p. 13
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