Wednesday, November 28, 2012

10 Ways Catholics Can Transform Modern Culture

10 Ways Catholics Can Transform The Modern Culture
  1. Work on yourself first. The only thing we fully control are our own personal decisions. So, if we want to have any influence over culture or see any positive changes happen, we need to work on being saints first.
  2. Evangelize, evangelize, evangelize. When we get to heaven, I believe the first question St. Peter will ask is "who did you bring with you?" The mission of the Church is to evangelize and it is why she exists in the first place. WE are the Church! We need to live out our identity better.
  3. Pray. Then pray some more. Any true transformation will take place in the hearts of others because of God's grace being operative in their lives. Pray for them. Pray for yourself. There is no spiritual power without prayer.
  4. Support groups that are doing good work already. If you know of groups which already exist and are doing great work in transforming culture then invest in them. Invest your time. Invest your money. Don't let another opportunity pass you by to put your money where your beliefs are. Also, don't be fooled into thinking we can change culture through politics. Rather, politics is a reflection of where our culture already has gone. Finally, we must also affirm what is still good about our modern culture and try to support those things as well.
  5. Focus on Children and young people. Children are not the future of the Church - they are already part of it, so we need to make sure they not only stay in the Church but help the Church grow and thrive. We can assure this happens by forming them and loving them.
  6. Learn from how others have transformed culture in the past. The negative changes in our culture didn't change overnight and neither will the positive changes. We need to focus our efforts in media, education, entertainment, etc to offer positive alternatives in these areas.
  7. Dream big. Too many Catholics are fine with the status quo. This is not how God feels. He dreams big and so should we. The entire world needs to be transformed. Where do we start? By taking the next step. I might add that we need to support our leaders when they do the right thing.
  8. Use all available tools. The internet, new media, tech, etc. These are at our fingertips now. Use them. Remember how the Industrial Revolution was driven by new technologies. The changes can be either negative or positive. The Church must always answer the "should we" and "how should we if we do" when it comes to progress.
  9. Stick to the basics. Most modern people are basically un-churched, even if they go to church sometimes. This means they know little (if any) about a relationship with Christ, basic doctrined, etc. So, stick to the basics. The best place to start is the Gospel message. Do you know how to communicate it clearly and effectively?
  10. Invest your time, energy, and talents in helping others. The best way to transform culture is to make sure you are helping those you have influence with. Family, children, spouses, friends, co-workers, etc. These are the people you stand the best chance of helping make positive changes. Those small changes can lead to cultural trends. So, don't underestimate them.

The world needs the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has the answer for all the world's problems in the fullness of truth and the fullness of grace she offers to all.

The Church gives us a moral anchor, an answer to broken families, addiction, sin, war, violence, abuse, and all the other issues in our culture. More than ever the world needs the Catholic Church, if our society is to last. This answer is the personal relationship with Jesus that the Catholic Church offers to us all through the Sacramental grace, teachings of the Church, and in our own personal prayer.

What a gift.
What an obligation.


Caspar Ignatius said...

Excellent points. May I suggest another?

I've pulled together a plan for making sure every public library network has a minimum of quality Catholic content by fundraising through parishes to buy and donate books. I've blogged the whole thing here:

It's nothing complicated, and pretty easily done by people anywhere in the country. Part of the impetus is my own frustration with trying to find solid Catholic books at public libraries and knowing that most librarians don't even know what they're missing. Further, in this year of faith, I think we have a great opportunity to make it a lot easier for people to find the faith if we just, you know, hold some bake sales, fish fries, and pancake breakfasts. Also, we're losing the culture wars. Lots of people still use their public libraries for research and reading for fun. If they run into unexpected riches at their public libraries, how many souls might we save? How many minds might be changed on abortion, the nature of marriage, the existence of natural law and objective morality, etc.?

Thomas at Identified Catholic said...

Great post. Saw Caspar's comment and felt I must mention that the availability of good books on Catholicism at my local library actually impacted my journey into the Catholic Church.

Jeff said...

Don't forget to use technology!

"Youtubes" like this one shared through Facebook are great ways to reach people.

Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist.

And don't forget Catholic Memes!

Marcel said...

Jeff - see #8