Always the Era of the Saints

Always the Era of the Saints
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n class="drop-cap">There’s a natural human tendency to attach magic powers to slogans, which then replace serious thought and effort. A good example from my generation’s youth was the dopey “war is over if you want it,” peddled by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Yes, we still want it. But oddly enough, we’re still waiting. The phrase “new evangelization” comes from St. John Paul II, a far more substantial source. Karol Wojtyła’s life—we celebrate the centenary of his birth this May—had a transformative effect on millions. But this phrase too is overused and underthought. No vast resurgence of missionary fervor has swept the so-called “developed” world; just the opposite. Unless we reconfigure our lives to understand and act on it, the “new evangelization” will remain just another pious slogan. Read Full Article »

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