Thursday, December 20, 2007

What we need is a welcoming community

For the life of me, I cannot find this in scripture. According to Rev. Thomas Reese, a Jesuit priest and political scientist at Georgetown's Woodstock Theological Center, we only need "good preaching, good music, and a welcoming community" to fill the pews. Silly Catholics, a solid liturgy and traditions are for wimps. Read more here:
A Return to Tradition
A new interest in old ways takes root in Catholicism and many other faiths

1 comment:

Father Schnippel said...

It's the '3 H' approach: to revive worship you need good homililes, hymnody, and hospitality.

I would add: not good, but solid; solid theologically first, solid when it comes to applying to people's lives, and solid when it comes to intertwining the two bits.

Of course, this all presumes the 'Do the Red, Say the Black' mentality as well, but I doubt that dear Fr. Reese would approach that subject very faithfully.

(Jesuit during Holy Week?)