We are deeply grateful to Lois and Carl Davis of Houston, Texas, who have sponsored "The Church Alive" series over the past year. It is the biggest and boldest project ever undertaken by Salt and Light, and has been a very fitting one to mark our tenth anniversary year. Carl is a retired executive from the Oil Industry in Texas. He and his wife Lois moved from the Anglican Church to the Roman Catholic Church. They have been outstanding leaders, benefactors and volunteers at Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church & Shrine, the Principal Church of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in Houston, Texas. They are also generous supporters of the University of St. Thomas in Houston, as well as benefactors of countless charitable projects. Lois and Carl are great friends and supporters who have believed in our work at Salt and Light and made it possible through their generosity. During this season when we reflect on the meaning of gifts and the goodness and kindness of our God who becomes flesh and dwells among us, we give thanks to God for Lois and Carl Davis who teach us the meaning of gratuity, philanthropy, goodness and kindness.
Does our religious perspective inform our political perspective, or is it the other way around? On episode six of The Church Alive: Politics, Cheridan and Sebastian take a closer look at this timely question. What has become apparent in our culture is the degree to which some Catholics are willing to ignore - or even subvert - the Gospel for the sake of a purely political or worldly point of view. If the New Evangelization is going to succeed, that has to change. In this excerpt from an extensive interview with the Editor in Chief of America Magazine, Fr. Matt Malone, SJ sheds some light on the meaning of a truly "orthodox" faith. In this regard, it seems that a profound reordering of heart and mind - what the church calls conversion - is the necessary prerequisite for bringing the truth about Jesus into the modern world.
This post comes to us from Leanna Cappiello, a former Salt + Light intern, turned blogger and storyteller. This post was first published online by The Catholic Register. You can read Leanna's blog Curious Catholic, on The Catholic Register's website.
Before Vatican II, the laity served a passive role in the Church behind ordained religious figures such as priests, sisters and brothers. But post-Vatican II much has changed. As recounted in the book The Many Marks of the Church, in response to a dismissive, rhetorical question “The Laity? Who are they?” posed by a Vatican official, John Henry Newman replied, “The Church would look rather silly without them.”
In addition to the clergy, parishioners and lay members of the Church have a responsibility to voice the Good News to the world. In The Church Alive series by Salt and Light Media, Cheridan Sanders summarizes Fr. Julian Fernando, as saying, “Priests are responsible for the Church, and lay people are responsible for the world.”
Not everyone can be a priest or a religious sister. Most people are called to a different sort of ministry within the same mission of the Church. Lay men and women have a job that clergy can't do. Priests, sisters and monks may wear beautiful physical signs of their devotion (a collar, a habit, etc.) that are outward signs of hope for many. But ordinary men and women also have an extraordinary purpose — to evangelize face to face, bearing witness in everyday life.
In the theatre, you hear the phrase, “there are no small parts.” Artists are aware there is more than one type of artistry, or one way to accomplish something. A performer knows he is nothing without a writer, other actors and a stage manager’s cue to enter the stage. Likewise, the director knows she is nothing without the props, costume and set designers to bring their vision to reality. Everyone is dependent upon, and inspired by, everyoneelse’s roles and duties.
The Church, like the theatre, is designed so that many hands can work effectively toward the same goal. We all have different roles that play to our strengths and we are all equipped with unique gifts. At the end of the day, we are collaborating with each other, and with God, to show the world a taste of what heaven could look like here on Earth.
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The Church Alive is off and running! Episode two on "Catholic Education" aired last night and got a great response from our viewers (see above). Thanks to all who tuned in! We want to share an important piece of information regarding the availability of the show: Salt and Light TV will make each episode available for ONE WEEK following its initial air date. Watch it, share it, discuss it as much as you can while it's available!
The Church Alive airs Sundays at 9pm ET / 6pm PT
What role does Catholic education play in the New Evangelization? That's the question The Church Alive team is looking at this week on episode two of Salt and Light's new 13-part series. If you're a teacher, catechist, parent or student, be sure to tune in to this critical analysis of effectiveness and best practices, and discover the uniquely broad and inclusive nature of a truly catholic formation.
Tonight at 9pm ET on Salt and Light TV and online at: saltandlighttv.org/live
Today on Perspectives: Greek Melkite Patriarch Gregorios Laham speaks out about the situation of Christians in Syria, Pope Francis writes a letter to the editor of an Italian newspaper, and we have information about two S+L season premieres.