It's fairly obvious that people do not like going to the dentist or the doctor, and I suspect a large part of this reticence is due to the fear of shame and guilt, especially if there has been a longer period of time since the last visit.After my visit and reflecting on my own aversions to going to the dentist, I began to realize that this is how most people feel about going to church.
Perhaps our decline relates to our forgetfulness about what draws people to church in the first place.
Buying a house appeals to basic human desires of independence, order, tranquility, family, status, and acceptance.
St. Paul wrote, “Ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God.”
The contact points are different than they used to be, and the next steps are different as well — in fact, so different that my parish is having trouble figuring out what they are or how to help people find them.
How do we welcome our children and not hinder them in their search for Christ? We begin by honoring them as people made in the image and likeness of God and taking seriously their ability to worship God in a manner that is just as full of awe, wonder, and power as any adult.