I make a point of trying to read absolutely everything that Archbishop Charles Chaput writes. His most recent column in First Things, “Catholics and the Next America“, is yet another reason why I know I’ve made a good choice. Here’s an excerpt of his thesis:
“In the coming decades Catholics will likely find it harder, not easier, to influence the course of American culture, or even to live their faith authentically. And the big difference between the “next America” and the old one will be that plenty of other committed religious believers may find themselves in the same unpleasant jam as their Catholic cousins.”
And, because I realize not everyone will have time to read the full column (though I of course encourage that), so here is his concluding paragraph:
“The “next America” has been in its chrysalis a long time. Whether people will be happy when it fully emerges remains to be seen. But the future is not predestined. We create it with our choices. And the most important choice we can make is both terribly simple and terribly hard: to actually live what the Church teaches, to win the hearts of others by our witness, and to renew the soul of our country with the courage of our own Christian faith and integrity. There is no more revolutionary act.”
Inspiring marching orders from a great general in Christ’s army.