Barque of Peter: Cruise Ship?

Our Bishop, Bishop Pates has strong words ,in his pastoral letter on adolescent catechesis, on the importance of participating in the Sunday Eucharist:

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York in a recent letter commented, “If you want your faith to wither up and die, quit going to Sunday Mass. As the body will die without food, the soul will expire without nourishment. That sustenance comes at the Sunday Eucharist.” The Sunday celebration of the Eucharist ought to be something that feeds our entire week. From it we should draw strength, communion, and sustenance. Celebrating the Sabbath around the table of the Lord affords us all the opportunity to know again the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharistic feast, in the Word of God proclaimed, in the worshipping community and through the presider.

But too often we take the Eucharist for granted. We treat Church like a social club instead of where we encounter God and receive the grace to do the hard work of being a disciple.

Monsignor Pope on the Diocese of Washington D.C blog, has a video from Igniter Media Group. The video asks Is the Church a Cruise Ship or a Battle ship? Now the Church is often called the Barque (boat) of Peter. But a Cruise ship or a Battle ship?  This video is from the perspective of our separated Protestant fellow travelers, but it gives us something to chew on.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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