80% of Catholics are no longer Catholic by the time they turn 23. Only 20% of Catholics that go through our system later apply that faith to their lives when they reach the age of 23. Youth leave the Church because they have not encountered Christ and His love. That’s what the Christian desires more than anything else. To be with the One that loves you more than any other.
Well that is exactly what’s happening in the Catholic Church in the United States. Being Christian entails the passionate desire to be with God forever.
That’s not a risk I was willing to take…It occurred to me that the burden was on me, and not on the Catholic Church, to show why I should remain in the schism with the Church in which my parents baptized me, even as I could think of no incorrigible reason to remain in the schism.1 And secondly, and more importantly, he believes the Protestant Evangelical faith is deficient biblically with respect to its overall teaching on the gospel, justification and salvation.
Jesus did not say, “Go ye out into the all the world. Talk about how hard it is to have lots of children and obey the divine precepts. Bring others to God (try for seven in your lifetime and convert the globe). This is a quick and easy way to learn the basic philosophy and theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas.
In doing so, you will draw all men to me.” Saint Paul reminds us: “do you not know that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? The Popes of the last 300 years have endorsed St Thomas Aquinas.
I believe that we have encountered a spiritual appointment and that our worlds have now connected.
It is my desire to help you overcome the obstacles that have blocked you from finding meaning, purpose, and direction for your life.
“As I have loved you, so you must love one another. They look to sexual experimentation, political movements, drugs, and cause groups.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John -35) Does your Church feel like a community of love? How can we invite them to reinvestigate Jesus as the God of love? Keep a public scorecard on the mistakes of the bishops.
In fact, it’s accreditation should probably be re-investigated.
I was reading Kevin Cotter’s review of What if I told you, “Only 20% of the students that graduate from University XYZ acquire employment.” You would think that this must be a pretty lame university.
It still is diverse; Spain has the most ethnically diverse population of any country in Europe.
As we’ll see in this course, the ancestors of today’s Spaniards include, in addition to the Iberians of antiquity, Celts, Phoenicians, Romans, Carthaginians, Germanic/Scandinavian peoples, Moors, middle-eastern Arabs, Slavs, and Jews.
During the fourth century BCE (Figure 3), we see Rome beginning to grow, Alexander’s conquests being split among his generals, and the great northern tribes, those of the Gauls and Germans, coalescing into discreet groupings.