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I would submit that here is one such place:
The Church has a great treasure in our youth. Go get em, tigers!
I don’t know about you, but I see this as a sign of the coming Dark Age- the only hope is behind the walls of a religious school? Reminds me of the “How St. Benedict saved the best of the Roman Empire” story.
And the sad thing is, this is the natural end to Islam’s invasion of western philosophy that started 800 years ago:
It’s hard to feel hopeless about the future of the Church once you’ve been to a Steubenville/LifeTeen retreat. Make me more think of Matthew 9:37-38 “Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
I am not hopeless about the future of the Church. The Church has survived MUCH worse attacks than this.
I am hopeless about the future of western civilization as we know it. Including the American Experiment.
But our hope was never in Western Civilization or the American Experiment. When I think about the eventual (and inevitable) fall fo these things, it fills me with fear, with sadness, with anger, but not hopelessness.
I’m guessing this parish celebrates LifeTeen Mass and probably has the word “Community” in their title instead of Church.
Better smash them. God forbid they commit the grave sin of hope or joy.