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3 May 2015
posted by Canon Dakin on 08-05-2015

We are withering on the vine. This week will see the seventieth anniversary of VE Day. Many of us here will remember where we were and what we did on that day seventy years ago. We may also be reflecting on how much the world has changed since then. When we were young we would have said, without hesitation, that this was a Christian country. We are coming up to an election shortly. I suppose Parliament is broadly representative of our society.     

         A survey of nearly three hundred candidates standing in marginal seats revealed that roughly only a third of them were prepared to say they believed in God.  A British Social Attitudes Survey showed that in my generation one in two identified themselves as Anglican; among those born in the 1980s only one in twenty did so. We Catholics have not escaped the trend. In his pastoral letter last week the Bishop wrote of our shortage of priests. For example, there were four parishes in Morecambe, each with a resident priest - now all are served by just one priest. The knot is tightening. This year four priests are retiring, only one is being ordained. Where have all the young men gone? It is not that we have young Catholics who are more interested in becoming bankers than in becoming priests. We have lost them. They are no longer with us. I have known so many good Catholic families whose children were well grounded in the faith but who were simply overcome by the culture of the sixties and seventies. A wave of ‘flower power’ came across from the States and the first generation to go in numbers to the universities succumbed to the superficial mishmash of a fashionable philosophy creating an environment in which it just wasn’t cool to say that you believed in God.  They are a lost generation and they are the ones who now have children with scarcely a vestige of faith. So what hope is there for the future? To be realistic we have to anticipate a slimmed down Church, which may be stronger, though lighter. We need to ensure that our young people are better prepared to keep their feet when they leave home to be challenged by what they will meet outside. The picture is not entirely gloomy. There are now four Catholic universities in this country - the nearest is Hope University down the coast in Liverpool. They may be the seed beds of vocations in the coming years. So no need to despair and a call to prayer is a sign of a positive attitude. In the run up to Pentecost this year the Bishop has asked for a novena and prayer in each deanery. The churches of the deanery will in turn open for an hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament each day of the novena. The details are on the notice board. Remember Our Lord said two things about prayer.  One was: Ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourer unto his harvest. The other: Persevere in your praying. We are withering on the vine. This week will see the seventieth anniversary of VE Day. Many of us here will remember where we were and what we did on that day seventy years ago. We may also be reflecting on how much the world has changed since then. When we were young we would have said, without hesitation, that this was a Christian country. We are coming up to an election shortly. I suppose Parliament is broadly representative of our society.              A survey of nearly three hundred candidates standing in marginal seats revealed that roughly only a third of them were prepared to say they believed in God.  A British Social Attitudes Survey showed that in my generation one in two identified themselves as Anglican; among those born in the 1980s only one in twenty did so. We Catholics have not escaped the trend. In his pastoral letter last week the Bishop wrote of our shortage of priests. For example, there were four parishes in Morecambe, each with a resident priest - now all are served by just one priest. The knot is tightening. This year four priests are retiring, only one is being ordained. Where have all the young men gone? It is not that we have young Catholics who are more interested in becoming bankers than in becoming priests. We have lost them. They are no longer with us. I have known so many good Catholic families whose children were well grounded in the faith but who were simply overcome by the culture of the sixties and seventies. A wave of ‘flower power’ came across from the States and the first generation to go in numbers to the universities succumbed to the superficial mishmash of a fashionable philosophy creating an environment in which it just wasn’t cool to say that you believed in God.  They are a lost generation and they are the ones who now have children with scarcely a vestige of faith. So what hope is there for the future? To be realistic we have to anticipate a slimmed down Church, which may be stronger, though lighter. We need to ensure that our young people are better prepared to keep their feet when they leave home to be challenged by what they will meet outside. The picture is not entirely gloomy. There are now four Catholic universities in this country - the nearest is Hope University down the coast in Liverpool. They may be the seed beds of vocations in the coming years. So no need to despair and a call to prayer is a sign of a positive attitude. In the run up to Pentecost this year the Bishop has asked for a novena and prayer in each deanery. The churches of the deanery will in turn open for an hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament each day of the novena. The details are on the notice board. Remember Our Lord said two things about prayer.  One was: Ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourer unto his harvest. The other: Persevere in your praying. 

 

  

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