Monday, June 22, 2009
How to Be a Christian in the World?
In the year 150 AD an astute observer of Christians made many observations about them, not their creed but their behaviors. Here are a few of his observations from a letter to Diognetus. The full text is only 550 words.
Christians are indistinguishable from others either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit separate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect, or follow some outlandish way of life. Their teaching is not based upon reveries inspired by the curiosity of others. Unlike some people, they champion no purely human doctrine. With regard to dress, food and manner of life in general, they follow the customs of whatever city they happen to be living in, whether it is Greek or foreign.
And yet there is something extraordinary about their lives. They live in their own countries as though they were only passing through. They play their full role as citizens, but labor under all the disabilities of aliens. Any country can be their homeland, but for them their homeland, wherever it may be, is a foreign country. Like others, they marry and have children, but they do not expose them. They share their meals, but not their wives.
In October we have our 2009 Festival of Faith. We gather on October 16 and 17 at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont around St. Paul’s admonition: “The love of Christ impels us.” This every-three-year pattern of the Church of Chicago being gathered together by Cardinal George, allows for our communion to be strengthened and our common mission to be refreshed.
The Festival web site at www.catholicfest.org hosts the reasons for the Festival, the schedule as well as keynote presenters, breakout sessions that include sessions geared for young adults, families, youth, Polish and Spanish speakers, the variety of tracks for Saturday, the Friday evening concert and the Saturday evening Celebration of Marriage. You can register now online. Call with any questions or comments to our Festival voice mail 312-534-3100. We will answer in 2 business days.
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