This new blog I discovered contemplates why people need Church and why they miss out on understanding that. Very interesting and important. Fr. Simon Henry writes:
Once we present church as entertainment, we can’t compete with the professional entertainers in film, stage and TV.Once we present it as a commodity (everyone “getting Communion”) we can’t compete with teh professional emporiums of commerce.Once we present church as a party we can’t compete with a good restaurant or a noisy bar.Once we present church as a crèche we can’t compete with the professional child carers and educators in our schools and nurseries.The only Unique Selling Point we have is salvation, redemption from sin, warfare with the forces of darkness, the reality of the spiritual world – but these are things we have so often lost confidence in talking about, so we try to compete on other people’s turf and come off looking second rate, boring and irrelevant.A loss in confidence in its core message is bound to reflect rather poorly in any organisation – human or divine. We do indeed have a unique “product” but it’s hidden away in the back room (or the back sacristy). It takes confidence to bring it out.