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"For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." Matthew 18:20

 

The Morning Air Show: Do Millennials Make Good Catholics?

Laura DeMaria

Yeah, of course they do! And to prove it, I went on the Morning Air Show this past Wednesday to talk about it. You can access the audio here, and my portion starts around 23:20.

I got real amped up on that one. It was a great segment, a great conversation, and fun to be able to talk about the ways that millennial Catholics' personalities draw them to the faith (social justice, anyone?) and then how they then share the faith using their gifts (so many creative Catholics these days). Also, we had a caller call in to share about talking about her faith with Mormons, and the mutual understanding and respect between them in that dialogue, that was nice to hear. 

John also turned it more generally into a conversation about "what makes a good Catholic." We agreed it's not about being good, but about being faithful. Amen!

Do millennials make good Catholics?

Laura DeMaria

Naturally, I hope you know I am being facetious here - the answer is a resounding "yes." I know this from my own experience, I know this from the experience of my friends (some of the most passionate Catholics I know) and I know this from stuff I read online

I particularly like that article, linked above, which talks about why many millennial Catholics prefer more traditional forms of worship and the accompanying rituals: adoration, the candlelit Church, veiling, etc. I am not interested in elaborating on that, but rather, starting one step back and thinking about this from another angle: why is it that millennials should even be interested in Catholicism - and make "good" Catholics?

One reason, I believe, is because of our dispositions and personalities. Words I have found to describe millennials: tech-savvy, ambitious, creative, multitasking, passionate about social justice, flexible. 

Sounds like the perfect recipe for an apostle, if you ask me. 

Think about it: a good apostle is one who communicates passionately and persistently, embracing the adventure and challenge of spreading the gospel - creatively, with joy, whatever comes next.

Millennials have nearly unlimited ways of communicating the message of the gospel (see the #medianuns, many of whom are millennials, using SnapChat to share their life). I have found several art-centric digital mediums used to evangelize, including TradWave and Catholic Creatives. And the podcasts - well, just look at The Crunch or Catching Foxes, for starters. 

As for the other traits, I imagine the first apostles had them in spades. Ambition - well, it would have seemed ambitious to evangelize the entire world, no? And as they traversed the world, their passion for Jesus led them to be passionate for his children, in what we would term "social justice" today - caring for the poor, the sick, the marginalized. They would have had to  be flexible, meeting people where they were, over a drink, or in their home, probably speaking in less than ideal conditions - and roll with it. And through it all, relying on the Holy Spirit to guide their steps. 

What would St. Paul have thought of the millennial generation? The original apostles faced unbelievable obstacles, most particularly the political resistance to their mission. Maybe we can even compare the pagan culture then to the secular culture now. It was starting from scratch then; now, in this age of increasing "no religious affiliation," it still feels a bit like starting from scratch. And what the world needs are a young, passionate apostolate (like many I saw at the March for Life - #prolifegeneration) on fire to spread the Word.

This is all hypothesizing on my part - and I wouldn't dream of comparing, without caveats, a generation of history's greatest saints with this generation, or really any other. But I think there is something to this, that the gifts of my generation lend themselves in a particularly fitting way to the challenge that is evangelization. And I truly see millennials embracing their distinctive gifts for this mission, and I have hope for the future of the Church. 

Young Adult Day of Reflection: see you there!

Laura DeMaria

I am so excited to share information on the upcoming young adult retreat at St. Timothy's parish in Chantilly, Virginia, February 24th! See the advertisement above - it'll be a full day of Mass, inspirational talks (including one by moi), opportunities for fellowship, holy hour and confession. 

My talk is called, "Sent for this Purpose," and is about finding the connection between your faith and your purpose in this life. 

"Do you get the sense you were called to something greater, but are not sure where to begin? In this talk, Laura will connect the Church's philosophy on the Mystical Body of Christ, our place in it, and how each person is called to use their God-given gifts to help further the kingdom of God. If you are not sure of your purpose, fear not! God has a special plan for you - and you're already equipped to carry it out."

Hee-hee.

If you're ready to sign up, the registration link is here. We've also got an old-school pdf form if that's more your thang.

It is a humbling, exciting prospect, to know I have this opportunity. Please prayer for me that my words may be guided by the holy spirit and that God's will be done.

Yippee!