Preparation for Evangelization of Culture

CCG is hearing more and more parents expressing concern that their teenaged or young adult children are supporting the redefinition of marriage. Many are questioning how have my children lost an understanding of the true meaning and purpose of marriage? Where did I go wrong?

if we are not evangelizing the culture, the culture will evangelize us and our families

The people calling are from across the country -- from California, Florida, Michigan, Colorado, Kansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Dakota, to name a few places. The concerns are similar. "What is going on with marriage? Is anyone doing anything? I am feeling like I should be doing more, but don’t know what to do."

These concerns are justified as more and more people realize if we are not evangelizing the culture, the culture will evangelize us and our families. The battle is not only in the courts and legislature, it is around the family dinner table.

A person from San Diego shared an experience so many can relate to. “We have five kids who each had a Catholic school education.  Four are living together but are not married. They seem lost and we need to know how to help our kids. Our grandkids won't have both a mom and a dad.  We want to help them.”

Many are frustrated and are looking for quick answers to help them engage opponents and convince family members. There will be time for that. But as Archbishop Charles Chaput has told us, to change the culture we must first start with our own conversion.  We must prepare and build an army of love and gird ourselves for the battle focused on Christ, strengthened by the Holy Spirit and wrapped in the arms of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

"Let not your heart be disturbed. 
Do not fear any sickness or anguish.
Am I not here, who is your Mother? 
Are you not under my protection?
Am I not your health? 
Are you not happily within my fold? 
What else do you wish? 
Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything."

Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1532

Expecting to be put to work stuffing envelopes and organizing demonstrations, one participant from Northern California said after joining a Faith and Action Circle, "I came to realize that being formed in the reality of love, marriage, family, and communion is in fact the true 'work' of the marriage movement right now. Before we can go out to speak with the community, we must first become transformed in this reality. We must become equipped for action."

A participant at a recent seminar in Long Beach exclaimed, "This approach fits so well with what we do in Couples for Christ, but we have never put it into these words before. This language can be used even with people who are not Catholic or who are not even religious! What a wonderful way to explain God's beautiful plan for men and women."

So often we struggle when faced with attacks on marriage.  We desperately seek positive language to talk about the reality of marriage without appearing judgmental or discriminatory. Stand with Children’s programs and unique reality-based approach offers new insights about marriage, family, and human sexuality that express a transcendent reality—one that is beyond religious and cultural bias and that resonates directly with the inherent understanding of love and relationship each person knows to be true.

Faith & Action Circles, the formation and action program from Stand with Children, offers a unique opportunity for small groups to grow in faith, community, and love while actively participating in the marriage movement. End the isolation that so many are feeling. These become support groups where participants get support for working out problems discussing subjects related to marriage, family and human sexuality with family members, friends, and co-workers.

Organize a Faith and Action Circle today as a gift to you and your family. For more information call 213 291 3580 or send an email request for more information.



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