Reg: All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
Monty Python Life of Brian 1979
Matthew Kelly: We’ve [Catholics] forgotten our story.
A few weeks ago I attended the Catholic Radio Symposium held at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont NC.
There were panels, speeches, masses and many interesting interviews well worth your time already posted under the Catholic Radio Symposium tag but the most important and revealing interview of the trip happened totally by accident.
I had excused myself after the first night’s dinner going to a side area to try to get my interviews uploaded while a pair of speakers addressed the crowd.
One of those speakers was the President of the College Dr. Bill Thierfelder, and author of the book Less than a Minute to Go the secret for success in sport business and everyday life. who after the event was over was engaged in conversation in the same area where I was uploading my video when I heard something that made me leap out of my chair.
Let that sink in for a second: If you are a young woman in college, finding herself pregnant, faces the pressure to abort your child for the sake of continuing her education, MiraVia (formerly Room at the Inn) and Belmont Abbey College will provide room and board for you including certified volunteers providing childcare while the College provides 10 free classes so your education will not be at the cost of your child’s life.
This is an amazing ministry that deserves a lot more attention. It’s the picture of living in the way of Christ, not just protesting the evil of abortion and fighting against it under the law (which is a virtue) but giving those tempted to this evil the means to resist it. It’s something that Catholic Colleges in conjunction with pro-life organization should be copying nationwide. (You can donate to their ministry here)
But what’s even more amazing is how unextraordinary this is within the church. At the symposium I met many people from the Kolping Society housing men in New York to the Open Arms Community feeding the hungry in El Paso who are doing great work within their community. And there are hundreds and thousands who will never attend a Catholic Radio Symposium who are doing amazing thing within their own parishes and community serving the poor, helping the depressed and caring for those in crisis all over the nation in the name of Christ and the Catholic Church.
Yet over and over our secular culture, our entertainment , our news and through our social media hear only a cacophony of voices decrying the church as a rich distant not interested in the needs of ordinary people. (Although they, for political reasons, avoid hitting Pope Francis. One can’t risk upsetting the latino demographic that absolutely adores him you know).
Now given said culture’s increasing hostility to religion in general and the Church in particular it’s not a surprise that those who are the gatekeepers of information to the public ignore these stories that undermine their meme concerning the church.
Therefore it is up to us in new media (and Catholic Radio) to not make sure their light is not hidden under a bushel. but more importantly so that we can help the can continue their fine work obeying Christ’s to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Normally I’d put my Tip Jar pitch here but if I might suggest if you have a $10 or twenty to spare I can’t think of a ministry more deserving that the one Dr. Thierfelder is talking about. You can kick in here.