Thursday, March 01, 2007

Extreme disconnect: Pimps, Hos and ... Adoration?

Continuing to think about the situation of young adult Catholics strongly identifying as Catholics, but with no depth of commitment or consistency... I just learned today of a Catholic college group (which shall go unnamed, but it is under the auspices of a recognizably orthodox organization) here in Chicago. The young men of the "house" are sponsoring a "Pimps and Hos" theme party, meaning that guests come attired accordingly. These same young men who were indignant that the Catholic chaplain refused to allow Eucharistic adoration in their group home. They intimated that the priest was "liberal" and maybe even not orthodox. They just couldn't fathom that their "Pimps and Hos" theme (and the kegs that would presumably flow for the occasion) was in direct contradiction to the pursuit of holiness and the following of Jesus that Eucharistic Adoration is meant to support. For these young people, their social activities and their religious experiences are simply two different "tracks" (and ne'er the twain shall meet).
Hearing this affirmed me in the conviction that Father Alberione was right: it is necessary to evangelize the "whole" person, to bring mind, will, heart and daily life into conformity with Jesus.
Where do we start?


Liz said...

Sr. Anne,

After reading your entry I reminded of a quote by George Bernard Shaw-"Youth is wasted on the young."

Peace and Love

Anonymous said...

Re Pimps and Hos..Never thought that I would find those two words on a nunblog, along with a keg of beer. I am glad that you are "with it", Sister

Anonymous said...

Well, we have a similar disconnect here in Georgia. Seems the adoration people (not all, by any count) only want to adore Jesus, which is a good thing, but they forget their fellows and are rude and demanding. If an hour in the adoration chapel doesn't change people, perhapse they are doing it wrong. I think Jesus has something to say to those who do public prayer and forget to care for their neighbors. And I am talking about adults who SHOULD know better.
Some of our professors could have a field day with these two stories.