I am still on retreat, but before silencing myself and my electronics, I prepared a series of posts featuring a passage or two from Pope Francis' first encyclical, "Lumen fidei" (Light of Faith). In section #24, he speaks of the tendency in our society to dismiss faith as an option for the weak-minded or perhaps for the fragile. If it helps you feel better to believe, well, at least it does you some good, even though it has no real, essential connection to life.
Isn't this an accurate description of how "the world" thinks of faith--and Pope Francis makes it clear, that without truth, the world would be right: faith should be dismissed, or relegated to the field of psycho-somatic medicine. If faith were divorced from real, solid truth, this is all it would be:
"Faith without truth does not save, it does not provide a sure footing. It remains a beautiful story, the projection of our deep yearning for happiness, something capable of satisfying us to the extent that we are willing to deceive ourselves."
Now, since this is how many of our neighbors, co-workers, even family members see faith, what might be the first step or two we could take to prepare the way for a New Evangelization?