2017 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress: "That's why we are here today — this congress is different from any other. We've never been in a time where we feel so divided in conflict with one another," Msgr. Raymond G. East told the crowd. "People apart, different ideas and ideologies, expressions of faith and political realities. But today I hope that we can deal with God's politics."
As he approached the podium in the giant arena, keynote speaker Mark Shriver said in a matter-of-fact tone, "All I can offer you is a story about a guy living a faith-filled life -- he wasn't perfect, but he was a good man."
Shriver, author of The New York Times best-selling memoir A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, talked about his father, the late Sargent Shriver, who created the Peace Corps and expanded Special Olympics around the globe.
The end of a conference like LA Congress tends to be bittersweet.
After three days (four if you include Youth Day) of talks, liturgies, meeting new people, buying trinkets and immense crowds, people are ready to go home and return to their daily routines. Yet there is also a tinge of sadness that lingers in the air as people get into their cars or venture to the airport: Congress attendees are sad to see an event that unites people come to an end.
People wonder: What now? How do we implement what we have learned? How do we heal our church?
"All I can offer you is a story about a guy living a faith-filled life -- he wasn't perfect, but he was a good man," said keynote speaker Mark Shriver, author of the New York Times best-selling memoir "A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver."
Shriver told different stories about his father, who created the Peace Corps and expanded Special Olympics around the globe; but he said what made his father a "good" man were the simple accounts of everyday kindness and love his father showed his children, wife, waitresses and random workers.
Our church, more often than it should, feels cold and dark.
The archdiocese of Los Angeles is facing trying times. Many wonder, what now?
Where is the light in a church that seems to have lost its way, a church that sometimes forgets its message of love and justice?
LA Congress attendees have been invited to “Enter the Mystery” of God at the Anaheim Convention Center over the course of this weekend.
Young Catholics gathered Thursday in California for Youth Day 2013, which inspired students with the theme, "Keep Calm -- God's got this."