Good-bye to the ghettos

This is the last in a series of four reflections inspired by the question: How can a parent best hand on the Catholic Christian faith tradition to her/his children?

Having reflecting upon the nature of the religious and secular ghettos, I’d like to tie all of this in to Jesus’ exhortation to seek the narrow way.  Rather than focusing so much on the Christian life as a way of suffering and sorrow, we are closer to the truth of what Jesus means when we think of the “narrow way” as the path between these two ghettos – a high ground where the air is fresh and clear and the view is magnificent.  That’s the path to the Kingdom and the path which runs through it.

I am more and more convinced that the essential struggle of discipleship is avoiding the siren songs of these two ghettos . Spending time in either one will rob our children, and ourselves of that divinely intended destiny intended for each and every one of us as children of God. 

What a truly tragic thing that would be.

Jim Philipps (3rd millennium pilgrim)

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