Connecting the Dots
“Connect-the-dots” is a tagline used to explain the joining of scripture based homilies to one or more Catholic Catechism elements in an environment which recognizes the unique beauty of Catholicism. The phrase is intended as a way (but certainly not the only way) to draw attention to fact that Catholicism is the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ Himself. One should understand two basic premises in order to accept the legitimacy of “connecting the dots”.
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Catholic Complacency exists because it’s been allowed to; perhaps even cultivated by those entrusted with helping us gain our salvation.
Great leadership combats Complacency! So, what can ordinary good lay people do? Click here for a short list for your consideration.
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4C Today is a grass roots Pro Life Catholic laity organization with a dual purpose.
4C TODAY is a Pro Life organization of Catholic laity concerned about the apathy and complacency prevalent within the Catholic community of the United States. We believe we are experiencing a leadership crisis; a crisis that can be addressed by empowered faithful Catholic lay people. Our mission is to encourage parish clergy to boldly and clearly proclaim the beauty of Catholicism. We aim to be a positive force in helping RE-evangelize the Church in the United States, increasing the number of Catholics who regularly attend Mass and receive the Sacraments. A stronger, larger base of Catholics becomes a more formidable force against the Culture of Death.
We seek to create grassroots movements within Catholic parishes to encourage local clergy to more boldly and clearly proclaim the beauty of Catholicism so as to increase the number of Catholics actively practicing their faith through regular participation at Mass and in the Sacraments. Preaching Pro Life matters to near-empty pews is fruitless. 4CToday exists to identify specific actions that lay people can take to restore a culture of life in our country through effective dialog with our parish pastors, priest, and Deacons. We seek to attack Catholic complacency, through the leadership of our clergy, at the encouragement of empowered laity.
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As Catholics, we are called to be instruments of God's work on earth. We are called, as Jesus followers, to testify to the truth. In John 18:37 Jesus said "For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth." Earlier in John 14:6 Jesus proclaims, "I am the way, the truth and the Life". Further in John 14:12, Jesus continues, "Amen, Amen I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do". Lastly Psalm 143:10 asks; "Teach me to do your will for you are my God. May your kind spirit guide me on ground that is level?"
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My pastor is awfully quiet when it comes to Pro Life matters. Is there anything we can do to encourage him to speak out on Life issues? We certainly don’t want to offend him or show any disrespect ...
You are absolutely correct. In any contact with our church clergy, Respect must be our Number One guideline. As the priestly representative of Jesus, we must always remember that he has been chosen to be the Shepherd of your parish flock. If your Bishop is Pro Life, share some of his writings with your pastor. Learn more about the Church’s teaching on Abortion and the other non-negotiable items and ask your pastor to include some reference to these in a homily, especially in October (Respect Life Month) or January (Anniversary of Roe-v-Wade). You might consider asking your Parish’s Pro Life Ministry for assistance in dealing with him.
A more subtle approach, and the one sponsored by 4C Today, is to encourage your parish priests to connect scripture based homilies to/with Catholic doctrine. It is our belief that the more he does so, church attendance will increase, and he will become more comfortable in addressing Pro Life matters, and other potentially unpopular topics. This is the primary tactic of the 4C Today Mission.
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There are always things to do to help keep 4CToday running. Donations (Tax deductible), which help defray the cost of running the website, our postage, and all of the written materials are always needed and welcomed. (All of us are volunteers; we have no payroll.) After your prayers, your respectful interactions with your parish priests will do a lot to lessen the level of apathy and complacency in your parish. 4C Today welcomes your involvement!
If you are good at giving compliments, have a good relationship with your pastor, and believe you can offer constructive ideas to him in a positive way, you may be just the person your parish needs to help with its RE-evangelization effort. We offer a complete plan to guide you. We can and will support you along the way. Contact us for more specific information on how to create a 4C Today group in your parish. (Hint: the group does not need to be large to be effective.) See the tab, Volunteering, under the “About Us” tab.
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