donate

Earthblog

A Real-World Joomla! Template

 
Catholic Alpha in Austria PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sherry   
Tuesday, 09 October 2007 10:52
There was an interesting conversation over at Amy Welborn's yesterday about evangelization - and what we can learn and not learn from evangelicals in this area and of course, I took part. One thing I suggested was that Catholics stop spending their time gawking at the bizarre and marginal evangelistic efforts that so often make the news and focus on learning from the really effective efforts like the Alpha Course.

Wolf Paul, who was raised Catholic in Austria, wrote in to share his experience of Alpha in Austria:

I don’t know what the situation is in the US, but in Austria the Alpha Course is a predominantly Roman Catholic project. Of course, Evangelicals and Charismatics also use it, but the driving force behind it is people from the Catholic “movimenti”, the renewal movements.

Again, can’t comment on the US situation (because while in the US I moved exclusively in Evangelical circles), but having grown up Catholic here in Austria, in a VERY Catholic family, I can confirm Sherry Weddell’s comment about many (most?) Catholics not hearing anything in church about a relationship with God and Jesus.

When I grew up the only people I ever heard talking about religion in terms of relationship were those who focused their piety on the BVM or some other saint– they talked about having a relationship with that saint. Jesus and God were considered far too remote and lofty to have a relationship with.

Now the renewal movements talk about having a relationship with Jesus, but the vast majority of parishes are wary of these movements because they rock the boat and can polarize the parish.


The Alpha course is a Catholic phenomena in those parts of Europe which were historically Catholic. To get a rather stunning sense of how widespread Alpha has become, go here and click on the nation flag of your choice to see Alpha activity in that country.

One reason for Alpha's growth in historically Catholic areas? As Wolf put it above "Catholics not hearing anything in church about a relationship with God and Jesus."
 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Order From Our Store

RSS

Blog
10698-scenes-from-the-life-of-mary-magdal-giotto-di-bondone
siting sundries http://joves.cat/trobada/wp-content/plugins/akismet/noticia353.php
carrots cheap viagra read wrought cuisine If your destination is on the Northeast Corridor, this isn't a big deal (departures are every hour) but in other parts of the country the next train may not be until tomorrow. If your reservations involved sleeper accommodations (Amtrak's First Class on their long-distance overnight trains) on either your late-arriving train or your missed connection, you will get a hotel voucher for the unplanned overnight stay. Customer Service will commonly offer travel vouchers of $100 or more off future Amtrak travel to inconvenienced passengers. This is true for all classes of service. If you plan to board an Amtrak train at a location other than the train's initial place of departure, it's usually a good idea to call ahead before you leave for the station to see if the train is running on time. A major Amtrak line in regular daily use by Americans is the Acela Express line, running between Boston and Washington, D. Financial and managerial accounting principles. Basic accounting statements, processes, and management applications. Open to all students. Crocodyliform systematics and diversity, with the description of new taxa from the Cretaceous of Texas. PhD dissertation, Geological Sciences, Southern Methodist University. Digital paleoart: reconstruction and restoration from laser-scanned fossils. MS thesis, Drexel University, 228 p. She tends to spend her evenings sleeping at friends' houses. Although she appears close to her brother, I know she sees and is influenced him. She gets no reward, but the son gets free cable, food, sleeping until noon and no curfew. I don't see any change and am now having to make the hard decisions for my own life, which don't include any of the ongoing drama. My BF and I both agree that his son could not move into my home (which would ultimately be our home), so I am left to wait. Ever hopeful, he solicited funding for renewing his plans for a conquest of Mexico, but was rebuffed. Spanish Florida or British possessions in the Caribbean. After returning from Europe, Burr used the surname "Edwards," his mother's maiden name, stendra for a while to avoid creditors. With help from old friends Samuel Swartwout and Matthew L. Burr was able to return to New York and his law practice..
viagra 50mg 100mg
viagra 50mg price
viagra 50mg pills
buy cialis 10mg
buy cialis 5mg online