Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia, in an essay at Public Discourse, outlines a clear and concise plan of action for one of our most pressing tasks as 21st century Christians – converting the culture in which we live.
In a short piece that will take you five minutes to read, Archbishop Chaput sets out a goal that will take you a lifetime to accomplish. Indeed, the charge he bestows is for each of us our life’s work, for in the end it is quite simply living the Gospel within the cultural and political reality of our times.
It involves at the same time fighting in the trenches of politics while loving in the heart of the home, and changing laws while changing hearts and minds.
Above all, it involves seeking Christ.
“It’s in seeking Jesus Christ with all our hearts that culture is built and society is renewed. It’s in prayer, the sacraments, changing diapers, balancing budgets, preaching homilies, loving a spouse, forgiving and seeking forgiveness—all in the spirit of charity—that, brick by brick, we bring about the kingdom of God.”