The longer you are a Christian, the less non-Christian, non-Church friends you end up having. This is dangerous because you can get too comfortable. One nasty result of being cliquish church people is this tendency to start defining people as "us" or "them". It becomes easy to label people, to write them off, or to reject them if they do not fit into this or that category.
This is why evangelization and mission is so crucial to the life of the church. And by "church" I don't just mean the universal Church, but also our quaint little parish of 5,300 families. Missions revitalize us. Evangelization keeps us connected to the people and the larger world around us.Read More