A great object of this blog has been to convert the Catholics to Catholicism. Where are the unreservedly fired-up warriors that we read about in the lives of the saints?
Images can help to inspire, but it's a colossal task. Of all the youth I knew while growing up through all Catholic schools maybe just a few still go to church today. How do we induce others to care?
Since early childhood I have had an intense interest in religious "fervor." I always wondered why it had been stronger in former years and why it was dead now. Catholic fervor is a very beautiful thing and it's great to meditate upon.
Liturgy plays a part in fervor. We cannot be ignorant of the extent of the liturgical favors that we have received from God through the Church. Through the gift of faith we are enabled to understand so much through and in the context of the liturgical rites. The liturgy teaches us and we can send and receive our fervor in that direction. Teach your kids. Mothers, teach your sons. Fathers, teach your daughters.
Let us be a deeply liturgical people, a people of liturgical fervor.