Please watch the above video. (If you're receiving this blog by email, click on the link source to see the video.) What Father Barron is talking about here is spot on. If Catholics want to evangelise; whether that be Protestants or non-Christians in general, then the way to do it is through beauty. It is the starting point. As I opined in my previous blog Converting Protestants -- A Secret Method, the way to bring more people into the Catholic Church (both Protestants and non-Christians alike) is by returning to the historical and traditional beauty of Catholic worship. By this I mean literally EVERYTHING! Bring back the old iconography. Bring back the traditional way of doing mass. Bring back the Eucharistic processions and adorations. Bring back the bells and incense. Bring back the Gregorian chant. This is the KEY! It will work. I promise you it will.
I'm not going to add to what Father Barron said above, because what he said is so complete. Instead I will just repeat what I said in my previous blog entry on this matter. There is no sense in trying to make our Catholic parishes more Protestant-like; whether through music, worship style, art or preaching. The Protestants do that better and they always will. We Catholics will never hold a candle to them in that regard, no matter how hard we try, so please stop trying! Go back to what we know works. Go back to the way things were done a hundred years ago, a thousand years ago, and fifteen-hundred years ago. It worked for our ancestors, and it will work for us -- guaranteed.
I will leave you now with a simple picture and an explanation to follow....
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There is only one other Catholic parish in Springfield that could provoke a similar response in me, but that one is usually locked up when not in use. I didn't even know of it's existence until after I became Catholic. Not to disparage any of the other Catholic parishes in Springfield, but to be perfectly honest, none of the rest could have evangelised me through beauty in the way this little chapel did at Mercy Hospital.