A View from the Pew: 2017 Catholic Men’s Conference

This past Saturday, the Archdiocese of Louisville held its 6th annual Catholic Men’s Conference at Saint Michael’s Parish. This year’s theme was “Go be the difference!”, and a few of our Helpers attended the event. Fr. Dave Dwyer, host of “Busted Halo” on SiriusXM radio’s The Catholic Channel, and our very own Archbishop Kurtz were the 2 keynote speakers. As I listened to both of their talks, I couldn’t help but feel as if they were preaching to the choir. I was willing to bet that many the men attending this conference were already extremely involved in their family lives, their parish community, and in their Catholic faith. Isn’t the real problem that the same group of people throughout the Archdiocese, end up volunteering at every event, and joining every group? “What else do you want us to do?” I thought.IMG_20170318_072806

In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus says to his 11 disciples at the time “Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Jesus told this to the same disciples who had done everything with him, the ones who had been with him since the beginning of his ministry. Jesus didn’t say, “Go find some friends to help you, and make some new disciples in some new places.” Or “Hey guys, I’m going to leave now. Umm, have fun, and try your best to teach others what I have commanded you.” And the disciples didn’t complain and say “Why us Jesus? We do everything! How can 11 people change the world?” The truth of the matter is that Jesus commanded his disciples to “make disciples of all nations” and we know we can (as the disciples did) do this because Jesus is always with us.

The next time we gather at the Cathedral of the Assumption, on the second Saturday of the month, let’s all try to realize our importance in God’s plan, and the great difference we can make in this world. Has the monthly Helpers Mass become just another routine in our lives? Something to mark off the checklist? Something we do to feel a little more self-righteous? These precious infants of God desperately need our help, and our full attention. The women that enter the abortion clinic need our hope, and our help. Are we truly Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, or are we bystanders attending another Catholic event?

Our prayers make a difference. Our participating in Mass makes a difference. Our adoration of the Blessed Sacrament makes a difference. Our Rosary Procession makes a difference. We HAVE to make a difference! Because if we don’t, who will?