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Thomas Berry (1914-2009) wrote The Universe Story. He asks why are people no longer attending Church? He answers:

"It's all a question of story. We are in trouble just now because we do not have a good story. We are in between stories. The Old Story - the account of how the world came to be and how we fit into it - is not functioning properly, and we have not yet learned the New Story. The Old Story sustained us for a long period of time. It shaped our emotional attitudes, provided us with a life purpose, energized action. It consecrated suffering, integrated knowledge, and guided education. We woke in the morning and knew where we were".

As often is the case, the hierarchy are slow to recognize what is happening.


lol !!!
"Yeah, oh yeah" as they say in an American movie
i found myself standing sunday after sunday saying the nicene creed and thinking "i don't believe a word of this"
that was 325 and this is 2017
we don't think in those terms any more

other ways of thinking now do what Berry said:
shape our emotional attitudes, provide us with a life purpose, energize action, consecrate suffering, integrate knowledge, and guide education