I wonder, however, what you meant in saying: "This seems more important than mere personal prayer".
The motto of this Forum is "Faith seeking understanding' which is why I am here. I am not content with Faith without understanding
My problem is that in the real world I find it difficult to discuss and deepen my Faith.Prior to the advent of the internet I had to be content with a few books .The St Paul Bookstore was 50kms from my house .
India is a huge country and the part I am from (goa) is safe for Catholics in that we make up 25% of the population
It was therefore my duty to post all that happened in 2008 to Christians in more dangerous parts of the country
These were South Kanara and Orissa
I was amply rewarded for my efforts as I stayed in South Kanara this year and saw for myself what a vibrant community it is inspite of it being a minority. Check this retreat centre http://www.dccmulki.in
Thanks for your response, and for the link to the retreat center. I agree that none of us can be content without continually seeking to understand more of what our faith really means and how we can live faith-filled lives. St. Augustine wrote well of himself and all of us that our hearts are restless until they rest in God. The internet has been a blessing for me also. Not only am I able to keep in touch with many Catholic Christians all over the world, (I belong to three Catholic Forums) but also I am able to access so many spiritual treasures. The writings of the saints, Church history, the teachings of the Church from our current and past Popes, so much is now available to me, without buying more books.
Hopefully, as we feed our minds, nourishing them on God's Truth, we are seeking at the same time, true conversion of heart whereby we make charity our aim, and put all our hope in God. Faith without works, faith that is not rooted in charity is fruitless. St. Paul reminds us that if we have faith so as to move mountains, but have not charity, it profits nothing. I believe that the charity in your heart moved you to post all the happenings to Christians in the more dangerous parts of your country. Doing the Truth in love is very important: faith works through charity. The retreat center looks as if the minority of Christians are gathered in a vibrant community, seeking the Lord inspite of being a small number of the total population. Some time ago, Pope Benedict XVI said that Catholics in the world may become a minority, but if that minority remains faithful to all Christ has taught through Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium of the Church then God is honored by those few. Jesus asks in the Gospel: "When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?"
In the beginnings of Christianity, the blood of the martyrs was like seed, bringing forth abundant conversions. Only God knows what the future holds for this world of current darkness. The culture of death wars against the culture of life. So many who bear the name "Christian" remain asleep, like the drowsy disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane -- while the Lord suffers. In my country of the USA, I am astounded by the numbers of Catholics confused and uninformed. We have two presidential candidates: one is Pro-Life and the other is the most pro-abortion president in our history. The choice should be very clear but the Catholic vote is split in some states. It is unthinkable that infanticide is tolerated -- yet it is!!! God help us to turn the tide here and in the world.
Thank you for your every prayerful effort to speak and to do God's Truth, lovingly. You and your country are in my prayers, please keep me and my country in yours. Let us both, by God's Grace continue to pray for all those in most need of His Mercy, and do whatever we can to help others to understand better God's Loving Will for all His children.