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University of Mary and Msgr. James P. Shea

“In 1974, Archbishop Fulton Sheen said in a conference, ‘We are at the end of Christendom. Not of Christianity, not of the Church, but of Christendom. What is meant by Christendom: Christendom is economic, political, social life as inspired by Christian principles. That is ending – we’ve seen it die.’ But he went on to say, ‘These are great and wonderful days in which to be alive. … It is not a gloomy picture – it is a picture of the Church in the midst of increasing opposition from the world. And therefore live your lives in the full consciousness of this hour of testing, and rally close to the heart of Christ.’

“This hour of testing calls us to recover for our age the apostolic mindset and the bright hope of those first Christians of the Cenacle.” [From the Preface by Msgr. James Shea, President, The University of Mary.)

“Because one has to pay a serious price for the Faith in an apostolic time, there is less hypocrisy than in a Christendom age. The life of faith is more intense and therefore more attractive, more evidently life-changing. There is an immediate experience of the momentousness of belonging to Christ. The great adventure of Christianity is more palpable: its contours show up with greater clarity, and the Gospel attracts many high-hearted people who have a strong desire for God and for goodness. The specifically Christian quality of the lives of believers tends to be higher.” [From Chapter II, Christendom and Apostolic]

I. The Place of a Ruling Imaginative Vision in
Human Culture
II. Christendom and Apostolic: Advantages and Challenges
III. The Current Climate
IV. Developing a Pastoral Strategy for this
Transitional Time
V. The Key Task: Conversion of the Mind to a New Way of Seeing
Conclusion: Readiness to Embrace the Times We Are Given.

University of Mary Press, ©2020, Soft cover, 98 pages